Terry-thomas


Actor
Terry-thomas

About

Also Known As
Terry Thomas, Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, Thomas Terry
Birth Place
Finchley, England, GB
Born
July 14, 1911
Died
January 08, 1990
Cause of Death
Parkinson's Disease

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"Filling the Gap"
Terry-Thomas, Max Parrish & Co (1959)

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."

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
The Bawdy Adventures Of Tom Jones (1976)
Mr Square
Spanish Fly (1976)
Sir Percy Decourcy
The Mysterious House of Dr. "C" (1976)
Voice Of The Bull
Side By Side (1975)
Max Nugget
Who Stole the Shah's Jewels? (1974)
Robin Hood (1973)
Voice
The Vault of Horror (1973)
I Love a Mystery (1973)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Lombardo
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Dr. Longstreet
Arabella (1970)
Hotel manager/general/duke/insurance manager
2000 Years Later (1969)
Charles Goodwyn
Don't Look Now (1969)
Reginald
Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)
Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)
H. William Homer
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)
Ladislau Walichek
How Sweet It Is! (1968)
Gilbert Tilly
Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Minister of Finance
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)
Capt. Sir Harry Washington-Smythe
The Perils of Pauline (1967)
Sten Martin
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1967)
Lord Aldric/James
The Karate Killers (1967)
The Daydreamer (1966)
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
Freddie
The Wild Affair (1966)
Godfrey Deane
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes (1965)
Sir Percival Ware-Armitage
You Must Be Joking! (1965)
Major Foskett
Strange Bedfellows (1965)
Assistant mortician
How To Murder Your Wife (1965)
Charles
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
J. Algernon Hawthorne
The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
Spender
A Matter of WHO (1962)
Archibald Bannister
Operation Snatch (1962)
Lieut. "Piggy" Wigg
Kill or Cure (1962)
J. Barker-Rynde
Bachelor Flat (1962)
Professor Bruce Patterson
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
Ludwig
I'm All Right Jack (1960)
Major Hitchcock
School For Scoundrels (1960)
Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)
Cadogen De Vere Carlton-Browne
Too Many Crooks (1959)
Billy Gordon
tom thumb (1958)
Ivan
Your Past Is Showing (1958)
Lord Mayley
Happy Is the Bride (1958)
Constable
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
Romney Carlton-Ricketts
Lucky Jim (1957)
Bertrand Welch
Private's Progress (1956)
Major Hitchcock
The Green Man (1956)
Boughtflower
The Brass Monkey (1948)

Cast (Special)

Howdy (1970)

Life Events

1946

London stage debut in revue, "Piccadilly Hayride"

1949

Film debut, "Helter Skelter"

1956

First film success, "Private's Progress"

Photo Collections

Make Mine Mink - Movie Poster
Make Mine Mink - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Wild Affair, The (1963) - I Had My Eye On Frankenstein From producer Ray Stark, working in the U-K with his own Seven Arts firm, clever end of the credits introduces his discovery Nancy Kwan as Marjorie, Bessie Love her mom and Donald Churchill as her hung-over fiancè, in the unsuccessful but edgy comedy The Wild Affair, 1963, from writer-director John Krish.
Wild Affair, The (1963) - First Class Sex Maniac At her London cosmetics firm, conflicted Margie (Nancy Kwan), on the eve of her wedding and the office Christmas party, greets friend Mavis (Betty Marsden), boss Terry-Thomas (in maybe his only picture with no mustache!), nasty under-boss Tiny (Paul Whitsun-Jones) and gofer Bone (Bernard Adams), in The Wild Affair, 1963.
Wild Affair, The (1963) - The Vampire Look Lecher-ey cosmetics firm boss Deane (Terry-Thomas with NO mustache!), fussy stylist Quentin (Victor Spinetti) and visiting sales ace Craig (Jimmy Logan) all show sudden interest in staffer Marjorie (Nancy Kwan), her wedding and the Christmas party imminent, and whose mirror-based alter-ego happens to match the hot new look, in The Wild Affair, 1963.
School For Scoundrels (1960) - They Have A Tendency To Sulk Joining the scene in which downtrodden Palfrey (Ian Carmichael), looking to impress April (Janette Scott) finds his staff didn’t make a reservation, working on the headwaiter (John Le Mesurier) when the villain (Terry-Thomas as Delauney) makes his first appearance, in the British-made School For Scoundrels, 1960.
tom thumb (1958) - He Can Wiggle Through The Keyhole! The tiny title character (Russ Tamblyn) joins his new adoptive woodcutter dad (Bernard Miles) for a first day at work when two new characters appear in the forest, Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers as Ivan and Antony, with a plot in mind, in producer-director George Pal’s tom thumb, 1958.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - Natural Born Flyer Desperate to find the dead gangster’s loot, Ding and Benjy (Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett) have enlisted boozy pilot Fitzgerald (Jim Backus), and would-be seaweed tycoon Finch (Milton Berle) loses it with Hawthorne (Terry-Thomas), whom he’s promised a share, in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963.
How To Murder Your Wife (1965) - Splunk! Writer-producer George Axelrod and director Richard Quine have made no effort to explain why affluent Manhattan bachelor Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) and his man Charles (Terry-Thomas) appear to be staging a major jewel caper on the waterfront, early in How To Murder Your Wife, 1965.
How To Murder Your Wife (1965) - Sober As A Judge At the derailed bachelor party for jilted Tobey (Max Showalter), marriage-averse Stanley (Jack Lemmon) encounters Judge Blackstone (Sidney Blackmer) then a girl in a cake (Virna Lisi), his manservant (Terry-Thomas) telepathically connected, in How To Murder Your Wife, 1965.
Man In A Cocked Hat - No Lavatories The newly arrived young king (Ian Bannen) baffles the Brits (Terry-Thomas, Thorley Walters) then his own Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers) in the Boulting brothers' Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959.
Man In A Cocked Hat - Aeroporta Gaillardia Carlton-Browne (Terry-Thomas, in outrageous hat) and Bellingham (Thorley Walters) arrive in Gaillardia and meet Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers) in Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959..
Man In A Cocked Hat - Miscellaneous Territories Jaunty opening introducing the British territory of Gaillardia, and Carlton-Browne (Terry Thomas) and parents (Kynaston Reeves, Marie Lohr), in the Boulting brothers' Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959.
I'm All Right Jack - Fred Kite Stanley (Ian Carmichael) has his first encounter with the efficient shop steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers) in the Boulting brothers' I'm All Right Jack, 1960.

Trailer

Family

Tiger Stevens
Child
Cushan Stevens
Child

Companions

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

Bibliography

"Filling the Gap"
Terry-Thomas, Max Parrish & Co (1959)

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."