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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 February 1942Colwyn Bay, Wales, UK
Birth NameTerence Graham Perry Jones
Nickname Jonesy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, which was his first success. Also, he wrote for many other TV shows, such as: The Kathy Kirby Show (1964), Late Night Lineup (1964) (with Palin), Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969) (with Palin). But Jones' greatest success was the zany Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (1969-74) (with Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sidney Robert Loomis <sidloomis@yahoo.com>

Spouse (2)

Anna Söderström (2012 - present) (1 child)
Alison Telfer (1970 - 2012) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Children with Alison Telfer: Sally (b. 1974) and Bill (b. 1976).
Was the shortest member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, having been about an inch shorter than Terry Gilliam.
Has a mild speech impediment - he has trouble pronouncing the letter "r".
Has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
Supported a motion to impeach British Prime Minister Tony Blair after the war "Operation Iraqi Freedom".
Father was Welsh and his mother was English (Anglo-Saxon ancestry).
Has directed three of the four films that have been banned in Ireland (Most notably, Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983)).
He attended Royal Grammar School in Guilford, where he was Head Boy, and graduated from St. Edmond Hall at Oxford.
Was diagnosed with bowel cancer in the early stages. [October 2006].
Member of Monty Python along with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
Born in the same town as actor Timothy Dalton.
Younger brother of Nigel Jones.
Co-wrote an opera, with Luis Tinoco, that premiered in Lisbon, Portugal on January 12, 2008. Jones turned his collection of short stories into a libretto for the production, which he is also directing. It is about machines trying to take over the world and involves cars, motorbikes, washers, dryers, parking meters and gigantic vacuum cleaners, all singing opera on stage. [January 2008]
Has a daughter, Siri (born 2009) with Anna Söderström.
Knew Eric Idle and Michael Palin from university.
Wrote and acted for Oxford's equivalent of the Cambridge Footlights.

Personal Quotes (11)

[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. The worst case of party-pooping I've ever seen.
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.
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.
(On being recognised as a "famous face"): "In a way it makes the world smaller, it makes it like a village. It's really how I felt the world always ought to be, where you feel you know people and people are interested in you. So, it's like a retreat into childhood really, where when you're a baby everybody's interested in you and it's rather the same thing."
One of the things we tried to do with the show was to try and do something that was so unpredictable that it had no shape and you could never say what the kind of humor was. And I think that the fact that "Pythonesque" is now a word in the Oxford English Dictionary shows the extent to which we failed.
[on Graham Chapman] I think Graham was a bit of a mystery to anyone who knew and worked with him. I don't think we ever felt like we knew him. We knew he was capable of flashes of genius, but he was an enigma. So much of Graham was a pose. He was always acting and always going for the laughs.
[on the first episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'] We had an audience of old-age pensioners who thought they were coming in to see a circus. Graham and I were doing the first sketch - the flying sheep sketch - and there was not a lot of reaction to it. Just bewildered pensioners. We were also terrified that nobody would laugh when we did Holy Grail. We showed it to an audience of investors. They laughed for the first five minutes, then absolute silence for the whole rest of the film. It was one of the worst nights.
Saying 'We will destroy terrorism' is about as meaningful as saying 'We shall annihilate mockery.'
Why do I feel so exercised about what we think of the people of the Middle Ages? I guess it's because so many of their voices are ringing vibrantly in my ears - Chaucer's, Boccaccio's, Henry Knighton's, Thomas Walsingham's, Froissart's, Jean Creton's... writers and contemporary historians of the period who seem to me just as individual, just as alive as we are today. We need to get to know these folk better in order to know who we are ourselves.
Ludicrous concepts...like the whole idea of a 'war on terrorism.' You can wage war against another country, or on a national group within your own country, but you can't wage war on an abstract noun. How do you know when you've won? When you've got it removed from the Oxford English Dictionary?
[on Robin Williams] Above all, what I remember about Robin was his humility. He could be funny as no one else could be funny - like he had another monumental voice telling him to be funny - let it rip! He could have had a huge ego. But he didn't.

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