Terry Jones, Member of Monty Python, Dies at 77

Monty Python co-creator, Terry Jones has passed at age 77.  Jones is survived by his wife and three children.

In 2016, Jones’ family announced that Terry had been diagnosed with a form of dementia that had robbed the actor and writer of his speech.

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Though the disease took his voice, it could not erase his amazing legacy as an actor, director, writer, and author. Of course, known for his work with Monty Python, Terry was also the writer of numerous books and shows that specialized in history. Disney fans will know of his work directing, writing and starring in the 1996 film, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. His screenplay writing also extended to the 1986 classic, Labyrinth, giving Muppet and Bowie fans a classic to treasure to this day.

Mr. Toads Wild Ride (1996) / Disney

Fans, friends and surviving Python members have expressed sadness and fond memories throughout the day.

On Twitter, Eric Idle wrote, “Thank you all for your kind thoughts and messages of support for our dearly beloved brother Terry. It is a cruel and sad thing. But let’s remember just what joy he brought to all of us”.

John Cleese also spoke in memory of his dear friend on Twitter, saying – “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”.

Terry Gilliam spoke out on Facebook saying, “HE WAS A VERY NAUGHTY BOY!!…and we miss you. Terry was someone totally consumed with life.. a brilliant, constantly questioning, iconoclastic, righteously argumentative and angry but outrageously funny and generous and kind human being… and very often a complete pain in the ass. One could never hope for a better friend. Goodbye, Tel.”

Terry’s writing partner, Python member, and good friend, Sir Michael Palin visited often after the diagnosis. Palin is quoted as saying that Jones was, “one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation”.

Luckily, fans are left with hours of entertainment created and provided by the comedy legend. He will be missed by all.


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Danielle H