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Gilliam at the 36th Deauville American Films Festival.
Terrence Vance Gilliam

22 November 1940 (1940-11-22) (age 80)
Occupation Actor, animator, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Maggie Weston (1973–present)
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Terry Gilliam at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2006

Terry Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-British cartoonist and filmmaker. He was born in Minnesota and grew up in California, but he now lives in England and is a British citizen.

He was a member of the British comedy team Monty Python. He designed animated sequences and acted in both their TV show and movies. He also directed the movies Jabberwocky (1976), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), Baron Münchhausen (1989), Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1996), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Brothers Grimm (2005).



  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (co-directed with Terry Jones)
  • Jabberwocky (1977)
  • Time Bandits (1981)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • 12 Monkeys (1995)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Tideland (2005)
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Upcoming movies:

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (in pre-production)


  • Storytime (1968) (animated short)
  • Miracle of Flight (1974) (animated short)
  • The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983) (a short supporting feature that went with Monty Python's The Meaning of Life)
  • The Legend of Hallowdega (2010)
  • The Wholly Family (2011)


  • MTV "Boogeyman" (1987)
  • Secret Tournament (2002)
  • The Rematch (2002)

Awards, nominations and honours

  • Brazil (1985)
    • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Film, Director, and Screenplay
    • 1 Academy Awards nominations Best Original Screenplay
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
    • 3 BAFTA Awards Best Costume Design, Best Make Up Artist, Best Production Design
    • 3 Silver Ribbons awarded by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design
    • 4 Academy Awards nominations Best Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup
    • 4 Saturn Awards nominations Best Costumes, Best Fantasy Film, Best Make-Up, Best Special Effects
    • Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    • 2 Academy Awards nominations Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Brad Pitt), Best Costume Design
    • Berlin Film Festival Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost" – 3rd Place
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    • Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
    • Venice Film Festival Official Selection
  • Tideland (2005)
    • San Sebastian Festival Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
    • 2 Academy Awards nominations Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction
    • 2 BAFTA Awards nominations Best Production Design, Best Make Up & Hair
    • Best Fantasy Film nomination by the Costume Designers Guild of America
    • British Independent Film Awards nomination for Best Achievement in Production
    • International Press Academy Satellite Award Best Costume Design, 3 more nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction & Production Design, Best Original Song
    • Voted Best Fantasy Film of the Year by readers of the Total Sci-Fi Online magazine.
  • An asteroid, 9619 Terrygilliam, is named in his honor.
  • Gilliam was given the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2009 for his contribution to motion picture arts.
  • Awarded the Fellowship of the Kermodes, by film critic Mark Kermode.
  • Director with Unique Visual Sensitivity Award at the Camerimage film festival in Łódź, Poland in 2009.
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Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseTerry GilliamEric IdleTerry JonesMichael Palin
And Now For Something Completely Different  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail  • Monty Python's Life of Brian  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

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