Terry Thomas Overview:

Character actor, Terry-Thomas, was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens on Jul 14, 1911 in London, England. Thomas died at the age of 78 on Jan 8, 1990 in Godalming, England .


Gap-toothed, dark-haired, mustachioed British comedian whose exaggerated upper-crust accent, benign but foxy expression and long cigarette holder were all part of the act. He started as a dance extra, but in post-war years gained a reputation as a stand-up comic (always prefacing his act with "How do you do") before successfully tackling character comedy on film, alternately playing blustering idiots and wily rogues. In poor health in his last years. Died from Parkinson's Disease.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Terry Thomas Quotes:

Charles Firbank: This is Mr. Ford's shower - thermostatically controlled at Mr. Ford's body temperature: ninety-eight point *seven*!

Grandpa Munster: Listen, buster, this is modern day England, you can't get away with knocking off Herman!
Freddie Munster: But that's what makes the whole thing so delightful, we can!

Lily Munster: Oh! Freddie Munster, you're not a very nice person!
Freddie Munster: I am a thorough rotter. Like all the Musters before me, and proud of it!

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He and producer Douglas Rankin headed their own production company together. It was called Thomkins Productions Ltd.

A comic heritage plaque now commemorates his ownership of 11 Queen's Gate Mews, South Kensington, London, SW7. He lived at the West London Mews from 1949 until 1981.

In 1966 he was about to co-star in a movie called "Easy Come, Easy Go" with Jan Berry and Dean Torrence in the leading roles. Due to a car wreck during shooting, in which Berry suffered a severe brain damage and paralysis, the film was canceled. The film would have marked the screen debut of Mel Brooks, who also would have starred in the movie.

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