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Chapman in LIFE OF BRIAN.
About Graham Chapman (1941 – 1989)
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicestershire, England, the son of Edith Towers and Chief Police Inspector, Walter Chapman. While a German Air Raid was in progress In England, Graham Chapman was born at the Stoneygate Nursing Home.
Graham Chapman studied medicine at Cambridge and earned an M.D. Graham completed his training at St. Bartholomew's hospital. Chapman earned his MD, but only practiced medicine a short time.
While attending college, Chapman joined the FOOTLIGHTS, where he began writing skits with John Cleese.took part in a series of comedy skits and realized he wanted to perform comedy instead of doctoring.
In 1969, Graham Chapman with his school friends, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam formed their own comedy team called Monty Python. Their BBC Series, "Monty Python's Flying Circus", became an instant hit.
In 1970 the series was aired on American TV - PSB, which gave the television station the largest audience ever. They became a huge hit in America as well, beginning in the early 70's, when PBS started to show episodes. The comedy skits of the Monty Python Comedy Group have become a standard for college humor at the time, and still has a large following to this day.
In the 1998 film, SLIDING DOORS, that starred Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the male main characters, played by John Hannan, held on to the motto, from "the Monty Python boys," that NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION! Meaning, that no one expects bad things to happen.
This hilarious line came from a skit from one of the MONTY PYTHON FLYING CIRCUS episodes. In several skits, one actor would accuse the other one of being overly critical, saying, " I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition." After an appropriate disonant musical chord, the actors were suddenly surprised by three cast memebers, led by Eric Idle, dressed in red robes. shouting, "NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION." Hilarity reined!
Graham Chapman was open about his gay sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. His companion was David Sherlock who lived with him for 24 years. Graham adopted and raised a teenage runaway, John Tomiczek.
The last time Graham appeared on film was in the Iron Maiden music video, CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS in 1988.
In 1988, Graham Chapman began working on another series but his health was declining. He was an alcoholic who suffered liver damage before he stopped drinking in 1977. He had many malignant tumors removed, to the point where he was wheelchair bound.
On October 1, 1989 he had a massive stroke which turned into a hemorrhage. He died at the age of 48 years old at Maidstone, England of spinal and throat cancer.
Graham Chapman's notable movie credits include...
COMEDY MASTERCLASS - 2001
JAKE'S JOURNEY - TV - writer - 1988
STILL CRAZY LIKE A FOX - TV - 1987
YELLOWBEARD - writer and actor - 1984
GROUP MADNESS - 1983
LIFE OF BRIAN - 1979
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL - 1975
MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS - 1972
Graham Chapman in LIFE OF BRIAN (1979).
Chapman in MONTY PYTHON & THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL (1996).