Monty Pythons legend Terry Jones, 76, ‘struggles to recognise’ his comedy troupe friends due to his worsening dementia
- Fellow Python, Terry Gilliam, revealed the star’s dementia has taken a downturn
- The star was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 after he began forgetting lines
- Mr Gilliam said the actor has ‘moved into another world’ since visiting him
Legendary actor, Terry Jones, barely recognises his former Monty Python co-stars after his dementia battle took a dramatic downturn, his close pal has revealed.
The 76-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 after he began forgetting lines during the troupes Flying Cirus show at London’s O2 in 2014.
And tragically, fellow Python Terry Gilliam said he now struggles to remember his friends and admits the actor has ‘moved into another world’.
Terry Jones, 76, struggles to recognise fellow Monty Python stars including Terry Gilliam, 77, who revealed the actor has ‘moved into another world’
Mr Gilliam told The Sun: ‘I saw him a few months ago on Hampstead Heath. I find it difficult as he finds it hard to know who I am. This is a very dear close friend.
‘I look in his eyes and I am not sure he recognises me. He walks along the Heath as Terry likes to get outside. Terry is in his own world is quite happy. I just miss him. It touches me.’
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Mr Gilliam said he misses the actor who was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 (Pictured L-R Monty Python members Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones)
(L-R) Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, John Oliver, and Terry Jones pose for a photo backstage at the “Monty Python And The Holy Grail” special screening in New York
Terry suffers from frontotemporal dementia an uncommon form of the disease which affects behaviour and language often presenting as being insensitive or rude.
Both actors formed part of BBC comedy troupe Monty Python starring John Cleese, 78, Eric Idle, 75, Terry Jones, 76, Michael Palin, 75 and Graham Chapman, 48.
They performed from 1969 until 1983 and later made a series of comebacks including the 2014 show at the O2 and a Not the Messiah show at the London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2009.
Terry Jones, one of the original stars of the series in Monty Python’s film Life Of Brian in 1979
The actors performed from 1969 until 1983 and later made a series of comebacks including the 2014 show at the O2 and a Not the Messiah show at the London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2009
Mr Gilliam added: ‘We argued our positions and fought for what we believed in. Terry has moved into another world. I miss arguing with Terry. He was always passionate about things. It is hard when you have spent your life arguing, fighting and being inspired by someone. When that character is not there anymore that is the sad thing. I hope he is content where he is that’s all.’
Last April, Terry’s daughter, Sally, insisted that hecould still recognise friends and family.
Terry revealed he was battling with Dementia in September 2016 after Bafta Cymru announced he had been given a special award for outstanding contribution to film and television.
He later attended the event with his son Mark speaking on his behalf.
Terry was diagnosed after he began forgetting lines during the troupes Flying Cirus show in 2015 (Pictured in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life)
The Monty Python team imitate journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker. Left to right: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones
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