Michael Palin

Actor, Screenwriter
Considered by fans as the "nice" member of England's legendary comedy group Monty Python, Michael Palin was an actor, writer and documentarian whose genial nature provided a cover for a hidden reserve of absurd ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1943 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Ernie Clicker (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Human Face With John Cleese 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Circle With Michael Palin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

Bugsy Malone (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

The Sun (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Great Railway Journeys II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

American Friends 1993 (Movie)

Reverend Francis Ashby (Actor)

Pole to Pole 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Men in a Boat 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fish Called Wanda 1988 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

Monty Python's Flying Circus 1974 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

Jack Lint (Actor)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Gilbert Chilvers (Actor)

The News Is the News 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Reverend Charles Fortescue (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

Francis--a Revolutionary (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

Dennis Cooper (Actor)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

G.B.H. (TV Show)

Actor

Jack and the Beanstalk (TV Show)

Narrator
Writer (11)

American Friends 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

American Friends 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Consuming Passions 1988 (Movie)

("Secrets") (Play as Source Material)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

And Now For Something Completely Different 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1982 (Movie)

("Every Sperm Is Sacred") (Song)
Producer (1)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

And Now For Something Completely Different 1973 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Considered by fans as the "nice" member of England's legendary comedy group Monty Python, Michael Palin was an actor, writer and documentarian whose genial nature provided a cover for a hidden reserve of absurd brilliance. With fellow Oxford alum Terry Jones, he was a regular contributor to some of the best British TV comedies of the late '60s before joining forces with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974). His boundless energy and versatility made him one of the group's most popular members; after Python, he was able to explore a wide variety of projects, ranging from films like "The Missionary" (1982) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), to several highly praised travel books and documentaries for the BBC. His contributions to entertainment - always graced by a gentle off-kilter wit - made him a favorite among moviegoers and television audiences around the world.

Relationships

Helen Palin

Wife

Rachel Palin

Daughter

Thomas Palin

Son

William Palin

Son

Angela Palin

Sister
committed suicide in 1992

EDUCATION

Brasenose College, Oxford University

1962 - 1965

Milestones

2000

Hosted the PBS special "Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure"

1997

Hosted "Full Circle with Michael Palin", a ten-part series aired on PBS

1997

Reunited with Cleese, Kline and Curtis for "Fierce Creatures"

1995

Provided voice of Rat in the animated "The Wind of the Willows"

1994

Hosted and scripted "Great Railway Journeys II"

1994

Starred in "Palin's Column", a four-part journey around the Isle of Wight

1992

Traveled from the North Pole to the South Pole, an event featured in the eight-part TV series, "Pole to Pole"

1989

Hosted the travel series "Around the World in 80 Days"

1988

Played Ken in "A Fish Called Wanda", co-starring Cleese, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis

1985

Scripted "East of Ipswitch"; made for TV in 1987

1983

Had featured role in Gilliam's "Brazil"

1983

Wrote songs for the feature "Monty Python's Meaning of Life"

1981

Starred in own one-man show at the Belfast Festival

1981

Debut as producer of a feature, "The Missionary"; also wrote

1980

Wrote, narrated and appeared in British episode of BBC series "Great Train Journeys of the World"

1979

Wrote (with Jones) and starred in three additional "Ripping Yarns"

1978

Hosted the NBC variety series "Saturday Night Live"

1977

Co-wrote with Terry Jones and starred in "Ripping Yarns", a series of six half-hour comedy films for the BBC

1976

Starred in Terry Gilliam's feature "Jabberwocky"

1975

Appeared in the British TV production "Three Men in a Boat", written by Tom Stoppard

1974

The TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" begins a highly successful run on American public television

1973

Monthy Python troupe (without John Cleese) appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"

1973

Co-starred in "Monty Python's First Farewell Tour" throughout UK and Canada

1970

First feature screenwriting and acting credit, "And Now For Something Completely Different"

1968

With Terry Jones, wrote and performed in the six part sereis "The Complete and Utter History of Britain" (London Weekend Television)

1968

Became a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and traveled with troupe to Broadway and the London stage

1968

Co-starred in "John Cleese on How to Irritate People" (made for British TV; released theatrically in USA)

1966

Wrote and acted in short film "The Late Show" (for the BBC)

1965

Co-hosted the TV show "Now"

1964

West End theatrical debut, in "Hang Down Your Head and Die"

Wrote for BBC-TV's "The Frost Report" with Terry Jones and John Cleese

Wrote two BBC specials starring Marty Feldman

Performed in productions at Oxford of "The Birthday Party" and "Hang Your Head Down and Die"

Initial teaming with Terry Jones and Eric Idle, as writers and performers on the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set"

Reprised BBC series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" for BBC

Met future Python Terry Jones at Oxford and they began writing comedy together

"Month Python's Flying Circus" aired on the BBC

Bonus Trivia

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See also separate entry for Monty Python as well as indiviual bios of other group members.

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Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December 1999

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