“He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” – Terry Jones, comedian, writer, actor, director, historian, and founding member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python, is dead at age 77.
Associated Press reports:
Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian” and “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died at age 77 after suffering from dementia.
According to his family, Jones died Saturday of primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia that affects speech. In a statement, his family said:
Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London. We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.
Jones joined Michael Palin, along with Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Terry Gilliam, and formed Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the late 1960’s.
Jones is remembered for his outstanding contributions to such films as “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail” (1975), “Life of Brian” (1979) and “The Meaning of Life” (1983).
Jones directed the films “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life” and co-directed “The Holy Grail” with Terry Gilliam.
Jones is also beloved for his work on the classic television sketch show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which ran for five years until 1974. CNN notes:
Some of the most iconic scenes in British comedy came from the show. Jones co-wrote and starred in the affectionately daft “Spam” song and sketches about “Four Yorkshiremen” and “the Spanish Inquisition,” all of which have been frequently quoted and imitated.
In short, Jones was a brilliant entertainer, and he will be missed. The following is a sample of reactions via Twitter:
Farewell dear Terry J. Two down, four to go. Love Terry G, Mike, John & Eric pic.twitter.com/RbVrAAJz2d
— Monty Python (@montypython) January 22, 2020
Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2020
A beloved comedian, a brilliant writer & director, and a creative powerhouse – Terry Jones was one of a kind. Sending my condolences to his family, friends, and legions of fans around the world. We’ll miss you, Terry.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 22, 2020
— Evidenz (@Evidenz2) January 22, 2020
— Barbara Evans (@Babsevs) January 22, 2020
Just heard about Terry J
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away…
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of ‘Life of Brian’. Perfection
Two down, four to go
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
The Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77. Here he is talking about ‘Life Of Brian’ in 1979. For more Monty Python archive clips, you can visit – https://t.co/RvURbsc5VE pic.twitter.com/97rZaXgyWF
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) January 22, 2020
Bottom line: Terry Jones, comedian, writer, actor, director, historian, and founding member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python, is dead at age 77.