In Memoriam: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dead At 77

In Memoriam: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dead At 77 January 22, 2020

“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 addition to his work with Monty Python, Jones wrote multiple books, including serious works on history. Jones also wrote the screenplay to the 1986 fantasy film “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie.

In short, Jones was a brilliant entertainer, and he will be missed. The following is a sample of reactions via Twitter:

Bottom line: Terry Jones, comedian, writer, actor, director, historian, and founding member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python, is dead at age 77.

In Memoriam: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dead At 77 (Image via YouTube)
In Memoriam: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dead At 77 (Image via YouTube)

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