Monty Python was a British comedy troupe known for their unique satirical humour. Featuring Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman, the group first appeared in the television series Monty Python's Flying Circus. The show was a hit on British television, and established the Pythons' success as comedic icons across the pond.
The ensemble created several films not long afterwards which made them internationally known, including 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail and 1983's The Meaning of Life. While some of the members have sadly passed away, others have gone on to enjoy successful careers long after the Monty Python movies. Click through the slides to find out about the lives (and deaths) of the Monty Python members!
Monty Python Movies: Here's How The Iconic Brits Are Doing Today
Graham Chapman was most known to fans of the Monty Python movies as "King Arthur" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He also played "Brian Cohen" in Monty Python's Life of Brian and several other ensemble roles in the Pythons' projects, which he was creatively involved in as well. Unfortunately, the actor passed away on October 4, 1989 due to throat cancer.
John Cleese's career in comedy took off thanks to his time as part of Monty Python! Some of his notable roles in the group's films included "Sir Launcelot the Brave" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and "Humphrey Williams" in The Meaning of Life.
Cleese has continued to be successful in the industry today, appearing in many films and television series since Monty Python. He has done voiceover work for animated projects, such as voicing "King Harold" in the Shrek films, and can recently be seen as "John" in The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee!