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Graham Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989)

Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, author and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.
Born: January 8, 1941, Stoneygate, Leicester, United Kingdom
Died: October 4, 1989, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Height: 1.88 m
Partner: David Sherlock (1966–1989)
Books: A Liar's Autobiography, The Pythons, more
Lived: 89 Southwood Lane, N6
Studied: University of Cambridge
King Edward VII School, Melton Mowbray
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Buried: in Wales during a fireworks display on New Years Day, 2000

Graham Chapman (1941–1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, “Holy Grail” and “Life of Brian.” Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock for most of his adult life. Chapman died of tonsil and spinal cancer on October 4, 1989, on the eve of Monty Python's 20th anniversary, and his life and legacy were commemorated at a private memorial service at St Bartholomew's with the other Pythons. Graham Chapman lived with his partner David Sherlock at 89 Southwood Lane, N6, from the late 1960s until his death in 1989. Ten years after Chapman's death, his ashes were first rumoured to have been "blasted into the skies in a rocket" with assistance from the Dangerous Sports Club. In a second rumour, Chapman's ashes had been scattered on Snowdon, North Wales. Since Chapman's death, subsequent gatherings of the Pythons have included an urn said to contain Chapman's ashes. At the 1998 Aspen Comedy Arts festival, the urn was "accidentally" knocked over by Terry Gilliam, spilling the "ashes" on-stage. The apparently cremated remains were then removed with a dust-buster. Idle recalled meeting Sherlock saying "I wish he [Chapman] was here now" and Sherlock replied "Oh, but he is. He's in my pocket!"

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