Terry Jones, the Monty Python star and legendary director of classic comedies including “The Life Of Brian” and “The Meaning Of Life,” has been diagnosed with dementia, according to a statement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. BAFTA is presenting the 74-year-old Jones with the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television at the 25th British Academy Cymru Awards on October 2.
“Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia,” one of Jones’ representatives said in the statement. “This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews. Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”
Jones is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter, actor, director, historian and author who is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe that included John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. Jones and the other Pythons started performing in 1969 and wrote and performed “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” until 1974. Jones co-directed the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” before directing 1979’s “Life of Brian” and 1983’s “The Meaning of Life.”
His most recent film was 2015’s “Absolutely Anything,” which he co-wrote and directed.