John Cleese and Eric Idle were among the first to pay tribute to their fellow Monty Python alum Terry Jones in the wake of his death.
Jones died Tuesday night at age 77 “after a long, extremely brave but always good-humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD,” his agent told the Associated Press.
Cleese, Idle, Piers Morgan, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry and others took to Twitter Wednesday to honor the British actor, director, writer and comedy icon, highlighting favorite projects and quotes from his decades-long career.
Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, Cleese, Idle and Jones brought joy to viewers with their revolving door of Monty Python personalities, revolutionizing the British comedic scene along with the troupe’s co-founders Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam. Chapman died in 1989.
“It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away,” Cleese wrote. “Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of ‘Life of Brian.’ Perfection. Two down, four to go.”
Just heard about Terry J— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go
“Thank you all for your kind thoughts and messages of support for our dearly beloved brother Terry,” Idle tweeted. “It is a cruel and sad thing. But let’s remember just what joy he brought to all of us.”
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and messages of support for our dearly beloved brother Terry. It is a cruel and sad thing. But let's remember just what joy he brought to all of us.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 22, 2020
The pair starred alongside Jones in Monty Python classics such as 1975’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1979’s “Life of Brian” and 1983’s “The Meaning of Life.”
“I loved him the moment I saw him onstage at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963,” Idle continued. “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.”
I loved him the moment I saw him on stage at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963. 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— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 22, 2020
Jones is survived by his wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, who told AP, “We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades. His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programs, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath.”
See more social media tributes below.
36 years ago I met Terry Jones. I was meant to interview him. I asked for tea, so he opened a bottle of Chablis & got me drunk. He was funny, brilliant and honest. He was irrepressible and is seen here repressing the very young me. Rest in Peace, Terry. You were an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/fNBJZwOFcX— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 22, 2020
Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2020
The magnificent Terry Jones has died.— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 22, 2020
It the only thing he ever did that wasn’t funny.
Thank you for my gloriously misspent youth, Sir. And Godspeed.
Remember showing my kid Monty Python for the first time a few years ago. His review, through one of his little shoulder shaking laughs: "It's like they're deliberately trying to say the most stupid thing possible!" We'll all miss you Terry Jones.— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) January 22, 2020
Terry Jones was the only Python who agreed to appear in The Young Ones. It was like affirmation from God himself. This was the man who’d directed what was, and still is, the funniest feature film ever made. We loved him for it, and always will. Sadly, he’s eaten his last mint...— Adrian Edmondson (@AdrianEdmondson) January 22, 2020