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Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. Gilliam said these experiences made him ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (Documentary)
 2013 The Zero Theorem (additional dialogue)
 2011 The Wholly Family (Short)
 2005 Tideland (screenplay)
 1999 Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (TV Movie documentary)
 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (screenplay)
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game) (screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail")
 1985 Brazil (screenplay)
 1985 Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (Video short)
 1983 The Crimson Permanent Assurance (Short) (written by)
 1983 The Meaning of Life (written by)
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary) (written by)
 1981 Time Bandits (written by)
 1979 Life of Brian (written by)
 1977 Jabberwocky (screenplay)
 1975 Miracle of Flight (Short)
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (written by)
  Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series) (written by - 41 episodes, 1969 - 1974) (creator - 1 episode, 1973) (additional material - 1 episode, 1969) (conceived and written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Party Political Broadcast (1974) ... (written by)
- Mr. Neutron (1974) ... (written by)
- Hamlet (1974) ... (written by)
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... (written by)
- Michael Ellis (1974) ... (written by)
 1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Series) (written by)
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different (screen foreplay & conception)
 1968 Broaden Your Mind (TV Series) (writer)
 1968 Marty (TV Series) (writer)
 1968 Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series) (additional material - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.5 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.3 (1968) ... (additional material)
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Other Works:

Book - "Animations of Mortality", with Lucinda Cowell (1978) See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 22 Interviews | 12 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Montypython Flyingcircus | Terry Spam Sausage Spam Egg Gilliam | Terry Terry Whicker Alan Gilliam | Terry Whicker Gilliam | Terry [Egg on Face] Gilliam | Terry C. Gilliamberg | Monty Python | Marty Rigelli | The Usual Lot


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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While filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): We were devastated. We spent the whole day - Amy Gilliam, Nicola Pecorini, the director of photography, and myself - lying flat on the floor. Heath Ledger's dead, and you don't quite get over that. I suppose I'm in an interesting position because while I'm cutting the film I'm basically working with him every day and he's fine; he's in ... See more »


He did not originally intend to cast Sean Connery as King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), he merely wrote in the screenplay that when Agamemnon took off his helmet that he looked "exactly like Sean Connery." To Gilliam's surprise, the script found its way into Connery's hands and Connery subsequently expressed interest in doing the film. See more »


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