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Terry-Thomas is a Actor and Director British born on 14 july 1911 at London (United-kingdom)

Terry-Thomas

Terry-Thomas
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Birth name Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 14 july 1911 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 8 january 1990 (at 78 years) at Surrey (United-kingdom)

Terry-Thomas (born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens; 10 July 19118 January 1990) was a distinctive English comic actor. He was famous for his portrayal of disreputable members of the upper classes, especially cads, toffs and bounders, with the trademark gap in his front teeth, cigarette holder, smoking jacket and catch-phrases such as "What an absolute shower!", "Good show!", "You dirty rotter!" and "Hard cheese!".

Biography

Débuts et carrière
Terry-Thomas a tout d'abord travaillé dans un cabaret et comme figurant avant de trouver le succès comme comique pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Après la guerre, il travaille à la télévision et à la radio mais ce n'est que dans les années 50 qu'il développe son fameux personnage, tout d'abord dans des séries à la télévision comme How Do You View? puis par la suite dans des films. Son interprétation du Major Hitchcock dans Ce sacré z'héros (Private's Progress, 1956) de John and Roy Boulting donne naissance à sa fameuse phrase « You're an absolute shower ». Il devient alors un des favoris dans la comédie britannique. En 1959, il reprend le rôle de Hitchcock dans I'm All Right Jack et apparaît dans de nombreux films comme Lucky Jim ou Ce sacré confrère (Brothers in Law). Il est connu en France pour avoir tenu le rôle de « Big Moustache » dans La Grande Vadrouille.

On l'a également vu dans certains épisodes de la série Amicalement vôtre (The Persuaders) dans le rôle du cousin « boulet » de Brett Sinclair : Archibald « Archie » Sinclair-Beauchamps.


Vie personnelle
Il se marie en 1938 avec Ida Patlanski mais divorce en 1962 pour se remarier l'année suivante avec Belinda Cunnigham avec qui il aura deux enfants : Timothy et Cushan. Terry-Thomas est le cousin de l'acteur britannique Richard Briers.

En 1971, la maladie de Parkinson est diagnostiquée. Il prend sa retraite en 1977. Durant les années 1980, il connait des hauts et des bas et rédige avec l’aide du nègre Terry Baum une autobiographie intitulée Terry-Thomas Tells Tales (Terry-Thomas raconte des histores), laquelle sera publiée à titre posthume en 1992. En 1989 l’acteur Jack Douglas et Richard Hope-Hawkins organisent un concert au profit de Terry-Thomas après avoir appris qu’il vivait dans l’oubli et était gravement malade. Ce gala, présidé par Michael Caine et d’une durée de cinq heures a lieu au London's Theatre Royal, Phil Collins tenant le haut de l'affiche avec 120 autres artistes. Les bénéfices de ce spectacle atteignent £75,000 et sont versés à Thomas et à l’association Parkinson's UK. Richard Briers devient président de cette association après avoir été témoin de la maladie de son cousin.

Best films

Robin Hood (1973)
(Actor)
Tom Thumb (1958)
(Actor)
Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! (1966)
(Actor)

Usually with

Roy Boulting
Roy Boulting
(6 films)
John Boulting
John Boulting
(6 films)
Irene Handl
Irene Handl
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Terry-Thomas (80 films)

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Actor

The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1h25
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Penelope Keith, Denholm Elliott, Joan Greenwood, Hugh Griffith
Roles Dr. Mortimer
Rating45% 2.260062.260062.260062.260062.26006
The film begins in a theater, where a pianist (Moore) begins to play a piano accompaniment to the actual film being shown in the theater.
Pete's Dragon, 1h45
Directed by Don Bluth, Don Chaffey
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Films about dragons, Musical films, Children's films, Films about child abuse
Actors Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Sean Marshall
Roles Sir Hiss a Snake
Rating62% 3.149923.149923.149923.149923.14992
In the early 1900s, a young orphan named Pete flees his abusive adoptive hillbilly family, the Gogans. As Lena Gogan and company pursue him ("The Happiest Home in These Hills"), an unseen force, which Pete calls Elliott, knocks them into a mud pit. The next morning, Pete and Elliott, a green and purple dragon who has the power of invisibility, share breakfast ("I Love You, Too") and visit Passamaquoddy, a village where the unseen Elliott, performing clumsy antics, causes Pete to be labeled a source of ill luck. Lampie, the drunken old lighthouse keeper, stumbles out of a tavern and encounters Pete. A mischievous Elliott makes himself visible, and a terrified Lampie runs into the saloon to warn the townsfolk ("I Saw a Dragon"). In a seaside cave, Pete scolds Elliott for causing trouble. Just as they make up, Lampie's daughter Nora appears, having spotted Pete earlier. She says that due to the ongoing tides from the sea, that it's unsafe for Pete to stay, thus leaving Elliott to remain there. She offers him shelter at the lighthouse, and they talk ("It's Not Easy"). Pete learns the story of Nora's fiancé, Paul, whose ship was reported lost at sea the previous year. Pete promises to ask Elliott about Paul, and Nora accepts, believing Elliott to be an imaginary friend.
The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1h25
Directed by Marty Feldman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes French war films
Actors Marty Feldman, Michael York, Ann-Margret, Avery Schreiber, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones
Roles Governor
Rating59% 2.9979652.9979652.9979652.9979652.997965
Spoofing the classic Beau Geste and a number of other desert motion pictures, the film's plotline revolves around the heroic Beau Geste and his brother Digby's misadventures in the French Foreign legion out in the Sahara, and the disappearance of the family sapphire, sought after by their money-hungry stepmother.
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Spy films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Clive Revill, Derek Nimmo, Percy Herbert, Hugh Burden
Roles Sir Hiss a Snake
Rating58% 2.949962.949962.949962.949962.94996
Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.
The Vault of Horror, 1h23
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Anthology film, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film
Actors Terry-Thomas, Curd Jürgens, Daniel Massey, Tom Baker, Dawn Addams, Denholm Elliott
Roles Arthur Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
Rating64% 3.2472853.2472853.2472853.2472853.247285
Framing Story Five strangers board a descending lift, one by one, in a modern office block in London. They reach the sub-basement, though none of them have pressed for that destination. There they find a large, elaborately furnished room which appears to be a gentlemen's club. The lift door has closed and there are no buttons to bring it back, nor any other exit. Resigned to waiting for help, they settle down with drinks and talk. The conversation turns to dreams, and each man tells of a recurring nightmare.
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (1973)
, 1h23
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Edward Hansen
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about foxes, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Ken Curtis, Brian Bedford
Roles Sir Hiss - A Snake (voice)
Rating74% 3.7470053.7470053.7470053.7470053.747005
Alan-a-Dale introduces the story of Robin Hood and Little John, two outlaws living in Sherwood Forest, where they rob from the rich and give to the poor townsfolk of Nottingham, despite the efforts of the Sheriff of Nottingham to stop them. Meanwhile, Prince John and his assistant Sir Hiss arrive in Nottingham on a tour of the kingdom. Knowing the royal coach is laden with riches, Robin and Little John rob Prince John by disguising themselves as fortune tellers. The embarrassed Prince John then puts a bounty on their heads and makes the Sheriff his personal tax collector, who takes pleasure in collecting funds from the townsfolk including hidden money from the crippled blacksmith Otto and a single farthing from a young rabbit, Skippy, who had just received it as a birthday present. However, Robin Hood, disguised as a beggar, sneaks in and gives back some money to the family, as well as his hat and a bow to Skippy in honor of his birthday.
The Heroes
The Heroes (1973)
, 1h45
Directed by Duccio Tessari
Origin Italie
Genres War, Comedy, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Rod Steiger, Rod Taylor, Rosanna Schiaffino, Claude Brasseur, Aldo Giuffrè, Terry-Thomas
Roles Major John Cooper
Rating50% 2.507362.507362.507362.507362.50736
En 1942 en Tunisie pendant la guerre, un détachement allié est attaqué par des Allemands. Les deux seuls survivants découvrent 2 millions de livres sterling dans les restes du convoi.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again, 1h29
Directed by Robert Fuest
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, Peter Jeffrey, Fiona Lewis, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith
Roles Lombardo
Rating62% 3.14973.14973.14973.14973.1497
The film begins by recapping the events of the previous film, following Dr. Anton Phibes' murderous quest for vengeance against the doctors he blamed for the death of his wife, Victoria. Phibes eluded capture by placing himself in suspended animation in a sarcophagus he shares with the body of his wife, where he would lay in darkness until the moon had entered into proper alignment with the planets, which had not occurred in over two thousand years. Three years later, the conjunction occurs, and Phibes rises from his sarcophagus. Summoning his silent assistant Vulnavia (Valli Kemp, replacing Virginia North), Phibes prepares to take Victoria to Egypt; there, in a hidden tomb, flows the River of Life, promising resurrection for Victoria and eternal life for the two of them. Rising from his basement, Phibes is shocked to discover that his house has been demolished, and a safe containing a scroll of papyrus, showing the way to the River of Life, is now empty.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes, 1h34
Directed by Robert Fuest
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Serial killer films, Zombie films, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas, Peter Jeffrey, Virginia North, John Gilmore
Roles Dr. Longstreet
Rating70% 3.54783.54783.54783.54783.5478
Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) was an expert in theology and music who was supposedly killed in a car crash in 1921, shortly after the death of his beloved wife, Victoria, during an operation. However, he survived the crash, horribly scarred by the accident and left unable to speak, forcing him to remake his face with prosthetics and use his knowledge of acoustics to regain his voice. Resurfacing in 1925, Phibes believes that his wife died a victim of incompetent doctors, and begins elaborate plans to kill them.
Atlantic Wall, 1h47
Directed by Marcel Camus
Origin France
Genres War, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors André Bourvil, Jean Poiret, Sophie Desmarais, Peter McEnery, Sophie Desmarets, Reinhard Kolldehoff
Roles Le commandant Perry du Q.G. britannique
Rating59% 2.968692.968692.968692.968692.96869
Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, sous l’occupation, peu avant la bataille de Normandie, Léon Duchemin, un paisible restaurateur que sa femme a quitté vingt ans auparavant, vit en compagnie de Maria, sa sœur farfelue et de sa fille Juliette, devenue une jeune femme. Ses clients représentent toute la société du village, allant du chauffeur de Rommel, aux résistants et aux trafiquants du marché noir.