Monty Python to Reunite! What the Cast Has Been Up To

PHOTO: From left, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin
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Monty Python fans rejoice! According to Terry Jones, one of the five surviving members of the British comedy troupe, the gang is planning a reunion. "We're getting together and putting on a show. It's real," he told the BCC. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money! I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage."

Jones, along with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, are all expected to make an official announcement on Thursday. "Only three days to go till the Python press conference," Idle added, via Twitter. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event."

"Monty Python's Flying Circus" premiered in 1969, and after that, the group came out with cult classics including "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life." But what have the members done since? Click through to find out.

PHOTO: John Cleese in Toronto, Sept. 24, 2013.
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John Cleese

Just a few years after "The Meaning of Life," Cleese earned an Oscar nod for his role in "A Fish Called Wanda." Since then, Cleese, 74, who was once voted to be the second greatest comedian ever, has appeared on the big screen frequently, with roles in two James Bond movies and two Harry Potter films. He also voiced King Harold in three Shrek flicks.

PHOTO: Michael Palin in London, May 12, 2013.
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Michael Palin

Though Palin won a BAFTA Award for his role in "A Fish Called Wanda," the 70-year-old largely abandoned showbiz after "Python." Instead, he largely turned his attention to making travel documentaries and authoring accompanying travel books. (Because of his love of travel, he has two British trains named after him.) Palin is also an activist, and has been the president of the Campaign for Better Transport, which supports sustainable transport to urban areas, since 1986.

PHOTO: Terry Gilliam attends a screening in London, Oct. 13, 2013.
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Terry Gilliam

American-born Gilliam, 72, found great success in Hollywood, directing films including "Brazil," for which he earned an Oscar nomination, "12 Monkeys," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." In 2006, Gilliam caused a stir when he renounced his American citizenship, choosing to become solely a British citizen instead.

PHOTO: Eric Idle in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 21, 2011.
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Eric Idle

Idle appeared in several TV shows and many movies, though he's also authored books and songs. In 2004, he created "Spamalot," a musical based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" that was a great success. He now lives in Los Angeles.

PHOTO: Terry Jones in London, March 21, 2013.
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Terry Jones

Like many of his other "Python" co-stars, Jones, who co-directed "The Holy Grail" with Gilliam and later directed "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life," has worked as an author, musician and actor. He's also politically motivated, and has written about politics for British newspapers.

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