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Michael Palin


Michael Palin was born on May 5, 1943 in Ranmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Michael Edward Palin. 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 Helen Gibbins since April 16, 1966. They have three children. See full bio »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Clangers (TV Series)
Narrator
- Find the Eclipse (2015) ... Narrator
- Home Sweet Hoot (2015) ... Narrator
- Dragon Day (2015) ... Narrator
- Bubble Trouble (2015) ... Narrator
- Holes (2015) ... Narrator
 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
 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)
 2003 Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (Video short)
Mr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
 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
 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 American Friends
Reverend Francis Ashby
 1990 The Witches
Witch at Meeting (uncredited)
 1989 Inar gahined
Man in elevator (uncredited)
 1985 Brazil
Jack Lint
 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 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary)
Polinski / Emcee / Third Bruce / ...
 1982 OTT (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1982)
 1981 The Innes Book of Records (TV Series)
Policeman
- Episode #3.1 (1981) ... Policeman
 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
 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 Life of Brian
Wise Man #3 / Mr. Big Nose / Francis / ...
 1979 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
 1978 All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie)
Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
 1977 Red Dress (TV Movie)
 1975 Three Men in a Boat (TV Movie)
Harris
 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 Full House (TV Series)
Actor in sketches
- Episode dated 17 March 1973 (1973) ... Actor in sketches
- Episode dated 10 February 1973 (1973) ... Actor in sketches
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short)
 1971 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Movie)
Third Bruce / Second Frenchman / Rapist / ...
 1971 Euroshow 71 (TV Movie)
Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
 1971 Monty Python's Montreux Special (TV Movie)
Various Roles
 1970 Ending It All (Short)
 1969 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Various
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Various
 1969 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
 1967-1969 Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #2.13 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.5 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.4 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.3 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.2 (1969) ... Various Characters
 1969 Marty (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode dated 17 March 1969 (1969) ... Various Characters
 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 #1.3 (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)
- Episode #1.10 (1967) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1967) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... Various Characters
 1967 A Series of Bird's (TV Series)
- Lucid Intervals (1967)
- Urban Renewal (1967)
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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 »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Michael Palin CBE | Montypython Flyingcircus | Michael Lapin | Michael Spam 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:

I just loved acting with [John Cleese]. Perhaps because there was no competition between us. I was short and he was tall. He was imperious and I was defensive. He needed me and I needed him. It made those shop sketches, like the dead parrot, extremely enjoyable to do. Me trying to be endlessly obliging, him being increasingly aggressive. See more »

Trivia:

In a quest for a "Peter Jonesy sort of voice", the casting crew for the original radio series, "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" approached Palin to play the part of The Book (he turned the part down). The part was eventually given to the very "Peter Jonesy" Peter Jones. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently the most abused, ill-fated characters in a given Monty Python sketch or film See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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