Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Highest Rated: 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Lowest Rated: 8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1997)

Birthday: Mar 29, 1943

Birthplace: South Shields, England, UK

Eric Idle was born on March 29, 1943 in South Shields, County Durham, England. After a childhood spent in boarding school, Idle enrolled in Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1965, where he began his love affair with performance by way of the renowned Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. Through the program, Idle met John Cleese and Graham Chapman, with whom he'd eventually go on to form the comedy troupe Monty Python. Idle met further future fellow Python members Terry Jones and Michael Palin while working on the comedy television series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (ITV 1967-69) while still enrolled in college. Upon his graduation in '69, Idle and the others, along with Terry Gilliam, formed Monty Python, taking form early on with the sketch series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC One/BBC Two 1969-1974). Despite the success of the program, the team opted at the point of the show's termination to pursue individual projects; Idle experimented first with a radio show, "Radio Five" (BBC Radio One 1973-74), and then with a new sketch show, "Rutland Weekend Television" (BBC Two 1975-76), which spawned his best-known project outside Monty Python, "All You Need Is Cash" (NBC 1978), a satirical film based on the career of The Beatles that Idle wrote and starred in as both the narrator and Paul McCartney stand-in Dirk McQuickly, with songs by longtime collaborator Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band, whom he first met on "Do Not Adjust Your Set." These aspirations notwithstanding, Monty Python did reunite for feature films like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Life of Brian" (1979) and "The Meaning of Life" (1983). Going forward, Idle appeared in movies like "The Transformers: The Movie" (1986), the Gilliam-directed "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1986), "Casper" (1995), "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" (1997), and "Ella Enchanted" (2004). In 2005, Idle adapted "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as a Broadway musical called "Spamalot," originally directed by Mike Nichols.


Highest Rated Movies



18% 31% Absolutely Anything Extraterrestrial (Voice) - 2015
77% 63% The Boxtrolls Original Song $50.8M 2014
No Score Yet 77% Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy Writer - 2010
No Score Yet 87% Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Unknown (Character) - 2009
11% 27% Delgo Spig (Voice) $511.9K 2008
42% 52% Shrek the Third Merlin (Voice) $320.7M 2007
50% 57% Ella Enchanted Narrator $22.9M 2004
30% 27% Hollywood Homicide Celebrity (Character) $30M 2003
No Score Yet 12% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure English Victim (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 35% The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Narrator/Dirk McQuickly/Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler (Character),
- 2002
No Score Yet 57% The Scream Team Coffin Ed (Character) - 2002
31% 32% 102 Dalmatians Waddlesworth (Voice) $66.9M 2000
16% 24% Dudley Do-Right Prospector Kim Jay Darling (Character) $9.8M 1999
80% 88% South Park: The Movie Dr. Vosknocker (Voice) $52M 1999
45% 59% Quest for Camelot Devon (Voice) $22.7M 1998
No Score Yet 24% The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Evil Martin (Voice) - 1998
40% 58% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Slyly the Fox (Voice) $106.3K 1998
8% 15% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Alan Smithee (Character) $43.9K 1997
75% 61% The Wind in the Willows Rat (Character) $72.8K 1996
50% 49% Casper Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker (Character) $100.3M 1995
8% 37% Splitting Heirs Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel (Character) $3M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Pieces Wendel (Character) - 1992
9% 43% Mom and Dad Save the World King Raff (Character) $1.8M 1992
17% 31% Too Much Sun Sonny (Character) $44.5K 1991
45% 53% Nuns on the Run Brian Hope/Flight Attendant 1 (Character) $9.7M 1990
92% 82% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Desmond/Berthold (Character),
Original Music
$8.6M 1989
63% 88% The Transformers: The Movie Wreck-Gar (Voice) $5.5M 1986
34% 49% National Lampoon's European Vacation The Bike Rider (Character) - 1985
22% 64% Yellowbeard Commander Clement (Character) - 1983
85% 83% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Fish #3 / Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Atkison / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in pink / Noel Coward / Gaston / Angela (Character),
Original Music
- 1983
No Score Yet 92% Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Unknown (Character),
- 1982
95% 93% Life of Brian Wiseguy/Stan (Loretta)/Harry the Haggler/Culprit Woman/Warris/Intensely Dull Youth/Jailer's Assistant/ Otto/ Lead Singer Crucifee (Character),
Original Music
$150.2K 1979
91% 82% All You Need Is Cash Dirk McQuickly/The Narrator/Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr. (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rutles Dirk McQuickly/The Narrator/Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr. (Character),
- 1978
97% 95% Monty Python and the Holy Grail Dead Collector/Mr Blint/Sir Robin/The Guard Who Doesn't Hiccough but Tries to Get Things Straight/Concorde/Roger the Shrubber/Brother Maynard (Character),
$1.8M 1975
88% 87% And Now for Something Completely Different Prosecutor/Marriage Counselor (Character),
- 1972


No Score Yet No Score Yet Daytime Jeopardy Contestant 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2019 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA Day Guest 2018
No Score Yet 39% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside Comedy Unknown (Character) 2014
85% 76% The Simpsons Declan Desmond (Guest Voice) 2012 2007 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Connections Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2005 2003 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Susan Ian Maxtone-Graham (Character) 1999-2000
93% 95% Frasier Chuck (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1976-1979
100% 93% Monty Python's Flying Circus Unknown (Character),
1972-1974 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do Not Adjust Your Set Unknown (Character) 1967-1968


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