Ronald Shiner

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Ronald Shiner

Ronald Alfred Shiner (8 June 1903 in London – 29 June 1966 in London) was a British stand-up comedian and comedy actor whose career encompassed film, West End theatre and music hall.


When he was seventeen, Shiner joined the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, after which he became a signalman and a wireless operator, then a farmer. Army concerts gave him a taste for the stage.

In 1952 he was voted Britain's most popular local male star in cinema.[1] He was particularly well known for military comedies.[2]

He starred in the London production of Aladdin as Widow Twankey with Bob Monkhouse at the Coliseum in 1960. In retirement he owned a pub at Blackboys in Sussex. British Pathe News filmed a newsreel of him in his pub, being visited by Jimmy Edwards, in 1954.[3]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1958 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.

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  1. ^ "COMEDIAN TOPS FILM POLL.". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 28 December 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 24 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "WHAT'S NEWS IN THE MOVIE WORLD.". The Sunday Times. Perth. 28 November 1954. p. 39. Retrieved 10 July 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Pathe News : Guv'nor Shiner(1954)
  4. ^ Release date for The Magic Box, in IMDb.

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