Michael Palin Net Worth

Between sharing a good laugh and being wildly popular and successful, comedians have a way with audiences and people. Michael Palin is no exception. One of the most renowned comedians of our time, Michael Palin has written a ton of jokes and earned a lot of money. How much? Read more and find out. But first, a bit more on the personal side. Michael Palin was born on a special day May 5, 1943 in the beautiful unknown. This comedians’ family is made up of Mary Rachel Lockhart, Edward Moreton Palin Angela Palin. Education in University of Oxford allowed this individual to grow and find passion in comedy. Branching out and developing into Comedian, this 5′ 10½” (1.79 m) comedian has done lots of projects that have put smiles up on our faces. Audiences and co-workers have also put nicknames of unknown on Michael Palin. In terms of net worth, Michael Palin has an estimated net worth of $25 Million.

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Michael Palin was the second child of Mary Rachel Lockhart and Edward Moreton Palin, an engineer who worked for a steel firm. Palin went to Birkdale Preparatory School, Sheffield, and then switched to the Shrewsbury School, and had various roles in the school productions of Shakespeare plays. He then went to Brasenose College of Oxford University, graduating in 1965 with a BA degree in history, but where he took part in various theatrical productions including with The Oxford Revue, and met Terry Jones, a future ‘Python’ colleague with whom he began writingwhile in 1967, Michael appeared in two episodes of “A Series of Bird’s”.

From 1967 to 1969, Palin played alongside Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, and David Jason in 21 episodes of “Do Not Adjust Your Set”, while from 1969 to 1974, he was a part of one of the best-rated comedy television series ever, entitled “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. Palin played in all 46 episodes with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Jones, with Terry Gilliam as illustrator, and many other actors. His part in the worldwide popular show increased his net worth significantly, and helped him to secure notable roles in the future.

In the early ‘70s, Palin starred in Ian MacNaughton’s comedy “And Now for Something Completely Different” (1971), an anthology of the best sketches from the first two seasons of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. In 1972, Michael appeared in “Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus”, while in 1975, he co-starred in Terry Gilliam’s and Terry Jones’ “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, a story focused on King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. and which proved very popular not only in the ‘70s, but it is still popular today. Also in 1975, Palin played alongside Tim Curry in Stephen Frears’ comedy “Three Men in a Boat”, while from 1976 to 1979, he starred in nine episodes of the TV series “Ripping Yarns”.

Palin had a lead part in Terry Gilliam’s “Jabberwocky” (1977), and a year later, he appeared in “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash” (1978). Michael ended the ‘70s in Terry Jones’ “Life of Brian” (1979) with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle, among others – the parody about Jesus Christ wasn’t very popular in the US, but it earned more than $36 million worldwide, additionally improving Palin’s wealth. Michael continued to play in the movies, and he had a part and wrote the script for “Time Bandits” (1981) with Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall and John Cleese. In 1982, he wrote and starred alongside Maggie Smith as the Rev. Charles Fortesque in Richard Loncraine’s comedy “The Missionary”. The next year, Palin played in a BAFTA-nominated movie “The Meaning of Life” (1983), another Python collaboration, while in 1984, he teamed up with Maggie Smith again in a BAFTA-winning “A Private Function”.

In 1985, Palin had a part in the Oscar Award-nominated “Brazil” with Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist and Robert De Niro, while in 1988 he won the BAFTA for a supporting role in the Oscar -winning Charles Crichton’s “A Fish Called Wanda” starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. In the early ‘90s, Michael appeared in seven episodes of the series “G.B.H.” (1991) and later played alongside Steve Coogan, Eric Idle and Terry Jones in “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” (1996).

After his part in the comedy “Fierce Creatures” (1997) with John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Palin took a break from acting and focused on writing instead. He wrote numerous travel books – some based on TV documentaries such as “Around the World in Eighty Days”(1989) and “Pole to Pole” in 1992 – children books, diaries, and contributed to “The Pythons Autobiography” in 2003. Michael then returned to acting and starred in the mini-series “Remember Me” (2014), while his most recent work was as a narrator in the animation show entitled “Clangers” (2015-2016). At the moment, Palin is filming “The Death of Stalin” and will play Vyacheslav Molotov. The movie will be released in October this year.

Regarding his personal life, Michael Palin has been married to Helen Gibbins since 1966, and has three children with her.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Michael Palin
  • Net Worth: $25 Million
  • Date Of Birth: May 5, 1943
  • Place Of Birth: Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Height: 5′ 10½” (1.79 m)
  • Profession: Comedian
  • Education: University of Oxford
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Helen Gibbins
  • Children: Rachel Palin, William Palin, Thomas Palin
  • Parents: Mary Rachel Lockhart, Edward Moreton Palin
  • Siblings: Angela Palin
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themichaelpalinpage
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001589/
  • Awards: BAFTA Fellowship, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Patron’s Gold Medal, The British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Music Groups: Monty Python
  • Nominations: Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Best Original Song Written for a Film, DVD Premier Award for Best Audio Commentary, New Release
  • Movies: Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, A Fish Called Wanda, And Now for Something Completely Different, A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Time Bandits, The Missionary, Jabberwocky, Brazil, A Private…
  • TV Shows: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Sahara with Michael Palin, Pole to Pole, Brazil with Michael Palin, Himalaya with Michael Palin, Michael Palin’s New Europe, Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure, Full Circle with Michael Palin, Clangers, Ripping Yarns, G.B.H.,…

Quotes

  • I’m a Wallander (2008) fan. Another favourite is Mad Men (2007) and, on radio, almost anything on BBC 6 Music, which takes me out of my musical comfort zone.
  • [on the different kinds of fans he meets] One are the people who know me from Python, and want a bit of a laugh, especially if they’ve had a drink or two. A lot of the others now are people who’ve seen me traveling, and they’re slightly more sober, and they’re just interested in travel, where I’ve been, all that sort of thing. And the third lot are the people who’ve seen Ripping Yarns, who, like George Harrison, I revere.
  • [Explaining how Terry Gilliam, unlike himself, has carved out a film career] Gilliam is a battler. He’s like some sort of samurai warrior; wherever he goes, there are corpses.
  • Being feted in Hollywood is quite irresistible. They are very warm and very generous. But as soon as the takings go down and you have a bad third week, the calls aren’t returned.
  • [on Robin Williams] He could do it all, he could do absolutely everything, and he could do everybody.
  • [on the thought of performing with Robin Williams] It would have been like being invited to play in a jazz band when you couldn’t play an instrument.
  • [on the death of Robin Williams] His ear for mimicry was superb and he could do parody brilliantly. I can imagine that having that ability is a bit like being possessed – the devil of comedy is in you and it must have been hard to live with.
  • Fame really is a trap. When I start complaining about this, [my wife] Helen quite rightly says: ‘Well, here’s an idea: don’t make another 10-part television series.’ But fame would cut anybody off from the kind of things that I like to do, [such as] observing the world. Learning about trains. Discovering new music. You also find yourself bearing other people’s expectations. I don’t want to bear anybody’s expectations. I just want to do… what I can do. And to be judged on that. All of this comes back to what Ernest Hemingway said: ‘Don’t talk about writing; just write.’ And I sometimes tend to think: ‘Don’t talk about living; just live.’
  • When I read profiles of myself I sometimes think: I have spent my whole life struggling to understand my motivations and impulses, and I’ve never quite sorted them out. To be absolutely frank with you, I’m still not sure I understand them. Then these people wander in, and suddenly they’ve cracked it in half-an-hour. I always assumed that, with age, I would understand myself better. Unfortunately, it’s proving to be quite the opposite. I’m no closer to defining what it is that I really am than I ever was – other than somebody who is intensely curious about life.
  • I loved Spike Milligan, yet I never realised, until I got to know him, that this person, who made me so happy, was desperate, and that writing the comedy I adored was tearing his life apart. When I interviewed him for Comic Roots (1982), I asked him what it felt like to work on The Goon Show (1968). He said, ‘It was like one good summer.'” What a moving phrase that is. ‘One good summer’. Something fleeting, that you can never recapture. That sense of: was it all just a dream? I think it was extremely perceptive of Spike to say that.
  • People look for patterns in everything. It’s what keeps us sane, I suppose. I struggle to see any patterns in my life. I think I can understand depression a bit because of my sister. My own feelings of … I’m aware that, if you feel down, it can be strangely unrelated to circumstances around you. That’s just the way life is.
  • [Michael’s sister Angela] so much wanted to act. She never got big parts; it didn’t really work out for her. But I think she had depression going way back. She was gifted, intelligent and very funny. But for some reason she just couldn’t value herself enough.
  • No, I don’t think [my father] quite… got Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969). Also, he was developing Parkinson’s and the medication was giving him hallucinations. Graham Chapman was a medical man, as you know. He was fascinated by the fact that my father was seeing hamsters running up his trouser leg. In fact, my mother would have to retrieve them and put them in a bag … I was grateful then that we could laugh, and Graham found it extraordinary that it was so surreal and Pythonic. My mother, bless her, defended Python. I don’t know how much she understood it.
  • We did enjoy writing sketches about Marcel Proust. And we were actually trying to debunk that sort of elitism. But you do have to know about something, in order to debunk it. Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969) has suffered from very high praise. There were some things that quite laboriously didn’t work. The television shows were, as you suggest, uneven. Really good material was in there, among a lot of dross. I still think some of the obscure stuff is good, and often needed to be there.
  • Well, John Cleese, of course, is from Weston-super-Mare. So he knows all about pleasure and fulfillment. I think he set himself a very high standard of achievement and possibly feels he never quite attained it. He’s always moving: first to New York, then to California, now Monaco. Where next? I always wanted to say to him: ‘John, you’re so talented. You have a lovely wife and kids; just relax.’ But there was always something more that he wanted, to a point that was almost destructive.
  • Something about John Cleese was always very unsettled, I felt. There was always something else he wanted to do. He seemed constantly driven by this sense that there was a nirvana somewhere; some unique place where mind, body and soul would be utterly satisfied.
  • I met [John Cleese] on The Frost Report (1966), after which he was offered all sorts of things, but he rang me up instead, and decided to do Python. Which was quite a risk, for a man so driven by success. When we were collaborating, the only question was: does this work or not? He was very funny, and he appreciated good writing from others. So that was fine. Until the third series, when John clearly wanted to go, and people started to ask why. Whenever humour is taken out of the equation, the Pythons don’t necessarily get along that well. Comedy brought us together.
  • I just loved acting with [John Cleese]. Perhaps because there was no competition between us. I was short and he was tall. He was imperious and I was defensive. He needed me and I needed him. It made those shop sketches, like the dead parrot, extremely enjoyable to do. Me trying to be endlessly obliging, him being increasingly aggressive.
  • Yes. Until [meeting the future members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969) I had been a very obliging kind of a guy. Having to defend your material, in that company… you just couldn’t be diffident. Also, I realised that I was quite good at it. They gave me great confidence.
  • [I’m] one of that cursed generation doomed to take nothing seriously.
  • [My father] was always confronting people. Bus conductors, waitresses: he felt everyone was laying traps and should be treated with suspicion. There was always tension when he was around. I found it deeply embarrassing. That’s why I hate rows and try to avoid confrontation.
  • I couldn’t say that I was frightened of my father. But I never felt totally comfortable with him. Perhaps because of his stammer. When you just can’t get the words out, it distances you. And it placed you – as an articulate child – in the awkward position of being able to do something which he, the adult, couldn’t. I imagine that could be enervating. That might have been it. My father did have a slight tendency to put down anything I did. I don’t think he meant it.
  • I have never claimed to be the nicest man in the world. That’s a cliché that has somehow come to be widely accepted. It drives [wife] Helen mad. As she and my children [Tom, Will and Rachel, now all grown-up] will testify, I have a short fuse over certain things. Like if the one-inch nails are not where they should be in the box, and they’ve been moved to the three-inch section. [Pantomime bellow] Who did this?
  • I am certainly more interested in interviewing than being interviewed. Sometimes you find yourself attacked from the start.
  • Fame changes everything. When you’re well-known, you’re expected to be different. Some people assume you must have a yacht, and four homes. Or that you’re famous because you are ‘A Decent Man’. Just think of the number of people who do selfless work in this country every day; nobody has even heard of them.
  • I don’t see why it should be remarkable that you can acquire a reputation for fairness and decency. Those are qualities shared by so many people. And the great majority of people I meet are decent people, just trying to navigate their way through the world without causing too much trouble.
  • I thought the Fish Called Wanda (A Fish Called Wanda (1988)) script was awful when John (John Cleese) first showed it to me … and it’s the most successful film I’ve ever done.
  • People tend to think that those in showbiz are awful, apart from a couple of us like Gary Lineker and myself, who are nice. I think Gary is married to a younger woman now so he’s lost a few points and doesn’t have to be nice anymore. Lucky him!
  • I’m not that ambitious. I didn’t have a goal. I wanted to write well, act well and bring up my family well and sometimes you couldn’t do one and the other at the same time.
  • The freedom to do what I wanted to do was much more important to me than the shackles of stardom. The more money you earn, the higher your status, the more people are around you. I don’t know how people like Johnny Depp operate. He’s got about 40 or 50 people who look after his life. My people are my wife and my kids and my grandsons.
  • We’ve had disagreements over the years about lifestyle and business and money, and all the things peripheral to what we do best of all, which is produce comedy. The one thing that hasn’t changed is our enjoyment of each other’s sense of humour. I’ve always been wary of a Python reunion because we don’t have Graham Chapman, who was such an important part of Python. He had his problems – he was a self-confessed alcoholic – but, God, he was a good actor and an odd, eccentric writer, too. We’d miss him if we got back together.
  • I was an enormous fan of The Beatles. When Terry Jones and I were writing together during the 60s, whenever a new Beatles album came out we were at the shop first thing to get our copy. We put off a day’s writing to get to grips with the White Album. It influenced us very much, not just the music but what The Beatles stood for, a quality they had in their music and their writing that was so different to the pop we’d grown up with in the 50s and early 60s. We loved the lyrics and the poetry, as well as the humour in it. The Beatles represented something sort of young and fresh that we hoped we were also a part of.
  • [From an interview about the late Graham Chapman]: “He always regarded death as highly overrated and could never understand why anybody made such a fuss about it”.

Facts

  • 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.
  • Son of Edward and Mary Palin. He had one sister called Angela.
  • Knew Eric Idle and Terry Jones from university.
  • Wrote and acted for Oxford’s equivalent of the Cambridge Footlights.
  • While a majority of his ancestry is English, one of his paternal great-grandmothers was Irish.
  • London, England: Publication of his memoir ‘Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988’ [August 2011]
  • 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.
  • Was born the son of an engineer in the industrial city of Sheffield, and remains a supporter of Sheffield United Football Club.
  • In addition to attending the exclusive Shrewsbury School, and later, the University of Oxford; as a lad, he also attended Birkdale School in Sheffield.
  • His wide travels are so well known that he now has his own travel website called “Palin’s Travels.”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • His father had a rather serious stutter. This came in handy when he played Ken (the stuttering thief) in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
  • The public voted him the best-looking member of the Python troupe.
  • The Virgin Super Voyager train number 221 130 named after him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attended Brasenose College, Oxford University.
  • 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.
  • Children: Thomas (b. 1969), William (b. 1971) and Rachel (b. 1975)
  • Member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus along with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
  • He is a graduate of Oxford with a degree in History.
  • He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honors List for his services to television drama and travel documentaries.

Trademarks

  • Silly characters undone mainly by their own foolishness
  • Frequently the most abused, ill-fated characters in a given Monty Python sketch or film

Filmography

Actor
Title Year Status Character
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote 2018 pre-production Don Quixote
The Death of Stalin 2017 post-production Vyacheslav Molotov
Clangers 2015-2016 TV Series Narrator
Absolutely Anything 2015 Kindly Alien (voice)
Remember Me 2014 TV Mini-Series Tom Parfitt
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014 Spanish Man
Fourth Yorkshireman
Harry Blackitt
The Wipers Times 2013 TV Movie General Mitford
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman 2012 Michael Palin / Graham’s Father / Interview Don #1 / … (voice)
Arthur Christmas 2011 Ernie Clicker (voice)
Not the Messiah: He’s a Very Naughty Boy 2010 Mrs. Betty Palin
Julius Caesar
Bevis
The Last Day of WW1 2008
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind 2007 TV Short Gariiiiiii (voice)
The Mystery of the Missing Morsel of Murder at Moorstones Manor 2004 Video short Comedy Role
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School 2003 Video short Mr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary Luigi Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / …
The Meaning of Life 1997 Video Game Various
Home and Away 1996-1997 TV Series Surfer
Fierce Creatures 1997 Bugsy Malone
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game First Game Announcer
Swallow-Savvy Guard
Dennis
The Willows in Winter 1996 TV Movie Rat (voice)
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride 1996 The Sun
The Wind in the Willows 1995 TV Movie Rat (voice)
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act 1993 TV Movie Various
Nicholas Craig, the Naked Actor 1992 TV Series
G.B.H. 1991 TV Mini-Series Jim Nelson
American Friends 1991 Reverend Francis Ashby
The Witches 1990 Witch at Meeting (uncredited)
Inar gahined 1989 Man in elevator (uncredited)
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Ken Pile
Brazil 1985 Jack Lint
A Private Function 1984 Gilbert Chilvers
The Dress 1984 Short Howard
The News Is the News 1983 TV Series London correspondent
The Crimson Permanent Assurance 1983 Short Workman
The Meaning of Life 1983 Window Washer / Harry / Fish #5 / …
The Missionary 1982 The Reverend Charles Fortescue
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary Polinski
Emcee
Third Bruce
OTT 1982 TV Series
The Innes Book of Records 1981 TV Series Policeman
Time Bandits 1981 Vincent
The Box 1981 Short voice
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series Dick Savage
Henry Cleans Up 1979 Short Henry
Ripping Yarns 1976-1979 TV Series Roger / Gordon Ottershaw / Gerald Whinfrey / …
Life of Brian 1979 Wise Man #3
Mr. Big Nose
Francis
Jackanory 1979 TV Series Reader
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 1978 TV Movie Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
Red Dress 1977 TV Movie
Jabberwocky 1977 Dennis Cooper
Three Men in a Boat 1975 TV Movie Harris
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 First Swallow-Savvy Guard
Dennis
Peasant 2
Full House 1973 TV Series Actor in sketches
Is This a Record? 1973 Short
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus 1972 TV Series Third Bruce / Second Frenchman / Rapist / …
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 Gumby
Man with tape recorder
Phrasebook Author
Euroshow 71 1971 TV Movie Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
Ending It All 1970 Short
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1969 TV Series Various – Monty Python’s Flying Circus segment
Hark at Barker 1969 TV Series
Do Not Adjust Your Set 1967-1969 TV Series Various Characters
Marty 1969 TV Series Various Characters
Complete and Utter History of Britain 1969 TV Series Various
James I
Charles II
David Frost Presents 1969 TV Series Malcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / …
Broaden Your Mind 1968 TV Series Various Characters
Frost on Sunday 1968 TV Series Various
Twice a Fortnight 1967-1968 TV Series Various Characters
A Series of Bird’s 1967 TV Series
Writer
Title Year Status Character
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014
Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World 2013 Documentary uncredited
Brazil with Michael Palin 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary written by – 4 episodes
Around the World in 20 Years 2008 TV Movie documentary written by
New Europe 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary writer – 7 episodes
The Mystery of the Missing Morsel of Murder at Moorstones Manor 2004 Video short
Himalaya with Michael Palin 2004 TV Series documentary written by – 3 episodes
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School 2003 Video short
The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 2 2003 Video
Sahara with Michael Palin 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python 2002
The Best of the Two Ronnies 2002 Video
Michael Palin on… the Colourists 2000 TV Movie documentary uncredited
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary
Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure 1999 TV Series documentary written by – 4 episodes
Ex-S 1997 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Full Circle with Michael Palin 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary
Fierce Creatures 1997 idea for “The Fierce Animal Policy”
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game screenplay “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Great Railway Journeys 1994 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Pole to Pole 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary
American Friends 1991 screenplay / story
Around the World in 80 Days 1989 TV Mini-Series documentary writer – 7 episodes
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special sketches
Number 27 1988 writer
Consuming Passions 1988 play “Secrets”
Screen Two 1987 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Bombardemagnus 1985 TV Mini-Series screenplay – 2 episodes
Comic Roots 1983 TV Series written by – 1 episode
The Meaning of Life 1983 written by
The Missionary 1982 written by
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary written by
Time Bandits 1981 written by
The Box 1981 Short
Great Railway Journeys of the World 1980 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Henry Cleans Up 1979 Short
Ripping Yarns TV Series by – 8 episodes, 1976 – 1979 written by – 1 episode, 1979
Life of Brian 1979 written by
Pleasure at Her Majesty’s 1976 TV Movie documentary writer
The Two Ronnies TV Series writer – 7 episodes, 1971 – 1972 written by – 6 episodes, 1973 – 1976
The Punch Review 1975 TV Series
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 written by
Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV Series written by – 44 episodes, 1969 – 1974 creator – 1 episode, 1973 additional material – 1 episode, 1969
Black and Blue 1973 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Full House 1973 TV Series sketch writer – 1 episode
Is This a Record? 1973 Short additional material
A Christmas Night with the Stars TV Series 1 episode, 1969 script: The Two Ronnies – 1 episode, 1972
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus 1972 TV Series written by
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 screen foreplay & conception
Percy 1971 key writer – uncredited
Marty Amok 1970 TV Movie
Frost on Sunday 1970 TV Series script – 2 episodes
Do Not Adjust Your Set TV Series written by – 12 episodes, 1967 – 1968 writer – 1 episode, 1969
Marty TV Series additional material – 4 episodes, 1968 written by – 1 episode, 1969
Complete and Utter History of Britain 1969 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
Broaden Your Mind 1968 TV Series additional material – 2 episodes
Horne A’Plenty 1968 TV Series writer
Twice a Fortnight 1967 TV Series writer – 10 episodes
A Series of Bird’s 1967 TV Series additional material – 8 episodes
The Late Show 1966 TV Series
The Frost Report 1966 TV Series
Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman 2012 writer: “Christmas in Heaven Song – Swing”
The Amazing Race Australia 2012 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Monty Python: Almost the Truth – The Lawyer’s Cut TV Mini-Series 1 episode, 2009 writer – 1 episode, 2009
Timeshift TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode, 2008 writer – 1 episode, 2008
Himalaya with Michael Palin TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode, 2004 writer – 1 episode, 2004
S.P.U.N.G 2002 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Full Circle with Michael Palin 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary performer – 1 episode
The Meaning of Life 1983 lyrics: “Every Sperm Is Sacred” / performer: “Oh Lord Please Don’t Burn Us”, “Every Sperm Is Sacred”
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary writer: “The Lumberjack Song”
Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV Series 1 episode, 1970 performer – 4 episodes, 1969 – 1974 writer – 2 episodes, 1969 – 1970
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 performer: “The Lumberjack Song” / writer: “The Lumberjack Song”
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
Fierce Creatures 1997 idea
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary stage director – as Monty Python
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 presenter – as Monty Python
Producer
Title Year Status Character
Benjamin Huntsman 1992 executive producer
The Missionary 1982 producer
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus 1972 TV Series composer: song “Holzfallerliederhosen”
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit 2015 Short inspiration
Writing the Film That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Michael Palin on Writing ‘Time Bandits’ 2013 Video short special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010 TV Series dedicatee – 1 episode
The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen 2008 Video documentary special thanks
Virgin Territory 2007 special thanks
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
50 Films to See Before You Die 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Monty Python’s Personal Best 2006 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Mark Lawson Talks to… 2006 TV Series Himself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
What Did ITV Do for Me? 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Michael Palin CBE)
Michael Palin & the Mystery of Hammershøi 2005 TV Movie documentary Host
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1997-2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
Britain’s 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan 2005 Documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Late Late Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Good Morning Australia 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Panel 2004 TV Series Himself
Rove Live 2004 TV Series Himself
Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Richard & Judy 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 2004 Video documentary Himself (segment “Crackerbox Palace”)
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute 2004 TV Movie Himself
Himalaya with Michael Palin 2004 TV Series documentary Host / Himself
Concert for George 2003 Video documentary Himself / Bevis
The Meaning of Making ‘The Meaning of Life’ 2003 Video documentary Himself
BBC London News 2003 TV Series Himself
Something Fishy 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Fat 2003 TV Series Himself
Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Himself – Guest
The British Comedy Awards 2002 2002 TV Special documentary Himself – Lifetime Achievement Award
Life on Air 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
The Grierson Documentary Awards 2002 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
Sahara with Michael Palin 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Host
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill… – A Live Tribute 2002 TV Movie Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1997-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The British Comedy Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Himself
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations 2001 Video documentary Himself
How to Use Your Coconuts 2001 Video short documentary Minister of Foods
The Human Face 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Applicant / Peasant / Himself
From Spam to Sperm 2000 TV Movie Himself
Michael Palin on… the Colourists 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
The Unknown Peter Sellers 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
2000 Today 1999 TV Movie Himself
Pythonland 1999 TV Movie Himself
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk 1997-1999 TV Series Himself – Guest
Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Himself
Live from the Lighthouse 1998 TV Special Himself
Fantasy World Cup 1998 TV Series Himself
Spike Night 1998 TV Series Himself
Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Live at Aspen 1998 TV Special Himself / Various Roles
The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show 1997 Video Himself
Ex-S 1997 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
The Daily Show 1997 TV Series Himself – Guest
Full Circle with Michael Palin 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Himself
Richard and Judy Exclusive 1997 TV Series Himself
TFI Friday 1997 TV Series Himself
The Frank Skinner Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1978-1997 TV Series Various / Himself – Host / Himself / …
Auntie’s All-Time Greats 1996 TV Movie Himself – Presenter
Comic Relief 1995 TV Special segment “Oliver 2: Let’s twist Again”
Palin’s Column 1994 TV Series Himself
Pebble Mill at One 1994 TV Series Himself
Clive James 1994 TV Series Himself
Great Railway Journeys 1994 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself – Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Bore of the Year Awards 1993 TV Special Himself (‘Michael Palin’s Curb To Curb’ segment)
Pole to Pole 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Aspel & Company 1990-1991 TV Series Himself – Guest
Everyman 1991 TV Series documentary Himself – Introduction
1001 Nights of TV 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
Omnibus 1976-1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Viz: The Documentary 1990 Video documentary Himself
Life of Python 1990 TV Special documentary Himself / Various Roles
The Movie Life of George 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Around the World in 80 Days 1989 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Wogan 1986-1989 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Night of Comic Relief 2 1989 TV Special Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Himself
The Grand Knockout Tournament 1987 TV Special Himself
Comedians Do It on Stage 1986 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985-1986 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Comic Relief 1986/II TV Special documentary Himself (scenes deleted)
Spike 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
The London Standard Film Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
What Is Brazil? 1985 TV Short documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman’s Private Parts 1984 Documentary Himself
Comic Roots 1983 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
The Meaning of Monty Python’s Meaning of Life 1983 TV Short documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball 1982 Documentary Himself / Various Roles – Special Guest Appearance
OTT 1982 TV Series Himself
Clapper Board 1981 TV Series Himself
Great Railway Journeys of the World 1980 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself – Guest
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1980 TV Series Himself
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman’s Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary Various Roles
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1979 TV Series Himself – Guest
Pleasure at Her Majesty’s 1976 TV Movie documentary Pet Shop Owner
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report 1974 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Midnight Special 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
Now! 1965 TV Series Himself – Presenter
Living with Parkinson’s TV Movie documentary filming rumored
ITV Lunchtime News 2016 TV Series Himself
Six O’Clock News 2016 TV Series Himself
25th British Academy Cymru Awards 2016 TV Movie documentary
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Who Is Dervla Murphy? Special Edition 2016 Documentary Himself
The One Show 2008-2016 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Go’ morgen Danmark 2016 TV Series Himself
Generation ’66 2016 TV Movie documentary
Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia 2015 Documentary Himself – Presenter
The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One 2015 TV Movie Himself
Talking Books: Travel Writer Specials – Michael Palin 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself – Monty Python
Mel & Sue 2015 TV Series Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2014 TV Movie Himself
Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule 2014 TV Movie Himself
Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Imagine 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
50 Years of BBC2 Comedy 2014 TV Movie documentary
The Graham Norton Show 2009-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World 2013 Documentary Himself – Presenter
Sir David Frost: That Was the Life That Was 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself – Writer, ‘The Frost Report’
The Meaning of Monty Python 2013 Video documentary Himself
David Frost: Hello, Good Evening & Farewell 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself – Writer, The Frost Report
Writing the Film That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Michael Palin on Writing ‘Time Bandits’ 2013 Video short Himself
The Agenda with Steve Paikin 2013 TV Series Himself
Politics on Track 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself – Broadcaster
Frost on Sketch Shows 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Skavlan 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Just Dandy 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brazil with Michael Palin 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Narrator
The Late Great Eric Sykes 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Anatomy of a Liar 2012 Documentary Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
Daybreak 2012 TV Series Himself
John Le Mesurier: It’s All Been Rather Lovely 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Perspectives 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Empire 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Co-Writer, Ripping Yarns
The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Kid’s Speech 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
QI Genesis 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arena 2004-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
My Life 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
That Sunday Night Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2004-2010 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself – President, Royal Geographical Society
Not the Messiah: The Road to the Albert Hall 2009 Documentary short Himself
Around the World in 80 Days 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
Monty Python: Almost the Truth – The Lawyer’s Cut 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
This Morning 2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
Fawlty Exclusive: Basil’s Best Bits 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Monty Python in Aberystwyth 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Timewatch 2008-2009 TV Series documentary Himself – Host / Himself
Movie Connections 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Around the World in 20 Years 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself – Narrator
The Man Who Made Eric & Ernie 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Timeshift 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Get Up and Go: The Making of ‘The Rutles’ 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Comedy Connections 2005-2008 TV Series documentary Himself / Various Characters
The Seventh Python 2008 Documentary Himself
Sunday AM 2008 TV Series Himself – Guest
Legends 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frost Report Is Back 2008 TV Movie Himself
New Heroes of Comedy 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
New Europe 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Parkinson 1982-2007 TV Series Himself – Guest
Tiswas Reunited 2007 TV Special Himself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One 2007 TV Special Himself
The Comedy Map of Britain 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Richard & Judy’s Christmas Books 2006 TV Movie Himself
The South Bank Show 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Culture Show 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
TV’s 50 Greatest Stars 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Victoria Derbyshire 2016 TV Series Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010-2014 TV Series Sir Galahad the Pure
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Family Guy 2013 TV Series ‘It’s’ Man
The Graham Norton Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Comedy Songs: The Pop Years 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Monty Python)
Comedy Connections 2007-2008 TV Series documentary Mr. P. Forbes
Morir de humor 2008 TV Movie
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary Various
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Various (uncredited)
The Story of Jackanory 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself – ‘Jackanory’ Storyteller
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Heinrich Himmler (uncredited)
Room 101 2007 TV Series Flight Attendant
What the Pythons Did Next… 2007 TV Movie documentary Various Characters (uncredited)
The Comedians’ Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary
Sendung ohne Namen 2002 TV Series documentary
Timeshift 2002 TV Series documentary Himself – Monty Python
George Harrison – Der sanfte Beatle 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
The Sketch Show Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Various Characters
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen 1999 TV Short documentary Himself
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Mr. Jenkins / Tim Allen (uncredited)
Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time 1994 Video Game Various
Funny Business 1992 TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Miles Cowperthwaite (uncredited)
That’s the Way the Money Goes 1978 TV Series Shopkeeper – Dead Parrot Sketch
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself
The Dean Martin Comedy World 1974 TV Series Himself

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