The star of Monty Python, Terry Jones, 77, dies


Terry Jones, founder of Monty Python and director of Brian’s lifeHe died at his home in London, at 77.

The death of the actor follows a long battle with a rare form of dementia and his agent announced it to BBC, with his family paying tribute to the “beloved husband and father” in a statement.

“We are deeply sad to announce the death of dear husband and father, Terry Jones.

“Terry passed away on the night of January 21, 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom at his side after a long battle, extremely brave but always in a good mood with a rare form of dementia, FTD.

Monty Python star Terry Jones died at 77 (Nicole Emanuel).

“In recent days, his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry while gently sneaking into his house in North London.

“We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions in six decades.

“His work with Monty Python, his books, movies, television shows, poems and other works will live forever, an appropriate legacy for a true polymath.

“We, his wife Anna, the children Bill, Sally, Siri and the extended family want to thank Terry’s wonderful professionals and medical caregivers for making the last years not only bearable but often joyful. We hope this disease will one day be eradicated completely.


Michael Palin (L) and Terry Jones arrive for the 25th British Cymru Academy Awards at St David's Hall on October 2, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.
Jones (right) met Michael Palin (left) at Oxford University, where the couple performed at the Oxford Revue together and forged a friendship that would change British comedy (Getty)

“We ask that our privacy be respected in this delicate moment and we give thanks for having lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man who lives a truly authentic life, in his words ‘Affectionately iced with glucose’.”

The actor, writer and director was diagnosed with the rare form of dementia in 2015, which left him unable to speak.

Born in Wales in 1942, Jones met Michael Palin at the University of Oxford, where the couple performed at the Oxford Revue and forged a friendship that would change British comedy.

Remembering his good friend, Palin said in a statement: “He was much more than one of the funniest writers-artists of his generation, he was the complete comedian of the Renaissance: writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant author of children and the warmest, the most wonderful company you could wish to have. “

The duo joined Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam for the BBC comedy series. The flying circus of Monty Python in 1969

The six members of the Monty Python team, 1969. From left to right: Terry Jones, Graham Chapman (1941-1989), John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin.
The six members of the Monty Python team, 1969. From left to right: Terry Jones, Graham Chapman (1941-1989), John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. (Getty)

The show lasted four seasons, until 1974 before they went on the big screen in 1975.

Jones wrote and directed many of the group’s most successful comedy films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The meaning of life Y Brian’s life, in which his character pronounces the famous phrase: “He is not the Messiah, he is a very mischievous child.”

Jones continued to direct after the Monty Python series, working on films such as Erik the Viking Y The wind in the willows.

His last feature film was in 2014, the science fiction comedy. Absolutely anything.

He also marked the last role of Robin Williams and presented the voices of Palin, Gilliam, Cleese and Idle, the first film since The meaning of life in 1983 to introduce all the living members of Monty Python.

(From left to right) Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam attend the special screening narrative: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” during the Tribeca Film Festival 2015 at the Beacon Theater on April 24 of 2015 in New York City. (Getty)

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