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Michael Palin



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.

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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 The Wipers Times
  • General Mitford
2013
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
  • Actor
2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Ernie Clicker
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
94% Great Performances
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Beauty
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Hemingway Adventure
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
1998
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 Irish Railway Journey: Derry to Kerry
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Great Railway Journeys - Derry to Kerry
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Pole to Pole - Collector's Edition
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet American Friends
  • Reverend Francis Ashby
  • Screenwriter
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
100% A Private Function
  • Gilbert Chilvers
1985
98% Brazil
  • Jack Lint
1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts
  • Actor
1984
90% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • Screenwriter
  • Window Washer/Harry/Fish #5/Mr. Pycroft/Dad/Chaplain/Carter
1983
No Score Yet The Missionary
  • Reverend Charles Fortescue Rev. Charles Fortescue
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Argument customer Various roles
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
  • Actor
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Screenwriter
  • Vincent
1981
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Secret Policeman's Private Parts
  • Actor
1981
96% Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Wise Man Pontius Pilate Francis Big Nose
  • Screenwriter
1979
90% All You Need Is Cash
  • Eric Manchester
1978
62% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Lost His Wallet
1972
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days
  • Actor
No Score Yet Michael Palin: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Brazil with Michael Palin
2012
  • Host
No Score Yet Remember Me
2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Guest

Quotes from Michael Palin's Characters