June 18, 2024

Monty Python’s Terry Jones Diagnosed With Dementia

According to the Associated Press, Terry Jones, founding member of the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with dementia. In a statement released by Britain’s film academy, a representative says the 74-year-old comedian has primary progressive aphasia, which erodes the ability to use language. As a result, Jones can no longer give interviews.

Jones directed the Python films Life Of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, and he co-directed Monty Python and The Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam. We should note that Jones also wrote, directed, and starred in (along with his Python cohorts) a live action adaptation of The Wind in the Willows (also known as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride) for Disney back in 1996 (it’s not terribly good). Jones’ last directorial effort was last year’s Absolutely Anything, which starred Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, and the voices of Pythoners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, as well as Robin Williams (in his final role). 

Terry Jones has one of the most brilliant minds in comedy, and it is a terrible shame that it has begun to deteriorate. It can also be argued that Jones played the best women in all of the Monty Python projects (but that’s just our opinion).


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