Terry Jones Wiki – Biography
Terence Graham Parry Jones was a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy team. His death has been confirmed by his agent.
RIP the actual genius Terry Jones. Far too many brilliant moments to choose from. Here’s one random wafer-thin mint. https://t.co/qMrR9aOV9s
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) January 22, 2020
Terry Jones Age
He was 77 years old.
Terry Jones Personal Life
He was married Alison Telfer in 1970, and they had two children together, Sally (born 1974), and Bill (born 1976). They had an open marriage. In 2009, Jones left her for Anna Söderström, who is 41 years his junior and with whom he had been in a relationship for five years. In September 2009, a daughter, Siri, was born to Söderström and Jones.
Terry Jones Early life & Education
He was born in the seaside town of Colwyn Bay, on the north coast of Wales.His family home was named Bodchwil. His father was stationed with the RAF in India. When He was four-and-a-half, the family moved to Surrey in England.
Jones attended Esher COE primary school, followed by the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, where he was school captain in the 1960–61 academic year. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, but “strayed into history”.
He became interested in the medieval period through reading Chaucer as part of his English degree. He graduated with a 2:1. While there, he performed comedy with future Monty Python castmate Michael Palin in the Oxford Revue.
Jones was a year ahead of Palin at Oxford, and on first meeting him Palin states, “The first thing that struck me was what a nice bloke he was. He had no airs and graces. We had a similar idea of what humour could do and where it should go, mainly because we both liked characters; we both appreciated that comedy wasn’t just jokes.
Terry Jones Career History
He has appeared in Twice a Fortnight with Michael Palin, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Jonathan Lynn, as well as the television series The Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969).
He appeared in Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967–69) with Palin, Eric Idle and David Jason. He wrote for The Frost Report and several other David Frost programmes on British television. Of Jones’ contributions as a performer, his depictions of middle-aged women (or “ratbag old women” as termed by the BBC) are among the most memorable.
He was directed the 2015 comedy film Absolutely Anything, about a disillusioned schoolteacher who is given the chance to do anything he wishes by a group of aliens watching from space.
The film features Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams and the voices of the five remaining members of Monty Python. It was filmed in London during a six-week shoot.
He wrote many books and screenplays, including comic works and more serious writing on medieval history.
He was co-wrote Ripping Yarns with Palin. They also wrote a play, Underwood’s Finest Hour, about an obstetrician distracted during a birth by the radio broadcast of a Test match, which played at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1981.
Jones has also written numerous works for children, including Fantastic Stories, The Beast with a Thousand Teeth, and a collection of comic verse called The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks.
He was also the co-creator (with Gavin Scott) of the animated TV series Blazing Dragons (1996–1998), which parodied the Arthurian legends and Middle Ages periods. Reversing a common story convention, the series’ protagonists are anthropomorphic dragons beset by evil humans.
Cause of Death
His death has been confirmed by his agent.
The sad news comes after Michael Palin revealed his co-star was ‘not doing terribly well’ in his long battle against dementia last year, at the time noting it was ‘just a matter of time’.
Comedy actor Jones was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2016 and Palin confirmed his friend’s condition had drastically worsened in recent months.
When Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball asked Palin how he was getting on, live on air, he answered:
Well, not terribly well – the kind of dementia he has is not something that can be cured particularly. It’s just a matter of time.
I go and see him, but he can’t speak much, which is a terrible thing.
I mean, for someone who was so witty and verbal and articulate and argued and debated, to be deprived of speech is a hard thing.
Tributes have already begun pouring in online for the immensely talented Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian.
Oh no! Terry Jones. RIP. pic.twitter.com/b2pcepCm8m
— Callum May (@callummay) January 22, 2020
Rest in peace to a true legend.