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Birth information

5 May 1943 Ranmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK

Given Name

Michael Edward Palin

How tall is Michael Palin?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Helen Gibbins

Life Story of Michael Palin

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976. In 1980, Palin co-wrote Time Bandits with Terry Gilliam. He also acted in the film. In 1984, he reunited with Terry Gilliam to appear in Brazil. He appeared in the comedy film A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Significant features of Michael Palin

Frequently the most abused, ill-fated characters in a given Monty Python sketch or film
Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness
Famous as a world traveler and star of numerous travelogue documentaries.
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How much money has Michael Palin earned?

Jabberwocky (1977) £6,000

Publications and Magazines about Michael Palin

Michael Palin Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988. 2011

What movies did Michael Palin play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Benjamin Huntsman (1992) , The Missionary (1982) ,
Actors Filmography
Vanity Fair (2018) William Makepeace Thackeray, The Death of Stalin (2017) Vyacheslav Molotov, Clangers (2016) Narrator, Absolutely Anything (2015) Kindly Alien, Remember Me (2014) Tom Parfitt, Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014) Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / ..., The Wipers Times (2013) General Mitford, A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / ..., The...

Birth information

5 May 1943 Ranmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK

Given Name

Michael Edward Palin

How tall is Michael Palin?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Helen Gibbins

Life Story of Michael Palin

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976. In 1980, Palin co-wrote Time Bandits with Terry Gilliam. He also acted in the film. In 1984, he reunited with Terry Gilliam to appear in Brazil. He appeared in the comedy film A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Significant features of Michael Palin

Frequently the most abused, ill-fated characters in a given Monty Python sketch or film
Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness
Famous as a world traveler and star of numerous travelogue documentaries.
...

How much money has Michael Palin earned?

Jabberwocky (1977) £6,000

Publications and Magazines about Michael Palin

Michael Palin Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988. 2011

What movies did Michael Palin play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Benjamin Huntsman (1992) , The Missionary (1982) ,
Actors Filmography
Vanity Fair (2018) William Makepeace Thackeray, The Death of Stalin (2017) Vyacheslav Molotov, Clangers (2016) Narrator, Absolutely Anything (2015) Kindly Alien, Remember Me (2014) Tom Parfitt, Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014) Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / ..., The Wipers Times (2013) General Mitford, A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / ..., The...

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He is a graduate of Oxford with a degree in History.

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Member of Monty Python's Flying Circus along with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

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John Cleese, Carey Lowell, and Michael Palin in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

Children: Thomas (b. 1969), William (b. 1971) and Rachel (b. 1975)

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Left the Reform Club in London on September 25 1988 for a journey Around the World in 80 Days (1989), accompanied by a BBC TV team.

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John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Ronnie Corbett in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

Attended Brasenose College, Oxford University.

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Michael Palin and Ronnie Corbett in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

Whilst filming Full Circle with Michael Palin (1997), Palin helped to hatch a baby crocodile and asked the crew to get a shot of himself with a crocodile in his hand.

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He is an old boy of the ultra-exclusive and expensive English public school, Shrewsbury School. The section of Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983) set in the school of "Sudbury" is a reference to his time there.

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Michael Palin and Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

His father had a rather serious stutter. This came in handy when he played Ken (the stuttering thief) in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

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Michael Palin and Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

In a quest for a "Peter Jonesy sort of voice", the casting crew for the original radio series, "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" approached Palin to play the part of The Book (he turned the part down). The part was eventually given to the very "Peter Jonesy" Peter Jones.

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Michael Palin in Der Missionar (1982)

The Pythons had little idea how fanatical their American audience had become until they performed the live Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) live shows that were soon immortalized. According to Carol Cleveland, as the group were exiting backstage one night, a 20-something girl ran up to Palin, screamed "Oh, Michael!", and promptly fainted in his arms. Palin had to pass the girl to others to help, as he was literally shocked into speechlessness.

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Michael Palin in Der Missionar (1982)

His wide travels are so well known that he now has his own travel website called "Palin's Travels.".

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Michael Palin in Der Missionar (1982)

In addition to attending the exclusive Shrewsbury School, and later, the University of Oxford; as a lad, he also attended Birkdale School in Sheffield.

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Michael Palin and Tricia George in Der Missionar (1982)

Was born the son of an engineer in the industrial city of Sheffield, and remains a supporter of Sheffield United Football Club.

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Michael Palin in Der Missionar (1982)

After Sarah Palin's nomination for John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential elections got announced, someone made a YouTube video saying that the wrong Palin got chosen. It proposed Michael Palin, jokingly using clips of him from movies and skits as evidence that he was right for the nomination.

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Michael Palin and Tricia George in Der Missionar (1982)

London, England: Publication of his memoir 'Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988' [August 2011]

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Michael Palin in Der Missionar (1982)

Wrote and acted for Oxford's equivalent of the Cambridge Footlights.

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Credits fellow Python Terry Gilliam with getting him to quit smoking. Gilliam had been having dinner with Palin and his wife Helen at the Palins' home one evening in April 1969. Afterwards, Michael discovered he had run out of cigarettes and became increasingly panicky when he failed to find coins for the cigarette slot machine up the road anywhere. Gilliam, half joking, half worried, called Michael an addict, resulting in Michael denying himself a cigarette and never buying a pack again.

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While at Birkdale School he did improvisational shows.

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Eric Idle, Michael Palin, etc.

He and Terry Jones contributed to The Frost Report where they met John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Eric Idle.

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In 1965 a friend of a friend asked him to audition for a television pop show as a presenter which resulted in him being on 'Now' doing comedy sketches.

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John Cleese and Michael Palin in Monty Python's wunderbare Welt der Schwerkraft (1971)

He entered Oxford in 1962 and in '64 was a member of Oxford Review company with Terry Jones at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were seen by David Frost.

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Michael Palin and Jerold Wells in Monty Python's Jabberwocky (1977)

His father was an export manager for a Sheffield steel company.

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Michael Palin in Monty Python's Jabberwocky (1977)

In most Monty Python sketches he's often unable to fully keep a straight face.

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Michael Palin and Annette Badland in Monty Python's Jabberwocky (1977)

Has a sister, Angela.

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Michael Palin in Monty Python's Jabberwocky (1977)

He was awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 2019 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to travel, culture and geography. He is an actor, writer and television presenter.

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Michael Palin, Deborah Fallender, Derek Francis, etc.

Out of the Pythons he was the one who found it the most difficult to keep a straight face during sketches.

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Eric Idle and Michael Palin in Der Sinn des Lebens (1983)

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