Terry Downes

British boxer and actor (1936-2017)

Terry Downes, BEM[1] (9 May 1936 – 6 October 2017) was a British middleweight boxer,[2] and occasional movie actor. He was nicknamed the "Paddington Express" for his aggressive fighting style.[3] As of 2008, Downes was Britain’s oldest surviving former world champion.[4] He held the world middleweight title for ten months from 1961 to 1962.[5] He was born in London.

One of his best known roles was in Roman Polanski's 1967 movie The Fearless Vampire Killers, in which he played "Koukol", a hunchbacked servant.[6] His other movie credits included appearances in A Study in Terror (1965), Five Ashore in Singapore (1967), The Golden Lady (1979), If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981), and the Derek Jarman movie Caravaggio (1986).

Downes died on 6 October 2017 in London, aged 81.[7]


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  3. DEANE McGOWEN (1961-01-14). "Pender Favored to Retain Middleweight Title in Fight With Downes Tonight - RIVALS HELD FIT FOR BOSTON BOUT Pender 8-5 Choice to Beat Challenger in 15-Rounder but Briton Is Confident". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
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  5. "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  6. "Terry Downes". IMDb. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. "Britain's oldest living world champion Terry Downes dies aged 81 after incredible fighting career in which he beat ring legend Sugar Ray Robinson". Thesun.co.uk. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.

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