Tom Clegg (actor)

Tom Clegg (1927 – 1996) was an English actor, who had a number of small roles in film and television during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He is known for appearing in a number of Carry On films, especially Carry On Screaming!, where he played the role of Oddbod.

Born in Leeds, Clegg was a member of the Household Cavalry and a professional boxer before getting into films as a stuntman in films such as Ivanhoe (1952).

His size and tough guy persona led to film roles, including The Flanagan Boy (1953), The Fake (1953), John of the Fair (1954), The Stateless Man (1955), The Extra Day (1956), Moby Dick (1956), The Hideout (1956), Saint Joan (1957), Battle of the V-1 (1958), Mark of the Phoenix (1958), This Sporting Life (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

He was also cast as a number of toughs and henchmen on television, including supporting turns in Quatermass II, Sword of Freedom, The Four Just Men, Dixon of Dock Green, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Saint and The Sweeney.

His appearances in comedy series include Hancock's Half Hour (The Cold, Football Pools, The Big Night and The Two Murderers), The Benny Hill Show, Corrigan Blake, and Till Death Us Do Part. Comedic film roles include Raising the Wind (1961), Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher, and Great Catherine (both 1968).

Clegg's comedy roles led him to become a semi-regular in the Carry On films, appearing in Carry On Regardless (1961), Carry On Spying (1964), Carry On Cleo (1964), Carry On Cowboy (1965) and Carry On Loving (1970). In the horror spoof Carry On Screaming (1966), he played the lumbering half-Frankenstein monster, half-werewolf Oddbod.


Year Title Role Notes
1953 The Flanagan Boy Tattooed Fighter Uncredited
1953 Street of Shadows Removal man Uncredited
1953 The Fake Thug Uncredited
1954 John of the Fair Valdar
1954 Dangerous Cargo Thug Uncredited
1955 One Way Out Thief at garage Uncredited
1955 Scotland Yard (The Stateless Man) Fenton
1956 The Extra Day Slasher Smales
1956 The Hideout Vince
1956 Moby Dick Tashtego Uncredited
1956 Zarak Mahmud Uncredited
1956 The Hideout Vince
1958 Battle of the V-1 Anton
1958 Mark of the Phoenix Strong Man
1961 Carry on Regardless Massive Mickey McGee
1961 Raising the Wind Strett Musician
1961 Offbeat Dropkick
1963 This Sporting Life Gower
1964 Carry On Spying Doorman
1964 Carry On Cleo Sosages
1965 Carry On Cowboy Blacksmith
1965 Thunderball Largo henchman Uncredited
1966 Carry On Screaming Oddbod
1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher Fourth Warder
1968 Great Catherine Mongol Uncredited
1968 The Fiction Makers Monk
1970 Carry On Loving Trainer (final film role)

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