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Terry-Thomas (left) and Clive Morton in a scene from Lucky Jim (1957)

Terry-Thomas (Thomas Terence Hoare-Stephens) (14 July 1911 - 8 January 1990) was a distinctive British comic actor of the 1950s and 1960s.

He was famous for his trademark gap in his front teeth, cigarette holder, dressing gown, and such catch-phrases as, "Ding-dong!" and, "You're an absolute shower!"

Something of a cultural icon to subsequent generations of dapper, dandy, well-groomed, gentlemen-about-town, he was particularly famous for his portrayal of the archetypal cad, bounder, and absolute rotter.


  • The Naked Truth 1957 plays as a shifty peer of the realm.
  • School for Scoundrels 1959 plays as a British cad in oneupmanship.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 as Lt. Col. Algernon Hawthorne
  • Spanish Fly 1976 as Sir Percy De Courcy
  • Robin Hood 1973 voice Sir Hiss
  • Monte Carlo or Bust 1969 as Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage
  • Diabolik 1968 Minister of Finance
  • Rocket to the Moon 1967 as Sir Washington-Smythe
  • Our Man in Marrakesh 1966 as El Caid



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