Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones is battling dementia.
The 74-year-old comedic actor and director has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia, which affects his ability to communicate.
Jones revealed the diagnosis ahead of his scheduled appearance at Bafta Cymru on October 2nd, where he will receive a special Outstanding Contributuon to Film and Television award.
Alongside Terry Gilliam, Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975, and was the sole director on two other Monty Python movies, Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. He also wrote the initial screenplay for David Bowie’s Labyrinth.
More recently, Jones participated in Monty Python’s 2014 reunion residency in London, and directed 2015’s Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg.