Michael Palin

Highest Rated: 100% The Missionary (1982)
Birthday: May 5, 1943
Birthplace: Broomhill, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
British actor/satirist Michael Palin first demonstrated his writing and performing skills at Oxford University's Experimental Theatre Club. Almost immediately upon graduation, Palin was snatched up by the BBC, which made excellent use of his scathing wit and thespic versatility in such series as Twice a Fortnight and The Complete and Utter History of Britain. A relative latecomer to the fabled Monty Python troupe, Palin made up for lost time, writing and performing in the group's long-running TV series and in such big-screen projects as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Life of Brian (1978); he also wrote much of the musical score for Monty Python's the Meaning of Life (1983). To date, Palin and Cleese have been the two ex-Pythonites most active as solo performers. Palin was hilarious as the green-as-grass Reverend Charles Fort, ministering to "fallen women" ("Women who've tripped?") in The Missionary (1982) and as stuttering doofus Ken in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), winning a British Film Association award for the latter performance. Palin remained active in television into the 1990s with cheeky projects like Ripping Yarns (1976), Do Not Adjust Your Set (1977-79) and Palin's Column (1994). An inveterate globetrotter, Michael Palin channelled his wanderlust into several tongue-in-cheek TV miniseries, beginning with Around the World in 80 Days (1989). Palin mostly retired from acting after appearing in the Fish Called Wanda "sequel" Fierce Creatures in 1997, and has mainly focused on his travel documentaries in recent years.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Final Ascent Actor 2019
No Score Yet An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
96% The Death of Stalin Vyacheslav Molotov 2018
18% Absolutely Anything Kindly Alien $0.7M 2017
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly) Actor $1.2M 2014
88% The Wipers Times General Mitford 2013
43% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Actor 2012
92% Arthur Christmas Ernie Clicker $46.5M 2011
No Score Yet Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut Actor 2011
No Score Yet Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) Actor 2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Actor 2009
No Score Yet Michael Palin: Hemingway Adventure (1999) with Great Railway Journeys Actor 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python - Before & After Actor 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Other British Invasion Actor 2008
No Score Yet Michael Palin's Personal Best Actor 2005
95% Great Performances Actor $70.5K 2003
No Score Yet Concert for George Actor 2003
No Score Yet Beauty Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hemingway Adventure Actor 2000
No Score Yet Full Circle With Michael Palin Actor 1998
53% Fierce Creatures Bugsy Malone 1997
No Score Yet The Willows in Winter Actor 1996
75% The Wind in the Willows The Sun 1996
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Rat 1995
No Score Yet American Friends Screenwriter Reverend Francis Ashby 1991
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Actor 1991
No Score Yet Life of Python Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball Actor 1989
No Score Yet Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included Actor 1989
93% A Fish Called Wanda Ken 1988
No Score Yet Branchline Railway Introduction 1988
88% A Private Function Gilbert Chilvers 1985
98% Brazil Jack Lint 1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Actor 1984
85% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Window Washer/Harry/Fish #5/Mr. Pycroft/Dad/Chaplain/Carter Screenwriter 1983
100% The Missionary Rev. Charles Fortescue Reverend Charles Fortescue Producer Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Argument customer Various roles Screenwriter 1982
89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor 1982
89% Time Bandits Vincent Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 1981
95% Monty Python's Life of Brian Wise Man Pontius Pilate Francis Big Nose Screenwriter 1979
100% All You Need Is Cash Eric Manchester 1978
50% Jabberwocky Dennis Cooper 1977
No Score Yet Pleasure at Her Majesty's (Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe) Actor 1976
97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screenwriter 1st Soldier with a Keen Interest in Birds 1975
90% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different Lost His Wallet Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Michael Palin: A Life in Pictures Actor


100% Michael Palin in North Korea
  • 2018
No Score Yet Remember Me
Tom Parfitt
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1984
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Brazil with Michael Palin
No Score Yet GBH
Jim Nelson
100% Monty Python's Flying Circus
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