Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People: Monty Python's Terry Jones Is Diagnosed with Dementia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People: Monty Python's Terry Jones Is Diagnosed with Dementia

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Monty Python's Jones has dementia

Terry Jones, 74, the star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia.

The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones would receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

Jones wrote, directed and starred in such movies as "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life" and co-directed "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" with Terry Gilliam. As a member of the sketch comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which began airing on the BBC in 1969, he played recurring characters such as a nude organist, a screeching housewife and a high-strung cardinal from the Spanish Inquisition.

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