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Eric Idle

Actor / Comedian / Screenwriter / Novelist / Singer-songwriter / Playwright / Writer / Guitarist / Lyricist / Film Director | * 03/29/1943 (77) | South Shields, County Durham, England, UK
Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English actor, comedian, author and musician. Idle is a former member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the parody rock band The Rutles, and the writer of the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Known for his elaborate wordplay and musical numbers, Idle performed many of Python's songs, including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (from Life of Brian), and the "Galaxy Song" (from The Meaning of Life). After Monty Python's Flying Circus, he hosted Saturday Night Live in the US four times in the first five seasons. Idle's initially successful solo career faltered in the 1990s with the failures of his 1993 film ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | Kids & Family

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Awards & Nominations for Eric Idle

European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

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Movies with Eric Idle as Actor(68)

as Himself (archive footage)2019 An Accidental Studio
as Presenter2016 The Entire Universe
as Salubrious Gat (voice)2015 Absolutely Anything
as Himself, others2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly)
as himself2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball
as The Piano2012 What About Dick?
as Baritonish / Stan / Loretta / Bob Dylan / Ben2010 Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
as himself2008 We Are Most Amused
as himself2008 The Seventh Python
as Spig (voice)2008 Delgo
as Merlin (voice)2007 Shrek the Third
as himself2005 The Aristocrats
as Narrator2004 Ella Enchanted
as Celebrity2003 Hollywood Homicide
as Coffin Ed2002 The Scream Team
as Narrator / Dirk McQuickly / Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
as Waddlesworth2000 102 Dalmatians
as Prospector1999 Dudley Do-Right
as Dr. Vosknocker (voice)1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
as Parenthesis1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero
as Devon (voice)1998 Quest for Camelot
as Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker1995 Casper
as Dr. Nigel Channing1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
as Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel1993 Splitting Heirs
as Wendel1992 Missing Pieces
as Brian Hope1990 Nuns on the Run
as Sonny1990 Too Much Sun
as Male Love Bird (voice) (uncredited)1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising
as Desmond / Berthold1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1987 The Mikado
as Wreck-Gar (voice)1986 The Transformers: The Movie
as The Pied Piper / Robert Browning1985 The Pied Piper of Hamelin
as Diverse Rollen1983 The Meaning of Life
as Commander Clement1983 Yellowbeard
as himself1983 Group Madness
as Gunther (uncredited)1983 The Crimson Permanent Assurance
as Mr. Cheeky / Stan 'Loretta' / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Ja1979 Life of Brian
as Dirk McQuickly1978 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
as Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
as Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed stic1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
as Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)1971 Euroshow '71: May Day Special
as Young Man (uncredited)1966 Alice in Wonderland

TV Shows/Series with Eric Idle as Actor(25)

Movies with Eric Idle as Crew(26)

Writing/Screenplay2019 Spamalot
Production/Producer2019 Spamalot
Writing/Writer2016 The Entire Universe
Directing/Director2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly)
Writing/Writer2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly)
Sound/Songs2014 The Boxtrolls
Directing/Director2012 What About Dick?
Writing/Writer2012 What About Dick?
Writing/Musical2012 What About Dick?
Directing/Director2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
Production/Executive Producer1993 Splitting Heirs
Writing/Writer1993 Splitting Heirs
Writing/Screenplay1983 The Meaning of Life
Directing/Director1982 The Tale of the Frog Prince
Writing/Writer1982 The Tale of the Frog Prince
Writing/Screenplay1979 Life of Brian
Directing/Director1978 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

TV Shows/Series with Eric Idle as Crew(6)

Writing/Writer1982 Faerie Tale Theatre
Directing/Director1982 Faerie Tale Theatre
Writing/Writer1975 Rutland Weekend Television
Writing/Writer1971 The Two Ronnies
Writing/Writer1969 Monty Python's Flying Circus
Writing/Writer1967 Do Not Adjust Your Set

Full Name: Eric Idle
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Monday, 03/29 1943 (March) in South Shields (current age: 77 years + 216 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Royal Wolverhampton School
Member of: Monty Python
Spouses (current/former): Lyn Ashley, Tania Kosevich
Eric Idle frequently works together with these people:
John Cleese (48x, Actor)
Michael Palin (44x, Actor)
Terry Gilliam (40x, Actor)
Terry Jones (39x, Actor)
Andy Samberg (31x, Actor)
Graham Chapman (26x, Actor)
Bill Hader (25x, Actor)
Maya Rudolph (13x, Actress)
Martin Short (12x, Actor)
Alec Baldwin (11x, Actor)
Chris Rock (11x, Actor)
John Du Prez (11x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:5899, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 10/16/2020