Simply 17 lovely tributes to Terry Jones, the Monty Python star who has died aged 77
Very sad news today that Monty Python star Terry Jones has died aged 77.
Jones directed three of Python’s acclaimed films and did a huge amount of other work including the brilliant Ripping Yarns (with Michael Palin), directing movies such as Erik the Viking, writing children’s books and presenting TV documentaries.
He was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2015 and became a public face of the illness. Here’s what Palin said about his great friend and colleague.
“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have.”
And here are just a few of the many, many tributes being paid on Twitter today.
So sad to hear about Terry Jones. Much of modern comedy has been informed by Monty Python. In the Life of Brian, they not only pushed the proverbial boundaries, but, IMO, Terry Jones delivered one of THE very best lines in comedy pic.twitter.com/ZEduWRMcZJ
— TheFastShow (@TheFastShow1) January 22, 2020
Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2020
A very fond farewell to Terry Jones: Not only 1/6 of the Pythons, Mr Creosote, Arthur Two Sheds Jackson, Dino Vercotti, Mandy Cohen, Prince Herbert, Cardinal Biggles & the Nude Organist, but also esteemed director of all time comedy classic; 'Life Of Brian'. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/PeBDlvGfsD
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 22, 2020
It's a throwaway gag, but just the perfect line delivery from Terry Jones. Maybe my favourite joke in Holy Grail. pic.twitter.com/qxY2dITKdS
— John Nugent (@mr_nugent) January 22, 2020
Farewell to the great Terry Jones. His influence was more than wafer thin. pic.twitter.com/sUAMVfvg2P
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 22, 2020
“You’re a very stupid boy, Tomkinson.” From Terry Jones and Michael Palin’s Ripping Yarns. pic.twitter.com/PL9GOIUSI9
— katie (@pipterino) January 22, 2020
Goodbye and thank you for all the silliness Mr Jones pic.twitter.com/PI81R9V9pv
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) January 22, 2020
Terry Jones walking into heaven like pic.twitter.com/8L2unYmdBz
— Wolverine Filled Moat Enthusiast (@rewegreatyet) January 22, 2020
— Michael Spicer (@MrMichaelSpicer) January 22, 2020
RIP Terry Jones – my grandmother’s favourite Python, director of Life Of Brian, contributor to Labyrinth and reputedly a delightful sexy beast. There is no-one left to sell Spam, or receive the nudge, nudge, wink-winks. Say no more. 🙁
— Mr John Robertson #thedarkroom (@Robbotron) January 22, 2020
We're very sorry to hear the sad news that Monty Python star Terry Jones passed away today aged 77. Terry had been living with dementia since 2015 and we fondly remember his support at our Memory Walks. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. https://t.co/HI3wJW1LY3
— Alzheimer's Society (@alzheimerssoc) January 22, 2020
Lovely Terry Jones, the heart of Python. Ripping Yarns remains so gloriously funny, and Bert Fegg's Nasty Book For Boys & Girls made me laugh like a small fool when I was eight. Very sad to see him go.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) January 22, 2020
Terry Jones perhaps got less recognition than the other Pythons, who were stronger as performers – but he was the one who pulled the show together conceptually. All that distinctive Python stuff, linking the sketches, the meta gags – that was him. He had the vision, the ambition.
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) January 22, 2020
And now for something completely depressing. pic.twitter.com/4HTSYZEjud
— barney farmer (@barneyfarmer) January 22, 2020
I grew up watching Monty Python. I wouldn't be funny if it weren't for Monty Python, and I'm not even very funny so just imagine how much more annoying this could have all turned out. Terry Jones made something that teaches you how to be funny. Show Monty Python to your kids.
— Comment Etiquette (@commentiquette) January 22, 2020
RIP Terry Jones.