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 Terry Thomas

Terry Thomas

Original Name Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens
Birth
Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Death 8 Jan 1990 (aged 78)
Godalming, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 19238 · View Source
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Actor. Born Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens in Finchley, England, and educated at Ardingly College, West Sussex, England, Thomas worked in cabaret and as a film extra before finding success as an entertainer during World War II. After the war, he worked in TV, radio and variety, but it was during the mid-1950s that he developed his famous persona, first in his television series, How Do You View?, and then in films. His performance as Major Hitchcock in John and Roy Boulting's Private's Progress (1956) gave birth to his catchphrase, "you're an absolute shower", and made him a favourite in British comedy films for the next decade. He reprised the role of Hitchcock in I'm All Right Jack (1959), and appeared in several of the Boultings' other films, including Lucky Jim and Brothers in Law. He played a variety of exuberant, malevolent and silly characters during the 1960s, and became famous for his portrayal of the archetypal cad, bounder, and absolute rotter.[citation needed] (Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Monte Carlo or Bust; Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon). He was married twice. His first marriage was to Ida Patlanski, from 1938 to 1962, and he was married to Belinda Cunningham from 1963 until his death. He had two sons. He was a cousin of the British actor, Richard Briers. In 1971 Thomas was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and by 1977, he had retired. In 1989, writer and broadcaster Richard Hope-Hawkins, and actor Jack Douglas, organised a benefit concert for Thomas, after discovering he was living in virtual obscurity and ill health. The gala, held at London's Theatre Royal, ran for five hours, Phil Collins topping the bill along with 120 artistes. Michael Caine was the gala chairman. The show raised over £75,000 for Thomas and the Parkinson's Disease Society.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 29 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19238
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Terry Thomas (14 Jul 1911–8 Jan 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19238, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.