Highest Rated: 100% Tom Thumb (1958)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1980)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1911

Birthplace: Finchley, London, England, UK

For the first three decades of his life, gap-toothed comic actor Terry-Thomas was far from a household name. The London-born performer worked as a clerk, meat salesman, pianist, bandleader, music hall comedian and movie extra before signing with the Royal Signal Corps upon the outbreak of World War II. His film career took off in earnest in 1949, and by 1955 Terry-Thomas was enjoying star billing in a series of officious, twittish roles. Occasionally a sympathetic leading man in such films as Man in the Cocked Hat (1959), the actor was far more effective in roles calling for easily punctured pomposity. Extremely popular in England, Terry-Thomas was comparatively little known in the U.S. outside of the art-house circuit until he starred in the Frank Tashlin-directed farce Bachelor Flat (1961). Though he'd been afforded opportunities to exhibit his versatility in British films, Terry-Thomas was typecast by Hollywood in such broad, unpleasant roles as the jingoistic J. Algernon Hawthorne in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and the caddish Percival War-Armitage in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965). On a Tonight Show appearance in the late 1960s, the actor ruefully commented that, while he liked the money he was getting in Hollywood, he wished that his children could see him play a good guy for a change. After 1970, Terry-Thomas accepted whatever parts came his way, with the mediocre outweighing the worthwhile; he was last seen as Dr. Mortimer in a messy parody version of Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles (1978). Retiring to the Caribbean, he was forced to move back to London when his savings were depleted by his ever-encroaching Parkinson's Disease. The world at large was apprised of the actor's illness and reduced financial circumstance when he was featured on a network-TV documentary about degenerative illnesses. He spent his last painful years living off the charitable contributions of his friends and admirers. Terry-Thomas was the author of two autobiographical books: 1959's Closing the Gap and the posthumously published Terry-Thomas Tells Tales; his mid-1960s comedy record album Terry-Thomas Discovers America is today a much-sought-after collector's item.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet His And Hers Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Sandwich Man Scoutmaster 2013
0% The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. Mortimer 1980
45% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Prison Governor 1977
No Score Yet The Bawdy Adventures Of Tom Jones Mr. Square 1976
No Score Yet Side by Side Actor 1975
54% Robin Hood Sir Hiss 1973
No Score Yet The Vault of Horror (Tales from the Crypt, Part II) Arthur Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job") 1973
63% Dr. Phibes Rises Again Lombardo 1972
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes Dr. Longstreet 1971
No Score Yet 12 + 1 (The 13 Chairs) (Twelve Plus One) Albert 1969
No Score Yet Arabella Hotel Manager 1969
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage 1969
No Score Yet Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River H. William Homer 1968
No Score Yet Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Ladislaus Walichek 1968
70% Danger: Diabolik Minister of Finance 1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! Gilbert Tilly 1968
No Score Yet Those Fantastic Flying Fools (Rocket to the Moon) Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe 1967
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
No Score Yet The Karate Killers Constable 1967
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Sten Martin 1967
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home Freddie Munster 1966
No Score Yet The Daydreamer The First Tailor 1966
No Score Yet La Grande Vadrouille Sir Reginald 1966
No Score Yet You Must Be Joking! Maj. Foskett 1965
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows Assistant Mortician 1965
64% How to Murder Your Wife Charles 1965
71% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines Sir Percival Ware-Armitage 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World J. Algernon Hawthorne 1963
86% The Mouse on the Moon Spender 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Ludwig 1962
No Score Yet Bachelor Flat Professor Bruce Patterson 1962
No Score Yet Kill or Cure Captain J. Barker-Rynde 1962
No Score Yet A Matter of Who Archibald Bannister 1961
No Score Yet Make Mine Mink Major Albert Rayne 1960
No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat) Cadogen de Vere Carlton-Browne 1960
88% I'm All Right Jack Maj. Hitchcock 1960
No Score Yet School for Scoundrels Raymond Delauney 1960
No Score Yet Too Many Crooks Billy Gordon 1959
No Score Yet Carlton Browne of the F.O. Actor 1959
100% Tom Thumb Ivan 1958
No Score Yet Lucky Jim Bertrand Welch 1958
No Score Yet Brothers in Law Alfred Green 1957
No Score Yet Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Captain Romney Carlton-Ricketts 1957
No Score Yet The Naked Truth Lord Mayley 1957
No Score Yet Private's Progress Major Hitchcock 1956
No Score Yet The Green Man Boughtflower 1956
No Score Yet The Brass Monkey Himself 1951
No Score Yet A Date with a Dream Actor 1948
No Score Yet It's Love Again Extra 1936


J. Algernon Hawthorne says: Why Americans are so obsessed with breasts. I say if American women stopped wearing braziers your entire economy would collapse overnight.