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Graham Chapman

Biography

Comedian, writer, and something of the 6 associates of Monty Python. He performed the lead jobs within the Pythons’ two narrative feature movies: ULTIMATE GOAL and Lifestyle of Brian. He went to Emmanuel University before participating in St Bartholomew’s Medical University. He and John Cleese composed skillfully for the BBC through the 1960s and added sketches towards the BBC radio series I AM SORRY, I’ll Browse That Again in addition to television shows like the Illustrated Regular Hudd. His memoir, A Liar’s Autobiography, was released in 1980. He was among the initial celebrities to turn out publicly after he accepted he was a homosexual with an english talk present. David Sherlock, a article writer, was his partner from 1966 until his loss of life 23 years afterwards. He was in Monty Python with Eric Idle.

Quick Facts


Full Name Graham Chapman
Date Of Birth January 8, 1941
Died October 4, 1989, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.88 m
Profession Comedian
Education King Edward VII School, Melton Mowbray, University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Nationality British
Children John Tomiczek
Parents Walter Chapman, Edith Chapman
Siblings John Chapman
Partner David Sherlock
Music Groups Monty Python
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, And Now for Something Completely Different, Yellowbeard, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, How to Irritate People, The Odd Job, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, The Magic Christian, Stage Fright, Monty Python Live (Mostly), Pleasure at Her Majesty's, The Secret Policeman's Private Parts, Still Crazy like a Fox, Why? Factor
TV Shows At Last the 1948 Show, No – That's Me Over Here!, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Parrot Sketch Not Included – 20 Years of Monty Python, Monty Python's Personal Best, Monty Python Live (Mostly), Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut), The Big Show, Did You See...?
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 Despite only practicing Medicine professionally for a few years, he maintained his Medical license and often treated the cast and crew of productions for various injuries and minor ailments.
2 According to John Cleese, his writing partner before and during Monty Python, Cleese himself did most of the actual writing while Chapman sat back quietly smoking his pipe not saying anything for long periods of time before throwing out an idea that often changed the course of the script for the better. Case in point, Cleese's original idea for the dead parrot sketch was that of a man trying to return a broken toaster before Chapman suggested that it be changed to the man bringing back a dead parrot on the grounds that it was funnier.
3 Was asked to play the cameo role of Asylum director Dr.Armstrong in Lifeforce(1985).
4 His last appearance on film in Iron Maiden's promo for "Can I Play With Madness" was directed by Python Editor, Julian Doyle.
5 He and his longtime partner, TV writer David Sherlock, were among the co-writers of the British sitcom Doctor in Charge (1972). After Chapman's death, Sherlock contributed to The Pythons book. David was also the inspiration for many Monty Python sketches, including "Anne Elk" and was the originator of the Python sketch "Death of Mary Queen of Scots". David was one of several co-authors on "A Liar's Autobiography," the official Chapman memoir, and co-writer of the movie Yellowbeard (1983) in which Chapman played the title role.
6 Member of Monty Python along with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
7 Is the only member of Monty Python's Flying Circus who never worked in one of Terry Gilliam's non-Python projects.
8 Struggled with alcoholism, especially during the filming of Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975). According to Terry Gilliam, Chapman constantly forgot his lines and was so drunk during filming that he couldn't make it across the Bridge of Death, so the assistant cameraman had to double for him. Additionally, Chapman was genuinely struggling with the rock climbing scene because of his alcohol struggle, which surprised the other Pythons since they had known him to be an excellent climber and wondered if his suit was interfering with his climbing.
9 Qualified at St. Bartholomew's hospital as a medical doctor.
10 Before joining the Cambridge Footlight Dramatic Society, while studying medicine at Emmanuel College, he founded his own cabaret show. When he was invited to join the Society, he did the same year that John Cleese joined.
11 His parents were Walter and Edith.
12 The last time he appeared on film, was in the Iron Maiden music video, "Can I Play With Madness", filmed in England April 1988.
13 Was the second tallest member of the Monty Python troupe, being an inch taller than Eric Idle and just over two inches shorter than John Cleese.
14 Was going to play the part of the reporter in the Red Dwarf (1988) episode "Timeslides", but died before filming could begin. The part instead went to Ruby Wax, the wife of one of the show's directors Ed Bye.
15 Co-author (with Barry Cryer) of the play "O Happy Day," which was discovered among his manuscripts and produced nearly eleven years after Chapman's death. "O Happy Day" had its world premiere on September 22, 2000, at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. A portion of Chapman's ashes were in attendance for the premiere.
16 Died of cancer on 4th October 1989, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Monty Python. Terry Jones called it "The worst case of party-pooping I've ever seen.".
17 Born at 8:30am-BST
18 Longtime (24 years) companion of David Sherlock. Together, the two raised a son, John Tomiczak.
19 While at Cambridge University, was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club. He went to the USA with the Cambridge University Footlights Club revue in 1964 - appearing on stage in Broadway, and on the "Ed Sullivan Show".
20 Co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with John Cleese.
21 Studied Medicine at Cambridge University.
22 Member of the comedy group "Monty Python".


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 2012 book "A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI"
Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job 2005 Video
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python 2002
Comedy Masterclass 2001 Video documentary skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
We Know Where You Live 2001 TV Movie skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special sketches
Jake's Journey 1988 TV Movie
Comic Relief 1986/II TV Special documentary skit "Merchant Banker"
Bombardemagnus 1985 TV Mini-Series screenplay - 4 episodes
Yellowbeard 1983 written by
The Meaning of Life 1983 written by
Opinions 1982 TV Series
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary written by
Life of Brian 1979 written by
The Odd Job 1978 screenplay
Doctor on the Go 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1976 TV Movie documentary writer
Out of the Trees 1976 TV Movie
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 written by
Monty Python's Flying Circus TV Series written by - 43 episodes, 1969 - 1974 creator - 1 episode, 1973 additional material - 1 episode, 1969 conceived and written by - 1 episode, 1969
The Prince of Denmark 1974 TV Series
Marty Back Together Again 1974 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Two Ronnies 1973-1974 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Doctor in Charge 1972-1973 TV Series written by - 14 episodes
Now Look Here 1971-1973 TV Series writer - 14 episodes
Rentadick 1972 as Jim Viles
Comedy Playhouse 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus 1972 TV Series written by
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins 1971 screenplay - segments "Gluttony", "Wrath"
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 screen foreplay & conception
Doctor at Large TV Series by - 5 episodes, 1971 written by - 3 episodes, 1971 with - 1 episode, 1971
The Ronnie Barker Yearbook 1971 TV Movie
No, That's Me Over Here! 1967-1970 TV Series writer - 18 episodes
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 screenplay
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1969 TV Series 1 episode
The Magic Christian 1969 additional material
Doctor in the House 1969 TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Marty TV Series additional material - 4 episodes, 1968 written by - 1 episode, 1969
David Frost Presents 1969 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Broaden Your Mind 1968 TV Series additional material - 2 episodes
BBC Show of the Week 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
At Last the 1948 Show 1967 TV Series writer - 13 episodes
The Frost Report 1966 TV Series
The Illustrated Weekly Hudd 1965 TV Series
That Was the Week That Was 1962 TV Series

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus 1972 TV Series Woman with Umbrella / First Frenchman / Famous Berlin Specialist / ...
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 Brother / Policeman / Defence attorney / ...
Euroshow 71 1971 TV Movie Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
The Statue 1971 News reader
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 Fromage
Doctor in Trouble 1970 Roddy
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1969 TV Series Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
The Magic Christian 1969 Oxford Crew (uncredited)
David Frost Presents 1969 TV Series Pepperpot / Restaurant Customer / Mr.Harris / ...
Broaden Your Mind 1968 TV Series Various Characters
No, That's Me Over Here! 1967 TV Series Man on train
At Last the 1948 Show 1967 TV Series Various Characters / Sidney Lotterby from Bristol / Reverend / ...
Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit 2015 Short King Arthur
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 2012 Graham Chapman / Narrator (voice)
Why? Factor 2012 Short voice
Stage Fright 1989 Smart Alec (uncredited)
Jake's Journey 1988 TV Movie Sir George / Queen / Taxi driver
Still Crazy Like a Fox 1987 TV Movie Detective Inspector Palmer
Yellowbeard 1983 Yellowbeard
The Crimson Permanent Assurance 1983 Short Clerk (uncredited)
The Meaning of Life 1983 Chairman / Fish #1 / Doctor / ...
Saturday Night Live 1976-1982 TV Series The Colonel Himself Colonel
Life of Brian 1979 Wise Man #2 Brian Cohen Biggus Dickus
The Odd Job 1978 Arthur Harris
Out of the Trees 1976 TV Movie
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 King Arthur Voice of God Middle Head ...
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969-1974 TV Series Various / Policeman / Doctor / ...

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 2012 performer: "Sit on My Face", "Medical Love Song" / writer: "Medical Love Song"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1996 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Meaning of Life 1983 lyrics: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us" / performer: "Every Sperm Is Sacred", "Christmas in Heaven"
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 lyrics: "Camelot Song Knights of the Round Table"
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969-1972 TV Series performer - 5 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary stage director - as Monty Python
Shock Treatment 1981 advisor - uncredited
No Sex Please: We're British 1973 script doctor - uncredited
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 presenter - as Monty Python

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Potion 1987 executive producer
The Odd Job 1978 producer

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Singularity 2011 Short assistant director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit 2015 Short inspiration
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014 dedicatee
Edición Especial Coleccionista TV Series in memory of - 1 episode, 2014 dedicatee - 1 episode, 2010
The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen 2008 Video documentary acknowledgment: "A Liar's Autobiography" by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anatomy of a Liar 2012 Documentary Himself
Iron Maiden: Visions of the Beast 2003 Video documentary Madman - in video 'Can I Play With Madness' (uncredited)
The Movie Life of George 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Himself
The Dangerous Film Club 1987 TV Series Himself - Host
Wogan 1987 TV Series
Omnibus 1976-1986 TV Series documentary
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts 1984 Documentary Himself
Opinions 1984 TV Series Himself
Group Madness 1983 Documentary Himself
The Meaning of Monty Python's Meaning of Life 1983 TV Short documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary Himself / Various Roles
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1982 TV Series Himself
Did You See..? 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
Parkinson 1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Big Show 1980 TV Series Himself (1980)
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1979 TV Series Guest Appearance
La nuit des Césars 1978 TV Series documentary Himself
Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1976 TV Movie documentary Various
Film Night 1974 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report 1974 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Midnight Special 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
Cilla 1969 TV Series Various Characters
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014 The Colonel Professor R.J. Canning Batley Townswoman ...
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010-2014 TV Series King Arthur Middle Head Hiccoughing Guard ...
Imagine 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
My Favourite Joke 2011 TV Series Brian Cohen
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
Movie Connections 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Comedy Connections 2008 TV Series documentary Gas Man
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary King Arthur
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Various (uncredited)
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Joachim von Ribbentrop (uncredited)
Room 101 2007 TV Series Pilot
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself / Brian (uncredited)
What the Pythons Did Next... 2007 TV Movie documentary Various Characters (uncredited)
Monty Python's Personal Best 2006 TV Series Various Characters
Arena 2005 TV Series documentary Bus Conductor
Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job 2005 Video Himself
I'm Free! Inside the Comedy Closet 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2002 TV Series documentary
Timeshift 2002 TV Series documentary Himself - Monty Python
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
The Sketch Show Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Various Characters
From Spam to Sperm 2000 TV Movie Himself
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Pythonland 1999 TV Movie Himself
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen 1999 TV Short documentary Himself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen 1998 TV Special Himself / Various Roles
The Meaning of Life 1997 Video Game Various
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game King Arthur God Middle Head
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time 1994 Video Game Various
Funny Business 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Life of Python 1990 TV Special documentary Various Roles (uncredited)
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself
The Dean Martin Comedy World 1974 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) · Terry Gilliam (written by/director)
· Terry Jones (written by/director)
· John Cleese (written by)
· Eric Idle (written by)
· Michael Palin (written by)


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#Quote
1 [Chapman and the other members of the Monty Python group traveled to visit the site of Dachau concentration camp in Germany, but were told by staff that they were too late and the museum was about to close] Tell them we're Jewish.
2 John Howard Davies was not a very human person ... if you made a mistake of any kind, any sort of pause in speech, he would treat you rather as if he was a schoolmaster.
3 I hope I will have achieved something lasting.
4 We don't deliberately set out to offend. Unless we feel it's justified. And in the case of certain well-known religions, it was justified.

#Trademark
1 Towering height
2 Walking onto the screen and talking directly to the audience to let them know that a sketch has gotten too absurd and will now end
3 His pipe
4 Often cast as comical authority figures (most notably the Colonel)

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