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Eric Idle


Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which latter he adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, a Grammy, a Drama ... See full bio »

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
(1975)
Life of Brian
Life of Brian Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee
(1979)
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Blackitt / Atkinson / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in Pink / Noël Coward / Gaston / Angela
(1983)
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus Various / Clerk / BBC Announcer / Eddie Waring / Eric / Interviewer / Mr. Badger / Mr. Johnson / Newsreader / Philip Jenkinson / Professor / Registrar / Second Assistant / Various Roles / Vicar / Voice Over #1 / Voice Over #2 / Voice Over #3 / Voiceover #1 / 'International Wife-Swapping' Voice Over / 'It's' Announcer / 'No Time to Lose Advice Centre' Consultant / 'Prawn Salad Accidents' Man / 'Probe' Presenter / 'Spot the Loony Presenter / 'Storage Jars' Presenter / Absent-Minded Woman / Adman / Admiral Nelson / Adrian / Advert Voice / Advertisement Announcer / Alan Whicker #1 / Announcer / Announcer eating a yoghurt / Archbishop Arthur Nudge / Arrested Newsreader / Arthur Crackpot / Arthur Huntingdon / Arthur Lemming / Arthur Name / Arthur Tree / Arthur Waring / Arthur Wilson / Assistant / BALPA Spokesman / BBC Man / Book at Bedtime' Voice Over / Boxer / Brian / Brian MacThighbone / Brigadier N. F. Marwood-Git (retired) / Brooky / Butcher who is alternately rude and polite / Camel spotter / Captain Carpenter / Carl Vernon / Chairman / Charles / Chief Superintendent Lookout / Chris / Chris Quinn / Commentator, 'Hide-and-Seek' Finals / Compere / Compère / Continuity Announcer / Continuity Voice / Corporal / Customer / Cyril / Detective Inspector / Dickie Attenborough / Disc Jockey Voice / Doctor / Dorian Williams / Dr. Lewis Hoad / Dr. Natal / Dr. Walters / Elizabethan Gent / Encyclopedia salesman (burglar) / Enid / Eurovision Girl / Face the Press' Interviewer / Fairy / Fairy Godmother / Female tennis player / First Booth / First Bruce / First Groupie / First Interviewer / First Knight / First Major / First Man / First Poofy Judge / First Presenter / First Program Planner / First Undertaker / Foreman / Fourth Gas Man / Fourth man who is interested in pointed sticks / Francesco / Frank / Gary Coover / George III's Reader / Gerald / German Joker / Gerry Schlick / Gino Agnelli / Gumby #3 / Hamrag Yatlerot / Harold Larch / Hell's Grannies reporter / Husband / Ian McKellan / Indian / Inspector / Inspector Baboon / Inspector Thompson's Gazelle / Interviewer #3 / It's a Living Compère / Jack / Jackie / Jacques Montgolfier / Jenkins / John / John Keats / John Lennon / Journalist / Julius Caesar / Ken / Kenny Lust / Lassie O'Shen / Leicester / Letter Writer Against the 'Mr. Atilla the Hun' Sketch and the Next Letter / Lieutenant Commander Dorothy Lamour / Lord Interest / Ludovic Kennedy / Male Fanshaw-Chumleigh / Man at Less Naughty Chemist's / Man at Not at All Naughty Chemist's / Man in Charge / Man in Suit / Man on Left / Man with Porter's Cap / Manager / Marriage Counsellor / Maurice Zatapathique / McGough / Michael Charlton / Michael Norman Randall / Military Man / Milkman Psychiatrist / Miss Rita Fairbanks / Mme. Brun / Money Programme Presenter / Mother / Mr. Bun / Mr. Grimshaw / Mr. Hollweg / Mr. Husband / Mr. Ith / Mr. Leavey / Mr. Man / Mr. Martin / Mr. Phipps / Mr. Pither's Mother / Mr. Smoke-Too-Much / Mr. Thomas Walters / Mr. Verity / Mrs. Brainsample / Mrs. Clean Air Systems / Mrs. Entity / Mrs. Garibaldi / Mrs. Inference / Mrs. Non-Gorilla / Mrs. O / Mrs. Potter / Mrs. Scribbler / Mrs. Smailes / Mrs. Sybil Agro / Narrator / Norman Nudge / Norwegian / Officer / Old Idiot / Old Lady / Parson / Patrice / Pepperpot / Pepperpot #1 / Pepperpot Mother / Peter West / Policeman / Prime Minister / Private Watkins / Professional Cricketer / Professor Herman Khan / Proprietor / Radio Voice / Random Man / Rating / Rear Admiral Humphrey DeVere / Reg / Reg Moss / Registrar's Customer / Regius Professor F.H. Gumby / Reverend Morrison / Rita Fairbanks / Roy Spim / S. Frog / Sandy Camp / Sapper Walters / Second 'Probe Around' Host / Second Bandit / Second Bishop / Second Critic / Second Doctor / Second Explorer / Second Fireman / Second Guard / Second Officer / Second Official / Second Presenter / Second Richard III / Second Robert / Second Soldier / Second Voiceover / Secret Policeman Grip / Shirley / Singer in the Cardiff Rooms, Libya / Spanish Guitarist / Squadron Leader / Squatter / Stebbins / Stig O'Tracey / Storyteller / Summarise Proust Announcer / Swedish Person / Tenant / Tennis commentator / Theatre Critic for the 'Bath Chronicle / Third City Gent / Third Climber / Third Cricketer / Third Officer / Third Old Idiot / Third Pepperpot / Third Reader / Third Sailor / Third Smith / Third Writer / Timmy Williams / Toastmaster / Uncle Tom / Usher / Veronica / Vicky / Viking / Voice over #2 / Voiceover #2 / Wains Cotting Woman / William Shakespeare / Window Cleaner / Woman Outside Runcorn Avenue / Wordsworth / World Forum Presenter
(1969-1974)

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 2010 Wolf Sheep
 2008 Delgo
Spig (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
Merlin (voice)
 2004 Ella Enchanted
Narrator
 2002 Pinocchio
Medoro (English version, voice)
 2000 102 Dalmatians
Waddlesworth (voice)
 1999 Dudley Do-Right
Prospector
 1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Slyly the Fox (voice)
 1992 Mom and Dad Save the World
King Raff
 1991 Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
Actor on TV (uncredited)
 1991 Missing Pieces
Wendel
 1990 Nuns on the Run
Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle, Brian Hope)
 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:

Can be heard as one of the radio announcers,in the line queue,for "The Jungle Boat Cruise" attraction at Disneyland. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on meeting George Harrison for the first time] He never shut up. Thank God. See more »

Trivia:

Member of Monty Python along with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aries

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