Michael Palin Biography (1943-)

Full name, Michael Edward Palin; born May 5, 1943, in Ranmoor, Sheffield, York, England; son of Edward (an engineer) and Mary Palin; married Helen Margaret Gibbins, 1966; children: Thomas Edward, William Michael, Rachel Mary. Addresses: Manager: Mayday Management 34 Tavistock St., London WC2E 7PB, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer, producer
Birth Details
May 5, 1943
Sheffield, York, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Cohost, Now, 1965
  • Twice a Fortnight, BBC, 1967
  • Various characters, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Rediffusion, 1967-1968, Thames Television, 1968-1969
  • The Complete and Utter History of Britain, London Weekend Television, 1969
  • Various characters, Monty Python's Flying Circus (also known as Monty Python), BBC, 1969-1970 and 1972-1974, then PBS, 1974-1982
  • Various characters, Ripping Yarns, BBC, 1976-1977 and 1979, then PBS, 1979
  • London correspondent, The News Is the News, NBC, 1983
  • Himself, Around the World in 80 Days (documentary), BBC, 1989, then Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Jim Nelson, GBH, Channel 4, 1991
  • Various characters, Tracey Ullman: A Class Act, HBO, 1992
  • Himself, Pole to Pole (also known as Pole to Pole with MichaelPalin and Pole to Pole with Michael Palin: North to South by Camel, River Raft, and Balloon), Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Himself, Palin's Column, 1994
  • Himself, Full Circle with Michael Palin (documentary; also known as Full Circle: A Pacific Journey), PBS, 1997
  • Presenter, Ex-S, BBC, 1997
  • Himself and various characters in archive footage, The Sketch Show Story (also known as Victoria Wood's Sketch Show Story), BBC, 2001
  • Host, Sahara (documentary), BBC, 2002
  • Himself and host, Himalaya (documentary), 2004
  • Movies
  • The Late Show (short film), BBC, 1966
  • Pythons in Deutschland, Bavaria Atelier, 1971
  • Red Dress, 1977
  • Eric Manchester (Rutle Corp. press agent) and lawyer, The Rutles (also known as All You Need Is Cash), BBC-2, 1978
  • Voice of Rat, The Wind in the Willows, 1995
  • Voice of Rat, The Willows in Winter, 1996
  • Specials
  • Various characters, How to Irritate People (also known as JohnCleese on How to Irritate People), 1968
  • Various characters, Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus, BBC, 1972
  • Secrets (also known as Black and Blue: Secrets), BBC, 1973
  • Himself, Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report (documentary; also known as On Location with the Pythons), BBC, 1974
  • Harris, Three Men in a Boat, BBC, 1975
  • Himself and performer in archive footage, The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, circa A.D. 1979 (documentary; also known as The Pythons), BBC, 1979
  • Himself, What Is Brazil? (documentary), 1985
  • (Scenes deleted) Himself, Comic Relief (also known as The Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live), BBC, 1986
  • Himself, The Grand Knockout Tournament, BBC, 1987
  • Himself, A Night of Comic Relief 2, BBC, 1989
  • Host, The Prince's Trust Gala, TBS, 1989
  • Himself, The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • Himself and various characters in archive footage, Life of Python(also known as Life of Python: Monty Python 20th Anniversary Omnibus),BBC and Showtime, 1990
  • Himself and various characters in archive footage, Twenty Years of Monty Python (Parrot Sketch Not Included) (also known as Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python), Showtime, 1990
  • Tracey Ullman: A Class Act, HBO, 1992, It's the Monty Python Story (documentary; also known as Life of Python), BBC, 1993
  • Himself, Live from the Lighthouse, 1998
  • Himself, various characters, and various characters in archive footage, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Tribute to Monty Python (also known as Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen), HBO, 1998
  • Himself, From Spam to Sperm, BBC, 1999
  • Himself, Hemingway Adventure (documentary; also known as Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure), PBS, 1999
  • Himself, Pythonland, BBC, 1999
  • Himself in archive footage, John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen,1999
  • 2000 Today, BBC, 1999
  • Himself, The Unknown Peter Sellers, 2000
  • Applicant and peasant, "Fame," The Human Face with John Cleese (also known as The Human Face), The Learning Channel, 2001
  • Himself in archive footage, George Harrison--Der sanfte Beatle (documentary), 2001
  • Himself, Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill--A Live Tribute, BBC, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, The British Comedy Awards 2001, ITV, 2001
  • Himself, Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute, BBC, 2002
  • Himself, The British Comedy Awards 2002, ITV, 2002
  • Presenter, The Grierson Documentary Awards 2002, BBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, Associated Television, c. 1972 ABC, 1972
  • The Midnight Special, NBC, 1973
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1973 and 1989
  • Tiswas, Associated Television and Central Television, c. 1974
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1978, 1979 (multiple episodes), 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1997
  • Himself, Friday Night, Saturday Morning, 1979
  • Police officer, The Innes Book of Records, BBC, 1979
  • "Confessions of a Train-Spotter," Great Railway Journeys of the World, BBC-2, 1980
  • OTT, Central Television, 1982
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, and1993
  • Narrator, "Jack and the Beanstalk," We All Have Tales (animated),Showtime, 1991
  • "A Roving Commission," The Nicholas Craig Masterclass, 1992
  • "Derry to Kerry," Great Railway Journeys II, BBC-2 and PBS, 1994
  • Himself, Sunday Night Clive, 1994
  • Himself, "The Goons," Heroes of Comedy, 1997
  • Himself, The Frank Skinner Show, BBC, 1997
  • Himself, TFI Friday, Channel 4, 1997
  • Surfer, Home and Away, 1997
  • Himself, Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC, 1997 and 1999
  • Himself, Fantasy Football League, 1998
  • Himself, Fantasy World Cup, 1998
  • Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 1998, 2002, and 2003
  • Himself, "The Record Breaker," Comic Relief, BBC, 1999
  • Himself, "Bill Oddie," This Is Your Life, 2002
  • Himself, V Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2002
  • Himself, The Fat, ABC (Australia), 2003
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator, Twice a Fortnight, BBC, 1967
  • Creator (with Terry Jones), The Complete and Utter History of Britain, London Weekend Television, 1969
  • Creator (with Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and EricIdle), Monty Python's Flying Circus (also known as Monty Python), BBC, 1969-1970 and 1972-1974 then PBS, 1974-1982
  • Executive producer (with others), Ripping Yarns, BBC, 1976-1977 and 1979, then PBS, 1979
  • Film Appearances
  • Various characters, And Now for Something Completely Different (also known as Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different), Columbia, 1972
  • Sir Galahad, Dennis, and other roles, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Cinema V, 1975
  • Dennis Cooper, Jabberwocky, Cinema V, 1977
  • Himself, To See Such Fun, 1977
  • Various characters, Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (also known as Pleasure at Her Majesty's), 1977
  • Various characters, Monty Python's Life of Brian (also known as Life of Brian), Warner Bros., 1979
  • Various characters, The Secret Policeman's Ball, 1981
  • Himself and various characters, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball,Miramax, 1981
  • Vincent, Time Bandits, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Reverend Charles Fortescue, The Missionary, Columbia, 1982
  • Various characters, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Paramount, 1982
  • Various characters, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (also knownas The Meaning of Life), Universal, 1983
  • Workman, The Crimson Permanent Assurance, 1983
  • Himself, The Secret Policeman's Private Parts, 1984
  • The Dress (short film), 1984
  • Gilbert Chilvers, A Private Function, Island Alive, 1985
  • Jack Lint, Brazil, Universal, 1985
  • Ken Pile, A Fish Called Wanda, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists,1988
  • (Uncredited) Man in elevator, Inar gahined (also known as Hellfire), 1989
  • Reverend Francis Ashby, American Friends, Castle Hill, 1993
  • The sun, The Wind in the Willows (animated; also known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride), Good Times, 1995, Columbia, 1997
  • Adrian "Bugsy" Malone, Fierce Creatures, Universal, 1997
  • Minister of Foods, How to Use Your Coconuts, 2001
  • Himself, The Concert for George, ArenaPlex, 2003
  • Voices of narrator and Professor R. Q. Thistlewaite, Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (short film), Python (Monty) Pictures Limited, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Producer (with others), The Missionary, Columbia, 1982
  • Creator of idea, Fierce Creatures, Universal, 1997
  • Stage Appearances
  • Hang Down Your Head and Die, London, 1964
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Monty Python Live!, New York City, 1976
  • Also appeared in a solo show at the Belfast Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1981.
  • Major Tours
  • Monty Python's First Farewell Tour, British and Canadian cities, 1973
  • With Monty Python, performed in concert tours in U.S., British, and Canadian cities.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam,Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus, BBC Records, 1969
  • Another Monty Python Record, Charisma, 1970
  • Monty Python's Previous Record, Charisma, 1972
  • Monty Python's Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Charisma, 1973, Arista, 1975
  • Monty Python Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (also known asMonty Python Live at Drury Lane), Charisma, 1974
  • The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Arista, 1975
  • Monty Python Live at City the Center, Arista, 1976
  • The Worst of Monty Python, 1976
  • Monty Python's Instant Record Collection, Charisma, 1977
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian (film soundtrack), Warner Bros., 1979
  • Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album, Arista, 1980
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (film soundtrack), CBS Records,1983
  • Monty Python's The Final Ripoff (compilation), 1988
  • Videos
  • Himself, The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show, 1997
  • Himself, The Quest for Holy Grail Locations, Columbia/TriStar HomeEntertainment, 2001
  • Himself, The Meaning of Making "The Meaning of Life," 2003
  • Taped Readings
  • Michael Palin's Full Circle, Chivers NA, 1999
  • Sahara (also known as Michael Palin's Sahara), BBC Audiobooks America, 2003
  • (With Monty Python) The Pythons, c. 2004
  • Video Games
  • Various characters, Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time, 1994
  • Sir Galahad and other characters, Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, 1996
  • Various characters, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • (With John Cleese and Terry Jones) The Frost Report, BBC, 1966-1967
  • (With others) Twice a Fortnight, BBC, 1967
  • (With others) Broaden Your Mind, BBC, 1968
  • (With Eric Idle and Terry Jones) Do Not Adjust Your Set, Rediffusion, 1967-1968, Thames Television, 1968-1969
  • Author of additional material (with others), Marty (also known asIt's Marty), BBC-2, 1968-1969
  • (With Jones) The Complete and Utter History of Britain, London Weekend Television, 1969
  • (With Idle, Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam) Monty Python's Flying Circus (also known as Monty Python), BBC, 1969-1970 and 1972-1974, then PBS, 1974-1982
  • (With Jones) Ripping Yarns, BBC, 1976-1977 and 1979, then PBS, 1979
  • Around the World in 80 Days (documentary), BBC, 1989, Arts and Entertainment, 1990, published by BBC Books, 1989
  • Pole to Pole (also known as Pole to Pole with Michael Palinand Pole to Pole with Michael Palin: North to South by Camel, River Raft,and Balloon), Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Full Circle with Michael Palin (documentary; also known as FullCircle: A Pacific Journey), PBS, 1997
  • Sahara (documentary), BBC, 2002
  • Himalaya (documentary), 2004
  • Movies
  • The Late Show (short film), BBC, 1966
  • (With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle) Pythons in Deutschland, Bavaria Atelier, 1971
  • East of Ipswich, BBC, 1987
  • Number 27, BBC, 1988
  • Teleplays with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • Specials
  • Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus, BBC, 1972
  • Life of Python (also known as Life of Python: Monty Python 20thAnniversary Omnibus), BBC and Showtime, 1990
  • Twenty Years of Monty Python (Parrot Sketch Not Included) (also known as Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python), Showtime, 1990
  • It's the Monty Python Story (documentary; also known as Life ofPython), BBC, 1993
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • (With Terry Jones) Secrets (also known as Black and Blue: Secrets), BBC, 1973
  • Hemingway Adventure (documentary; also known as Michael Palin'sHemingway Adventure), PBS, 1999, published by St. Martin's, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "Confessions of a Train-Spotter," Great Railway Journeys of the World, BBC-2, 1980, published by Dutton, 1983
  • Wrote episodes of other series, including The Two Ronnies, BBC.
  • Television Music
  • Series
  • (With others) Monty Python's Flying Circus (also known as MontyPython), BBC, 1969-1970 and 1972-1974, then PBS, 1974-1982
  • Screenplays with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • And Now for Something Completely Different (also known as MontyPython's And Now for Something Completely Different; adapted from Monty Python's Flying Circus), Columbia, 1972
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Cinema V, 1975, published by Methuen, 1977, published as Monty Python's Second Film: A First Draft, 1977
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian (also known as Life of Brian),Warner Bros., 1979, published as Monty Python's Life of Brian (of Nazareth) [and] Montypythonscrapbook, Grosset, 1979
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Paramount, 1982
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (also known as The Meaning of Life), Universal, 1983, published as Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Grove, 1983
  • Screenplays
  • (With Terry Gilliam) Time Bandits, Avco-Embassy, 1981, published as Time Bandits: The Movie Script, Doubleday, 1981
  • The Missionary, Columbia, 1982
  • Consuming Passions (based on the teleplay Secrets by Palinand Terry Jones), Samuel Goldwyn, 1988
  • (With Tristram Powell; and story) American Friends, Castle Hill, 1993
  • The Best of the Two Ronnies, BBC Video, 2002
  • Film Songs
  • "Brian's Song," Monty Python's Life of Brian (also known as Life of Brian), Warner Bros., 1979
  • "Every Sperm Is Sacred," Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (alsoknown as The Meaning of Life), Universal, 1983
  • Stage Writings with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Monty Python's First Farewell Tour, British and Canadian cities, 1973
  • Monty Python Live!, New York City, 1976
  • Stage Writings
  • (With Terry Jones) Their Finest Hours (short plays; includes Buchanan's Finest Hour and Underhill's Finest Hour), Sheffield, York, England, 1976
  • The Weekend, Strand Theatre, London, 1994
  • Video Games with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time, 1994
  • Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (based on the screenplay Monty Python and the Holy Grail), 1996
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (based on the screenplay of thesame name), 1997
  • Monty Python Books with Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones)
  • Monty Python's Big Red Book, Warner Books, 1972
  • (Also with Jerry Gillian [pseudonym of Gilliam]) The Brand New Monty Python Book, Methuen, 1973, published as The Brand New Monty Python Paperboy, 1974
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Monty Python (contains Monty Python's Big Red Book and The Brand New Monty Python Paperboy), Methuen, 1981
  • The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: All the Words, two volumes, Pantheon, 1989
  • Compilations Based on Teleplays
  • (With Terry Jones) Ripping Yarns (stories adapted from the television series; contains "Across the Andes by Frog," "The Curse of the Claw," "Escape from Stalag Luft 112B," "Murder at Moorstones Manor," "The Testing of Eric Olthwaite," and "Tomkinson's Schooldays"), Methuen, 1978, Pantheon, 1979
  • (With Jones) More Ripping Yarns (from the television series; contains "Golden Gordon," "Roger of the Raj," and "Whinfrey's Last Case"), Methuen, 1980, Pantheon, 1981
  • Juvenile
  • (With Terry Jones) Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, Methuen, 1974, published as Dr. Fegg's Nasty Book of Knowledge, Berkeley Publishing, revised version published as Dr. Fegg's Encyclopedia of All World Knowledge, Peter Bedrick, 1985
  • Small Harry and the Toothache Pills, 1981
  • Limericks, Hutchinson, 1985, Random House, 1987
  • Cyril and the Dinner Party, Pavilion, 1986
  • Cyril and the House of Commons, Pavilion, 1986
  • (With Alan Lee and Richard Seymour) The Mirrorstone: A Ghost Story with Holograms, illustrations by Lee, Knopf, 1986
  • Nonfiction
  • Pole to Pole: The Photographs, 1994
  • Full Circle: The Photographs, 1997
  • Sahara, photographs by Basil Pao, St. Martin's, 2003
  • Novels
  • Hemingway's Chair, St. Martin's, 1998
  • Other Writings
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Esquire and New York.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • Crooked Wood, a play by Gillian Plowman, was adapted from Palin'steleplay Number 27.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 7, Gale, 1991
    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 35, Gale, 1992
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Volume 21, Gale, 1982
    • Hewison, Robert, Monty Python: The Case Against, Eyre Methuen, 1981
    • Hewison, Robert, Footlights!, Eyre Methuen, 1983
    • Johnson, Kim Howard, The First 200 Years of Monty Python, St. Martin's, 1989
    • Margolis, Jonathan, Michael Palin: A Biography, Orion, 1997
    • Morgan, David, Monty Python Speaks!, Avon, 1999
    • Novick, Jeremy, Life of Michael, Headline, 2001
    • Perry, George, Life of Python, Little, Brown, 1983
    Periodicals
    • America, September 15, 1979
    • Chicago Tribune, September 21, 1979; April 1, 1983
    • Daily Express, October 7, 2002, pp. 32-33
    • DramaLogue (Hollywood), December 9, 1982
    • Face, March, 1985
    • International Herald Tribune, December 1, 1992
    • Maclean's, April 28, 2003, p. 64
    • New Zealand Listener, November 21, 1992, pp. 22-23
    • Radio Times, June 4, 1994, p. 45; October 12, 2002, pp. 16-17, 19-20
    • TV Guide, April 5, 2003, p. 12
    • U.S. News & World Report, May 1, 2000, p. 14
    Electronic
    • Pythonline, http://www.pythonline.com

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