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 15th April 1932 - 1st May 2008

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Anna Karen's husband Terry Duggan

 

 OBITUARY FROM 'THE STAGE'

 

Comedian and actor Terry Duggan had a successful career in cabaret and variety and played numerous character roles on television. Married to the actress Anna Karen, he often appeared with her in the seventies sitcom On The Buses.

Born in Hoxton, London, on April 15, 1932, Duggan began performing as a child. He became an acrobat which later led to him becoming a stuntman in films.

With a notable gift for comedy, he turned to acting and made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian in the clubs. He was famous for his drunk act - in the great tradition of Freddie Frinton and Jimmy James - which he performed with brilliant timing. He would often enter a theatre or club through the audience, many of whom were unaware that the drunk was part of the show. He also performed the drunk act on many music hall bills.

On television he had roles in series such as Randall and Hopkirk, Please Sir!, Bob Martin, The Bill, Only Fools and Horses and Are You Being Served? He also appeared in many films including The Horror of Frankenstein, Family Life, Poor Cow and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey.

He was also an experience pantomime performer often appearing with his wife and he was much admired by his fellow pros.

He was a long-standing member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. His funeral was attended by many leading showbiz stars including Roy Hudd who gave the address.

 

He had been in ill health for some time and died on May 1 2008.

 


CARRER DETAILS

Weak at Denise (2001) .... Hostile model flyer

Beautiful Thing (1996) .... Kevin

Hickory Dickory Dock (1995) (TV) .... Butcher

Riff-Raff (1990) .... Boss in office

Murder by Decree (1979) .... Danny
... aka Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack (USA)
... aka Sherlock Holmes: Murder by Decree

What's Up Nurse! (1977) .... Old Salt

"A Place to Hide" (1976) TV Series .... Bruno Valenta

Schizo (1976) .... Editor
... aka Amok
... aka Blood of the Undead

On the Buses (1971) .... Nobby

Family Life (1971/I)
... aka Wednesday's Child

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) .... First Bandit

The Nine Ages of Nakedness (1969) .... Policeman

A Nice Girl Like Me (1969) .... Radio Cab Driver

Poor Cow (1967) .... 2nd Prisoner

An Officer of the Court (1967) (TV) .... Prisoner
... aka Wednesday Play: An Officer of the Court (UK: series title)

Profile of a Gentleman (1967) (TV) .... Jean the Undertaker
... aka Wednesday Play: Profile of a Gentleman (UK: series title)

Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Notable TV Guest Appearances

Miscellaneous Crew - filmography

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (wrangler) (uncredited)

Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Notable TV Guest Appearances

Notable TV Guest Appearances

"Bob Martin" playing "Duke" in episode: "The X-Files" (episode # 1.1) 2 April 2000

"Poirot" playing "Butcher" in episode: "Hickory Dickory Dock" (episode # 6.2) 12 February 1995

"Class Act" playing "Fred" (episode # 1.1) 7 April 1994

"Only Fools and Horses" playing "Council cleansing lorry Driver" in episode: "Ashes to Ashes" (episode # 2.2) 28 October 1982

"Mind Your Language" playing "Man In Park" in episode: "Guilty or Not Guilty" (episode # 3.5) 24 November 1979

"The Fosters" playing "Belligerent Man" in episode: "Home and Away" (episode # 2.9) 11 June 1977

"Are You Being Served?" playing "Customer" in episode: "A Change Is as Good as a Rest" (episode # 5.2) 4 March 1977

"Dixon of Dock Green" playing "Tom Egan" in episode: "Knocker" (episode # 20.2) 5 January 1974

"Dixon of Dock Green" playing "Freddy" in episode: "Ada" (episode # 19.13) 16 December 1972

"On the Buses" playing "The Painter" in episode: "Stan's Worst Day" (episode # 6.4) 12 March 1972

"Dixon of Dock Green" playing "Milkman" in episode: "Sgt. George Dixon" (episode # 18.13) 12 February 1972

"Dixon of Dock Green" playing "Bill" in episode: "Molenzicht" (episode # 18.7) 1 January 1972

"On the Buses" playing "The Taxi Driver" in episode: "The Inspector's Pets" (episode # 5.4) 10 October 1971

"On the Buses" playing "The Passenger" in episode: "The Anniversary" (episode # 4.8) 17 January 1971

"On the Buses" playing "Shopkeeper" in episode: "The Cistern" (episode # 3.2) 9 January 1970

"Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" playing "Jackson" in episode: "The House on Haunted Hill" (episode # 1.9) 16 November 1969

"On the Buses" playing "Irate Passenger" in episode: "Olive Takes a Trip" (episode # 1.3) 14 March 1969

 

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 Terry as a Bandit in 'The Horror of Frankenstein'.

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 Terry as the road sweeper driver in 'ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES'

episode 'Ashes to Ashes'.

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Terry as Nobby the mechanic in ON THE BUSES movie

 This article by Water Rat member Nigel Ellicot

Terry’s career as a stage and club comedian allowed him to hone his comic timing, and no-one could rival him when it came to his comedic speciality- “The Drunk Act”. His routine as a drunk, returning home from a long night on the tiles was astonishing in its truthfulness and in the number of sight gags he could wring out of a battered suitcase of props. In fact, when I worked with Terry during a Music Hall at the Kenneth More Theatre, so convincing was his act that he almost didn’t get the opportunity to perform it! He would enter from the auditorium, rolling and staggering, engaging in banter with the audience before eventually making his way up on to the stage. An over zealous usherette spotted this trouble maker as he stumbled into the auditorium, and, enlisting help, attempted to eject him from the theatre!

Terry’s film and television work included the Terence Stamp and Carol White film “Poor Cow” in 1967, a year in which he also appeared in the prestigious “Wednesday Play” on television, “An Officer Of The Court” and in “Profile Of A Gentleman”. In 1969 he made an appearance in “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)., and in the film “A Nice Girl Like Me”. Fans of “On The Buses” looked forward to spoting Terry appearing in various roles, often opposite his wife, the actress Anna Karen, playing “Olive”. In 1970 he appeared in the Hammer Film “The Horror Of Frankenstein”, followed in 1971 with the film “Family Life”. He also found time to appear in variety and clubs, as well as panto appearances. He appeared in BBC’s “Dixon Of Dock Green” in 1972 and again in 1974, and appeared with Anna again in the 1976 film “A Place To Hide”  followed by appearing with his wife in the 1977 film “What’s Up Nurse?”,” and the horror film “Schizo”.

Terry  arrived at Grace Brothers’ store in 1977 to play a cameo in “Are You Being Served” opposite John Inman and Trevor Bannister, and  continued to appear in theatre throughout the eighties, along with appearances on television in “Poirot” and “A Class Act”, as well as “Murder By Decree”.

He wrote the Shaw Theatre’s “Aladdin” in 1986 which starred Anna, along with Norman Beaton, Debbie Bishop and Martin Chamberlain, and over the years has been instrumental in providing material, gags and very sound comic advice to pantomime artistes.

Terry was married to Anna for 40 years; he was a member of the Grand Order Of Water Rats, and was a great support to Anna when she, as a member of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, was elected “Queen Ratling” in 1990.

I am proud to have had Terry as a friend, and deeply indebted to him for all the “fine tuning” and practical advice he gave when it came to writing or performing in a routine or a “scena”- He could be relied on for the perfect joke or bit of comic business that was missing from a routine, and would go to great lengths to ensure every last piece of comic potential could be extracted from a gag or even a word.

 

ACTOR DEREK LYONS

Derek Lyons followed in his Uncle Terry's footsteps as an Actor and Entertainer along with the help of Derek's close friend the Actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne .Both  have Inspired him to become  an Actor and work in the entertainment buisness for over 35 years.

He worked with his Uncle on 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' TV film.  Terry played the Executioner  and  Derek  was one of the Villagers

Many years later when Derek had regular part on 'THE BILL'  as PC Craig Lovell  Terry appeared in one episode.

Derek would  phone him from time to time through the 1960's till 1980's at his home which he shared with his wife Anna in Ilford Essex. 

Terry was Derek's Godfather and Uncle . He saved Derek's  life on the day these photos were taken when little Derek  ran towards the edge of the cliff and  Terry caught him in time!

 Little  Derek with his Uncle Terry near the cliffs in Dover.

Derek has appeared in numerous films over the years  including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Krull. 

This coming November 2015  Derek is  featured in the  film documentary 'ELSTREE 1976'  which hits the silver screen around the world.

This film is part of the BFI London Film Festival 2015. 

Derek and 9 other Actors including Garrick Hagon, Dave Prowse  are starring in this film.

www.dereklyonssite.com/

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A young Terry and below with his nephew Derek Lyons.

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