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Terry-Thomas



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Kill Or Cure
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet His And Hers
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Sandwich Man
  • Scoutmaster
2013
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Dr. Mortimer
1980
33% 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
52% 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
50% 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
67% 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
67% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Technical Advisor
1967
No Score Yet The Karate Killers
  • Constable
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 Strange Bedfellows
  • Assistant Mortician
1965
67% How to Murder Your Wife
  • Charles
1965
71% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  • Sir Percival Ware-Armitage
1965
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • J. Algernon Hawthorne
1963
83% 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 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
100% 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 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 Lucky Mascot
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet A Date with a Dream
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet It's Love Again
  • Extra
1936
No Score Yet Lucky Jim
  • Bertrand Welch
1909

Quotes from Terry-Thomas' Characters