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Also Known As: Terry Thomas, Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, Thomas Terry Died: January 8, 1990
Born: July 14, 1911 Cause of Death: Parkinson's disease
Birth Place: Finchley, England, GB Profession: actor, ukulele player, dancer, conductor, impersonator, meat salesman, clerk

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Gap-toothed comic player who used his expressive eyes, mobile eyebrows and Royal Guards' mustache to create a variety of asinine British characters, usually in supporting roles, occasionally in leads. His antic personae ranged from the comically malevolent to the naive in "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963) and, perhaps his signature role, Sir Percival War-Armitage in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965).

Gap-toothed comic player who used his expressive eyes, mobile eyebrows and Royal Guards' mustache to create a variety of asinine British characters, usually in supporting roles, occasionally in leads. His antic personae ranged from the comically malevolent to the naive in "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963) and, perhaps his signature role, Sir Percival War-Armitage in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1978) Dr Mortimer
2.
 Last Remake of Beau Geste, The (1977) Prison Governor
3.
 Mysterious House of Dr. "C", The (1976) Voice Of The Bull
4.
 Spanish Fly (1976) Sir Percy Decourcy
5.
6.
 Side By Side (1975) Max Nugget
8.
 Robin Hood (1973) Voice Of Sir Hiss
9.
 I Love a Mystery (1973) Gordon Elliott
10.
 Vault of Horror, The (1973) Critchit ("The Neat Job")
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Played ukulele and conducted a jazz band
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Worked as clerk, then meat salesman for a London company where he first performed with its dramatic society
:
Toured in revue, "Stars in Battledress" (mimicking Richard Tauber, radio and WWII)
1946:
London stage debut in revue, "Piccadilly Hayride"
1949:
Film debut, "Helter Skelter"
1956:
First film success, "Private's Progress"
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Education

Ardingly College: -

Notes

He claimed he delayed working until the age of 27 "because my father bought my clothes and women and things."

His answer to a reporter's query why he sometimes accepted small roles: "I'm too busy to do big ones."

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wife:
Ida Patlanskey. Dancer. Married 1938; divorced 1962.
wife:
Belinda Cunningham. Married August 20, 1963; mother of Terry-Thomas's two children, Tiger and Cushan.

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child:
Tiger Stevens.
child:
Cushan Stevens.

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"Filling the Gap" Max Parrish & Co

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