Ronald Balfour Corbett, CBE (4 December 1930 – 31 March 2016), was a Scottish stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and broadcaster, best known for his long association with Ronnie Barker in the BBC television comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies. He achieved prominence in David Frost's 1960s satirical comedy programme The Frost Report (with Barker) and subsequently starred in sitcoms such as No – That's Me Over Here!, Now Look Here, and Sorry!
On 31 March 2016, Corbett died at the age of 85, at Shirley Oaks Hospital in Shirley, London, surrounded by his family. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. He had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March 2015.
John Cleese said that Corbett had "the best timing" he had ever watched. Sir Bruce Forsyth said Corbett's death marked "one of the saddest days of my life". David Walliams, a close friend of Corbett, said that he was his "comedy idol".
Corbett's funeral service, for family and friends, was held on 18 April 2016, at the St John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley. In tribute to one of his classic Two Ronnies comedy sketches, four candles were displayed at the back of the altar. He was cremated following a private service at Croydon Crematorium. Mourners included Sir Michael Parkinson, David Walliams, Rob Brydon and Jimmy Tarbuck. Barry Cryer, who worked with and first met Corbett 50 years ago, said, "I can't think of him without smiling... I'm here and tipping my hat to him."