Terry Gilliam

Director, Screenwriter, Animator
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1940 in Medicine Lake, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jupiter Ascending 2015 (Movie)

Seal And Signet Minister (Actor)

For No Good Reason 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Enfermes Dehors 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost in La Mancha 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Breakfast With Hunter 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Python's Flying Circus 1974 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Dr Imhaus (Actor)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

Jailer (Actor)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

Keeper of the Bridge of Death (Actor)

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (13)

The Zero Theorem 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brothers Grimm 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

special sequence director (Director)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

And Now For Something Completely Different 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Visual Effects & Animation (4)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

(Animation Director)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Animator)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Animator)
Producer (3)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)
Art Department (3)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

Original Designer and Art Director (Art Director)

Lost in La Mancha 2003 (Movie)

Storyboard Illustrator (Illustrator)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Music (1)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

("Wash Me In The Blood Of Jesus") (Song)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

The Brothers Grimm 2005 (Movie)

Dress Pattern Maker (Tailor)
Other (1)

And Now For Something Completely Different 1973 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Amy Gilliam

Daughter
Born c. 1978 mother, Maggie Weston

Holly Gilliam

Daughter
Born c. 1980 mother, Maggie Weston

Harry Gilliam

Son
Born c. 1988 mother, Maggie Weston

Glenys Roberts

Companion
British involved in the late 1960s

Maggie Weston Makeup

Wife
Worked on the sketch comedy series, "Flying Circus" and many Python movies married in 1973

EDUCATION

Birmingham High School

Lake Balboa , California
Was class president, senior Prom King and voted "Most Likely to Succeed"

Occidental College

Los Angeles , California 1958 - 1962
Contributed to the college magazine, Fang, becoming the editor during his junior year

Milestones

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

2006

Co-wrote and directed an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel, "Tideland"

2005

Directed the comedy film, "The Brothers Grimm," starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger

2003

Was the subject of the documentary, "Lost In Mancha," about the failed production of "Don Quixote"

2001

Was the subject of the documentary, Tilting at Windmills"

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

1998

Helmed the feature adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

1995

Directed the Academy Award-nominated, "12 Monkeys"; inspired by the French short film "La Jetée"

1991

First Hollywood production as director, "The Fisher King"

1989

Experienced a box-office disappointment with "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"

1985

Breakthrough feature, "Brazil"; wrote and directed the dystopian black comedy

1981

Debut as producer, "Time Bandits"; also directed and shared screenplay credit with Michael Palin

1979

First film as production designer, "Monty Python's Life of Brian"; also co-wrote screenplay and performed in a variety of roles

1976

Solo directorial debut, "Jabberwocky"; also co-wrote with Charles Alverson

1975

Feature debut as a co-director, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

1974

US broadcast debut of "Monty Python's Flying Circus"

1972

First commercial animation, an advertising campaign for British Gas

1970

Feature acting debut, "And Now for Something Completely Different"; also served as animator and co-wrote the screenplay

1968

Joined the comedy troupe "Monty Python's Flying Circus"; credited as an animator, writer and performer

1968

Made animated features for the Children's series, "Do Not Adjust Your Set"

1968

Created the animated cartoons for the British series, "We Have Ways of Making You Laugh"

1967

Moved to London and obtained British citizenship

1966

Returned to Los Angeles to work in advertising

1962

After graduating from college, moved to New York

1962

Worked as an associate editor for Help! magazine; also did freelance illustrating

Bonus Trivia

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"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 man-child of the movies. His films are visually intoxicating, wildly ambitious, personal and at times perplexing." - from "Reality Check" by John Anderson in Newsday, April 23, 1995

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

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"I like coming back here [USA] in short stints. LA'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 Jan. 3-10, 1996

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