Meet Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam was born on November 22, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which means that President Kennedy was assassinated on his 23rd birthday. (How's that for a way to spoil a party?). After a brief career as a struggling cartoonist, including a stint with comic-book legend and "Mad" creator Harvey Kurtzman on the short-lived magazine "Help!" Gilliam served in the National Guard until inspiration (in the form of an unpopular and seemingly endless war in Southeast Asia) moved him to seek solace in Europe. After learning that taking little drawings and making them move around on screen would allow him to change his job description to "animator", he began providing odd little snippets of film for such BBC series as "We Have Ways of Making You Laugh", "Do Not Adjust Your Set" and that one where men dress like old ladies and the giant foot drops down and makes a rude noise. The only non-British member of Monty Python, Gilliam has overcome the stigma of Americanism to become the internationally acclaimed director of such films as "Jabberwocky","Time Bandits", "Brazil" "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen", "The Fisher King","Twelve Monkeys", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "The Brothers Grimm" and "Tideland."