A mechanism for a rocker recliner chair is caused to have enhanced comfort and stability, to have enhanced ease of operation, and to require fewer parts for manufacture. The mechanism includes a rocker locking linkage arranged to include a drive link slidingly connected to a drive element, to drive a locking member for locking of the chair against rocking when the ottoman of the chair is extended. The drive link of the rocker locking linkage may also be arranged to be slidingly connected to a rocker cam assembly of the chair. The rocker locking linkage preferably includes a pair of locking links moveable to a substantially aligned orientation to lock a chair against forward rocking movement. The chair preferably includes an ottoman linkage including a slotted guide member.