Michael Palin

You can’t get a suit of armour and a rubber chicken just like that. You have to plan ahead.

– Michael Palin

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born in Broomhill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, The United Kingdom,  May 05, 1943

gender: male
Michael Edward Palin, CBE, is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries.

Palin wrote most of his material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including “The Dead Parrot”, “The Lumberjack Song”, “The Spanish Inquisition” and “Spam”. Palin continued to work with Jones, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer. His journeys have taken him across the world, the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and most recently, Eastern Europe. In 2000 Palin became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television.

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11 thoughts on “Michael Palin

  1. October 5, 1969: Forty-four years ago today, the comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered on the BBC. John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin were all in the hugely influential troupe.

  2. I love him and the Flying Circus:)

  3. Great memories.Thank you for visiting my site ..Best regards.jalal Michael

  4. You always introduce me to so many I do not know. I then can go and explore those I find of interest.

  5. I only discovered it once in NZ, but found it really funny and entertaining -:)!

  6. One of my total favourites of all time. Thanks for this!

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