Joined the Cambridge Footlights Revue, where he met his future writing partner Graham Chapman
Cast in the Footlights Revue "A Clump of Plinths"; later changed name to "Cambridge Circus" and performed in London's West End
Joined BBC Radio writing sketches for the "Dick Emery Show"
Performed in New York (on and off-Broadway) and on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS) with the Footlights Revue
Began writing (with Chapman) for the BBC show "The Frost Report"
First screen credit (with Chapman), "The Magic Christian"
Screen acting debut in "The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom"
Debuted the BBC's "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (aired in the U.S. on PBS)
Feature screenwriting debut (with Chapman), "The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer"; also acted in film
Formed Video Arts Ltd. to make industrial training films
Wrote (with Chapman) several episodes including the pilot of the British series "Doctor in the House"
First Monty Python film, "And Now for Something Completely Different"
Began making TV commercials
Re-teamed with the gang for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Co-created, co-starred and co-wrote (with then wife Connie Booth) the TV series "Fawlty Towers" (BBC)
Offended all religions equally in "Monty Python's Life of Brian"
Starred in "The Secret Policeman's Ball" for Amnesty International (aired as a one-hour TV special, a full-length movie and two record albums)
Starred as Robin Hood in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
Re-teamed for "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life"
Worked with Charles Crichton on 17 short films
Delivered a memorable turn as Sheriff Langston in "Silverado"; first collaboration with Kevin Kline
Played a school headmaster obsessed with punctuality in "Clockwise"
First American TV guest spot, "Cheers" (NBC)
First feature film as producer, "A Fish Called Wanda" (also co-starred and scripted); directed by Crichton; nominated for an Academy Award for his script; Kline co-starred in his Oscar winning performance
Lent his voice to the animated feature "An American Tail: Feivel Goes West"
Portrayed Professor Waldman, Frankenstein's tutor and colleague, in Kenneth Branagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
Re-teamed with the cast from "A Fish Called Wanda" for the less successful, "Fierce Creatures"
Voiced Ape, the mentor and father figure of Brendan Fraser's "George of the Jungle"
Played Mr. Mersault, the hotel manager in the remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
Appeared in the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as 'R'
Played a fictionalized version of Simon & Schuster head Dick Snyder in "Isn't She Great"
Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Rat Race," a throwback to the star-packed comedies of the 1960s
Played Nearly Headless Nick in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
Cast as the owner of a TV network on the short-lived ABC comedy "Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)"
Returned as Nearly Headless Nick in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
Promoted to the role of Q in his next Bond outing "Die Another Day"
Cast as the father of Alex (Lucy Liu) in "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle"
Had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom, "Will and Grace," as the father of Lorraine Finster (Minnie Driver) and Karen's love interest; nominated for an Emmy Award
Voiced Fiona's Father, King Harold in the animated feature "Shrek 2"
Cast as The Balloon Man in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
Toured New Zealand with his one-man show "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot"
Voiced Samuel the sheep in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White
Reprised the role of King Harold for "Shrek the Third"
Lent his voice to the animated comedy "Igor"
Cast as Professor Barnhardt, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in the remake of the 1951 sci-fi movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
Voiced Professer Kripple in the animated sci-fi film "Planet 51"
Returned to voice King Harold in the animated feature "Shrek Forever After"
Narrated the animated family film "Winnie the Pooh"
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin