Monty Python’s Terry Jones diagnosed with dementia

Sad news with original Monty Python star no longer able to give interviews.


Veteran UK performer and writer Terry Jones has been diagnosed with dementia.

The news comes ahead of his being honoured with ahead of Terry being awarded an outstanding contribution to film and television award by BAFTA Cymru.

“Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia,” his representatives said in a statement.

“This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews.

“Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”

Jones was a founding Python member, alongside Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin.

He co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam, and he was the sole director on Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.

Jones has written for numerous UK TV productions including Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Marty, A Series of Bird’s, Medieval Lives, Barbarians, Crusades, Bombardemagnus and Ripping Yarns.

In 2014, he reunited with Cleese, Gilliam, Idle and Palin for farewell shows titled Monty Python Live (Mostly).

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Source: Digital Spy

5 Responses

  1. Yes, bit sad. His decline has been evident the past few years. Even during the BTS scenes from the making of the O2 shows there were times when he was clearly less lucid. Made me wonder at the time what didn’t make the cut.

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