Ronald Shiner

Ronald Shiner

Ronald Alfred Shiner (8 June 1903 in London – 29 June 1966 in London) was a British stand-up comedian and comedic 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.

Partial filmography


  1. "COMEDIAN TOPS FILM POLL.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953). Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia. 28 December 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  2. "WHAT'S NEWS IN THE MOVIE WORLD.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 28 November 1954. p. 39. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. Pathe News : Guv'nor Shiner(1954)
  4. Release date for The Magic Box, in IMDb.

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