Michael Palin

Actor / Comedian / Screenwriter / Television Presenter | * 05/05/1943 (78) | Broomhill, Sheffield, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Sir Michael Edward Palin (born 5 May 1943) is an English actor, comedian, writer, television presenter and public speaker. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python. Since 1980 he has made a number of travel documentaries. Palin wrote most of his comedic material with fellow Python member Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows including the Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report, and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "Argument Clinic", "Dead Parrot sketch", "The Lumberjack Song", "The Spanish Inquisition", "Bicycle Repair Man" and "The Fish-Slapping Dance". He also regularly played a Gumby. Palin continued to work with Jones away from Python, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also began a new career as a travel writer and trav... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | TV Movies

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Awards & Nominations for Michael Palin

Commander of The Order of The British Empire Patron’s Medal BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Fellowship Award James Joyce Awards European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award Knight Commander of The Order of St Michael and St George Gold Medal British Academy Film Award for Best Original Song BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Academy Fellowship Award

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Movies with Michael Palin as Actor(77)

as Newscaster (voice)2020 Jeepers Creepers
as himself2019 An Accidental Studio
as Self/Narrator2018 Michael Palin in North Korea
as Vyacheslav Molotov2017 The Death of Stalin
as Kindly Alien (voice)2015 Absolutely Anything
as Himself, others2014 Monty Python: Live (Mostly)
as General Mitford2013 The Wipers Times
as himself2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball
as himself2012 Anatomy of a Liar
as Ernie Clicker (voice)2011 Arthur Christmas
as Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis2010 Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
as Narrador2009 The last day of WWI
as himself2008 What Is Brazil?
as himself2008 The Seventh Python
as Adrian 'Bugsy' Malone1997 Fierce Creatures
as Rev. Francis Ashby1991 American Friends
as himself1990 Viz: The Documentary
as Ken Pile1988 A Fish Called Wanda
as Jack Lint1985 Brazil
as Howard1984 The Dress
as Gilbert Chilvers1984 A Private Function
as Diverse Rollen1983 The Meaning of Life
as Himself - Various Roles1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
as The Reverend Charles Fortescue1982 The Missionary
as Vincent1981 Time Bandits
as (voice)1981 The Box
as Various Roles1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball
as Wise Man #3 / Mr. Big Nose / Francis / Mrs. A / Ex-Leper / Announcer / Ben / Pontius Pilate / Boring1979 Life of Brian
as Eric Manchester1978 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
as Charles Chiddingfold / Hugo Chiddingfold1977 Murder at Moorstones Manor
as Dennis Cooper1977 Jabberwocky
as First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
as Harris1975 Three Men in a Boat
as Gumby / Man with tape recorder / Phrasebook Author / Arthur Pewtey / Second self - defence student /1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
as Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)1971 Euroshow '71: May Day Special
as Various1969 How to Irritate People

TV Shows/Series with Michael Palin as Actor(35)

Movies with Michael Palin as Crew(18)

Writing/Writer2014 Monty Python: Live (Mostly)
Writing/Writer1991 American Friends
Writing/Screenplay1983 The Meaning of Life
Writing/Writer1982 The Missionary
Writing/Writer1981 Time Bandits
Writing/Screenplay1981 The Box
Writing/Screenplay1979 Life of Brian
Writing/Writer1977 Across the Andes by Frog
Writing/Writer1977 Murder at Moorstones Manor
Writing/Writer1973 Secrets

TV Shows/Series with Michael Palin as Crew(15)

Writing/Writer2007 Michael Palin's New Europe
Creator/Creator2006 Monty Python's Personal Best
Writing/Writer2004 Himalaya with Michael Palin
Writing/Writer2002 Sahara with Michael Palin
Writing/Writer1992 Pole to Pole
Writing/Writer1980 Great Railway Journeys
Writing/Writer1976 Ripping Yarns
Creator/Creator1976 Ripping Yarns
Writing/Writer1971 The Two Ronnies
Writing/Writer1969 Monty Python's Flying Circus
Writing/Writer1967 Do Not Adjust Your Set

Additional Information

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Full Name: Michael Palin
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Wednesday, 05/05 1943 (May) in Broomhill, Sheffield, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 78 years + 87 days)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Brasenose College, Shrewsbury School, Birkdale School
Employer: University of Oxford
Member of: Monty Python
Michael Palin frequently works together with these people:
Terry Jones (71x, Actor)
John Cleese (60x, Actor)
Terry Gilliam (58x, Actor)
Eric Idle (50x, Actor)
Andy Samberg (30x, Actor)
Graham Chapman (30x, Actor)
Bill Hader (25x, Actor)
Kristen Wiig (21x, Actress)
Will Forte (15x, Actor)
Maya Rudolph (13x, Actress)
Julian Doyle (11x, Crew)
John Du Prez (11x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:26356, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 07/05/2021