Comedian Graham Chapman Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Height, Partner, Books, Occupation, Active Year & Death

Biography

Graham Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail (since 1975) and Life of Brian (1979). Chapman eventually established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python during the 1970s.

Early life and education

Graham Arthur Chapman was born on 8 January 1941 at the Stoneygate Nursing Home, Stoneygate, Leicester, the son of policeman Walter Chapman and Edith Towers. He had an elder brother, John, who was born in 1936. One of Chapman’s earliest memories was seeing the remains of Polish airmen who had suffered an aeroplane accident near Leicester, later saying the sights of this remained in his memory.

Graham and his brother John were both avid fans of radio comedy. Similarly, being especially fond of The Goon Show and Robert Moreton’s skill of telling jokes the wrong way round and reversing punchlines.

Pre-Python career

Following their Footlights success, Chapman and Cleese began to write professionally for the BBC, initially for David Frost but also for Marty Feldman. Frost had recruited Cleese, and in turn Cleese decided he needed Chapman as a sounding board. Similarly, Chapman also contributed sketches to the radio series I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and wrote material on his own and with Bill Oddie. Moreover, he wrote for The Illustrated Weekly Hudd (starring Roy Hudd), Cilla Black, This Is Petula Clark, and This Is Tom Jones. Chapman, Cleese, and Tim Brooke-Taylor later joined Feldman in the television comedy series At Last the 1948 Show. Likewise, the series was the first to feature Chapman’s sketch of wrestling with himself.

Personal life

Chapman first met his long-term partner David Sherlock in Ibiza since 1966. He told close friends about his relationship, including Cleese and Feldman, the following year. Chapman and Sherlock moved to Belsize Park in 1968, and the pair enjoyed visiting gay clubs in Central London.

Chapman first disclosed his homosexuality in public since 1972, on a television show fronted by British jazz musician George Melly, becoming one of the first celebrities to do so. He was a vocal spokesman for gay rights, supporting the Gay Liberation Front. Since 1972, Chapman supported the newspaper Gay News, which listed him as one of the publication’s “special friends” in recognition. During his college tour, when Chapman mentioned that a television audience member had written to The Pythons to complain about them having a gay member, adding that the Bible said. Likewise, with other Pythons already aware of his sexual orientation, Idle jokingly replied that they had found the perpetrator and killed him.

Death

In 1988, Chapman made a routine visit to a dentist, who found a small but malignant tumour on one of his tonsils. And leading to both being removed via a tonsillectomy. The following year, the cancer had spread into Chapman’s spinal cord, where another tumour was surgically removed. Chapman had several chemotherapy treatments and surgeries during the final months of his life. But ultimately the cancer was declared inoperable. According to his brother, Chapman was visibly upset by the death of his mother that July, by which time he was terminally ill. Shortly afterwards, Chapman filmed scenes for the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the final time he appeared on television.

Overview

  • Full Name: Graham Arthur Chapman
  • Date of Birth: 8 January 1941
  • Birth Place: Leicester, England
  • Date of Death: 4 October 1989
  • Aged: 48
  • Death Place: Maidstone, England
  • Other names: Gray Chapman
  • Citizenship: British
  • Alma mater: Emmanuel College, Cambridge, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College
  • Occupation: Comedian, writer, actor
  • Years active: 1960–1989
  • Known for: One of six members of Monty Python
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Partner: David Sherlock (since 1966–1989)
  • Books: A Liar’s Autobiography, etc.
  • Net Worth: $46 Million
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