Graham Chapman

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Graham Chapman

Born

1/8/1941, Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK

Died

10/4/1989

Birth Name

Graham Arthur Chapman

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Montypython Flyingcircus, Monty Python, Graham C. Chapmanberg
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out of 10
User Rating
30 votes

Biography

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Python biographer Kim "Howard" Johnson described Graham Chapman as the most "Pythonesque" member of the group that revolutionized TV comedy. The son of a policeman, Chapman was born and raised during World War II. He felt his childhood was "normal" despite the ongoing battles between England and Nazi…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John Cleese delivered a eulogy for Graham, during which he deliberately used a fair amount of coarse language. He said that Graham would be honored that his was the first British eulogy to ever include the "F" word.

    • Graham was a vocal proponent of gay rights.

    • Graham was best friends with "fellow loonies" Keith Moon (of The Who), singer Harry Nilsson, and Ringo Starr (of The Beatles).

    • Graham was educated at Melton Mowbray Grammar School.

    • Graham wrote & released his life story in 1978 entitled A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI.

    • Graham overcame his addiction to alcohol in 1978.

    • Graham died on October 4, 1989, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    • Graham was one of the first & few celebrities in the 60's that openly admitted they he was gay.

    • Graham made his feature film debut (as writer and actor) with Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different.

    • Graham began his TV writing career in 1966 where he worked on BBC-TV's The Frost Report with future fellow Python John Cleese.

    • Graham worked as the producer on the film The Odd Job (1978).

    • Graham was going to play the part of the reporter in the Red Dwarf (1988) episode Timeslides, but died before filming could begin. The part instead went to Ruby Wax, the wife of one of the show's directors Ed Bye.

    • Graham was the co-author (with Barry Cryer) of the play O Happy Day, which was discovered among his manuscripts and produced nearly eleven years after Graham's death. O Happy Day had its world premiere on September 22, 2000, at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. A portion of Chapman's ashes were in attendance for the premiere.

    • While at Cambridge University, Graham was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club. He went to the USA with the Cambridge University Footlights Club Revue in 1964 - appearing on stage in Broadway, and on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    • Graham co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and it's sequels with John Cleese.

    • Graham's Calcium Made Interesting was released in 2005. It is a collection of unseen sketches, scripts, letters, essays and other assorted items. It also contains many rare photos.

    • A book on Graham: The Completely Incomplete Graham Chapman was released in 1999. It was edited by Jim Yoakum.

    • Graham appeared in the music video for Iron Maiden's "Can I Play With Madness" in 1988.

    • Graham studied medicine at Cambridge University.

    • Graham was approximately 6'2" tall.

    • Though he co-wrote "Rentadick" with John Cleese, they insisted their credits be removed from the film when it was released in 1972. John Cleese details the reasons in an interview for Kim "Howard" Johnson's book Life (Before and) After Monty Python: The Solo Flights of the Flying Circus.

  • Quotes

    • Graham Chapman: We don't deliberately set out to offend. Unless we feel it's justified. And in the case of certain well-known religions, it was justified.

    • Graham Chapman: I hope I will have achieved something lasting.

    • Graham's openess about his sexuality would sometimes result in hostile responses from the public. One occasion that Graham wrote about in his autobiography recalls a letter received from a woman complaining about him during a radio interview.

      Graham Chapman: Her handwriting became visibly angrier as she went on to say that persons like that should not be allowed to live. Eric Idle wrote back to the lady saying that we (the Pythons) had found out which one it was and killed him.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It's a shame more people don't have anything to say about him. I suppose I will, then.

    10
    Hopefully you know that Chapman was one of the Pythons, and since that is the work that I am most familiar with of his, I shall write about that. My favorite characters of his were Police Constable Pan-Am ("Look! I must warn you that anything you may say will be ignored and furthermore, given half a chance I'll put my fist through your teeth. F'tang. F'tang."), the army recruit captain ("Thank you and now for the fish. The fish down the trousers."), the pepperpot in The Exploding Penguin on the Telly sketch ("Anyway, if it came from the zoo, it would have 'property of the zoo' stamped on it!"), and let's not forget Raymond Luxury Yacht ("It's spelt Raymond Luxury Yach-t, but it's pronounced 'Throatwobbler Mangrove'"). All in all, Chapman was a brilliant comedian, actor and writer. It's a tragedy that he no longer graces the earth with his humor and talent.moreless
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    10
    Almighty Graham Arthur Chapman! The most pythonesque member of Monty Python, and the most legendary.