Great Movie Scenes: Terry Jones as Mr. Creosote

Today we take a moment to remember the life of Terry Jones. The Welsh writer/director/actor/comedian/history expert/bon vivant is best known for his work with the Monty Python comedy troupe, helping to assemble the deal, starring and co-scripting every episode, co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with Terry Gilliam), and directing the features Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, has died at the age of 77 following a courageous battle with dementia.

On Twitter, Jones’ fellow Python John Cleese left this tribute:

Michael Palin also responded:

As did Eric Idle:

And Terry Gilliam:

While they knew him best from over 50 years of comedic collaboration, Jones also worked with talents ranging from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams and Jim Henson, writing the screenplay for 1986’s Labyrinth. In later years, Jones was a fixture on British television presenting various documentary series’ that showcased his love for history.

I wanted to end this tribute by celebrating my favorite Terry Jones moment…one that happens to be arguably the grossest movie scene from the 1980s. In Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Jones portrayed Mr. Creosote, a gluttonous beast of a man who finally meets his end after eating one “wafer thin” dinner mint. Watch it in its entirety above, if your stomach can take it that is.

R.I.P Terry Jones, thank you for the laughter.

  • Tom K.

    It is a great thing that Monty Python’s Flying Circus AND their movies arrived before the humorless – easily offended generation arrived. Comedy Brilliance !

  • John

    …with no little help from a makeup artist named Christopher Tucker, whose other contributions to the cinema you should also study. But focus on how the Pythons got to know each other in the first place. THAT is a tale unto itself.

  • Bret Geren

    The Monty Python troop were and are the definition of comedy. I’ve seen every episode they made and I still laugh to this day. There will never be another gathering of talent such as this ever again.