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Eric Idle



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
15% Absolutely Anything
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut
  • Actor
2011
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World
  • Actor
2011
91% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special
  • Actor
2009
12% Delgo
  • Spig
2008
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Other British Invasion
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Monty Python - Before & After
  • Actor
2008
41% Shrek the Third
  • Merlin
2007
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Nutcracker And The Mouse King
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Eric Idle's Personal Best
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch
  • Producer
  • Dirk McQuickly/Melvin Hall
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
50% Ella Enchanted
  • Narrator The Narrator
2004
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure
  • English Victim
2003
94% Great Performances
  • Actor
2003
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Celebrity
2003
No Score Yet The Scream Team
  • Coffin Ed
2002
31% 102 Dalmatians
  • Waddlesworth
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
36% 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
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
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
  • Actor
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
55% The Transformers - The Movie
  • Actor
1986
39% National Lampoon's European Vacation
  • Bike rider
1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts
  • Actor
1984
22% Yellowbeard
  • Cmdr. Clement
  • Screenwriter
1983
90% 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
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Actor
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet Secret Policeman's Private Parts
  • Actor
1981
96% Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Screenwriter
  • Stan Mr. Cheeky Loretta
1979
90% All You Need Is Cash
  • Dirk McQuickly / Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
  • Director
1978
62% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris
1972
No Score Yet Alice In Wonderland
  • (uncredited)
1966
No Score Yet Mikado
  • Actor
1939

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Performer
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing
  • Guest

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