Thomas Henty

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Thomas Henty
Born Thomas John Cooper
19 January 1956
Died (aged 32)
Occupation Television actor, stage manager
Years active 1977–1988
Children 1
Parent(s) Tommy Cooper
Gwen Cooper, née Henty

Thomas Henty (born Thomas John Cooper 19 January 1956 – 13 August 1988) was an English actor, and the son of the magician and prop comedian Tommy Cooper.

He attended Sutton Court Primary School in Chiswick ,and Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith from September 1965.[citation needed] He went on to appear alongside his father in an episode of the Thames Television variety series London Night Out in 1979, as well as in four episodes of the series Cooper's Half Hour in 1980, also for Thames. He also acted as occasional stage manager to his father,[1] and was backstage when Cooper died in front of a live television audience at Her Majesty's Theatre on 15 April 1984.

In addition to his work with his father, Henty was an actor in his own right. His desire to make his own mark in the field was behind his decision to adopt his mother's maiden name. In an archive interview with the television personality Frank Bough, included in the ITV documentary The Unforgettable Tommy Cooper (2001), Henty said that he did not want people in the acting profession to know that he was Cooper's son. Henty made appearances in episodes of the television series Robin of Sherwood (1984) and Just Good Friends (1986), as well as the film Bellman and True (1987).

His role in Bellman and True was his last. In 1988 Henty's marriage collapsed after seven years. He died on 13 August 1988, aged 32, of haemophilia, following complications caused by liver failure. Doctors had attempted to pump seventy pints of new blood into his body, but the blood failed to clot and after three days his mother took the decision to have his life support machine switched off,[2] four years after his father's death. He left a six-year-old son, Tam Henty (born in 1982).


  1. ^ Fisher 2009, p. 371.
  2. ^ Fisher 2009, p. 419.

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