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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:

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 | 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:

The odd thing is I knew that if [Spamalot] was going to be successful it would have to appeal to people who weren't just Python fans. What happened was that Middle America discovered Python through Spamalot. See more »


Eric's father, who served in the Royal Air Force, died in a car crash on Christmas eve when he was two years old. See more »


His characters on Monty Python were often mischievous and happy go lucky men. See more »

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