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Born: March 29, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Durham, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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1963:
Joined Cambridge theater troupe, The Footlights, eventually becoming group's president; met future comic mates John Cleese and Graham Chapman
1965:
Professional stage debut, "One for the Pot"
1966:
English TV debut as the chauffeur in Ken Russell's "Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World" (BBC-1)
1966:
Wrote for the BBC TV series "The Frost Report", starring David Frost
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Along with Chapman and Barry Cryer provided scripts for British series "No--That's Me Over Here!", starring Ronnie Corbrett
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Wrote and co-starred in the English series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (Rediffusion 1967-1968; Thames Television, 1968-1969) with Michael Palin and Terry Jones
1969:
Co-founded the English comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus with Cleese, Chapman, Palin, Jones and token 'Yank' Terry Gilliam
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Worked as a performer and writer on the popular TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC); shows aired in 1969-1970 and from 1972 to 1974 with a two-year hiatus
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Script edited the early episodes of "The Liver Birds" (BBC-1, 1969-1979)
1971:
Feature acting and writing debut, "And Now for Something Completely Different", the first Monty Python feature
1974:
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" premiered in the USA on PBS
1975:
Portrayed 13 characters in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
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Wrote and starred in "Rutland Weekend Television" (BBC-2); Neil Innes supplied the music and also co-starred, as did David Battley, Henry Woolf and Gwen Taylor
1975:
Published novel, "Hello Sailor"
1976:
Hosted the third show of the second season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; he would go on to host "SNL" three more times over the years, as well as guest-starring twice
1978:
Wrote, co-starred and co-directed the story of The Rutles, "All You Need is Cash", an NBC special
1979:
First collaboration with George Harrison's HandMade Films, "Monty Python's Life of Brian", playing 14 characters; Harrison contributed cameo as Mr. Papadopolous
1980:
Guest-starred with Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits fame) as British rock stars on episode of "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC)
1982:
Wrote first stage play, "Pass The Butler"
1982:
Wrote and directed "The Frog Prince", the debut episode for Showtime's "Faerie Tale Theatre", starring Robin Williams and Teri Garr
1983:
Last Python film to date, "Monty Python's Meaning of Life"
1985:
Portrayed bike rider in "National Lampoon's European Vacation"
1987:
Played Ko-Ko in an English National Opera Company revival of "The Mikado"
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Served as Chairman of Prominent Features, a production company formed by the Monty Python team; pictures ranged from the sublime ("A Fish Called Wanda" 1988) to the ridiculous ("Erik the Viking" 1989)
1989:
Appeared in Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
1989:
Starred in the short-lived NBC fantasy sitcom "Nearly Departed"
1989:
Co-starred as Passepartout in the NBC miniseries, "Around the World in 80 Days"
1990:
Acted opposite Robbie Coltrane as "Nuns on the Run" for HandMade Films
1990:
Wrote and performed the title music for British sitcom "One Foot in the Grave" (BBC)
1993:
Wrote, executive produced and starred (with Cleese) in "Splitting Heirs"
1994:
First Python CD-Rom released, "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time"
1996:
Reteamed (as Rat) with Jones (Toad), Cleese (Toad's Lawyer) and Palin (The Sun) for a live-action version of "The Wind and the Willows", adapted and directed by Jones
1997:
Starred as Alan Smithee in the egregious "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
1997:
His "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (originally sung in "Monty Python's Life of Brian") popped up in "As Good as It Gets" (performed by Art Garfunkle)
1998:
Contributed vocal talent to the straight-to-video animation release "The Secret of Nimh II: Timmy to the Rescue" and to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie", which had a limited release in theaters
1998:
Provided the singing voice of Devon (the two-headed dragon) in the animated "Quest for Camelot"
1998:
Voiced Parenthesis on animated series "Disney's Hercules" (ABC)
1999:
Was the voice of Dr. Vosknocker in "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut"
1999:
Played a prospector who mentors the title character when he is drummed out of the Mounties in the live-action feature version of "Dudley Do-Right"
1999:
Participated in Toronto workshop of the stage musical "The Seussical"; had written a version of the libretto (not used); credited as "creative consultant" when show opened on Broadway in 2000
1999:
Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan", playing magazine owner Ian Maxtone-Graham
1999:
Performed with surviving mates in "Monty Python Reunion Special" (BBC), celebrating their 30th anniversary
2003:
Received a grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album For Children, for his work on "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory"
2004:
Was the voice of the Narrator for "Ella Enchanted"
2005:
Wrote and Composed the Broadway musical "Monty Python's Spamalot," which starred David Hyde Pierce (Sir Robin), Tim Curry (King Arthur), and Hank Azaria (Sir Lancelot); received a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score
2007:
Voiced Merlin in the animated feature, "Shrek the Third"

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