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Terry-Thomas

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Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens (14 July 1911 – 8 January 1990) was a distinctive English comic actor, known as Terry-Thomas. He was famous for his portrayal of disreputable members of the upper classes, especially cads, with a thick moustache, the trademark gap in his front teeth, cigarette holder, dressing gown, and catch-phrases such as "What an absolute shower!" and "Good show!"
He was born Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens in Glenfern House, Nether Street, Finchley, North London, England, and educated at Ardingly College. He began his working life as a clerk with Union Cold Storage Co, before drifting into showbusiness. Terry-Thomas worked in cabaret and as a film extra before finding success as an entertainer during World War II. After the war, he worked in TV, radio and variety, but it was during the mid-1950s that he developed his famous persona, first in his television series, How Do You View?, and then in films. His performance as Major Hitchcock in John and Roy Boulting's Private's Progress (1956) gave birth to his catchphrase, "you're an absolute shower", and made him a favourite in British comedy films for the next decade. He reprised the role of Hitchcock in I'm All Right Jack

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