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Michael Palin was born on the 5th May 1943, in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and is a BAFTA-winning actor, comedian, writer and TV presenter, best known as one of the members of the Monty Python comedy group. Palin has had notable roles in such series as the “Do Not Adjust Your Set” (1967-1969), “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969-1974), and “Ripping Yarns” (1976-1979), as well as Python films, and several well-regarded documentaries and travel programs in recent years..

Have you ever wondered how rich Michael Palin is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Palin’s net worth is high as $25 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, which started in 1967. In addition to appearing on television and in movies, Palin has written numerous travel books, which have improved his wealth too.

Michael Palin Net Worth $25 Million

Michael Palin was the second child of Mary Rachel Lockhart and Edward Moreton Palin, an engineer who worked for a steel firm. Palin went to Birkdale Preparatory School, Sheffield, and then switched to the Shrewsbury School, and had various roles in the school productions of Shakespeare plays. He then went to Brasenose College of Oxford University, graduating in 1965 with a BA degree in history, but where he took part in various theatrical productions including with The Oxford Revue, and met Terry Jones, a future ‘Python’ colleague with whom he began writing
while in 1967, Michael appeared in two episodes of “A Series of Bird’s”.

From 1967 to 1969, Palin played alongside Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, and David Jason in 21 episodes of “Do Not Adjust Your Set”, while from 1969 to 1974, he was a part of one of the best-rated comedy television series ever, entitled “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. Palin played in all 46 episodes with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Jones, with Terry Gilliam as illustrator, and many other actors. His part in the worldwide popular show increased his net worth significantly, and helped him to secure notable roles in the future.

In the early ‘70s, Palin starred in Ian MacNaughton’s comedy “And Now for Something Completely Different” (1971), an anthology of the best sketches from the first two seasons of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. In 1972, Michael appeared in “Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus”, while in 1975, he co-starred in Terry Gilliam’s and Terry Jones’ “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, a story focused on King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. and which proved very popular not only in the ‘70s, but it is still popular today. Also in 1975, Palin played alongside Tim Curry in Stephen Frears’ comedy “Three Men in a Boat”, while from 1976 to 1979, he starred in nine episodes of the TV series “Ripping Yarns”.

Palin had a lead part in Terry Gilliam’s “Jabberwocky” (1977), and a year later, he appeared in “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash” (1978). Michael ended the ‘70s in Terry Jones’ “Life of Brian” (1979) with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle, among others – the parody about Jesus Christ wasn’t very popular in the US, but it earned more than $36 million worldwide, additionally improving Palin’s wealth. Michael continued to play in the movies, and he had a part and wrote the script for “Time Bandits” (1981) with Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall and John Cleese. In 1982, he wrote and starred alongside Maggie Smith as the Rev. Charles Fortesque in Richard Loncraine’s comedy “The Missionary”. The next year, Palin played in a BAFTA-nominated movie “The Meaning of Life” (1983), another Python collaboration, while in 1984, he teamed up with Maggie Smith again in a BAFTA-winning “A Private Function”.

In 1985, Palin had a part in the Oscar Award-nominated “Brazil” with Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist and Robert De Niro, while in 1988 he won the BAFTA for a supporting role in the Oscar -winning Charles Crichton’s “A Fish Called Wanda” starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. In the early ‘90s, Michael appeared in seven episodes of the series “G.B.H.” (1991) and later played alongside Steve Coogan, Eric Idle and Terry Jones in “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” (1996).

After his part in the comedy “Fierce Creatures” (1997) with John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Palin took a break from acting and focused on writing instead. He wrote numerous travel books – some based on TV documentaries such as “Around the World in Eighty Days”(1989) and “Pole to Pole” in 1992 – children books, diaries, and contributed to “The Pythons Autobiography” in 2003. Michael then returned to acting and starred in the mini-series “Remember Me” (2014), while his most recent work was as a narrator in the animation show entitled “Clangers” (2015-2016). At the moment, Palin is filming “The Death of Stalin” and will play Vyacheslav Molotov. The movie will be released in October this year.

Regarding his personal life, Michael Palin has been married to Helen Gibbins since 1966, and has three children with her.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 5, 1943
Birth place: Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height:5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Profession:Comedian
Education:University of Oxford
Nationality:American
Spouse:Helen Gibbins
Children:Rachel Palin, William Palin, Thomas Palin
Parents:Mary Rachel Lockhart, Edward Moreton Palin
Siblings:Angela Palin
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Credits fellow Python Terry Gilliam with getting him to quit smoking. Gilliam had been having dinner with Palin and his wife Helen at the Palins' home one evening in April 1969. Afterwards, Michael discovered he had run out of cigarettes and became increasingly panicky when he failed to find coins for the cigarette slot machine up the road anywhere. Gilliam, half joking, half worried, called Michael an addict, resulting in Michael denying himself a cigarette and never buying a pack again.
2Son of Edward and Mary Palin. He had one sister called Angela.
3Knew Eric Idle and Terry Jones from university.
4Wrote and acted for Oxford's equivalent of the Cambridge Footlights.
5While a majority of his ancestry is English, one of his paternal great-grandmothers was Irish.
6London, England: Publication of his memoir 'Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988' [August 2011]
7After Sarah Palin's nomination for John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential elections got announced, someone made a YouTube video saying that the wrong Palin got chosen. It proposed Michael Palin, jokingly using clips of him from movies and skits as evidence that he was right for the nomination.
8Was born the son of an engineer in the industrial city of Sheffield, and remains a supporter of Sheffield United Football Club.
9In addition to attending the exclusive Shrewsbury School, and later, the University of Oxford; as a lad, he also attended Birkdale School in Sheffield.
10His wide travels are so well known that he now has his own travel website called "Palin's Travels.".
11The 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 others to help, as he was literally shocked into speechlessness.
12In a quest for a "Peter Jonesy sort of voice", the casting crew for the original radio series, "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" approached Palin to play the part of The Book (he turned the part down). The part was eventually given to the very "Peter Jonesy" Peter Jones.
13His father had a rather serious stutter. This came in handy when he played Ken (the stuttering thief) in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
14The public voted him the best-looking member of the Python troupe.
15The Virgin Super Voyager train number 221 130 named after him.
16He is an old boy of the ultra-exclusive and expensive English public school, Shrewsbury School. The section of Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983) set in the school of "Sudbury" is a reference to his time there.
17Whilst filming Full Circle with Michael Palin (1997), Palin helped to hatch a baby crocodile and asked the crew to get a shot of himself with a crocodile in his hand.
18Attended Brasenose College, Oxford University.
19Left the Reform Club in London on September 25 1988 for a journey Around the World in 80 Days (1989), accompanied by a BBC TV team.
20Children: Thomas (b. 1969), William (b. 1971) and Rachel (b. 1975)
21Member of Monty Python's Flying Circus along with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
22He is a graduate of Oxford with a degree in History.
23He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to television drama and travel documentaries.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Jabberwocky (1977)£6,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness
2Frequently the most abused, ill-fated characters in a given Monty Python sketch or film


Quotes

#Quote
1I'm a Wallander (2008) fan. Another favourite is Mad Men (2007) and, on radio, almost anything on BBC 6 Music, which takes me out of my musical comfort zone.
2[on the different kinds of fans he meets] One are the people who know me from Python, and want a bit of a laugh, especially if they've had a drink or two. A lot of the others now are people who've seen me traveling, and they're slightly more sober, and they're just interested in travel, where I've been, all that sort of thing. And the third lot are the people who've seen Ripping Yarns, who, like George Harrison, I revere.
3[Explaining how Terry Gilliam, unlike himself, has carved out a film career] Gilliam is a battler. He's like some sort of samurai warrior; wherever he goes, there are corpses.
4Being feted in Hollywood is quite irresistible. They are very warm and very generous. But as soon as the takings go down and you have a bad third week, the calls aren't returned.
5[on Robin Williams] He could do it all, he could do absolutely everything, and he could do everybody.
6[on the thought of performing with Robin Williams] It would have been like being invited to play in a jazz band when you couldn't play an instrument.
7[on the death of Robin Williams] His ear for mimicry was superb and he could do parody brilliantly. I can imagine that having that ability is a bit like being possessed - the devil of comedy is in you and it must have been hard to live with.
8Fame really is a trap. When I start complaining about this, [my wife] Helen quite rightly says: 'Well, here's an idea: don't make another 10-part television series.' But fame would cut anybody off from the kind of things that I like to do, [such as] observing the world. Learning about trains. Discovering new music. You also find yourself bearing other people's expectations. I don't want to bear anybody's expectations. I just want to do... what I can do. And to be judged on that. All of this comes back to what Ernest Hemingway said: 'Don't talk about writing; just write.' And I sometimes tend to think: 'Don't talk about living; just live.'
9When I read profiles of myself I sometimes think: I have spent my whole life struggling to understand my motivations and impulses, and I've never quite sorted them out. To be absolutely frank with you, I'm still not sure I understand them. Then these people wander in, and suddenly they've cracked it in half-an-hour. I always assumed that, with age, I would understand myself better. Unfortunately, it's proving to be quite the opposite. I'm no closer to defining what it is that I really am than I ever was - other than somebody who is intensely curious about life.
10I loved Spike Milligan, yet I never realised, until I got to know him, that this person, who made me so happy, was desperate, and that writing the comedy I adored was tearing his life apart. When I interviewed him for Comic Roots (1982), I asked him what it felt like to work on The Goon Show (1968). He said, 'It was like one good summer.'" What a moving phrase that is. 'One good summer'. Something fleeting, that you can never recapture. That sense of: was it all just a dream? I think it was extremely perceptive of Spike to say that.
11People look for patterns in everything. It's what keeps us sane, I suppose. I struggle to see any patterns in my life. I think I can understand depression a bit because of my sister. My own feelings of ... I'm aware that, if you feel down, it can be strangely unrelated to circumstances around you. That's just the way life is.
12[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.
13No, I don't think [my father] quite... got Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). Also, he was developing Parkinson's and the medication was giving him hallucinations. Graham Chapman was a medical man, as you know. He was fascinated by the fact that my father was seeing hamsters running up his trouser leg. In fact, my mother would have to retrieve them and put them in a bag ... I was grateful then that we could laugh, and Graham found it extraordinary that it was so surreal and Pythonic. My mother, bless her, defended Python. I don't know how much she understood it.
14We did enjoy writing sketches about Marcel Proust. And we were actually trying to debunk that sort of elitism. But you do have to know about something, in order to debunk it. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) has suffered from very high praise. There were some things that quite laboriously didn't work. The television shows were, as you suggest, uneven. Really good material was in there, among a lot of dross. I still think some of the obscure stuff is good, and often needed to be there.
15Well, John Cleese, of course, is from Weston-super-Mare. So he knows all about pleasure and fulfillment. I think he set himself a very high standard of achievement and possibly feels he never quite attained it. He's always moving: first to New York, then to California, now Monaco. Where next? I always wanted to say to him: 'John, you're so talented. You have a lovely wife and kids; just relax.' But there was always something more that he wanted, to a point that was almost destructive.
16Something about John Cleese was always very unsettled, I felt. There was always something else he wanted to do. He seemed constantly driven by this sense that there was a nirvana somewhere; some unique place where mind, body and soul would be utterly satisfied.
17I met [John Cleese] on The Frost Report (1966), after which he was offered all sorts of things, but he rang me up instead, and decided to do Python. Which was quite a risk, for a man so driven by success. When we were collaborating, the only question was: does this work or not? He was very funny, and he appreciated good writing from others. So that was fine. Until the third series, when John clearly wanted to go, and people started to ask why. Whenever humour is taken out of the equation, the Pythons don't necessarily get along that well. Comedy brought us together.
18I just loved acting with [John Cleese]. Perhaps because there was no competition between us. I was short and he was tall. He was imperious and I was defensive. He needed me and I needed him. It made those shop sketches, like the dead parrot, extremely enjoyable to do. Me trying to be endlessly obliging, him being increasingly aggressive.
19Yes. Until [meeting the future members of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) I had been a very obliging kind of a guy. Having to defend your material, in that company... you just couldn't be diffident. Also, I realised that I was quite good at it. They gave me great confidence.
20[I'm] one of that cursed generation doomed to take nothing seriously.
21[My father] was always confronting people. Bus conductors, waitresses: he felt everyone was laying traps and should be treated with suspicion. There was always tension when he was around. I found it deeply embarrassing. That's why I hate rows and try to avoid confrontation.
22I couldn't say that I was frightened of my father. But I never felt totally comfortable with him. Perhaps because of his stammer. When you just can't get the words out, it distances you. And it placed you - as an articulate child - in the awkward position of being able to do something which he, the adult, couldn't. I imagine that could be enervating. That might have been it. My father did have a slight tendency to put down anything I did. I don't think he meant it.
23I have never claimed to be the nicest man in the world. That's a cliché that has somehow come to be widely accepted. It drives [wife] Helen mad. As she and my children [Tom, Will and Rachel, now all grown-up] will testify, I have a short fuse over certain things. Like if the one-inch nails are not where they should be in the box, and they've been moved to the three-inch section. [Pantomime bellow] Who did this?
24I am certainly more interested in interviewing than being interviewed. Sometimes you find yourself attacked from the start.
25Fame changes everything. When you're well-known, you're expected to be different. Some people assume you must have a yacht, and four homes. Or that you're famous because you are 'A Decent Man'. Just think of the number of people who do selfless work in this country every day; nobody has even heard of them.
26I don't see why it should be remarkable that you can acquire a reputation for fairness and decency. Those are qualities shared by so many people. And the great majority of people I meet are decent people, just trying to navigate their way through the world without causing too much trouble.
27I thought the Fish Called Wanda (A Fish Called Wanda (1988)) script was awful when John (John Cleese) first showed it to me ... and it's the most successful film I've ever done.
28People tend to think that those in showbiz are awful, apart from a couple of us like Gary Lineker and myself, who are nice. I think Gary is married to a younger woman now so he's lost a few points and doesn't have to be nice anymore. Lucky him!
29I'm not that ambitious. I didn't have a goal. I wanted to write well, act well and bring up my family well and sometimes you couldn't do one and the other at the same time.
30The freedom to do what I wanted to do was much more important to me than the shackles of stardom. The more money you earn, the higher your status, the more people are around you. I don't know how people like Johnny Depp operate. He's got about 40 or 50 people who look after his life. My people are my wife and my kids and my grandsons.
31We've had disagreements over the years about lifestyle and business and money, and all the things peripheral to what we do best of all, which is produce comedy. The one thing that hasn't changed is our enjoyment of each other's sense of humour. I've always been wary of a Python reunion because we don't have Graham Chapman, who was such an important part of Python. He had his problems - he was a self-confessed alcoholic - but, God, he was a good actor and an odd, eccentric writer, too. We'd miss him if we got back together.
32I was an enormous fan of The Beatles. When Terry Jones and I were writing together during the 60s, whenever a new Beatles album came out we were at the shop first thing to get our copy. We put off a day's writing to get to grips with the White Album. It influenced us very much, not just the music but what The Beatles stood for, a quality they had in their music and their writing that was so different to the pop we'd grown up with in the 50s and early 60s. We loved the lyrics and the poetry, as well as the humour in it. The Beatles represented something sort of young and fresh that we hoped we were also a part of.
33[From an interview about the late Graham Chapman]: "He always regarded death as highly overrated and could never understand why anybody made such a fuss about it".


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Television
2005Special AwardBAFTA Awards
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardBritish Comedy Awards
1994CableACECableACE AwardsRecreation and Leisure Special or SeriesPole to Pole (1992)· Anne James (executive producer)
· Clem Vallance (producer/director)
· Roger Mills (director)
1991Writers' Guild of Great Britain AwardWriters' Guild of Great BritainFilm - ScreenplayAmerican Friends (1991)· Tristram Powell
1989BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989ACECableACE AwardsWriting a Movie or MiniseriesScreen Two (1985)
1986Peter Sellers Award for ComedyEvening Standard British Film Awards

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio CommentaryMonty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)· John Cleese
· Eric Idle
1994CableACECableACE AwardsInformational or Documentary HostPole to Pole (1992)
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorG.B.H. (1991)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original SongThe Meaning of Life (1983)· André Jacquemin
· Dave Howman
· Terry Jones
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingTime Bandits (1981)· Terry Gilliam
1982HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationTime Bandits (1981)· Terry Gilliam (written by/director)
1976HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationMonty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)· Terry Gilliam (written by/director)
· Terry Jones (written by/director)
· Graham Chapman (written by)
· John Cleese (written by)
· Eric Idle (written by)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote2018pre-productionDon Quixote
The Death of Stalin2017post-productionVyacheslav Molotov
Clangers2015-2016TV SeriesNarrator
Absolutely Anything2015Kindly Alien (voice)
Remember Me2014TV Mini-SeriesTom Parfitt
Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014Spanish Man Fourth Yorkshireman Harry Blackitt ...
The Wipers Times2013TV MovieGeneral Mitford
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman2012Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / ... (voice)
Arthur Christmas2011Ernie Clicker (voice)
Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy2010Mrs. Betty Palin Julius Caesar Bevis
The Last Day of WW12008
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind2007TV ShortGariiiiiii (voice)
The Mystery of the Missing Morsel of Murder at Moorstones Manor2004Video shortComedy Role
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School2003Video shortMr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentaryLuigi Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / ...
The Meaning of Life1997Video GameVarious
Home and Away1996-1997TV SeriesSurfer
Fierce Creatures1997Bugsy Malone
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail1996Video GameFirst Game Announcer Swallow-Savvy Guard Dennis ...
The Willows in Winter1996TV MovieRat (voice)
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride1996The Sun
The Wind in the Willows1995TV MovieRat (voice)
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act1993TV MovieVarious
Nicholas Craig, the Naked Actor1992TV Series
G.B.H.1991TV Mini-SeriesJim Nelson
American Friends1991Reverend Francis Ashby
The Witches1990Witch at Meeting (uncredited)
Inar gahined1989Man in elevator (uncredited)
A Fish Called Wanda1988Ken Pile
Brazil1985Jack Lint
A Private Function1984Gilbert Chilvers
The Dress1984ShortHoward
The News Is the News1983TV SeriesLondon correspondent
The Crimson Permanent Assurance1983ShortWorkman
The Meaning of Life1983Window Washer / Harry / Fish #5 / ...
The Missionary1982The Reverend Charles Fortescue
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982DocumentaryPolinski Emcee Third Bruce ...
OTT1982TV Series
The Innes Book of Records1981TV SeriesPoliceman
Time Bandits1981Vincent
The Box1981Short voice
Saturday Night Live1980TV SeriesDick Savage
Henry Cleans Up1979ShortHenry
Ripping Yarns1976-1979TV SeriesRoger / Gordon Ottershaw / Gerald Whinfrey / ...
Life of Brian1979Wise Man #3 Mr. Big Nose Francis ...
Jackanory1979TV SeriesReader
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash1978TV MovieEric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
Red Dress1977TV Movie
Jabberwocky1977Dennis Cooper
Three Men in a Boat1975TV MovieHarris
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975First Swallow-Savvy Guard Dennis Peasant 2 ...
Full House1973TV SeriesActor in sketches
Is This a Record?1973Short
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus1972TV SeriesThird Bruce / Second Frenchman / Rapist / ...
And Now for Something Completely Different1971Gumby Man with tape recorder Phrasebook Author ...
Euroshow 711971TV MovieVarious (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
Ending It All1970Short
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV SeriesVarious - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
Hark at Barker1969TV Series
Do Not Adjust Your Set1967-1969TV SeriesVarious Characters
Marty1969TV SeriesVarious Characters
Complete and Utter History of Britain1969TV SeriesVarious James I Charles II ...
David Frost Presents1969TV SeriesMalcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / ...
Broaden Your Mind1968TV SeriesVarious Characters
Frost on Sunday1968TV SeriesVarious
Twice a Fortnight1967-1968TV SeriesVarious Characters
A Series of Bird's1967TV Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014
Michael Palin in Wyeth's World2013Documentary uncredited
Brazil with Michael Palin2012TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 4 episodes
Around the World in 20 Years2008TV Movie documentary written by
New Europe2007TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 7 episodes
The Mystery of the Missing Morsel of Murder at Moorstones Manor2004Video short
Himalaya with Michael Palin2004TV Series documentary written by - 3 episodes
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School2003Video short
The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 22003Video
Sahara with Michael Palin2002TV Mini-Series documentary
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python2002
The Best of the Two Ronnies2002Video
Michael Palin on... the Colourists2000TV Movie documentary uncredited
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentary
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure1999TV Series documentary written by - 4 episodes
Ex-S1997TV Series documentary 1 episode
Full Circle with Michael Palin1997TV Mini-Series documentary
Fierce Creatures1997idea for "The Fierce Animal Policy"
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail1996Video Game screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Great Railway Journeys1994TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Pole to Pole1992TV Mini-Series documentary
American Friends1991screenplay / story
Around the World in 80 Days1989TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 7 episodes
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python1989TV Special sketches
Number 271988writer
Consuming Passions1988play "Secrets"
Screen Two1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bombardemagnus1985TV Mini-Series screenplay - 2 episodes
Comic Roots1983TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Meaning of Life1983written by
The Missionary1982written by
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982Documentary written by
Time Bandits1981written by
The Box1981Short
Great Railway Journeys of the World1980TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Henry Cleans Up1979Short
Ripping YarnsTV Series by - 8 episodes, 1976 - 1979 written by - 1 episode, 1979
Life of Brian1979written by
Pleasure at Her Majesty's1976TV Movie documentary writer
The Two RonniesTV Series writer - 7 episodes, 1971 - 1972 written by - 6 episodes, 1973 - 1976
The Punch Review1975TV Series
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975written by
Monty Python's Flying CircusTV Series written by - 44 episodes, 1969 - 1974 creator - 1 episode, 1973 additional material - 1 episode, 1969
Black and Blue1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
Full House1973TV Series sketch writer - 1 episode
Is This a Record?1973Short additional material
A Christmas Night with the StarsTV Series 1 episode, 1969 script: The Two Ronnies - 1 episode, 1972
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus1972TV Series written by
And Now for Something Completely Different1971screen foreplay & conception
Percy1971key writer - uncredited
Marty Amok1970TV Movie
Frost on Sunday1970TV Series script - 2 episodes
Do Not Adjust Your SetTV Series written by - 12 episodes, 1967 - 1968 writer - 1 episode, 1969
MartyTV Series additional material - 4 episodes, 1968 written by - 1 episode, 1969
Complete and Utter History of Britain1969TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Broaden Your Mind1968TV Series additional material - 2 episodes
Horne A'Plenty1968TV Series writer
Twice a Fortnight1967TV Series writer - 10 episodes
A Series of Bird's1967TV Series additional material - 8 episodes
The Late Show1966TV Series
The Frost Report1966TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman2012writer: "Christmas in Heaven Song - Swing"
The Amazing Race Australia2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's CutTV Mini-Series 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
TimeshiftTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Himalaya with Michael PalinTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
S.P.U.N.G2002TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Full Circle with Michael Palin1997TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Meaning of Life1983lyrics: "Every Sperm Is Sacred" / performer: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us", "Every Sperm Is Sacred"
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982Documentary writer: "The Lumberjack Song"
Monty Python's Flying CircusTV Series 1 episode, 1970 performer - 4 episodes, 1969 - 1974 writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970
And Now for Something Completely Different1971performer: "The Lumberjack Song" / writer: "The Lumberjack Song"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fierce Creatures1997idea
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982Documentary stage director - as Monty Python
And Now for Something Completely Different1971presenter - as Monty Python

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benjamin Huntsman1992executive producer
The Missionary1982producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus1972TV Series composer: song "Holzfallerliederhosen"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit2015Short inspiration
Writing the Film That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Michael Palin on Writing 'Time Bandits'2013Video short special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2010TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen2008Video documentary special thanks
Virgin Territory2007special thanks
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monty Python's Personal Best2006TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Mark Lawson Talks to...2006TV SeriesHimself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
What Did ITV Do for Me?2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Michael Palin CBE)
Michael Palin & the Mystery of Hammershøi2005TV Movie documentaryHost
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan2005DocumentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning Australia2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Panel2004TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2004TV SeriesHimself
Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove2004Video documentary shortHimself
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-19922004Video documentaryHimself (segment "Crackerbox Palace")
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute2004TV MovieHimself
Himalaya with Michael Palin2004TV Series documentaryHost / Himself
Concert for George2003Video documentaryHimself / Bevis
The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life'2003Video documentaryHimself
BBC London News2003TV SeriesHimself
Something Fishy2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Fat2003TV SeriesHimself
Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The British Comedy Awards 20022002TV Special documentaryHimself - Lifetime Achievement Award
Life on Air2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Grierson Documentary Awards 20022002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Sahara with Michael Palin2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHost
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute2002TV MovieHimself
Heroes of Comedy1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20012001TV SpecialHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations2001Video documentaryHimself
How to Use Your Coconuts2001Video short documentaryMinister of Foods
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentaryApplicant / Peasant / Himself
From Spam to Sperm2000TV MovieHimself
Michael Palin on... the Colourists2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Unknown Peter Sellers2000TV Special documentaryHimself
2000 Today1999TV MovieHimself
Pythonland1999TV MovieHimself
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation1999TV Movie documentary Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk1997-1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker1999TV SpecialHimself
Live from the Lighthouse1998TV SpecialHimself
Fantasy World Cup1998TV SeriesHimself
Spike Night1998TV SeriesHimself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen1998TV SpecialHimself / Various Roles
The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show1997VideoHimself
Ex-S1997TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Full Circle with Michael Palin1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHimself
Richard and Judy Exclusive1997TV SeriesHimself
TFI Friday1997TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Skinner Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1978-1997TV SeriesVarious / Himself - Host / Himself / ...
Auntie's All-Time Greats1996TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Comic Relief1995TV Special segment "Oliver 2: Let's twist Again"
Palin's Column1994TV SeriesHimself
Pebble Mill at One1994TV SeriesHimself
Clive James1994TV SeriesHimself
Great Railway Journeys1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Bore of the Year Awards1993TV SpecialHimself ('Michael Palin's Curb To Curb' segment)
Pole to Pole1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Aspel & Company1990-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Everyman1991TV Series documentaryHimself - Introduction
1001 Nights of TV1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Omnibus1976-1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Viz: The Documentary1990Video documentaryHimself
Life of Python1990TV Special documentaryHimself / Various Roles
The Movie Life of George1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Around the World in 80 Days1989TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python1989TV SpecialHimself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Wogan1986-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
Comedians Do It on Stage1986TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985-1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentaryHimself (scenes deleted)
Spike1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The London Standard Film Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
What Is Brazil?1985TV Short documentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts1984DocumentaryHimself
Comic Roots1983TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Meaning of Monty Python's Meaning of Life1983TV Short documentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball1982DocumentaryHimself / Various Roles - Special Guest Appearance
OTT1982TV SeriesHimself
Clapper Board1981TV SeriesHimself
Great Railway Journeys of the World1980TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Top of the Pops1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1980TV SeriesHimself
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 19791979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentaryVarious Roles
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pleasure at Her Majesty's1976TV Movie documentaryPet Shop Owner
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report1974TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Midnight Special1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Now!1965TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Living with Parkinson'sTV Movie documentary filming rumored
ITV Lunchtime News2016TV SeriesHimself
Six O'Clock News2016TV SeriesHimself
25th British Academy Cymru Awards2016TV Movie documentary
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Who Is Dervla Murphy? Special Edition2016DocumentaryHimself
The One Show2008-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Go' morgen Danmark2016TV SeriesHimself
Generation '662016TV Movie documentary
Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia2015DocumentaryHimself - Presenter
The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One2015TV MovieHimself
Talking Books: Travel Writer Specials - Michael Palin2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Monty Python
Mel & Sue2015TV SeriesHimself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2014TV MovieHimself
Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule2014TV MovieHimself
Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
50 Years of BBC2 Comedy2014TV Movie documentary
The Graham Norton Show2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Michael Palin in Wyeth's World2013DocumentaryHimself - Presenter
Sir David Frost: That Was the Life That Was2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Writer, 'The Frost Report'
The Meaning of Monty Python2013Video documentaryHimself
David Frost: Hello, Good Evening & Farewell2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Writer, The Frost Report
Writing the Film That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Michael Palin on Writing 'Time Bandits'2013Video shortHimself
The Agenda with Steve Paikin2013TV SeriesHimself
Politics on Track2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Broadcaster
Frost on Sketch Shows2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Skavlan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Just Dandy2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brazil with Michael Palin2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Late Great Eric Sykes2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Liar2012DocumentaryHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Perspectives2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Empire2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Co-Writer, Ripping Yarns
The Secret Policeman's Ball2012TV MovieHimself
The Kid's Speech2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
QI Genesis2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arena2004-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
My Life2011TV Series documentaryHimself
That Sunday Night Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2004-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - President, Royal Geographical Society
Not the Messiah: The Road to the Albert Hall2009Documentary shortHimself
Around the World in 80 Days2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
This Morning2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fawlty Exclusive: Basil's Best Bits2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monty Python in Aberystwyth2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timewatch2008-2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself
Movie Connections2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Around the World in 20 Years2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Man Who Made Eric & Ernie2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timeshift2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Get Up and Go: The Making of 'The Rutles'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Comedy Connections2005-2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Characters
The Seventh Python2008DocumentaryHimself
Sunday AM2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Frost Report Is Back2008TV MovieHimself
New Heroes of Comedy2008TV Series documentaryHimself
New Europe2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Parkinson1982-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tiswas Reunited2007TV SpecialHimself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard & Judy's Christmas Books2006TV MovieHimself
The South Bank Show2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Culture Show2006TV Series documentaryHimself
TV's 50 Greatest Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Victoria Derbyshire2016TV SeriesHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2010-2014TV SeriesSir Galahad the Pure Dennis Peasant 2 ...
Family Guy2013TV Series'It's' Man
The Graham Norton Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Songs: The Pop Years2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Monty Python)
Comedy Connections2007-2008TV Series documentaryMr. P. Forbes
Morir de humor2008TV Movie
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryVarious
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryVarious (uncredited)
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
Hitler: The Comedy Years2007TV Movie documentaryHeinrich Himmler (uncredited)
Room 1012007TV SeriesFlight Attendant
What the Pythons Did Next...2007TV Movie documentaryVarious Characters (uncredited)
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentary
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentary
Timeshift2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Monty Python
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentaryHimself
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Characters
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHimself
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen1999TV Short documentaryHimself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieMr. Jenkins / Tim Allen (uncredited)
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time1994Video GameVarious
Funny Business1992TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialMiles Cowperthwaite (uncredited)
That's the Way the Money Goes1978TV SeriesShopkeeper - Dead Parrot Sketch
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Comedy World1974TV SeriesHimself

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