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Owen John Scott
4 May 1927
|Died||26 July 1994 (aged 67)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Howard (1949 - 1957) (divorced) |
Margaret Peden (1957 - 1994) (his death)
Owen John "Terry" Scott (4 May 1927 – 26 July 1994) was an English actor and comedian who appeared in seven Carry On films. He also appeared in BBC1's popular domestic sitcom Terry and June with June Whitfield.
Life and career
Scott was born and brought up in Watford, Hertfordshire 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. 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. 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. They had first worked together making a series of the sketch show Scott On (1968). They also featured in supporting roles together in the film version of Bless This House. Ironically, although both Scott and Whitfield both made several Carry On appearances, they never appeared in the same film. 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 brain 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 Ally.
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?".
|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|
|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||(scenes deleted)|
|Carry On Matron||1972||Dr Prodd|
|Bless This House||1972||Ronald Baines|
- Don't Light The Fire 'Til After Santa's Gone/My Brother, Parlophone R 4967 (December 1962)
- Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 240. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
- The Unforgettable, ITV1, 22 September 2010
- The Guardian, 16 July 2008 hugh lloyd obituary
- The Guardian 11 December 2011 June Whitfield interview
- "Terry Scott, epitome of the English sit-com, dies aged 67". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
- "Obituary: Terry Scott". Independent.co.uk. Retrieved 24 October 2018.