Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Monty Python (1970) Terry Jones (front) with, from left, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Michael Palin. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock.
Monty Python stars have led the tributes to their co-star Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77.
The Welsh actor and writer played a variety of characters in the iconic comedy group’s Flying Circus TV series, and directed several of their films.
He died on Tuesday, four years after contracting a rare form of dementia known as FTD.
David Walliams and Simon Pegg were among other comedians who remembered him.
Fellow Python star Sir Michael Palin described Jones as “one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation”.
In a tweet, John Cleese said he was “a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm”.
Eric Idle, another member of the highly influential comedy troupe, recalled the “many laughs [and] moments of total hilarity” they shared.
“It’s too sad if you knew him, but if you didn’t you will always smile at the many wonderfully funny moments he gave us.”