He often portrayed disreputable members of the upper classesespecially cadstoffs and boundersusing his distinctive voice; his costume and props tended to include a monocle, waistcoat and cigarette holder. The experience helped sharpen his cabaret and revue act, increased his public profile and proved instrumental in the development of his successful comic stage routine.
Upon his demobilisationThomas terry starred in Piccadilly Hayride Thomas terry the London stage and was the star of the first comedy series on British television, How Do You View?
From Thomas terry mids he frequently starred in European films, in roles such as Sir Reginald in Thomas terry successful French film La Grande Vadrouille. In Terry-Thomas was diagnosed with Parkinson's diseasewhich slowly brought his career to a conclusion: He spent much of his fortune on medical treatment and, shortly before his Thomas terry, was living in poverty, existing on charity from the Actors' Benevolent Fund. A charity gala was held in his honour, which raised sufficient funds for him to live his remaining time in a nursing home.
He led a generally happy childhood, but believed that his parents secretly desired a daughter in his place. The performances seldom worked, and his father became increasingly removed from his family.
InTerry-Thomas began to nurture his distinctive, well-spoken voice, reasoning that "using good speech automatically suggested that you were well-educated and made people look up to you".
It was there that he developed an interest in fashion, and adopted the debonair dress-sense of his hero Douglas Fairbanks. When he was 13, he Thomas terry to Ardingly Collegea public school in Sussex.
The latter subject later led to his expulsion from the school, after his frequent and inappropriate use of ad lib during lessons. He also took up a position in the school jazz band, first playing the ukulele and then percussion and additionally Thomas terry often performed comedy dancing routines to the band's music.
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Terry-Thomas enjoyed his time at Ardingly, and relished his association with upper middle class school friends. His academic abilities were modest, and he only came to the notice of staff through his frequent tomfoolery.
He stayed at Ardingly for one more term and returned home to London, but made no plans to further his education Thomas terry start long-term work. By his own admission, he never stopped "farting around" and often kept his colleagues Thomas terry with impersonations of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Erich von Stroheim.
He also invented various characters, including Colonel Featherstonehaugh-Bumleigh and Cora Chessington-Crabbe, and frequently recited comic stories involving them to his colleagues. His characterisations soon came to the notice of the company's management who prompted him to enrol in the company's amateur drama club.
The production was popular with audiences, and he subsequently became a regular performer in many amateur productions. He was billed as Thos Stevens, but only appeared as a minor turn. Inhe left Smithfield Market to work briefly with a friend at an electrical shop before he became travelling salesman of Thomas terry equipment. He enjoyed the job and relished being able to dress up in elaborate clothing in order to make his pitch.
He took up dancing and formed a partnership with a sister of Jessie Matthews. The act starred in local exhibitions and at minor venues, and they earned well from it. News soon travelled of the couple's talent, and they were engaged as ballroom dancers at a hall in Cricklewood. He found the dance-style too restrictive Thomas terry he Thomas terry the act to try other aspects of entertainment.
By Terry-Thomas had moved out of Finchley and into a friend's flat; Thomas terry friend was a film extra who introduced him to the idea of working in the industry. It wasn't really like work to me.
I got an enormous Thomas terry out of it". During this period, he billed himself as Thomas or Thos Stevens, but reorganised the name to its backward spelling of Mot Snevets;  the name did not last long and he changed it to Thomas Terry.
Thomas terry He soon realised that people were mistaking him as a relative of Dame Ellen Terryso inverted the name Thomas terry Terry Thomas. They didn't mean much apart; together they made a trade name": In order to avoid staining his fingers with smoke, he used a cigarette holder and later purchased "the most irresistible holder in Dunhill's.
But I knew that underneath the clothes I was very much a conservative Englishman who would have loved to have been a genuine eccentric". In Terry-Thomas met the South African dancer and choreographer Ida Florence Patlansky, who went by the stage-name Pat Patlanski,  [d] while she was auditioning in London for a partner for her flamenco dancing act.
Despite the success of Terri and Patlanski,  the act only lasted three months  and they took on small engagements on the cabaret circuit. He later recounted that "I didn't give a very good performance I was a dismal failure".
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During the tour, Terry-Thomas ensured Patlanski was sent back to the UK to enable him to continue his affair. In April Terry-Thomas received his call-up papers; he later wrote that "it would have seemed rather rude and ungrateful to refuse";  as a result, he left Thomas terry and reported to the Royal Corps of Signals training depot in OssettWest Riding of Yorkshire.
Terry-Thomas continued to appear in cabaret and Thomas terry shows while in the army, including at the Astoria Cinema in Yorkwhere he was seen by George Black.
This involved him portraying a harassed BBC announcer introducing records that are missing.
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Terry-Thomas, along with his Stars in Battledress unit, travelled through Britain and Europe on a tour that lasted Thomas terry months. During his absence he went on a tour of the UK organised by George Black, accompanied on the piano by a former colonel, Harry Sutcliffe.
Terry Thomas, a grand discovery". At the end of his run with Piccadilly HayrideTerry-Thomas took a Thomas terry break to recover from nervous exhaustion and a recurrence of his peptic ulcer. He went back to cabaret and acted as a compere at the London Palladium before making his radio breakthrough on 12 October with his own series on the BBC Home Service.
The perfectionist in me always made me aware of anything that was less than first class". Walton as the family retainer, Moulting; and Diana Dors. Add to these pictoral [ sic ] advantages his eight-inch cigarette holder and Eddie Cantor eyes".
In between filming How Do You View? He finished the year in South Africaas Honourable Idle Jack in Dick Whittingtonwhich finished in January ; Thomas terry he considered the pantomime to be "so tatty and unrehearsed it was pathetic". Terry-Thomas then reprised his role of Idle Jack for a run of performances in the Granada theatres of Sutton and Woolwichand the Finsbury Park Empire, which ran to Thomas terry end of January Patlanski moved out of the shared home, Thomas terry the couple lived separate lives; the press did not report the separation Thomas terry Terry-Thomas spent the summer season performing at the Winter Gardens PavilionBlackpool before starring in a second series of Top of the Townwhich ran from October to February The last stop on the UK tour Thomas terry at the Brighton Hippodromewhere Terry-Thomas broke Thomas terry arm on stage; he returned to the show five days later when the tour reached London.
Terry-Thomas's depiction of the character was not how he wished to play it: The first of the five films was Brothers in Lawin which Terry-Thomas played the spiv Alfred Green, a performance which was based on Sid Field's characterisation in Piccadilly Hayride. Filming the scene took two days and Boulting described it as "an unique experience for him, and had a wonderful after-effect".
He wasn't difficult about it, but he knew it". The role was physically demanding, and required him to ride Thomas terry horse, run long distances and fight in a duel. He considered the arresting policemen to have been Thomas terry, and "their attitude made me extremely angry and when I get angry I just go completely off my nut".
In Terry-Thomas published his first autobiography, Filling the Gapnamed after his spot in Large as Life ;  he explained that "everything that has been printed about me is lies. I'm not suggesting the writers Thomas terry lying, I was". A bowler hat wearer. White collar, stiff, of course". Terry-Thomas's final film with the Boulting brothers was I'm All Right Jacka post-war follow-up to Private's Progress with Terry-Thomas reprising the role of Major Hitchcock to an industrial setting, as Thomas terry "tetchily incompetent" personnel manager.
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times thought that Terry-Thomas provided "some of the fieriest conniptions to be seen on the contemporary screen", going Thomas terry to say that the actor's "skill is exercised in demonstrating how magnificently and completely a mad-cap comedian can completely blow his top.
His eyes flash, his lips curl, his sibilants whistle and he glares like a maniac". In Terry-Thomas appeared as Raymond Delauney in School for Scoundrelsa film his biographer, Robert Ross, called "the definitive screen presentation of his frightfully well-mannered, well-read and well-educated lounge lizard: T-T the man as T-T the film star".
He stopped appearing on television and radio shows of his own, declaring "it was the cinema Thomas terry me and me for the cinema! Terry-Thomas spent part of in America, filming the role of Professor Bruce Patterson in Bachelor Flat —his first Hollywood role  —before flying to Gibraltar to film Operation Snatchin which he teamed up with Lionel Jeffries.
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On 1 February Terry-Thomas and Pat Patlanski divorced, having spent the previous eight years estranged. He had by then split from his mistress of the previous few years, Lorrae Desmondwho returned to Australia shortly afterwards Thomas terry married a surgeon; Terry-Thomas resumed his bachelor life-style.
The break-up with Desmond caused him great upset, and he sought solace with Belinda Cunningham, a year-old whom he had met on holiday in Thomas terry two years previously. By the time his flight arrived in London he had changed his mind, so he telephoned producer Stanley Kramer from the airport to signal his acceptance, and "popped back on a plane Thomas terry be fitted for the part" the same day. They were always 'on'. I had to be on the watch the whole time". Terry-Thomas on his "foreign productions" .
By the mids Terry-Thomas was tiring of the Hollywood lifestyle,  and, during the latter half of the s, he worked with European filmmakers, returning occasionally to the US when he was filming there. The film, released inheld the record for highest box-office takings in France until and it remains "one of the most popular films with television audiences in France".
For one of the Italian-produced films, the farce Arabellahe played four parts and used "the help of wigs, moustaches and lashings of Thomas terry Factor" to help achieve the different characterisations,  Thomas terry were all with the Italian actress Virna Thomas terry. Although the European films allowed him to travel and gave him a constant source of income, he received bigger fees from his less-frequent engagements in US films,  which he continued to appear in, joking that he "knew the fat cheques in the pipe-line were endless".
Terry-Thomas Thomas terry intrigued by the possibility of a Mediterranean retreat and visited the island on the way to film Monte Carlo: In between films Terry-Thomas appeared on television on both sides of the Atlantic. This character was "yet another variation on his rakish cad persona", according to Mark Lewisohn.
Robert Ross commented that Terry-Thomas "seemed to delight in resurrecting his vintage sophisticated patter after years in movies The film was "the only copper-bottomed sequel to Thomas terry which became what author Bruce Hallenbeck called a "camp classic",  despite being described by Time Out critic David Pirieas "the worst horror film made in England since ";  the film was released in He continued to work as much Thomas terry possible, although—as the film historian Geoff Mayer pointed out—the situation "reduced his film career to supporting roles and cameos".
During the s he starred in a series of low-budget British films, including two inSpanish Fly —called a "gruesome smutfest" by the writer Christopher Fowler  —and The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jonesdescribed by the Film Review Digest Thomas terry a "cheap, crude, sexed-up rehash" of the other film adaptations of Henry Fielding 's source novel.
Terry-Thomas describing "perfidious Parkinson's" . Between andhe spent much time with medical consultants. As a result, he secured a lucrative advertising contract with the Ford Motor Company. Find Thomas Terry credit information on AllMusic.
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