If you ever went to college, or if you ever liked comedy, or if you are human, you love Terry Jones and Monty Python. That’s why you’ll be sad to learn that Terry is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia that affects his ability to communicate.
One our very favorite funny men is now unable to do interviews or appear at conventions as he clearly so loved to do.
Jones, 74, wasn’t just another Python, either. He directed The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. He also co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail alongside Terry Gilliam.
The news came as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced that Jones has been named as a recipient of the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. A representative of Jones’ revealed the diagnosis in their proud acceptance of the award:
“Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia. 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 was born in Wales, in a seaside town called Colwyn Bay. His father was stationed with the Royal Air Force in India.
And because we love Terry, here he is as a waitress doing his best to unload some Spam.