Terry-Thomas (1911–1990)

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One of Britain's most beloved eccentric comedians, the irrepressible, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas was born Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens in Lichfield Grove, Finchley. He was the son of Ellen Elizabeth (Hoar) and Ernest Frederick Stevens, a fairly well-to-do London businessman. He was afforded a private education at Ardingly College in Sussex, with the ... See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World J. Algernon Hawthorne
Robin Hood Sir Hiss - A Snake
Munster, Go Home! Freddie Munster


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 1983 Inspector Gadget (TV Series)
- All That Glitters (1983) ... Archaeologist (voice, uncredited)
 1980 Happy Birthday, Harry
Dr. Christopher
 1979 La isla de las cabezas (as Terry Thomas)
 1978 Kingdom of Gifts
The Bumbling Chancellor (voice)
 1978 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Dr. Mortimer
 1976 Spanish Fly
Sir Percy de Courcy
 1975 Side by Side
Max Nugget
 1974 The Cherry Picker
 1973 Robin Hood
Sir Hiss - A Snake (voice)
 1973 The Vault of Horror
Critchit (segment "The Neat Job")
 1973 I Love a Mystery (TV Movie)
Gordon Elliott
 1973 The Heroes
Major John Cooper
 1972 Film Night (TV Series)
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
 1972 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #5.20 (1972) ... Guest Performer
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Archibald Sinclair Beachum
- The Man in the Middle (1971) ... Archibald Sinclair Beachum
 1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Dr. Longstreet
 1970 Atlantic Wall
Perry (as Terry Thomas)
 1970 Howdy (TV Movie)
 1970 The Des O'Connor Show (TV Series)
- Episode #7.6 (1970) ... Gardener
 1969 Arthur? Arthur!
Clennery Tubbs
 1969 12 + 1
 1969 Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage
 1969 2000 Years Later
 1969 Seven Times Seven
Police Inspector
 1968-1969 The Old Campaigner (TV Series)
James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
- French Farce (1969) ... James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
- Home Cooking (1969) ... James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
- White Man's Tomb (1968) ... James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
- Man of Letters (1968) ... James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
- Minx (1968) ... James Franklin-Jones ('FJ')
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- Moving In (1968)
 1968 How Sweet It Is!
Gilbert Tilly
 1968 It's Your Move
Jerome - il direttore Dorgeant
 1968 Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
H. William Homer
 1968 Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
Ladislaus Walichek
 1967-1968 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Duke of Tallyho / Lance Ramsbottom / Horace Fussbudget / ...
- Cauliflower Ears That Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La (1968) ... Duke of Tallyho / Lance Ramsbottom
- Clothes Make the Bum (1967) ... Horace Fussbudget
- Not with My Dump You Don't (1967) ... Farquardt Smythe Farquardt
 1968 Danger: Diabolik
Minister of the Interior / Minister of Finance (as Terry Thomas)
 1967 Arabella
El Maitre / El General / El Duque
 1967 How to Kill 400 Duponts
Comm. Green, Scotland Yard
 1967 Those Fantastic Flying Fools
Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
 1967 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
James Franklin-Jones
- The Old Campaigner (1967) ... James Franklin-Jones
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (uncredited)
 1967 The Perils of Pauline
Sten Martin
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
- The Five Daughters Affair: Part II (1967) ... Constable
- The Five Daughters Affair: Part I (1967) ... Constable
 1967 Top Crack
 1966 Anglers Choice (Short)
 1966 Dr. Coppelius
The Bull (voice, uncredited)
 1966 La Grande Vadrouille
Sir Reginald
 1966 Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
Lord Aldric / James
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Scout Master (as Terry Thomas)
 1966 The Daydreamer
Brig. Zachary Zilch (The First Tailor) (voice)
 1966 Munster, Go Home!
Freddie Munster
 1966 Bang! Bang! You're Dead!
El Caid
 1965 Easy Come, Easy Go (Short)
Norman Flinch
 1965 The Wild Affair
Godfrey Deane
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Major Foskett
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Gideon Auerbach / Arthur Shelby / Charlie Hill
- Who Killed the 13th Clown? (1965) ... Gideon Auerbach
- Who Killed Madison Cooper? (1964) ... Arthur Shelby
- Who Killed Julian Buck? (1963) ... Charlie Hill
 1965 Strange Bedfellows
Assistant Mortician
 1965 How to Murder Your Wife
 1963 The British at Play (TV Movie)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
J. Algernon Hawthorne
 1963 The Mouse on the Moon
Maurice Spender (as Terry Thomas)
 1962 Kill or Cure
Capt. J. (Jeroboam) Barker-Rynde PI
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Ludwig ('The Singing Bone')
 1962 Operation Snatch
Lt. 'Piggy' Wigg
 1961 Bachelor Flat
Prof. Bruce Patterson
 1961 A Matter of WHO
Archibald Bannister
 1961 His and Hers
Reggie Blake
 1960 That's Odd (Short)
 1960 Make Mine Mink
Major Rayne
 1960 School for Scoundrels
Raymond Delauney
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Lord Arthur Savile
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1960) ... Lord Arthur Savile
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Maj. Hitchcock
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne
 1959 Too Many Crooks
Billy Gordon
 1958 Tom Thumb
The Villain: Ivan
 1958 The World Our Stage (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1958) ... Terry
 1958 Happy Is the Bride
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1957 Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
Capt. Romney Carlton-Ricketts (as Terry Thomas)
 1957 Your Past Is Showing
Lord Mayley
 1957 Lucky Jim
Bertrand Welch
 1957 Brothers in Law
Alfred Green
 1956 The Green Man
Charles Boughtflower
 1956 Friday Night with Terry-Thomas (TV Series)
 1956 Strictly T-T (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1956)
- Episode #1.5 (1956)
- Episode #1.4 (1956)
- Episode #1.3 (1956)
- Episode #1.2 (1956)
 1956 Private's Progress
Major Hitchcock
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Cyril Beverley
- Bird in Hand (1955) ... Cyril Beverley
 1953 For Your Pleasure (TV Movie)
 1949-1953 How Do You View? (TV Series)
- Episode #6.1 (1953)
- Episode #5.6 (1952)
- Episode #5.5 (1952)
- Episode #5.4 (1952)
- Episode #5.3 (1952)
 1951 La belle Hélène (TV Movie)
 1951 What's Cooking (Short)
The Man (Husband)
 1950 The Adventures of Sir Percy Howsey (TV Movie)
 1949 Melody Club
Freddy Forrester (as Terry Thomas)
 1948 Brass Monkey
Terry Thomas (as Terry Thomas)
 1948 Copy Book Please (Short)
 1948 If You Don't Save Paper (Short)
Shop Assistant
 1948 Date with a Dream
Terry (as Terry Thomas)
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Extra (uncredited)
 1940 Under Your Hat
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1940 For Freedom
News reader
 1939 Sam Goes Shopping (Short)
Boyfriend (uncredited)
 1939 Flying Fifty-Five
Bit at Racetrack (uncredited)
 1938 Climbing High
Voice of a Cow (voice, uncredited)
 1937 Rhythm Racketeer
Extra (uncredited)
 1937 Take a Chance
Extra at Race Meeting (uncredited)
 1936 Crowning Glory (Short)
Unwanted Suitor at Party (uncredited)
 1936 This'll Make You Whistle
Extra (uncredited)
 1936 Rhythm in the Air
Drunkard Frankie (uncredited)
 1936 It's Love Again
Dancer (Extra) (uncredited)
 1936 Once in a Million
Man at Auction (uncredited)
 1936 Things to Come
Man of the Future (uncredited)
 1936 When Knights Were Bold
Soldier (uncredited)
 1936 Cheer Up
Extra: Dancer (uncredited)
 1935 The Ghost Goes West
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII
Extra (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (76 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (25 credits)

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Other Works:

TV commercial as William Shakespeare, with June Whitfield as Anne Hathaway, for Birds Eye Cod in Mushroom Sauce. See more »

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Belinda Terry-Thomas  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


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Ernest Frederick Stevens | Ellen Elizabeth Stevens

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He was asked by director Derek Jarman to star as "Prospero" in his William Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest (1979), but his failing health didn't allow him to play this role, which was eventually portrayed by Heathcote Williams. See more »


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