Michael Palin


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Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python. After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976. In 1980, Palin co-wrote Time ... See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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(1983)
Time Bandits Writer
(1981)
Life of Brian Writer
(1979)

Filmography

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  Time Bandits (TV Series) (based on the film by - 1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot ... (based on the film by)
 2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (Documentary)
 2013 Michael Palin in Wyeth's World (Documentary) (uncredited)
 2012 Brazil with Michael Palin (TV Mini Series documentary) (written by - 4 episodes)
- The Deep South (2012) ... (written by)
- The Road to Rio (2012) ... (written by)
- Into Amazonia (2012) ... (written by)
- Out of Africa (2012) ... (written by)
 2008 Around the World in 20 Years (TV Movie documentary) (written by)
 2007 New Europe (TV Mini Series documentary) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Journey's End (2007) ... (writer)
- From Pole to Pole (2007) ... (writer)
- Baltic Summer (2007) ... (writer)
- Danube to Dnieper (2007) ... (writer)
- Wild East (2007) ... (writer)
 2004 Himalaya with Michael Palin (TV Mini Series documentary) (written by - 3 episodes)
- North by Northwest (2004) ... (written by)
- Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal (2004) ... (written by)
- A Passage to India (2004) ... (written by)
 2002 Sahara with Michael Palin (TV Mini Series documentary) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Dire Straits (2002) ... (writer)
- Destination Timbuktu (2002) ... (writer)
- Absolute Desert (2002) ... (writer)
- A Line in the Sand (2002) ... (writer)
 2000 Michael Palin on... the Colourists (TV Movie documentary) (uncredited)
 1999 Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (TV Series documentary) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... (written by)
 1997 Ex-S (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Palin on Redpath (1997)
 1997 Full Circle with Michael Palin (TV Mini Series documentary) (writer - 10 episodes)
- Mexico/Western USA/Canada/Alaska (1997) ... (writer)
- Bolivia/Peru (1997) ... (writer)
- Peru/Colombia (1997) ... (writer)
- Chile/Bolivia (1997) ... (writer)
- Australia/New Zealand (1997) ... (writer)
 1997 Fierce Creatures (idea for "The Fierce Animal Policy")
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game) (film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" written by)
 1994 Great Railway Journeys (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Derry to Kerry (1994) ... (writer)
 1992 Pole to Pole (TV Mini Series documentary) (writer - 8 episodes)
- Bitter End (1992) ... (writer)
- Evil Shadow (1992) ... (writer)
- Plains and Boats and Trains (1992) ... (writer)
- Crossing the Line (1992) ... (writer)
- Shifting Sands (1992) ... (writer)
 1991 American Friends (screenplay) / (story)
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini Series documentary) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Dateline to Deadline (1989) ... (writer)
- Far East and Farther East (1989) ... (writer)
- Oriental Express (1989) ... (writer)
- A Close Shave (1989) ... (writer)
- Ancient Mariners (1989) ... (writer)
 1988 Number 27 (TV Movie) (writer)
 1988 Consuming Passions (play "Secrets")
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- East of Ipswich (1987) ... (writer)
 1985 Bombardemagnus (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1985) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... (screenplay)
 1984 Jackanory (TV Series) (book - 1 episode)
 1983 Comic Roots (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Michael Palin (1983) ... (written by)
 1983 The Meaning of Life (written by)
 1982 The Missionary (written by)
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary) (written by)
 1981 Time Bandits (written by)
 1981 The Box (Short)
 1980 Great Railway Journeys of the World (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Confessions of a Train Spotter (1980) ... (writer)
 1979 Henry Cleans Up (Short)
  Ripping Yarns (TV Series) (by - 8 episodes, 1976 - 1979) (written by - 1 episode, 1979)
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... (by)
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... (written by)
- Whinfrey's Last Case (1979) ... (by)
- The Curse of the Claw (1977) ... (by)
- Across the Andes by Frog (1977) ... (by)
 1979 Life of Brian (written by)
 1977 The Punch Review (TV Series) (material - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... (material)
 1976 Pleasure at Her Majesty's (TV Movie documentary) (writer)
  The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes, 1971 - 1972) (written by - 6 episodes, 1973 - 1976)
- Episode #5.7 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #5.6 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #5.4 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #3.4 (1973) ... (written by)
- Episode #3.3 (1973) ... (written by)
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (written by)
  Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series) (written by - 43 episodes, 1969 - 1974) (creator - 1 episode, 1973) (additional material - 1 episode, 1969)
- Party Political Broadcast (1974) ... (written by)
- Mr. Neutron (1974) ... (written by)
- Hamlet (1974) ... (written by)
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... (written by)
- Michael Ellis (1974) ... (written by)
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short) (additional material)
 1973 Black and Blue (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Secrets (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 Full House (TV Series documentary) (sketch writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.19 (1973) ... (sketch writer)
  A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode, 1969) (script: The Two Ronnies - 1 episode, 1972)
- Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) ... (script: The Two Ronnies)
 1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Mini Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Blödeln auf die feine englische Art (1972) ... (written by)
- Blödeln für Deutschland (1972) ... (written by)
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different (screen foreplay & conception)
 1971 Montreux 1971 (TV Special) (written by)
 1971 Percy (key writer - uncredited)
 1970 Marty Amok (TV Movie) (writer)
 1970 Frost on Sunday (TV Series) (script - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.13 (1970) ... (script)
- Episode #2.9 (1970) ... (script)
 1969 The Price of Fame or Fame at any Price (TV Series) (special material)
  Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series) (1 episode, 1968) (written by - 14 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (writer - 1 episode, 1969)
- Your Permanent Wave Looks OK to Me (1969) ... (writer)
- Special (1968) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.14 (1968) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.13 (1968) ... (written by)
  Marty (TV Series) (additional material - 6 episodes, 1968) (writer - 2 episodes, 1968) (written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Episode #2.7 (1969) ... (written by)
- Episode #2.3 (1968) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.2 (1968) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.5 (1968) ... (additional material)
  Complete and Utter History of Britain (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1969) (written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- James the McFirst to Oliver Cromwell (1969) ... (writer)
- Richard the Lionheart to Robin the Hood (1969) ... (written by)
 1968 Broaden Your Mind (TV Series) (additional material - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (additional material)
 1968 Horne A'Plenty (TV Series) (writer)
 1967 Twice a Fortnight (TV Series) (writer - 10 episodes)
- Or Now or Never (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.8 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.7 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... (writer)
 1967 A Series of Bird's (TV Series) (additional material - 8 episodes)
- Lucid Intervals (1967) ... (additional material)
- Urban Renewal (1967) ... (additional material)
- Back to the Front (1967) ... (additional material)
- The Eric Giddings Story 2: The Plot Thins (1967) ... (additional material)
- The Eric Giddings Story (1967) ... (additional material)
 1967 The Frost Report (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 The Late Show (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in the play, "Hang Down Your Head and Die", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England in an Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club production with Robert Hewison, Richard Durden, Terry Jones, David Wood and Juliet Aykroyd in the cast. Braham Murray was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Interviews | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Michael Palin CBE | Montypython Flyingcircus | Michael Lapin | Michael Spam Palin | Sir Michael Palin | Michael C. Palinberg | Mikael Palinski | Monty Python | The Usual Lot | Alan Michael Palin Whicker

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:

Helen Gibbins  (3 children)

Children:

Rachel Palin
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

After he [my father] died I had to go through some of his papers, and I found out that when I was at Shrewsbury my school fees were half what he earned. That was how important it was for him to send me to a public school. See more »

Trivia:

Credits fellow Python Terry Gilliam with getting him to quit smoking. Gilliam had been having dinner with Palin and his wife Helen at the Palins' home one evening in April 1969. Afterwards, Michael discovered he had run out of cigarettes and became increasingly panicky when he failed to find coins for the cigarette slot machine up the road anywhere. Gilliam, half joking, half worried, called ... See more »

Trademark:

Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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