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Eric Idle

Eric Idle was born on March 29, 1943 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). He has been married to Tania Kosevich since 1981. They have one child. He was previously married to Lyn Ashley. See full bio »

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 2012 Why? Factor (Short) (voice)
 2010 Wolf Sheep
 2008 Delgo
Spig (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
Merlin (voice)
 2004 Ella Enchanted
 2002 Pinocchio
Medoro (English version, voice)
 2000 Brightness (Short)
Mr. Bix
 2000 102 Dalmatians
Waddlesworth (voice)
 1999 Pirates: 3D Show (Short)
 1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Slyly the Fox (voice)
 1998 Quest for Camelot
Devon (voice)
 1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Short)
Dr. Nigel Channing (uncredited)
 1992 Mom and Dad Save the World
King Raff
 1992 Missing Pieces
 1990 Nuns on the Run
Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle, Brian Hope)
 1989 Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
Actor on TV (uncredited)
 1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Male Love Bird (voice, uncredited)
 1983 The Meaning of Life
Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / ...
 1979 Life of Brian
Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / ...
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Is Dr. Nigel Channing in two attractions at EPCOT in Walt Disney World: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and Journey Into Your Imagination With Figment. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Montypython Flyingcircus | Brian Hope | Eric Spam Eggs and Chips Idle | Eric Whicker Whicker Idle | Eric C. Idleberg | Rice Lied | Monty Python | The Usual Lot


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

I've been trying to write musicals since I did The Mikado (1987) with Jonathan Miller and the ENO in 1987. I'd do new gags each night. I thought, "I like this - we should find a subject". It took me about 20 years to find a subject. See more »


Knew Michael Palin and Terry Jones from university. See more »


Signature Song: "Always look on the bright side of Life" See more »

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