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Terry Jones, one of the founders of Monty Python, has passed away. He was 77, and had been suffering from dementia.

The Hollywood reporter this morning writes: "Although rarely receiving the same acclaim as Monty Python's other members, Jones also was widely regarded within the group as its underrated but passionate heart, known for his good-natured enthusiasm and a deep well of intelligence across a broad range of subjects … Among his most famous performances in the series was as an inept, bumbling cardinal in the Spanish Inquisition (seen wearing a leather WWI pilot's hat and goggles); a member of the Hell's Grannies, a marauding group of old women terrorizing the streets of London; an overly apologetic French waiter in a sketch involving a dirty fork; a Yorkshireman who had to 'get up out of the shoebox in the middle of the night and lick the road clean with our tongues;' and as a nude piano player with an erratic face in scenes often used to break up sketches."

Jones co-directed (with Terry Gilliam) Monty Python and Holy Grail, and was the sole director of two other Python films, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. And, he directed numerous films and television shows and wrote children's books, screenplays and non-fiction books.
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