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 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King of Swamp Castle / Brother Maynard's Brother / Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!
(1975)
The Meaning of Life Window Washer / Harry / Fish #5 / Mr. Pycroft / Dad / Narrator #1 / Chaplain / Carter / Spadger / Regimental Sergeant Major / Pakenham-Walsh / Rear End / Female TV Presenter / Mr. Marvin Hendy / Governor / Leaf Son / Debbie Katzenberg
(1983)
(1988)
Time Bandits Vincent
(1981)

Filmography

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 2019 Worzel Gummidge (TV Series) (post-production)
The Green Man
- The Green Man (2019) ... The Green Man
 2018 Vanity Fair (TV Mini-Series)
William Makepeace Thackeray
- Endings and Beginnings (2018) ... William Makepeace Thackeray
- In Which a Painter's Daughter Meets a King (2018) ... William Makepeace Thackeray
- In Which Battles Are Won and Lost (2018) ... William Makepeace Thackeray
- In Which Becky Joins Her Regiment (2018) ... William Makepeace Thackeray
- A Quarrel About an Heiress (2018) ... William Makepeace Thackeray
 2017 The Death of Stalin
Vyacheslav Molotov
 2015-2016 Clangers (TV Series)
Narrator
- Things (2016) ... Narrator
- Building Bridges (2016) ... Narrator
- Blob (2016) ... Narrator
- The Discovery (2016) ... Narrator
- The Wols (2016) ... Narrator
 2015 Absolutely Anything
Kindly Alien (voice)
 2015 Kylie Minogue: Absolutely Anything and Anything at All (Video short)
Kindly Alien (voice)
 2014 Remember Me (TV Mini-Series)
Tom Parfitt
- Episode #1.3 (2014) ... Tom Parfitt
- Episode #1.2 (2014) ... Tom Parfitt
- Episode #1.1 (2014) ... Tom Parfitt
 2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (Documentary)
Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / ...
 2013 The Wipers Times (TV Movie)
General Mitford
 2012 A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / ... (voice)
 2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball (TV Special)
Michael Palin
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Ernie Clicker (voice)
 2010 Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis
 2007 Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (TV Short)
Gariiiiiii (voice)
 2005 An evening with Michael Palin (Video) (Himself)
 2003 Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (Video short)
Mr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
 2001 How to Use Your Coconuts (Video short documentary)
Minister of Foods
 2001 The Human Face (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Applicant / Peasant / Himself
- Fame (2001) ... Applicant / Peasant / Himself
 1999 Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (TV Movie documentary)
Luigi Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / ...
 1997 The Meaning of Life (Video Game)
Various
 1996-1997 Home and Away (TV Series)
Surfer
- Episode #1.2238 (1997) ... Surfer
- Episode #1.1917 (1996) ... Surfer
 1997 Fierce Creatures
Bugsy Malone
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game)
First Game Announcer / Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / ...
 1996 The Willows in Winter (TV Movie)
Rat (voice)
 1996 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The Sun
 1995 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Rat (voice)
 1993 Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (TV Movie)
Various
 1991 G.B.H. (TV Mini-Series)
Jim Nelson
- Over and Out (1991) ... Jim Nelson
- Message Understood (1991) ... Jim Nelson
- Message Received (1991) ... Jim Nelson
- Message Sent (1991) ... Jim Nelson
- Send a Message to Michael (1991) ... Jim Nelson
 1991 American Friends
Reverend Francis Ashby
 1989 Inar gahined
Man in elevator (uncredited)
 1988 A Fish Called Wanda
Ken Pile
 1985 Brazil
Jack Lint
 1984 A Private Function
Gilbert Chilvers
 1984 The Dress (Short)
Howard
 1983 The News Is the News (TV Series)
London correspondent
 1983 The Crimson Permanent Assurance (Short)
Workman
 1983 The Meaning of Life
Window Washer / Harry / Fish #5 / ...
 1982 OTT (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1982)
 1982 The Missionary
The Reverend Charles Fortescue
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary)
Polinski / Emcee / Third Bruce / ...
 1981 The Innes Book of Records (TV Series)
Policeman
- Episode #3.1 (1981) ... Policeman
 1981 Time Bandits
Vincent
 1981 The Box (Short) (voice)
 1980 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Dick Savage
- Paul Simon, James Taylor & David Sanborn (1980) ... Dick Savage (uncredited)
 1979 Henry Cleans Up (Short)
Henry
 1979 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1979) ... Reader
 1976-1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
Roger / Gordon Ottershaw / Gerald Whinfrey / ...
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... Roger
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... Gordon Ottershaw
- Whinfrey's Last Case (1979) ... Gerald Whinfrey
- The Curse of the Claw (1977) ... Kevin Orr / Uncle Jack
- Across the Andes by Frog (1977) ... Captain Walter Snetterton
 1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian
Wise Man #3 / Mr. Big Nose / Francis / ...
 1978 The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie)
Eric Manchester
 1977 The Red Dress (TV Movie)
 1977 Jabberwocky
Dennis Cooper
 1975 Three Men in a Boat (TV Movie)
Harris
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / ...
 1969-1974 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series)
It's Man / Various / 'It's' Man / ...
- Party Political Broadcast (1974) ... Voice Over #1 / Ralph Garibaldi / 'Most Awful Family in Britain' (Sport) Presenter / ...
- Mr. Neutron (1974) ... GPO Official / Mrs. Entrail / Commander / ...
- Hamlet (1974) ... Third Psychiatrist / Policeman / Mr. Gabriello / ... (voice)
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... Second Tramp / Len Hanky / Pilot / ...
- Michael Ellis (1974) ... Second Store Assistant / Mr. Hartford / 'University of the Air' Announcer / ...
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short)
 1973 Full House (TV Series)
Actor in sketches
- Episode #1.19 (1973) ... Actor in sketches
- Episode #1.14 (1973) ... Actor in sketches
 1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Mini-Series)
Spectator / Arthur Wolf / Norbert Teichmann / ...
- Blödeln auf die feine englische Art (1972) ... Spectator / Arthur Wolf / Norbert Teichmann / ...
- Blödeln für Deutschland (1972) ... Third Bruce / Second Frenchman / Rapist / ...
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
Gumby / Man with tape recorder / Phrasebook Author / ...
 1970 Ending It All (Short)
 1969 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
 1969 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
 1967-1969 Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series)
Various Characters
- The Last Post (1969) ... Various Characters
- Your Permanent Wave Looks OK to Me (1969) ... Various Characters
- The Loose Denture Show (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.4 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.3 (1969) ... Various Characters
 1969 Marty (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode dated 17 March 1969 (1969) ... Various Characters
 1969 Complete and Utter History of Britain (TV Series)
Various / James I / Charles II / ...
- James the McFirst to Oliver Cromwell (1969) ... James I / Charles II / Samuel Pepys
- Perkin Warbeck to Bloody Mary (1969) ... Perkin Warbeck
 1969 David Frost Presents (TV Series)
Malcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / ...
- How to Irritate People (1969) ... Malcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / ...
 1968 Broaden Your Mind (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1968) ... Various Characters
 1968 Frost on Sunday (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... Various
 1967-1968 Twice a Fortnight (TV Series)
Various Characters
- The Best of Twice a Fortnight (1968) ... Various Characters (as Mikael Palinski)
- Or Now or Never (1967) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... Various Characters
- Or Even Before Alan Melville (1967) ... Various Characters
- Or Peter West Lives! (1967) ... Various Characters
 1967 A Series of Bird's (TV Series)
- Lucid Intervals (1967)
- Urban Renewal (1967)
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Other Works:

(July 7 to September 6, 2009) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and he wrote the original screenplay for the musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Eric Idle wrote the book and lyrics. John Du Prez and Eric Idle were composers. Casey Nicholaw was ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Palin's Travels | PythOnline | 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)
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Personal Quote:

Being feted in Hollywood is quite irresistible. They are very warm and very generous. But as soon as the takings go down and you have a bad third week, the calls aren't returned. See more »

Trivia:

Was born the son of an engineer in the industrial city of Sheffield, and remains a supporter of Sheffield United Football Club. See more »

Trademark:

Brown hair and hazel eyes, medium height See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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