Eric Idle

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Actor • Comedian • Singer • Writer • Musician

Birth Date: March 29, 1943

Age: 81 years old

Birth Place: South Shields, England, UK

Eric Idle was born on March 29, 1943 in South Shields, County Durham, England. After a childhood spent in boarding school, Idle enrolled in Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1965, where he began his love affair with performance by way of the renowned Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. Through the program, Idle met John Cleese and Graham Chapman, with whom he'd eventually go on to form the comedy troupe Monty Python.

Idle met further future fellow Python members Terry Jones and Michael Palin while working on the comedy television series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (ITV 1967-69) while still enrolled in college. Upon his graduation in '69, Idle and the others, along with Terry Gilliam, formed Monty Python, taking form early on with the sketch series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC One/BBC Two 1969-1974). Despite the success of the program, the team opted at the point of the show's termination to pursue individual projects; Idle experimented first with a radio show, "Radio Five" (BBC Radio One 1973-74), and then with a new sketch show, "Rutland Weekend Television" (BBC Two 1975-76), which spawned his best-known project outside Monty Python, "All You Need Is Cash" (NBC 1978), a satirical film based on the career of The Beatles that Idle wrote and starred in as both the narrator and Paul McCartney stand-in Dirk McQuickly, with songs by longtime collaborator Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band, whom he first met on "Do Not Adjust Your Set."

These aspirations notwithstanding, Monty Python did reunite for feature films like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Life of Brian" (1979) and "The Meaning of Life" (1983). Going forward, Idle appeared in movies like "The Transformers: The Movie" (1986), the Gilliam-directed "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1986), "Casper" (1995), "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" (1997), and "Ella Enchanted" (2004). In 2005, Idle adapted "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as a Broadway musical called "Spamalot," originally directed by Mike Nichols.

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Clive James: A Tribute

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2019

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

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2018

GMA Day

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News
2018

ORF III Spezial zu Ostern

Director
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2017

The Entire Universe

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2016

Eric Idle - Comedy Greats

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2016

Eric Idle & Brian Cox: The Entire Universe

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2016

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Late Late Show

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2015

Absolutely Anything

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Extraterrestrial
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2015

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

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2014

Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)

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2014

Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Off Camera with Sam Jones

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2014

The Boxtrolls

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2014

Boxtrolls - sv.tal

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2014

Die Boxtrolls 3D

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2014

The Boxtrolls 3D

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2014

The Boxtrolls

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2014

Bokstrollene

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2014

The Boxtrolls

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2014

Meaning of Monty Python

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2013

Monty Python Conquers America

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2013

What About Dick?

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Piano
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2012

What About Dick?

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2012

What About Dick?

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2012

Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO

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2012

The Secret Policeman's Ball

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2012

Inside Comedy

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2012

The Comedy Club Interviews

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2012

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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2011

The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

ConanStream

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2010

Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

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2010

The Infinite Monkey Cage

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2009

Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)

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2009

The Project

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2009

Delgo

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Spig
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2008

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Shrek the ThirdStream

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Merlin
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2007
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Shrek the Third 3D

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Merlin
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2007

Monty Python's Personal Best

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2006

Monty Python's Personal Best

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2006

Heroes of Comedy

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992

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2004

Ella EnchantedStream

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2004
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Comedy Connections

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2003

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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2003

Hollywood HomicideStream

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Celebrity
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2003
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure

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English Victim
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2003

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

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Narrator/Dirk McQuickly/Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler
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2002

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

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2002

The Scream Team

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Coffin Ed
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2002

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

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2000

Monty Python: Before the Flying Circus

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2000

Ciento Dos Dálmatas

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2000

102 Dalmatians

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Waddlesworth
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2000

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutStream

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Dr. Vosknocker
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1999
80%

Dudley Do-Right

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Prospector Kim Jay Darling
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1999

Monty Python: Live at Aspen

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1998

Quest for CamelotStream

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Devon
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1998
43%

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie

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Slyly the Fox
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1998
40%

The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue

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Evil Martin
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1998

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn

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Alan Smithee
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1997

Suddenly SusanStream

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Ian Maxtone-Graham
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1996

Saturday Night Special

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1996

The Wind in the Willows

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Szczur
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1996

CasperStream

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Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker
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1995
52%

FrasierStream

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Chuck
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1993
95%

Splitting Heirs

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Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel
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1993

Mom and Dad Save the WorldStream

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King Raff
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1992
12%

Missing Pieces

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Wendel
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1992

Too Much Sun

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Sonny
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1991

Nuns on the Run

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Brian Hope/Flight Attendant 1
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1990

The SimpsonsStream

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Declan Desmond
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1989
85%

Around the World in 80 DaysStream

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1989

The Adventures of Baron MunchausenStream

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Desmond/Berthold
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1989
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The Adventures of Baron MunchausenStream

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1989
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This Morning

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1988

The Transformers: The Movie

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1986

Pied Piper of Hamelin

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1985

National Lampoon's European VacationStream

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The Bike Rider
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1985
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Jeopardy!Stream

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1984

Capitán Yellowbeard

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1983

Yellowbeard

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Commander Clement
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1983

The Meaning of LifeStream

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Fish #3 / Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Atkison / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in pink / Noel Coward / Gaston / Angela
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1983
86%

The Meaning of LifeStream

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1983
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The Meaning of LifeStream

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1983
86%

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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1982

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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1982

Life of BrianStream

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Wiseguy/Stan (Loretta)/Harry the Haggler/Culprit Woman/Warris/Intensely Dull Youth/Jailer's Assistant/ Otto/ Lead Singer Crucifee
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1979
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Life of BrianStream

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1979
96%

Life of BrianStream

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1979
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The Rutles

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Dirk McQuickly/The Narrator/Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
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1978

The Rutles

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1978

Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras

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1977

Laverne & ShirleyStream

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1976

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

Monty Python & the Holy GrailStream

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Dead Collector/Mr Blint/Sir Robin/The Guard Who Doesn't Hiccough but Tries to Get Things Straight/Concorde/Roger the Shrubber/Brother Maynard
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1975
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Monty Python & the Holy GrailStream

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1975
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Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

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1972

Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

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1972

And Now for Something Completely Different

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Prosecutor/Marriage Counselor
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1972

And Now for Something Completely Different

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1972

Monty Python's Flying CircusStream

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1969

Monty Python's Flying CircusStream

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1969

Do Not Adjust Your Set

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