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Also Known As: Died: October 4, 1989
Born: January 8, 1941 Cause of Death: throat cancer
Birth Place: Leicester, England, GB Profession: actor, screenwriter, physician

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On the surface, Graham Chapman seemed the sanest of Britain's Monty Python troupe - he was tall, well-spoken and apparently possessed of refined manners. That veneer soon fell away within minutes of the launch of a sketch, whereupon Chapman would erupt into arias of mad behavior that skewered not only his own appearance, but the staid gentility of England's upper class. He found that streak of inspired insanity while a student at Cambridge, and with fellow alum John Cleese, began contributing to UK television and radio comedies. In 1969, he and Cleese teamed with Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones to form Monty Python, an unbridled comedy troupe whose stream of consciousness approach would have a lasting impact on world humor for decades to come. Chapman remained with Python until his untimely death in 1989, which robbed audiences of one of the most irreverent minds in entertainment.

On the surface, Graham Chapman seemed the sanest of Britain's Monty Python troupe - he was tall, well-spoken and apparently possessed of refined manners. That veneer soon fell away within minutes of the launch of a sketch, whereupon Chapman would erupt into arias of mad behavior that skewered not only his own appearance, but the staid gentility of England's upper class. He found that streak of inspired insanity while a student at Cambridge, and with fellow alum John Cleese, began contributing to UK television and radio comedies. In 1969, he and Cleese teamed with Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones to form Monty Python, an unbridled comedy troupe whose stream of consciousness approach would have a lasting impact on world humor for decades to come. Chapman remained with Python until his untimely death in 1989, which robbed audiences of one of the most irreverent minds in entertainment.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987) Inspector Palmer
3.
 Yellowbeard (1983) Yellowbeard
7.
 Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) 1st Wise Man; Biggus Dickus; Brian Called Brian
8.
 Odd Job, The (1978) Arthur Harris
10.
 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Head Of Three-Headed Knight; Hiccuping Guard; King Arthur
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1963:
Joined "Footlights Revue"; toured New Zealand and appeared in New York
1966:
Began TV writing career; worked on BBC-TV's "The Frost Report" with John Cleese
1969:
Monty Python's Flying Circus TV debut
1971:
Feature film debut (as writer and actor) with Monty Python's "And Now for Something Completely Different"
1979:
Played title character of Monty Python's "The Life of Brian"
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Education

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge: -
St Bartholomew's Hospital: - 1962

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companion:
David Sherlock. Together for 24 years.

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son:
John Tomiczek. Adopted in 1970s.

Bibliography close complete biography

"A Liar's Autobiography" Methuen

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