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Michael Palin


Michael Palin was born on May 5, 1943 in Ranmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Michael Edward Palin. He is a writer and actor, known for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). He has been married to Helen Gibbins since April 16, 1966. They have three children. See full bio »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 Michael Palin in Wyeth's World (Documentary) (uncredited)
 2012 Brazil with Michael Palin (TV Mini-Series documentary) (written by - 4 episodes)
- The Deep South (2012) ... (written by)
- The Road to Rio (2012) ... (written by)
- Into Amazonia (2012) ... (written by)
- Out of Africa (2012) ... (written by)
 2008 Around the World in 20 Years (TV Movie documentary) (written by)
 2007 New Europe (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Journey's End (2007) ... (writer)
- From Pole to Pole (2007) ... (writer)
- Baltic Summer (2007) ... (writer)
- Danube to Dnieper (2007) ... (writer)
- Wild East (2007) ... (writer)
 2004 Himalaya with Michael Palin (TV Series documentary)
 2002 Sahara with Michael Palin (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 2000 Michael Palin on... the Colourists (TV Movie documentary) (uncredited)
 1999 Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (TV Series documentary) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... (written by)
 1997 Ex-S (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Palin on Redpath (1997)
 1997 Full Circle with Michael Palin (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game) (screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail")
 1994 Great Railway Journeys (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Derry to Kerry (1994) ... (writer)
 1992 Pole to Pole (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1991 American Friends (screenplay) / (story)
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Series documentary) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Dateline to Deadline (1989) ... (writer)
- Far East and Farther East (1989) ... (writer)
- Oriental Express (1989) ... (writer)
- A Close Shave (1989) ... (writer)
- Ancient Mariners (1989) ... (writer)
 1988 Number 27 (writer)
 1988 Consuming Passions (play "Secrets")
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- East of Ipswich (1987) ... (writer)
 1983 Comic Roots (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Michael Palin (1983) ... (written by)
 1983 The Meaning of Life (written by)
 1982 The Missionary (written by)
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary) (written by)
 1981 Time Bandits (written by)
 1981 The Box (Short)
 1980 Great Railway Journeys of the World (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Confessions of a Train Spotter (1980) ... (writer)
 1979 Henry Cleans Up (Short)
  Ripping Yarns (TV Series) (by - 8 episodes, 1976 - 1979) (written by - 1 episode, 1979)
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... (by)
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... (written by)
- Whinfrey's Last Case (1979) ... (by)
- The Curse of the Claw (1977) ... (by)
- Across the Andes by Frog (1977) ... (by)
 1979 Life of Brian (written by)
 1976 Pleasure at Her Majesty's (TV Movie documentary)
  The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes, 1971 - 1972) (written by - 6 episodes, 1973 - 1976)
- Episode #5.7 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #5.6 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #5.4 (1976) ... (written by)
- Episode #3.4 (1973) ... (written by)
- Episode #3.3 (1973) ... (written by)
 1975 The Punch Review (TV Series)
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (written by)
  Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series) (1 episode, 1973) (written by - 44 episodes, 1969 - 1974) (additional material - 1 episode, 1969)
- Party Political Broadcast (1974) ... (written by)
- Mr. Neutron (1974) ... (written by)
- Hamlet (1974) ... (written by)
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... (written by)
- Michael Ellis (1974) ... (written by)
 1973 Black and Blue (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Secrets (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 Secrets (TV Movie)
 1973 Full House (TV Series) (sketch writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 17 March 1973 (1973) ... (sketch writer)
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short) (additional material)
 1972 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Movie) (written by)
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different (screen foreplay & conception)
 1971 Percy (key writer - uncredited)
 1970 Marty Amok (TV Movie)
 1970 Frost on Sunday (TV Series) (script - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.13 (1970) ... (script)
- Episode #2.9 (1970) ... (script)
  Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series) (written by - 12 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (writer - 1 episode, 1969)
- Episode #2.5 (1969) ... (writer)
- Special (1968) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.13 (1968) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.12 (1968) ... (written by)
  Marty (TV Series) (additional material - 4 episodes, 1968) (written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Episode dated 17 March 1969 (1969) ... (written by)
- Episode #2.3 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #2.2 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.5 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.2 (1968) ... (additional material)
 1969 Complete and Utter History of Britain (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- James the McFirst to Oliver Cromwell (1969) ... (writer)
 1968 Broaden Your Mind (TV Series) (additional material - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (additional material)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (additional material)
 1968 Horne A'Plenty (TV Series) (writer)
 1967 Twice a Fortnight (TV Series) (writer - 10 episodes)
- Episode #1.10 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.8 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.7 (1967) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... (writer)
 1967 A Series of Bird's (TV Series) (additional material - 8 episodes)
- Lucid Intervals (1967) ... (additional material)
- Urban Renewal (1967) ... (additional material)
- Back to the Front (1967) ... (additional material)
- The Eric Giddings Story 2: The Plot Thins (1967) ... (additional material)
- The Eric Giddings Story (1967) ... (additional material)
 1966 The Late Show (TV Series)
 1966 The Frost Report (TV Series)
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Show Show Self (168 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (22 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Books: Contributed to "The Which? Good Food Guide 2006" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Interviews | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Michael Palin CBE | Montypython Flyingcircus | Michael Lapin | Michael Spam Palin | Michael C. Palinberg | Monty Python | The Usual Lot | Alan Michael Palin Whicker

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

'[Michael's sister Angela] so much wanted to act. She never got big parts; it didn't really work out for her. But I think she had depression going way back. She was gifted, intelligent and very funny. But for some reason she just couldn't value herself enough." See more »

Trivia:

The Pythons had little idea how fanatical their American audience had become until they performed the live Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) live shows that were soon immortalized. According to Carol Cleveland, as the group were exiting backstage one night, a 20-something girl ran up to Palin, screamed "Oh, Michael!", and promptly fainted in his arms. Palin had to pass the girl to ... See more »

Trademark:

Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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