Eric Idle

Highest Rated: 100% All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Birthday: Mar 29, 1943
Birthplace: South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
The "matinee idol" of the motley Monty Python crew, Eric Idle attended Cambridge University, where he served as president of the Footlights Revue. Idle's fellow college troupers included future Pythonites John Cleese and Graham Chapman. After getting his start on such TV series as Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report, Idle served as performer and co-writer for the zany weekly series Monty Python's Flying Circus. He remained a loyal Python throughout the group's many film, TV-special and book projects. On his own, Idle has co-starred in such films as The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), Nuns on the Run (1990), Mom and Dad Save the World (1992), and Casper (1995). One of his best screen showings was his sidesplitting bit as an accident-prone cyclist in National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985). Among Idle's contributions to American television was his star turn as snobbish ghost Grant Pritchard in the 1989 comedy/fantasy series Nearly Departed. He starred in the 1990 farce Nuns on the Run, and three years later wrote and starred in the comedy Splitting Heirs. He continued to appear in various projects, often lending his voice to animated works like Quest for Camelot, The Secret of NIMH II, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. He directed a second Rutles movie in 2003, and that same year appeared in the documentary about the tribute concert performed after George Harrison's death. He narrated Ella Enchanted in 2004, but the next year he would have one of the biggest successes of his career when he masterminded Spamalot, a smash-hit Broadway musical that reworked Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He appeared in the documentary The Aristocrats, and voiced Merlin in Shrek the Third. In 2011 he was one of the many pepole who discussed his relationship with George Harrison in Martin Scorsese's documentary about the former Beatle.


Highest Rated Movies



96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Actor 2018
18% Absolutely Anything Salubrious Gat $0.7M 2017
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly) Actor $1.2M 2014
No Score Yet Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut Actor 2011
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World Actor 2011
92% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? Actor $30.3K 2010
No Score Yet Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) Screenwriter Actor 2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Actor 2009
12% Delgo Spig $0.6M 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python - Before & After Actor 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Other British Invasion Actor 2008
41% Shrek the Third Merlin $320.8M 2007
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Nutcracker And The Mouse King Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Director Screenwriter Dirk McQuickly/Melvin Hall Producer 2004
50% Ella Enchanted Narrator The Narrator $22.9M 2004
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure English Victim 2003
95% Great Performances Actor $70.5K 2003
No Score Yet Concert for George Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Scream Team Coffin Ed 2002
31% 102 Dalmatians Waddlesworth $65.5M 2000
No Score Yet Brightness Actor 2000
16% Dudley Do-Right Prospector 1999
81% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Dr. Vosknocker 1999
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Martin 1998
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Slyly the Fox 1998
35% Quest For Camelot Devon 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Alan Smithee 1998
75% The Wind in the Willows Rat 1996
44% Casper Dibs 1995
8% Splitting Heirs Tommy Patel Tommy Screenwriter Executive Producer 1993
9% Mom and Dad Save the World Raff 1992
20% Too Much Sun Yacht Captain 1991
No Score Yet Missing Pieces Wendel Dickens 1991
47% Nuns on the Run Screenwriter Brian Hope/Flight Attendant #1 1990
No Score Yet Life of Python Actor 1990
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days Passepartout 1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Berthold 1989
No Score Yet Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included Actor 1989
No Score Yet Mikado Ko-Ko 1987
58% The Transformers - The Movie Actor 1986
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation Bike rider 1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Actor 1984
22% Yellowbeard Screenwriter Cmdr. Clement 1983
85% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Screenwriter Gunther/Fish #3/Mr. Moore/Mrs. Blackitt/Watson/Blackitt 1983
No Score Yet Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Yorkshireman #1 Various roles Screenwriter 1982
89% Time Bandits Screenwriter 1981
95% Monty Python's Life of Brian Mr. Cheeky Loretta Stan Screenwriter 1979
100% All You Need Is Cash Director Dirk McQuickly / Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr. 1978
50% Jabberwocky Actor 1977
97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screenwriter Sir Robin, Concorde, Guard, Maynard, Roger 1975
90% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Alice In Wonderland (uncredited) 1966


No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
Guest Performer
  • 2019
  • 2012
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2018
No Score Yet Conan
  • 2016
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2015
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2014
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
  • 2012
85% The Simpsons
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2005
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
  • 2003
94% Frasier
  • 1996
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
  • 1981
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest Appearing
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
100% Monty Python's Flying Circus
Performer Director Screenwriter