White collar, stiff, of course". Failed to delete memorial. [203][u], The 1970s began well for Terry-Thomas; television appearances in the UK and US were augmented by filming for The Abominable Dr. Phibes,[204] which became what author Bruce Hallenbeck called a "camp classic",[205] despite being described by Time Out critic David Pirie, as "the worst horror film made in England since 1945";[206] the film was released in 1971. [47] After basic training he was promoted to the rank of corporal and he applied for a commission. He led a generally happy childhood, but believed his parents secretly desired a daughter in his place. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Terry-Thomas's depiction of the character was not how he wished to play it: his desired choice was that of a "silly-ass" sergeant major, but the role was written as a strict, alcohol and prescription drug-dependent Army officer. His favorite thing to do in the workforce was carpentry work.He was known as a "wild man", he loved exploring the outdoors, being in the woods, hunting and fishing, with fishing being his favorite.He was the type to do everything he could to get someone laughing and smiling, he had his well-known jokes and songs he would sing. His academic abilities were modest, and he came to the notice of staff only through his frequent tomfoolery.

[235] The funds from the charity concert allowed Terry-Thomas to move out of his charity flat and into Busbridge Hall nursing home in Godalming, Surrey. [200] In between the pilot and the series of The Old Campaigner, in April 1968, Terry-Thomas appeared on the British ITV network in a one-off variety special, The Big Show, which combined musical numbers and his urbane monologues. It was madness. [236], Although there were exceptions, Terry-Thomas's screen characters were generally similar; Geoff Mayer wrote that "although there would be variations, he would remain the 'rotter', a pretentious, elitist, seedy, sometimes lecherous cad with an eye for quick money and the easy life".
[70] He also appeared in his first post-war film, A Date with a Dream, in 1949, alongside his wife. ). [107] His final part of 1957 was Lord Henry Mayley in The Naked Truth; this brought him together with Peter Sellers for the first time, and the two of them appeared frequently together over the next few years in scenes in which, Graham McCann considered that each actor's performance "highlight[ed] what was special about the other". My work was done so quickly, I never even knew the title of the films or met the stars. He is beloved by his grandchildren who he spoiled rotten.He had a love for God that was strong and meaningful. Terry-Thomas's biographer, Graham McCann, notes that the date on the birth certificate is 10 July. GREAT NEWS! In February 1999 the National Film Theatre ran a season of his films;[254] an NFT spokesman described how attendees turned up "in evening dress, with false moustaches and carrying cigarettes in long holders ... everyone has been trying to steal the cardboard cutouts of Terry ... We've never had a response like it. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial?

Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. His first marriage was to Ida Patlanski, from 1938 to 1962, and he was married to Belinda Cunningham from 1963 until his death. [235] He died there on 8 January 1990, at the age of 78. Terry-Thomas was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens at 53 Lichfield Grove, Finchley, North London. [94] The London run was not a success and the show closed after 48 performances. 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. [129] Filming took place during the daytime; in the evenings he appeared at the London Palladium, something he found trying on his nervous system. The following year she gave birth to their first son—Timothy Hoar—at the Princess Beatrice Hospital in London. A number of sources—including Terry-Thomas's two autobiographies—show the date of birth as 14 July 1911. Year should not be greater than current year. The show raised over £75,000 for Terry-Thomas and Parkinson's UK. They didn't mean much apart; together they made a trade name":[28] the hyphen was also "to match the gap in his front teeth". The show raised over £75,000 for Thomas and the Parkinson's Disease Society. We have set your language to If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. Drag images here or select from your computer for Terry J Thomas memorial. He appeared on various BBC Radio shows, and made a successful transition into British films. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times thought Terry-Thomas provided "some of the fieriest conniptions to be seen on the contemporary screen", going on to say the actor's "skill is exercised in demonstrating how magnificently and completely a mad-cap comedian can completely blow his top. View this memorial on a map This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page: Terry-Thomas.

; the final episode was broadcast on 11 June 1952. The first was as Bertrand Welch in Lucky Jim, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kingsley Amis. [90] That year, he separated from Patlanski following an increase in domestic tension and the plethora of affairs in which they had both indulged. [127] Many of the other cast from Private's Progress also returned, including Attenborough, Carmichael and Dennis Price; they were joined by Peter Sellers, who took most of the plaudits from the critics, although Stanley Kauffman, writing in The New Republic also delighted in Terry-Thomas's "finesse" and "extraordinary skill". Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? A charity gala was held in his honour, which raised sufficient funds for him to live his remaining time in a nursing home. [109], In 1958 Terry-Thomas received the first of his two film award nominations, the BAFTA Award for the "Best British Actor in 1959" for the part of Ivan in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film tom thumb.

Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. After this, he played a few minor roles in Gilbert and Sullivan productions by the Edgware Operatic Society at the Scala Theatre.
[5], In 1921 Terry-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". [29][c] Adding to his look were a "monocle, raffish waistcoat and red carnation". All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. [57], The ENSA and Stars in Battledress tours of Britain and Europe had raised Terry-Thomas's profile and, by October 1946, he was appearing alongside Sid Field in Piccadilly Hayride at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. [201] In 1969 he again teamed up with Eric Sykes and director Ken Annakin for a joint Italian, French and British production Monte Carlo or Bust!. [8] Terry-Thomas attended Fernbank School in Hendon Lane, Finchley,[9] which was a welcome escape from the stresses of his parents' break-up. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. [228] Although the first draft was completed by late summer 1984,[229] Terry-Thomas refused to release the manuscript and continued to make alterations, but never completed his copyediting: the book was finally published after his death. [77] The programme was broadcast live and often included Terry-Thomas walking through control rooms and corridors of the BBC's Lime Grove and Alexandra Palace studios. [104] Terry-Thomas starred in two further films in 1957. [251], Other actors have also used Terry-Thomas's persona as an inspiration for their characters: Dustin Hoffman acknowledged that he based his interpretation of the character Captain Hook in Hook on Terry-Thomas; Rupert Everett disclosed that when he provided the voice for Prince Charming in Shrek 2 Terry-Thomas "was vocally my role model while I was doing it";[252] and Paul Whitehouse's character, the 13th Duke of Wybourne, from The Fast Show was also modelled on Terry-Thomas's on-screen persona. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. [247] Gilbert Adair, writing in The Independent, considered that "for three decades, and in literally scores of films, he personified the Englishman as amiable bounder";[248] Adair wrote that "the characterisation he was to assume represented the very essence of patrician, double-barrelled caddishness". Born in London, Terry-Thomas made his film debut, uncredited, in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. Please note: You are asking volunteers to find and take a photo of the headstone. [191][192][193][194][t] Although he initially struggled to find the right plot of ground for the right price, he eventually settled on an appropriate location; declaring he was "allergic to architects", he designed the house himself. [55] Terry-Thomas finished the war as a sergeant,[h] and was finally demobbed on 1 April 1946. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? [91], Terry-Thomas spent the 1954 summer season performing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool before starring in a second series of Top of the Town, which ran from October 1954 to February 1955. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. GREAT NEWS! News soon travelled of the couple's talent, and they were engaged as ballroom dancers at a hall in Cricklewood. They lived in a series of rented properties before ending up in a three-room, unfurnished charity flat, where they lived with financial assistance from the Actors' Benevolent Fund. For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. [207] On 1 August 1970 Terry-Thomas made his second appearance on Desert Island Discs;[204] his luxury item was a case of brandy, chosen because it lasted longer than champagne. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password.

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