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Graham Chapman

Screenwriter/Actor : Born January 08, 1941 - Leicester, England, UK

Died October 04, 1989 - Maidstone, England, UK (Spinal and Throat Cancer)

Mini Biography :

While attending Cambridge University, Leicester-born Graham Chapman met and befriended fellow student John Cleese. Sharing a keen sense of the ridiculous, Chapman and Cleese formed a writing/performing team, contributing scripts to a variety of BBC radio and TV shows, most notably Doctor in the House. They also wrote for such satirical films as The Magic Christian (1969) and Rentadick (1972). In 1969, Chapman and Cleese formed the Monty Python comedy troupe, which led to the matchless TV comedy-sketch series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974). Because he came closest to resembling a film star, the Pythons cast Chapman in the leading roles of their film projects Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and The Life of Brian (1978); in the latter film, Chapman scored as an "alternate Messiah" who ended his life on the Cross while singing an insipid cheer-up song. On his own, Graham Chapman was not quite as successful as he'd been in the company of fellow Pythons Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilian, though he did publish a moderately successful 1981 memoir, A Liar's Autobiography. After co-scripting and co-starring in the all-star "comedy salad" Yellowbeard (1983), Graham Chapman died of cancer of the spine; he was only 48.

(This short bio was written by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide)

Timeline for Chapman :
1990 The Life of Python Actor
1989 Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Python Actor
1987 Still Crazy Like a Fox Actor
1984 The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Actor
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Composer (Music Score) / Screenwriter / Actor: First Fish, Tony
1983 Yellowbeard Screenwriter / Actor: Yellowbeard
1982 Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Screenwriter / Actor: Various roles
1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor
1979 The Life of Brian Screenwriter / Actor: Brian Called Brian / Actor: 1st Wise Man
1978 The Odd Job Producer / Screenwriter / Actor: Arthur Harris
1976 Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe Actor
1974 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screenwriter / Actor: Hiccoughing Guard / Actor: King Arthur / Actor: Three-Headed Knight
1972 Rentadick Screenwriter
1971 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins Screenwriter
1971 The Statue Actor: News Reader
1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Screenwriter / Actor: Various roles
1970 The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Screenwriter / Actor: Fromage
1970 Doctor in Trouble Actor: Roddy
1969 The Magic Christian Screenwriter / Actor: Oxford Crew (uncredited)
1968 John Cleese on How to Irritate People Actor


Actor, writer, director, comedian and licensed physician Graham Chapman, a co-founder of Great Britain's Monty Python's Flying Circus, died October 4th, 1989 at the age of 48. Chapman had battled advanced throat cancer for a year before his death.

Born January 8th, 1941 in Leceister, England, Chapman's childhood in the middle-class family of a police officer fell under the pall of World War II. Influenced by the path of an older brother, Chapman studied at Emmanuel College, Oxford for a career in medicine. It was in his undergraduate years that Chapman became deeply involved with theater, joining the school's Footlights Club and meeting John Cleese. Despite the rigors of medical school, Chapman immersed himself in the club, forming a writing partnership with Cleese which lasted nearly thirty years. Chapman and Cleese debuted their first review with the Footlights Club in 1962.

By 1963 Chapman was a practicing medicine at St. Bart's Hospital and silmutaneously a member of The Cambridge Circus where he became aquantinted with other actors and writers who would later form Monty Python. A chance meeting with Britain's revered Queen Mother at a tea for medical students and residents in 1964 turned the course of Chapman's budding medical career. When discussion among the attendants turned to the Cambridge Circus, pending tour of New Zealand. The "Queen Mum" heartily endorsed the young doctor visiting New Zealand, and with the Chapman family interpreting this as a royal command, Graham Chapman took leave of his physician's duties to travel with the revue.

In the following years, Chapman worked in radio, scripted television shows for Sir David Frost and other BBC ventures and a 1969 screenplay for Peter Sellars. That project, co-written with John Cleese, was never used, after the eccentric Sellars rejected the script on the basis of his milkman's dissatisfaction with it. Still, 1969 proved a fateful year for Chapman, a year in which he met lifelong companion David Sherlock, and in which Monty Python's Flying Circus made its official debut.

Frequently honored for his comedy, Chapman publicly and privately battled with alcoholism, confessing in his own biography A Liar's Autobiography Vol. VI that at the worst of his dependancy he had consumed an average of 8 pints of gin a day and had difficulty concealing his drunkenness and fulfilling his duties on both the Monty Python television series and the film Monty Python and The Quest For The Holy Grail. By 1977, Chapman had managed to defeat his demons and went forward with new sobriety and zeal to complete numerous film, television and live performance projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Among those was his pet project, the film Yellowbeard, originally intended to be a vehicle for Keith Moon, and the last film appearance of Chapman's friend, Marty Feldman.

Chapman, an avid pipe smoker, was diagnosed in June 1988 with throat cancer, and spent most of the following year in and out of hospitals battling the disease. September 1989 saw a determined Chapman discharging himself from care to take part in the filming of Monty Python's 20th Anniversary Special, but by October 1 that year he was readmitted to hospital care and died October 4th, 1989, the day before the anniversary of the troupe he founded with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Terry Jones fondly referred to Chapman's passing as "The worst case of party-pooping I have ever come across".

Graham Chapman is survived by companion David Sherlock and an adopted son. (Obituary provided by

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