Ronnie Corbett, one of comedy’s ‘Two Ronnies,’ dies at 85 


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Ronnie Corbett attends a reception for the Best of Britain's Creative Industries at The Foreign Office on June 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Ronnie Corbett attends a reception for the Best of Britain’s Creative Industries at The Foreign Office on June 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

LONDON — British comedian Ronnie Corbett, half of much-loved duo The Two Ronnies, has died at the age of 85.

Corbett’s publicist says he died Thursday surrounded by his family. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Edinburgh-born Corbett came to prominence on the satirical 1960s TV show “The Frost Report.”

In 1971 he teamed up with Ronnie Barker for a sketch show, “The Two Ronnies.” It ran for a dozen series over 16 years and at its peak had 17 million viewers.

The duo’s verbal dexterity, comic timing and physical incongruence — the bulky Barker towered over the diminutive Corbett — made them favorites with millions of comedy fans. Their signature signoff — “Now it’s goodnight from me.” ”And it’s goodnight from him” — became a popular catchphrase.