Terry Scott

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Terry Scott
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Terry Scott
Born Owen John Scott
4 May 1927
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Died 26 July 1994(1994-07-26) (aged 67)
Witley, Surrey, England
Occupation Actor, comedian
Spouse(s) Mary Howard (1949 - ?) (divorced)
Margaret Peden (1957 - 1994) (his death)
Children Five

Owen John "Terry" Scott (4 May 1927 – 26 July 1994) was an English actor and comedian who appeared in seven Carry On films.[1] He also appeared in BBC1's popular domestic sitcom Terry and June with June Whitfield.

Life and career[edit]

Scott was born and brought up in Watford, Hertfordshire[2] and educated at Watford Field Junior School and Watford Grammar School for Boys. He was the youngest of three children, and the only surviving son after his brother Aubrey died when Scott was six.[2] After National Service in the Navy, at the end of World War II, he briefly studied accounting. Spells on the radio on shows like Workers Playtime were followed by appearances on TV and he got an opportunity in farce when he joined the Whitehall Theatre Company. With Bill Maynard he appeared at Butlin's Holiday Camp in Skegness, Lincolnshire and partnered him in the TV series Great Scott, It's Maynard!. During the early 1960s, he became well known to television audiences for his role alongside Hugh Lloyd in Hugh and I.[3] They both appeared as Ugly Sisters in pantomime at The London Palladium and Scott reappeared in that same role with Julian Orchard in later years. Scott later appeared with Lloyd as gnomes in the 1969 sitcom The Gnomes of Dulwich.

Scott's novelty record "My Brother" (written by Mitch Murray, released 1962 on Parlophone) was based on a schoolboy character (he dressed in the uniform to sing it on TV) and it received regular airplay on BBC Radio (in particular Ed Stewart's Saturday and Sunday morning programme Junior Choice) for many years. In the 1970s, he had a memorable role in TV commercials for a chocolate coated caramel bar called Curly Wurly, in which he again appeared dressed as a schoolboy, complete with short trousers and cap.This performance he also repeated more than once on BBC TVs long running variety show, The Good Old Days. Scott had played a small role in the very first of the Carry On films series of films, Carry On Sergeant in 1958. In 1968 he returned to the series with a role in Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968), playing main roles in six of the later films.

Scott is best remembered for starring alongside June Whitfield in several series of the comedy Happy Ever After and its successor, Terry and June.[4] They had first worked together making a series of the sketch show Scott On (1968).[2] They also featured in supporting roles together in the film version of Bless This House. From 1981 to 1992, Scott was the voice of Penfold the hamster in the animated series Danger Mouse.

Scott suffered from ill health for many years. In 1979, he had a life-saving operation after a haemorrhage. He also suffered from creeping paralysis and had to wear a neck brace, even on television. When Terry and June ended in 1987, Scott suffered a nervous breakdown. The attack was in part brought on by his public confession that he had had a series of affairs since his marriage to dancer Margaret Peden in 1957. The couple had four daughters: Sarah, Nicola, Lindsay and Sally.[2]

Scott was also diagnosed with cancer in 1987. He died at the family home in Witley near Godalming in Surrey, on 26 July 1994, aged 67 from the cancer he had suffered for seven years .[5]

He said of his last illness: "I know it would be better to give up the booze, fags and birds, but life would be so boring, wouldn't it?".

Selected films[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Blue Murder at St Trinian's 1957 Police Sergeant
Carry On Sergeant 1958 Sergeant O'Brian
Too Many Crooks 1959 Fire Policeman James Smith
The Bridal Path 1959 Police Constable Donald
I'm All Right Jack 1959 Crawley
And the Same to You 1960 Police Constable
The Night We Got the Bird 1961 P. C. Lovejoy
Nearly a Nasty Accident 1961 Sam Stokes
Double Bunk 1961 2nd River Policeman
Mary Had a Little... 1961 Police Sergeant
No My Darling Daughter 1961 Constable
Nothing Barred 1961 P. C. Budgie
What a Whopper 1961 Sergeant
A Pair of Briefs 1962 Policeman at Law Courts
Father Came Too! 1964 Executioner
Murder Most Foul 1964 Police Constable Wells
Gonks Go Beat 1965 PM
Doctor in Clover 1966 Robert
The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 Policeman
Asterix the Gaul 1967 Obelix (voice, uncredited)
A Ghost of a Chance 1968 Mr. Perry
Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 Sergeant Major MacNutt
Carry On Camping 1969 Peter Potter
Carry On Up the Jungle 1970 Cecil The Jungle Boy
Carry On Loving 1970 Terence Philpott
Carry On Henry 1971 Cardinal Wolsey
Carry On At Your Convenience 1971 Mr Allcock (Cut) (scenes deleted)
Carry On Matron 1972 Dr Prodd
Bless This House 1972 Ronald Baines

Discography[edit]

  • Don't Light The Fire 'Til After Santa's Gone/My Brother, Parlophone R 4967 (December 1962)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 240. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d The Unforgettable, ITV1, 22 September 2010
  3. ^ The Guardian , 16 July 2008 hugh lloyd obituary
  4. ^ The Guardian 11 December 2011 June Whitfield interview
  5. ^ Independent obituary

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