Terry Jones

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1942 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (27)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Enfermes Dehors 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hidden History of Egypt With Terry Jones 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Gladiators: The Brutal Truth 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Help! I'm A Fish 2000 (Movie)

of Professor H O Mac Krill (Voice)

Ancient Inventions 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Le Createur 1999 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: Douglas Adams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

Toad (Actor)

Crusades 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

King Arnulf of Hy-Brasil (Actor)

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

Actor

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

(Actor)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

Colin--a Passerby (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

Poacher (Actor)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

Head of Three-Headed Knight (Actor)

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dinotopia (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar 1999 (Movie)

English language adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Consuming Passions 1988 (Movie)

("Secrets") (Play as Source Material)

Labyrinth 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

And Now For Something Completely Different 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Personal Services 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

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

(Director)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (4)

Help! I'm A Fish 2000 (Movie)

("Fishtastic But True") (Song Performer)

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

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

("Christmas in Heaven" "Every Sperm Is Sacred") (Song)
Other (2)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

from stories("The Saga of Erik the Viking") (Other)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Alick George Parry Jones

Father

Dilys Louisa Jones

Mother

Sally Jones

Daughter

Bill Jones

Son

Alison Telfer

Wife

EDUCATION

St Edmund Hall, Oxford College

1961 - 1964
acted in the Oxford Revue and with the Experimental Theatre Club

Milestones

1997

Returned to films as director, star and co-scenarist of "The Wind in the Willows"; also acted and wrote songs

1989

Wrote and directed "Erik the Viking", adapted from his book for children; also acted; last feature for nearly a decade

1987

Directed "Personal Services", a comic look at a woman who becomes embroiled in prostitution, inspired by real-life events

1987

Wrote a regular column, "Input" for YOUNG GUARDIAN

1986

First screeplay credit outside the Monty Python circle, "Labyrinth"

1980

US stage debut in California production of Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl

1979

Solo directorial debut, "Monty Python's Life of Brian"; also acted in and co-wrote

1975

First feature as co-director (with Terry Gilliam), also credited for screenplay and various character appearances, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

1970

Feature debut, co-wrote screenplay and appeared in, "And Now For Something Completely Different"

1968

Joined the "Monty Python's Flying Circus"

1968

Scripted the pantomime "Alladin" for the Waterford Civic Theatre Repertory Company

1967

Contributed to the series "The Frost Report"

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

1966

With Palin, made short films for "THe Late Show" (BBC)

1965

Worked in the script department for BBC-TV series "Late Night Line-Up"; also first collaborations with Michael Palin

With Palin, co-wrote the BBC series "Ripping Yarns"

Bonus Trivia

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

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