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Michael Edward Palin, CBE FRGS (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. Palin wrote most of his comedic material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as 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", "The Lumberjack Song", and "The Spanish Inquisition". Palin continued to work with Jones after 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, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer and travel documentarian. His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and, most recently, Eastern Europe. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television.


2018Michael Palin: A Life on Screen
2017The Death of Stalin as Vyacheslav Molotov
2015Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia as Himself
2015Absolutely Anything as Kindly Alien (voice)
2014Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace as Himself
2014Monty Python: The Meaning of Live as Himself
2014Monty Python Live (Mostly) as Himself, others
2013The Meaning of Monty Python as Himself
2013The Wipers Times as General Mitford
2012Anatomy of a Liar as Himself
2012A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman as Various (voice)
2012The Secret Policeman's Ball as Himself
2011Arthur Christmas as Ernie Clicker (voice)
2010Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) as Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis
2009The last day of WWI as Narrador
2008The Last Day of World War One as Presenter
2008The Seventh Python as Himself
2008Marty Feldman : Six Degrees of Separation
2008Monty Python Conquers America as Himself
2007Robbie the Reindeer - Close Encounters of the Herd Kind as Gariiiiiii (voice)
2006Monty Python's Flying Circus - Graham Chapman's Personal Best as Various
2005The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset
2005Michael Palin & the Mystery of Hammershøi as Host
2004Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? as Himself
2004Best Sellers: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove as Interviewee
2004The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volume 1
2004The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volume 2
2004The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volume 3
2001The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations as Himself
2001Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO
2000Before the Flying Circus as Himself
1999Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Sketches
1999Monty Python: Pythonland
1999Monty Python: Spam to Sperm
1999The Monty Python Story
1997The Willows in Winter as Rat
1997Fierce Creatures as Adrian 'Bugsy' Malone
1996The Wind in the Willows as The Sun
1995The Wind in the Willows as Rat
1993Tracey Ullman: A Class Act as Various
1991American Friends as Rev. Francis Ashby
1989Monty Python: Parrot Sketch Not Included as Himself
1989The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball as Himself
1988A Fish Called Wanda as Ken Pile
1987The Grand Knockout Tournament as Himself
1985Brazil as Jack Lint
1985What Is Brazil? as Himself
1984A Private Function as Gilbert Chilvers
1983The Meaning of Life as Diverse Rollen
1983The Crimson Permanent Assurance as Workman
1982The Missionary as The Reverend Charles Fortescue
1982The Secret Policeman's Other Ball as Himself - Various Roles
1982Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl as Various Roles
1981Time Bandits as Vincent
1981The Box as (voice)
1979The Secret Policeman's Ball as Various Roles
1979Roger of the Raj
1979Golden Gordon
1979Whinfrey's Last Case
1979Life of Brian as Wise Man #3
1979The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979 as Himself
1978The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash as Eric Manchester
1977The Curse of the Claw
1977Across the Andes by Frog
1977Murder at Moorstones Manor
1977Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B
1977The Testing of Eric Olthwaite
1977Jabberwocky as Dennis Cooper
1976Pleasure at Her Majesty's as Himself
1975Three Men in a Boat as Harris
1975Monty Python and the Holy Grail as First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King of Swamp Castle / Brother Maynard's Brother / Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!
1974Guinness for You A Round of Bass Henry Cleans Up as Henry
1971And Now for Something Completely Different as Gumby / Man with tape recorder / Phrasebook Author / Arthur Pewtey / Second self - defence student / Second Tenant / Lost His Wallet / Shrill Petrol Announcer / Milkman / Ernest Scribbler / Pet shop employee / Lumberjack / Headwaiter Gilberto / Herbert Anchovy / Blackmail Presenter / Gervais Brookhamster / Town Guild Lady
1971Euroshow 71 as Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
1971Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus as Various Roles
1969How to Irritate People as Various

Other Roles

2014Monty Python Live (Mostly) - Writer
1991American Friends - Writer
1989Monty Python: Parrot Sketch Not Included - Writer
1983The Meaning of Life - Screenplay
1982The Missionary - Writer
1982Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Writer
1981Time Bandits - Writer
1981The Box - Screenplay
1979Life of Brian - Screenplay
1977Across the Andes by Frog - Writer
1977Murder at Moorstones Manor - Writer
1977Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B - Writer
1977The Testing of Eric Olthwaite - Writer
1975Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Writer
1974Guinness for You A Round of Bass Henry Cleans Up - Writer
1973Secrets - Writer
1971And Now for Something Completely Different - Screenplay

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