Terry Jones

Terry Jones


2/1/1942, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, UK

Birth Name

Terence Graham Perry Jones



Also Known As

Terry C. Jonesberg, Montypython Flyingcircus
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Terry was born in 1942 in Colwyn Bay, Wales. His father was Welsh and his mother was from Bolton. He has an older brother, Nigel. He attended the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, where he was captain of the Rugby team. He then went to Oxford University to…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Terry suffers from arthritis, and in 2006, was treated for colon cancer.

    • Terry's father was Alick George Parry, a bank clerk, and his mother was Dilys Louisa, a homemaker.

    • Terry debuted his new opera, Evil Machines, in Portugal in January 2008. It tells the story of machines rising up against their human masters.

    • In June 2008, Terry joined with is old writing partner Michael Palin to introduce a screening of episodes of The Complete And Utter History, that the British Film Institute has recovered as part of their Missing Believed Wiped initiative.

    • In May 2008, Terry joined neighbour Tom Conti to protest about development near their homes in Hampstead Heath.

    • Terry gave the Commencement Address at Pace University in May 2008. It took place at the Radio City Music Hall.

    • Terry released the book Starship Titanic, based on CD-ROM game by Douglas Adams in 1997.

    • Terry released the book Who Murdered Chaucer? in 2005.

    • Terry did the feature audio commentary for the film Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life with Terry Gilliam.

    • Terry released the book Chaucer's Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary in 1985.

    • Award Wins

      Grand Prize of the Jury for The Meaning of Life, Cannes Film Festival (1983).

      Best of the Fest Award for Wind in the Willows, Chicago International Children's Film Festival (1998).

      WisKid Award for Full-Length Feature for The Wind in the Willows, Wisconsin International Children's Film Festival (2000).

      Award Nominations

      Golden Palm Award for The Meaning of Life, Cannes Film Festival (1983).

      BAFTA Award for Best Original Song, for The Meaning of Life's "Every Sperm is Sacre", with André Jacquemin, Dave Howman, and Michael Palin (1984).

      Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, for the Medieval Lives episode The Peasant (2004).

    • Terry directed 3 of the 4 films that have been banned in Ireland ... most notably, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.

    • Terry supported a motion to impeach British Prime Minister Tony Blair after the war "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

    • Terry has a mild speech impediment - he has trouble pronouncing the letter "R".

    • Terry was the shortest member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, having been about an inch shorter than Michael Palin.

    • Terry's nickname is Jonesy.

    • Terry is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Terry Jones: (on the death of Graham Chapman, who died on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the "Monty Python" comedy troupe) I thought it was in terribly bad taste for him to die when he did.

    • Terry Jones: The problem with the media is [news organizations] are primarily owned by corporations, and corporations are pro-establishment... Newspapers and television start using the vocabulary of politicians, and that's the way bias creeps in.

    • Terry Jones: Comedy is a dangerous business. If people find something funny you're okay. But the moment you do something that's meant to be funny and someone doesn't find it funny, they become angry. It's almost as if they resent the fact that you tried to make them laugh and failed. Nobody comes out of a mediocre performance of Hamlet seething with rage because it didn't make them cry. But just listen to people coming out of a comedy that didn't make them laugh.