Refresh for updates Tributes have flooded in today for Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77, with all four of the surviving Pythons – Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam – celebrating the UK comedic actor, director, and writer.
“I loved him the moment I saw him on stage at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963,” tweeted Idle. “So many laughs, moments of total hilarity onstage and off we have all shared with him. 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.”
Palin described Jones as “kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full.”
“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have,” he added.
Cleese tweeted, “It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away… Two down, four to go.”
Gilliam offered a Python-worthy tribute, calling Jones “a very naughty boy,” “brilliant,” “iconoclastic,” and “a complete pain in the ass,” ending with, “one could never hope for a better friend.”
The sixth original member of Monty Python, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.
Stephen Fry and others, including Queen guitarist Brian May, took to Twitter to post tributes to Jones:
UK actor Adrian Edmondson recalled when Jones appeared on classic Brit series The Young Ones:
Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle added: