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Terry-Thomas (born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, July 10, 1911 — January 8, 1990) was an English comedian and character actor.

He 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 also well known for the large gap between his front teeth.


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  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "I say!"
    • "You’re an absolute shower."
    • "Jolly good show!"
    • "Hard cheese."
    • "Splendid!"
  • 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: invoked 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.

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