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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 1, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: director, screenwriter, author, actor, gagwriter, producer's assistant, script editor

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A founding member of England's legendary Monty Python, Terry Jones was a writer, director and performer whose avuncular demeanor belied a genuine talent for the absurd. He was a familiar figure in UK television prior to joining Python in 1969, thanks to such shows as "The Frost Report" (BBC, 1966) and the surreal children's series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (ITV, 1967-69). On "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC 1, 1969-1974), Jones was a flawless straight man for the manic exuberances of Graham Chapman and John Cleese, but frequently shone as either dense, self-impressed businessmen or screeching older women. He was also one of the chief architects of the show's visual style and stream of consciousness writing, which had a great influence on later sketch comedy series. He would later direct or co-direct nearly all of their theatrical features. After Python, Jones worked in a variety of media, from television comedies and documentaries on medieval life to children's books and features like "Personal Services" (1987). As a member of Python and a solo talent, Jones remained a quiet if vitally important component in the development of filmed comedy for over four decades.

A founding member of England's legendary Monty Python, Terry Jones was a writer, director and performer whose avuncular demeanor belied a genuine talent for the absurd. He was a familiar figure in UK television prior to joining Python in 1969, thanks to such shows as "The Frost Report" (BBC, 1966) and the surreal children's series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (ITV, 1967-69). On "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC 1, 1969-1974), Jones was a flawless straight man for the manic exuberances of Graham Chapman and John Cleese, but frequently shone as either dense, self-impressed businessmen or screeching older women. He was also one of the chief architects of the show's visual style and stream of consciousness writing, which had a great influence on later sketch comedy series. He would later direct or co-direct nearly all of their theatrical features. After Python, Jones worked in a variety of media, from television comedies and documentaries on medieval life to children's books and features like "Personal Services" (1987). As a member of Python and a solo talent, Jones remained a quiet if vitally important component in the development of filmed comedy for over four decades.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Erik The Viking (1989) Director
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  Personal Services (1987) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Enfermes Dehors (2006)
2.
 Help! I'm A Fish (2001) Voice Of Professor H O Mac Krill (English Language Version)
3.
 Createur, Le (1999) God
4.
 Wind in the Willows, The (1997) Toad
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 Erik The Viking (1989) King Arnulf Of Hy-Brasil
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 Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) Bob Hoskins; Colin--A Passerby; Mandy; Mother Of Brian; Saintly Passerby; Simon The Holy Man
10.
 Jabberwocky (1977) Poacher
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1965:
Worked in the script department for BBC-TV series "Late Night Line-Up"; also first collaborations with Michael Palin
1966:
With Palin, made short films for "THe Late Show" (BBC)
1967:
Wrote and acted in the short "Twice a Fortnight"; aired on BBC
1967:
Appeared on the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set"; also wrote
1967:
Contributed to the series "The Frost Report"
1968:
Scripted the pantomime "Alladin" for the Waterford Civic Theatre Repertory Company
1969:
Joined the "Monty Python's Flying Circus"
1971:
Feature debut, co-wrote screenplay and appeared in, "And Now For Something Completely Different"
1975:
First feature as co-director (with Terry Gilliam), also credited for screenplay and various character appearances, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
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With Palin, co-wrote the BBC series "Ripping Yarns"
1979:
Solo directorial debut, "Monty Python's Life of Brian"; also acted in and co-wrote
1980:
US stage debut in California production of Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl
1986:
First screeplay credit outside the Monty Python circle, "Labyrinth"
1987:
Wrote a regular column, "Input" for YOUNG GUARDIAN
1987:
Directed "Personal Services", a comic look at a woman who becomes embroiled in prostitution, inspired by real-life events
1989:
Wrote and directed "Erik the Viking", adapted from his book for children; also acted; last feature for nearly a decade
1997:
Returned to films as director, star and co-scenarist of "The Wind in the Willows"; also acted and wrote songs
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Education

St Edmund Hall, Oxford College: - 1961 - 1964

Notes

There is a website devoted to Monty Python located at www.pythonline.com

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wife:
Alison Telfer. Botanist.

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father:
Alick George Parry Jones. Bank clerk.
mother:
Dilys Louisa Jones.
daughter:
Sally Jones.
son:
Bill Jones.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls" Eyre Methuen
"Ripping Yarns" Eyre Methuen
"More Ripping Yarns" Eyre Methuen
"Chaucer's Knight: Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary" Weidenfeld & Nicolson
"Fairy Tales" Pavilion Books
"The Saga of Erik the Viking" Pavilion Books
"Dr. Fegg's Encyclopedia of All World Knowledge" Methuen
"Nicobobinus" Pavilion Books
"The Goblins of the Labyrinth" Pavilion Books
"The Curse of the Vampire Socks and Other Doggerel" Pavilion Books
"Attacks of Opinion" Penguin
"Erik the Viking: The Book of the Film of the Book" Methuen
"Erik the Viking" Robson Books
"Fantastic Stories" Pavilion Books
"The Dragon on the Roof"
"Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book" Turner Publishing
"Crusades" BBC Publishing
"Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells: Quentin Cottington's Journal of Faery Research" Simon & Schuster
"The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Illustrated Screenplay" Mandarin/Methuen
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