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Also Known As: Terrence Vance Gilliam Died:
Born: November 22, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Medicine Lake, Minnesota, USA Profession: director, animator, screenwriter, actor, print illustrator, author, advertising copywriter, magazine editor, advertising art director

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A successful animator who worked for several magazines and British television shows before becoming famous, Terry Gilliam became the quiet sixth member of the famed comedy troupe, Monty Python, before graduating to the status of acclaimed but often embattled feature director. Though he spent little time working in front of the camera, save for small roles the other five Pythons refused to play, Gilliam was responsible for the infamous cut-out animation that was used in the opening credits and as a segue between skits on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974). After co-directing the troupe's first official feature, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), he ventured off on his own to make visually striking and surrealist films like "Jabberwocky" (1976), "Time Bandits" (1981) and the acclaimed comedic dystopia, "Brazil" (1985). Though his creative genius often translated well on the screen, Gilliam sometimes engaged in fevered battles with studio executives behind the scenes. On a few occasions, Gilliam went head-to-head with fate itself. In 2000, his first stab at "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" (2009) was plagued by disaster and injury from the start, leading to a nine-year hiatus before...

A successful animator who worked for several magazines and British television shows before becoming famous, Terry Gilliam became the quiet sixth member of the famed comedy troupe, Monty Python, before graduating to the status of acclaimed but often embattled feature director. Though he spent little time working in front of the camera, save for small roles the other five Pythons refused to play, Gilliam was responsible for the infamous cut-out animation that was used in the opening credits and as a segue between skits on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974). After co-directing the troupe's first official feature, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), he ventured off on his own to make visually striking and surrealist films like "Jabberwocky" (1976), "Time Bandits" (1981) and the acclaimed comedic dystopia, "Brazil" (1985). Though his creative genius often translated well on the screen, Gilliam sometimes engaged in fevered battles with studio executives behind the scenes. On a few occasions, Gilliam went head-to-head with fate itself. In 2000, his first stab at "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" (2009) was plagued by disaster and injury from the start, leading to a nine-year hiatus before returning to production, while "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2010) suffered the unexpected death of star Heath Ledger in early 2008. Regardless of insurmountable odds, Gilliam trudged forward, continuing to make some of the most imaginative films on both sides of the pond.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Brothers Grimm, The (2005) Director
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  Tideland (2005)
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  12 Monkeys (1995) Director
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  Fisher King, The (1991) Director
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  Brazil (1985) Director
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  Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) Special Sequence Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Enfermes Dehors (2006)
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 Breakfast With Hunter (2003) Interviewee
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 Lost in La Mancha (2002) Himself
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 Spies Like Us (1985) Dr Imhaus
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1962:
After graduating from college, moved to New York
1962:
Worked as an associate editor for <i>Help!</i> magazine; also did freelance illustrating
1966:
Returned to Los Angeles to work in advertising
1967:
Moved to London and obtained British citizenship
1968:
Created the animated cartoons for the British series, "We Have Ways of Making You Laugh"
1968:
Made animated features for the Children's series, "Do Not Adjust Your Set"
1969:
Joined the comedy troupe "Monty Python's Flying Circus"; credited as an animator, writer and performer
1971:
Feature acting debut, "And Now for Something Completely Different"; also served as animator and co-wrote the screenplay
1972:
First commercial animation, an advertising campaign for British Gas
1974:
US broadcast debut of "Monty Python's Flying Circus"
1975:
Feature debut as a co-director, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
1976:
Solo directorial debut, "Jabberwocky"; also co-wrote with Charles Alverson
1979:
First film as production designer, "Monty Python's Life of Brian"; also co-wrote screenplay and performed in a variety of roles
1981:
Debut as producer, "Time Bandits"; also directed and shared screenplay credit with Michael Palin
1985:
Breakthrough feature, "Brazil"; wrote and directed the dystopian black comedy
1989:
Experienced a box-office disappointment with "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
1991:
First Hollywood production as director, "The Fisher King"
1995:
Directed the Academy Award-nominated, "12 Monkeys"; inspired by the French short film "La Jetée"
1998:
Helmed the feature adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
1999:
Attempted to film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; due to problems the film was canceled, resulting in an insurance claim worth $15 million
2001:
Was the subject of the documentary, Tilting at Windmills"
2003:
Was the subject of the documentary, "Lost In Mancha," about the failed production of "Don Quixote"
2005:
Directed the comedy film, "The Brothers Grimm," starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger
2006:
Co-wrote and directed an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel, "Tideland"
2009:
Directed "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" with Heath Ledger, whose death suspended production until he was replaced by actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell; also co-wrote and produced
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Education

Birmingham High School: Lake Balboa , California -
Occidental College: Los Angeles , California - 1958 - 1962

Notes

"Acknowledged visionary, former Monty Python member, animator deluxe and cracked mirror of the modern condition, Gilliam also is, depending on who's talking, either the enfant terrible or the guiless manchild of the movies. His films are visually intoxicating, wildly ambitious, personal and at times perplexing. . . . " --From "Reality Check" by John Anderson, Newsday, April 23, 1995

"I actually go out of my way to make films that are hard to define." --Gilliam quoted in Entertainment Weekly, August 25/September 1, 1995

"I like coming back here [the USA] in short stints. L.A.'s too wrapped up in being Hollywood; all anyone talks about is films and everybody thinks the same thoughts. I don't think I could maintain a unique view without being susceptible to what everybody else thinks." --Gilliam quoted in Time Out January 3-10, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Glenys Roberts. Writer. British; involved in the late 1960s.
wife:
Maggie Weston. Makeup artist. English.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Amy Gilliam. Born c. 1976.
daughter:
Holly Gilliam. Born c. 1981.
son:
Harry Gilliam. Born c. 1987.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Animations of Mortality"
"Gilliam on Gilliam"

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