Creator / Terry-Thomas
"A page about me? I say! Jolly good show!"
Terry-Thomas (born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, July 10, 1911 — January 8, 1990) was an English comedian and character actor who became known to a worldwide audience through his many films during the 1950s and '60s. He often portrayed disreputable members of the British upper classes, especially cads, toffs and bounders, using his distinctive voice; his costume and props tended to include a bowler, waistcoat and cigarette holder. He was perhaps most well-known for the large gap between his front teeth.

Tropes he displayed:

  • Catch-Phrase:
    • I say!
    • You’re an absolute shower.
    • Jolly good show!
    • Hard cheese.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Said to be the inspiration behind the visual appearance of Wacky Races' Dick Dastardly. Also obviously the inspiration for George of the Jungle villain "Tiger" Titherage (even down to the nickname: "Tiger" was the nickname of Terry-Thomas' character in A Guide for the Married Man, which came out the same year).
  • Evil Brit: In addition to Dick Dastardly (see above) he is also said to be the inspiration for James "Mad Jim" Jaspers, a Psychopathic Man Child with vast reality-warping powers and the main villain in Alan Moore's run in the comic Captain Britain.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: In real life as well as on screen he was apparently one for fine clothing, dining and drink; for instance, he insisted his strawberries be "bathed" in Marsala wine.
  • Preppy Name: Hyphenated - like the gap in his teeth. The names of many of his roles were also hyphenated, accenting (no pun intended) his upper-crustiness.
  • Typecasting: He so defined the role of the upper-class scoundrel that most actors portraying the type today are essentially doing a parody of him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: When he wasn't doing the scoundrel, his comedic skills sometimes led him into this role.

Films he starred in include:

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes: Dr. Longstreet
    • The sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, in a cameo
  • Blue Murder at St. Trinian's: Captain Romney Carlton-Ricketts
  • Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (a.k.a. Man in a Cocked Hat): Cadogan De Vere Carlton-Browne
  • The Green Man: Charles Boughtflower
  • A Guide for the Married Man: Harry, aka "Tiger"
  • I'm All Right Jack: Major Hitchcock
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Lt. Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne
  • Kill or Cure: Captain J. (Jeroboam) Barker-Rynde PI
  • La Grande Vadrouille (a.k.a. Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!): Sir Reginald Brook
  • Atlantic Wall: Commander Perry
  • The Last Remake of Beau Geste: Warden
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines: Sir Percy Ware-Armitage
    • In Monte Carlo or Bust (a.k.a. Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies), he plays Sir Percy's equally devious son, Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage.
  • The Naked Truth: Lord Henry Mayley
  • The Persuaders: Archibald Sinclair Beachum
  • Robin Hood: Sir Hiss
  • Rocket To the Moon: Sir Harry Washington-Smythe
  • School For Scoundrels: Raymond Delauney
  • Spanish Fly: Sir Percy de Courcy
  • Too Many Crooks: William Delany Gordon
  • Vault of Horror: Arthur Critchit
  • Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?: Ladislaus Walichek