Michael Palin

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Michael Palin
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Birth name Michael Edward Palin
Born May 5, 1943 in Ranmoore, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Notable Roles Monty Python's Flying Circus: Monty Python member
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 AFI Star Award (with Monty Python)
1 British Comedy Award
Other: 2 BAFTA Film Awards; 1 Evening Standard British Film Award
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Michael Palin is a British actor and writer best known for his work as a member of Monty Python on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Twice a Fortnight Various Characters 1967 1
Do Not Adjust Your Set Various Characters 1967–1969 1 2
Broaden Your Mind Various Characters 1968 1
The Complete and Utter History of Britain Various Characters 1969 1
Monty Python's Flying Circus Various Characters 1969–1974 1 2 3 4
Ripping Yarns Various Characters 1976–1979 1 2
The News Is the News London correspondent 1983 1
Around the World in 80 Days (1989) Host 1989 1
G.B.H. Jim Nelson 1991 1
Pole to Pole Host 1992 1
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act Various Characters 1993 1
Palin's Column Host 1994 1
Full Circle with Michael Palin Host 1997 1
The Human Face Applicant / Peasant 2001 1
Sahara Host 2002 1
Himalaya Host 2004 1
Monty Python's Personal Best Various Characters 2006 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Saturday Night Live Host 3x16 - Michael Palin/Eugene Record April 8, 1978
Saturday Night Live Host 4x10 - Michael Palin/The Doobie Brothers January 27, 1979
Saturday Night Live Host 4x18 - Michael Palin/James Taylor May 12, 1979
The Innes Book of Records Policeman 3x01 - Episode One (Season Three) September 28, 1979
Saturday Night Live Special Guest 5x14 - Paul Simon/James Taylor March 15, 1980
OTT Guest 1x07 - Episode Seven February 13, 1982
Saturday Night Live Special Guest 8x05 - Michael Keaton/The New Joe Jackson Band October 30, 1982
Comic Roots Himself 2x01 - Michael Palin August 12, 1983
Saturday Night Live Host 9x10 - Michael Palin, Mary Palin/The Motels January 21, 1984
Saturday Night Live Special Guest 22x10 - Kevin Spacey/Beck January 11, 1997
Heroes of Comedy Himself 1x09 - The Goons May 7, 1997
Home and Away Surfer 09/10/97 - September 10, 1997 September 10, 1997
Ex-S Himself 8x10 - Palin on Redpath December 15, 1997
Comedy Connections Himself 3x01 - Monty Python's Flying Circus February 21, 2005

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Euroshow 71 Monty Python member May 1, 1971
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus Monty Python member September 8, 1971 Monty Python Specials
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report Monty Python member December 19, 1974 Monty Python Specials
Three Men in a Boat Harris December 31, 1975
Pleasure at Her Majesty's Various characters December 29, 1976 The Secret Policeman's Ball
All You Need Is Cash Eric Manchester March 22, 1978
Spike (1986) Himself April 19, 1986
The Grand Knockout Tournament Himself June 19, 1987
Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Himself June 11, 1988
A Night of Comic Relief 2 Himself March 10, 1989 Comic Relief (UK)
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python Monty Python member November 18, 1989 Monty Python Specials
The Wind in the Willows Rat December 25, 1995
The Willows in Winter Rat December 26, 1996
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen Monty Python member March 21, 1998 Monty Python Specials
The Record Breaker Himself March 12, 1999 Comic Relief (UK)
It's... the Monty Python Story Monty Python member October 9, 1999 Monty Python Specials
Python Night Monty Python member October 9, 1999 Monty Python Specials
Hemingway Adventure Host October 17, 1999
2000 Today Himself December 31, 1999
The Unknown Peter Sellers Himself April 25, 2000
The British Comedy Awards 2001 Himself December 15, 2001 The British Comedy Awards
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill - A Live Tribute Himself October 5, 2002
The Grierson Documentary Awards 2002 Presenter November 13, 2002 The Grierson Documentary Awards
The British Comedy Awards 2002 Himself December 14, 2002 The British Comedy Awards
Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute Himself December 27, 2002 A BAFTA Tribute
Concert for George Himself October 3, 2003
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute Himself February 7, 2004 A BAFTA Tribute
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches Himself April 3, 2005
What Did ITV Do for Me? Himself September 20, 2005
The 50 Greatest Documentaries Himself October 9, 2005

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Wogan April 23, 1986
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson December 4, 1986
Aspel & Company April 21, 1990
Aspel & Company March 23, 1991
Late Night with David Letterman April 1, 1993
Sunday Night Clive February 27, 1994
The Frank Skinner Show January 30, 1997
TFI Friday February 21, 1997
Mundo VIP May 31, 1997
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 818 September 11, 1997
Clive Anderson All Talk October 2, 1997
Fantasy World Cup June 28, 1998
Clive Anderson All Talk October 7, 1999
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1256 April 25, 2000
This Is Your Life Bill Oddie January 31, 2002
Parkinson September 28, 2002
V Graham Norton December 24, 2002
The Fat February 7, 2003
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1727 April 2, 2003
Parkinson November 1, 2003
Parkinson September 25, 2004
Richard & Judy September 28, 2004
Breakfast September 29, 2004
Rove Live November 16, 2004
Good Morning Australia November 23, 2004
The Late Late Show (Ireland) December 3, 2004
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 2072 June 7, 2005
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross June 24, 2005
The South Bank Show Eric Sykes September 18, 2005

Writer

Staff Writer

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Frost Report 1966-1967 1 2
The Late Show (UK) 1966-1967 1
A Series of Bird's 1967 1
Twice a Fortnight 1967 1
Do Not Adjust Your Set 1967-1969 1 2
Marty 1968-1969 1 2
Broaden Your Mind 1968-1969 1 2
The Complete and Utter History of Britain 1969 1
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969-1974 1 2 3 4
Ripping Yarns 1976-1979 1 2
Around the World in 80 Days 1989 1
Pole to Pole 1992 1
Full Circle with Michael Palin 1997 1
Sahara 2002 1
Himalaya 2004 1

Episode Writer

Series Episode Airdate
Horne A'plenty 1x02 - Episode Two June 29, 1968
Black and Blue 1x01 - Secrets August 14, 1973
Comic Roots 2x01 - Michael Palin August 12, 1983

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Written

Title Airdate Series/Banner
Marty Amok March 30, 1970
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus September 8, 1971 Monty Python
Secrets August 14, 1973 Black and Blue
East of Ipswich February 1, 1987
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python' November 18, 1989 Monty Python
It's... the Monty Python Story October 9, 1999 Monty Python
Hemingway Adventure October 17, 1999

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

BAFTA TV Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actor (1991)
G.B.H.

American Film Institute

Honoring "the talents of those who have made a significant impact and have had an enduring influence on the television and motion picture industries."

Other Awards

  • BAFTA Film Awards
    • Nominated: Best Original Song (1983) - "Every Sperm Is Sacred," The Meaning of Life
    • Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1988) - A Fish Called Wanda
    • Won: Special Award (2005)
  • Writer's Guild of Great Britain Film Awards
    • Won: Film - Screenplay (1991) - American Friends
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards, USA
    • Nominated: Best Writing (1981) - Time Bandits
  • British Comedy Awards, UK
    • Won: Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
  • DVD Exclusive Awards, USA
    • Nominated: Best Audio Commentary (2000) - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Evening Standard British Film Awards, UK
    • Won: Peter Sellers Award for Comedy (1986)

Trivia