On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Terry Jones, passed away, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The revered British comic had been suffering from dementia for several years, as confirmed by his son, Bill, and it left him unable to speak. He was 77 years old at the time of his passing.
From Life of Brian to The Holy Grail, Terry Jones, and the rest of Monty Python, are totally iconic in the realm of British comedy. And with Terry's passing, we can't help but wonder, "where are the other members of Monty Python now?" 45 years after the release of The Holy Grail, most of them are retired, but doing well nonetheless.
John Cleese is probably the busiest of the bunch at this moment in time. After the group split due to creative differences, he landed major roles in several films, such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and A Fish Called Wanda, and now, he runs an app called Silly Walk and also still tours, performing comedy shows across Europe and the United States.
Although it seems as though he and Jones had fallen out of contact, it appeared that John was quite saddened by Jones' passing. He tweeted, "Just heard about Terry J, it feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away... Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian.' Perfection. Two down, four to go."
Just heard about Terry J— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go
Michael Palin also continued film acting after Monty Python split — he, too, appeared in the award winning heist comedy, A Fish Called Wanda, and played the role of Vincent in Time Bandits, alongside Shelley Duvall. In 2014, Michael embarked on his first one-man stage show called Traveling to Work, which continued for a few years.
Michael's message to Jones after his passing was bittersweet — he tweeted a goofy photo of the two of them, along with the caption: "You will be very missed old friend. I feel very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with Terry." I'm not crying, you're crying.
You will be very missed old friend. I feel very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with Terry. pic.twitter.com/4oNANoIeB2— Michael Palin (@NotMichaelPalin) January 22, 2020
Since the good old days of Monty Python, the only American in the group, Terry Gilliam, has been "canceled" a number of times for making various controversial statements. He referred to the #MeToo movement as a witch hunt, claiming that "white males are blamed for everything," and also blasted the Marvel franchise for making Black Panther, calling it "utter bulls--t."
When Gilliam isn't busy making crotchety and horrible statements, he's busy directing and writing — currently, he's working on a film called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which has been in the works for several years now. It stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, and it's reportedly going to come out within the year.
Eric hasn't actively pursued theater for years, but he's now the author of a "sortabiography," called Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. The title nods to a song from Broadway's rendition of The Holy Grail, called Spamalot. Based on his Twitter bio, it sounds like Eric mostly spends time doing what he loves: writing, reading, spending time with family, and playing guitar.
With Jones' passing, Eric took to Twitter, to grieve his deceased colleague and friend — first, he thanked fans for sending "kind thoughts and messages of support," and then he proceeded to reminisce on the moment they met. Check out what Eric had to say about Terry Jones, below, and try not to cry.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and messages of support for our dearly beloved brother Terry. It is a cruel and sad thing. But let's remember just what joy he brought to all of us.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 22, 2020
I loved him the moment I saw him on stage at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963. So many laughs,moments of total hilarity onstage and off we have all shared with him. It’s too sad if you knew him,but if you didn’t you will always smile at the many wonderfully funny moments he gave us— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 22, 2020
Sadly, Graham passed away at the age of 48, according to IMDB — after Monty Python's split, he co-wrote and starred in a movie called Yellowbeard, but it didn't do well. A few years later, he began working on another series, but his health began to rapidly decline. After years of suffering from alcoholism, his liver was failing. He was later diagnosed with throat and spinal cancer, and eventually suffered from a massive stroke in 1989.
Two Monty Python members have passed, and one is canceled, but the troupe is legendary nevertheless. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Terry Jones' family, he will be missed.