Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of the comedy troop Monty Python (John Phillips/invision/AP)

Monty Python founding member Terry Jones diagnosed with dementia

Jones directed "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life," and co-directed "Monty Python and the Holly Grail"

Scott Eric Kaufman
September 23, 2016 4:28PM (UTC)

Terry Jones, founding member of beloved English comedy troupe Monty Python has been diagnosed with dementia, the BBC reports.

Along with Terry Gilliam, Jones directed one of the troupe's most iconic films, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." He also directed "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life."


A spokesman for Jones told The Guardian that "Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia."

"This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews," the spokesman continued. "Terry is proud and honored to be recognized in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”

Kathryn Smith, director of operations at Alzheimer's Society, expressed her condolences, saying "[w]e are deeply sorry to hear about Terry Jones's diagnosis of dementia and are thinking of Terry and his family during this time.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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