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Also Known As: Michael Edward Palin Died:
Born: May 5, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor, screenwriter

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Considered by fans as the "nice" member of England's legendary comedy group Monty Python, Michael Palin was an actor, writer and documentarian whose genial nature provided a cover for a hidden reserve of absurd brilliance. With fellow Oxford alum Terry Jones, he was a regular contributor to some of the best British TV comedies of the late '60s before joining forces with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974). His boundless energy and versatility made him one of the group's most popular members; after Python, he was able to explore a wide variety of projects, ranging from films like "The Missionary" (1982) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), to several highly praised travel books and documentaries for the BBC. His contributions to entertainment - always graced by a gentle off-kilter wit - made him a favorite among moviegoers and television audiences around the world.

Considered by fans as the "nice" member of England's legendary comedy group Monty Python, Michael Palin was an actor, writer and documentarian whose genial nature provided a cover for a hidden reserve of absurd brilliance. With fellow Oxford alum Terry Jones, he was a regular contributor to some of the best British TV comedies of the late '60s before joining forces with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974). His boundless energy and versatility made him one of the group's most popular members; after Python, he was able to explore a wide variety of projects, ranging from films like "The Missionary" (1982) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), to several highly praised travel books and documentaries for the BBC. His contributions to entertainment - always graced by a gentle off-kilter wit - made him a favorite among moviegoers and television audiences around the world.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Arthur Christmas (2011)
3.
 Wind in the Willows, The (1997) The Sun
4.
 Fierce Creatures (1997) Bugsy Malone
5.
 Wind in the Willows, The (1995) Voice Of Rat
6.
 American Friends (1993) Reverend Francis Ashby
7.
 A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Ken
8.
 Brazil (1985) Jack Lint
9.
 Private Function, A (1984) Gilbert Chilvers
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Met future Python Terry Jones at Oxford and they began writing comedy together
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Performed in productions at Oxford of "The Birthday Party" and "Hang Your Head Down and Die"
1964:
West End theatrical debut, in "Hang Down Your Head and Die"
1965:
Co-hosted the TV show "Now"
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Wrote for BBC-TV's "The Frost Report" with Terry Jones and John Cleese
1966:
Wrote and acted in short film "The Late Show" (for the BBC)
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Initial teaming with Terry Jones and Eric Idle, as writers and performers on the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set"
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Wrote two BBC specials starring Marty Feldman
1968:
Co-starred in "John Cleese on How to Irritate People" (made for British TV; released theatrically in USA)
1969:
With Terry Jones, wrote and performed in the six part sereis "The Complete and Utter History of Britain" (London Weekend Television)
1969:
Became a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and traveled with troupe to Broadway and the London stage
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"Month Python's Flying Circus" aired on the BBC
1971:
First feature screenwriting and acting credit, "And Now For Something Completely Different"
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Reprised BBC series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" for BBC
1973:
Co-starred in "Monty Python's First Farewell Tour" throughout UK and Canada
1973:
Monthy Python troupe (without John Cleese) appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"
1974:
The TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" begins a highly successful run on American public television
1975:
Appeared in the British TV production "Three Men in a Boat", written by Tom Stoppard
1976:
Starred in Terry Gilliam's feature "Jabberwocky"
1977:
Co-wrote with Terry Jones and starred in "Ripping Yarns", a series of six half-hour comedy films for the BBC
1978:
Hosted the NBC variety series "Saturday Night Live"
1979:
Wrote (with Jones) and starred in three additional "Ripping Yarns"
1980:
Wrote, narrated and appeared in British episode of BBC series "Great Train Journeys of the World"
1981:
Debut as producer of a feature, "The Missionary"; also wrote
1981:
Starred in own one-man show at the Belfast Festival
1983:
Wrote songs for the feature "Monty Python's Meaning of Life"
1983:
Had featured role in Gilliam's "Brazil"
1985:
Scripted "East of Ipswitch"; made for TV in 1987
1988:
Played Ken in "A Fish Called Wanda", co-starring Cleese, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis
1989:
Hosted the travel series "Around the World in 80 Days"
1992:
Traveled from the North Pole to the South Pole, an event featured in the eight-part TV series, "Pole to Pole"
1994:
Starred in "Palin's Column", a four-part journey around the Isle of Wight
1994:
Hosted and scripted "Great Railway Journeys II"
1995:
Provided voice of Rat in the animated "The Wind of the Willows"
1997:
Reunited with Cleese, Kline and Curtis for "Fierce Creatures"
1997:
Hosted "Full Circle with Michael Palin", a ten-part series aired on PBS
2000:
Hosted the PBS special "Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure"
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Education

Brasenose College, Oxford University: - 1962 - 1965

Notes

See also separate entry for Monty Python as well as indiviual bios of other group members.

Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December 1999

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wife:
Helen Palin.

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sister:
Angela Palin. Committed suicide in 1992.
daughter:
Rachel Palin.
son:
Thomas Palin.
son:
William Palin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Monty Python's Big Red Book" Methuen
"The Brand New Monty Python Book" Methuen
"Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls" Methuen
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Methuen
"Monty Python's Life of Brian (of Nazareth) and Montypythonscrapbook" Grosset & Dunlap
"Ripping Yarns" Methuen
"More Ripping Yarns" Methuen
"The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Monty Python" Methuen
"Time Bandits: The Movie Script" Doubleday
"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" Methuen
"Dr. Fegg's Encyclopedia of All World Knowledge" Bedrick Books
"The Mirrorstone: A Ghost Story with Holograms" Alfred A. Knopf
"Cyril and the Dinner Party"
"Cyril and the House of Commons"
"Around the World" BBC Books
"Michael Palin: A Biography" Orion Books
"Hemingway's Chair" St. Martin's Press
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