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Eric Idle


Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which latter he adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, a Grammy, a Drama ... See full bio »

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
(1975)
Life of Brian
Life of Brian Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee
(1979)
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Blackitt / Atkinson / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in Pink / Noël Coward / Gaston / Angela
(1983)
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus Various / Clerk / BBC Announcer / Eddie Waring / Eric / Interviewer / Mr. Badger / Mr. Johnson / Newsreader / Philip Jenkinson / Professor / Registrar / Second Assistant / Various Roles / Vicar / Voice Over #1 / Voice Over #2 / Voice Over #3 / Voiceover #1 / 'International Wife-Swapping' Voice Over / 'It's' Announcer / 'No Time to Lose Advice Centre' Consultant / 'Prawn Salad Accidents' Man / 'Probe' Presenter / 'Spot the Loony Presenter / 'Storage Jars' Presenter / Absent-Minded Woman / Adman / Admiral Nelson / Adrian / Advert Voice / Advertisement Announcer / Alan Whicker #1 / Announcer / Announcer eating a yoghurt / Archbishop Arthur Nudge / Arrested Newsreader / Arthur Crackpot / Arthur Huntingdon / Arthur Lemming / Arthur Name / Arthur Tree / Arthur Waring / Arthur Wilson / Assistant / BALPA Spokesman / BBC Man / Book at Bedtime' Voice Over / Boxer / Brian / Brian MacThighbone / Brigadier N. F. Marwood-Git (retired) / Brooky / Butcher who is alternately rude and polite / Camel spotter / Captain Carpenter / Carl Vernon / Chairman / Charles / Chief Superintendent Lookout / Chris / Chris Quinn / Commentator, 'Hide-and-Seek' Finals / Compere / Compère / Continuity Announcer / Continuity Voice / Corporal / Customer / Cyril / Detective Inspector / Dickie Attenborough / Disc Jockey Voice / Doctor / Dorian Williams / Dr. Lewis Hoad / Dr. Natal / Dr. Walters / Elizabethan Gent / Encyclopedia salesman (burglar) / Enid / Eurovision Girl / Face the Press' Interviewer / Fairy / Fairy Godmother / Female tennis player / First Booth / First Bruce / First Groupie / First Interviewer / First Knight / First Major / First Man / First Poofy Judge / First Presenter / First Program Planner / First Undertaker / Foreman / Fourth Gas Man / Fourth man who is interested in pointed sticks / Francesco / Frank / Gary Coover / George III's Reader / Gerald / German Joker / Gerry Schlick / Gino Agnelli / Gumby #3 / Hamrag Yatlerot / Harold Larch / Hell's Grannies reporter / Husband / Ian McKellan / Indian / Inspector / Inspector Baboon / Inspector Thompson's Gazelle / Interviewer #3 / It's a Living Compère / Jack / Jackie / Jacques Montgolfier / Jenkins / John / John Keats / John Lennon / Journalist / Julius Caesar / Ken / Kenny Lust / Lassie O'Shen / Leicester / Letter Writer Against the 'Mr. Atilla the Hun' Sketch and the Next Letter / Lieutenant Commander Dorothy Lamour / Lord Interest / Ludovic Kennedy / Male Fanshaw-Chumleigh / Man at Less Naughty Chemist's / Man at Not at All Naughty Chemist's / Man in Charge / Man in Suit / Man on Left / Man with Porter's Cap / Manager / Marriage Counsellor / Maurice Zatapathique / McGough / Michael Charlton / Michael Norman Randall / Military Man / Milkman Psychiatrist / Miss Rita Fairbanks / Mme. Brun / Money Programme Presenter / Mother / Mr. Bun / Mr. Grimshaw / Mr. Hollweg / Mr. Husband / Mr. Ith / Mr. Leavey / Mr. Man / Mr. Martin / Mr. Phipps / Mr. Pither's Mother / Mr. Smoke-Too-Much / Mr. Thomas Walters / Mr. Verity / Mrs. Brainsample / Mrs. Clean Air Systems / Mrs. Entity / Mrs. Garibaldi / Mrs. Inference / Mrs. Non-Gorilla / Mrs. O / Mrs. Potter / Mrs. Scribbler / Mrs. Smailes / Mrs. Sybil Agro / Narrator / Norman Nudge / Norwegian / Officer / Old Idiot / Old Lady / Parson / Patrice / Pepperpot / Pepperpot #1 / Pepperpot Mother / Peter West / Policeman / Prime Minister / Private Watkins / Professional Cricketer / Professor Herman Khan / Proprietor / Radio Voice / Random Man / Rating / Rear Admiral Humphrey DeVere / Reg / Reg Moss / Registrar's Customer / Regius Professor F.H. Gumby / Reverend Morrison / Rita Fairbanks / Roy Spim / S. Frog / Sandy Camp / Sapper Walters / Second 'Probe Around' Host / Second Bandit / Second Bishop / Second Critic / Second Doctor / Second Explorer / Second Fireman / Second Guard / Second Officer / Second Official / Second Presenter / Second Richard III / Second Robert / Second Soldier / Second Voiceover / Secret Policeman Grip / Shirley / Singer in the Cardiff Rooms, Libya / Spanish Guitarist / Squadron Leader / Squatter / Stebbins / Stig O'Tracey / Storyteller / Summarise Proust Announcer / Swedish Person / Tenant / Tennis commentator / Theatre Critic for the 'Bath Chronicle / Third City Gent / Third Climber / Third Cricketer / Third Officer / Third Old Idiot / Third Pepperpot / Third Reader / Third Sailor / Third Smith / Third Writer / Timmy Williams / Toastmaster / Uncle Tom / Usher / Veronica / Vicky / Viking / Voice over #2 / Voiceover #2 / Wains Cotting Woman / William Shakespeare / Window Cleaner / Woman Outside Runcorn Avenue / Wordsworth / World Forum Presenter
(1969-1974)

Filmography

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 2015 Absolutely Anything
Salubrious Gat (voice)
 2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (Documentary)
Spanish Guitarist / First Yorkshireman / Noël Coward / ...
 2012 What About Dick? (Video)
Piano
 2003-2012 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Declan Desmond
- The Spy Who Learned Me (2012) ... Declan Desmond (voice)
- Springfield Up (2007) ... Declan Desmond (voice)
- Fat Man and Little Boy (2004) ... Declan Desmond (voice)
- 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky (2003) ... Declan Desmond (voice)
 2012 Why? Factor (Short) (voice)
 2010 Wolf Sheep
 2010 Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
Baritonish / Stan aka Loretta / Bob Dylan / ...
 2008 Delgo
Spig (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
Merlin (voice)
 2004-2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
Scrapperton
- The Skeleton King Threat (2005) ... Scrapperton (voice)
- Ape New World (2004) ... Scrapperton (voice)
- Magnetic Menace (2004) ... Scrapperton (voice)
 2004 The Nutcracker and the Mouseking (Video)
Drosselmeier (English version, voice)
 2004 Ella Enchanted
Narrator
 2003 Hollywood Homicide
Celebrity
 2003 MADtv (TV Series)
Zookeeper
- Episode #8.18 (2003) ... Zookeeper
 2002 Pinocchio
Medoro (English version, voice)
 2002 The Scream Team (TV Movie)
Coffin Ed
 2001-2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Pluto Angel
- Pluto vs. Figaro (2002) ... Pluto Angel (voice)
- Pluto Saves the Day (2001) ... Pluto Angel (voice)
 2000 Brightness (Short)
Mr. Bix
 1999-2000 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Ian Maxtone-Graham
- The Reversal (2000) ... Ian Maxtone-Graham
- Susan and the Professor (2000) ... Ian Maxtone-Graham
- Finale: Part 2 (2000) ... Ian Maxtone-Graham
- Finale: Part 1 (2000) ... Ian Maxtone-Graham
- The Bird in the Wall (2000) ... Ian Maxtone-Graham
 2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV Series)
Guzelian
- War and Peace and War (2000) ... Guzelian (voice)
 2000 102 Dalmatians
Waddlesworth (voice)
 2000 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue (Video Game)
Waddlesworth (voice)
 1999-2000 Mickey Mouse Works (TV Series short)
Pluto Angel
- Episode #1.5 (1999) ... Pluto Angel (voice)
 1999 Journey Into Imagination: With Figment (Short)
Dr. Nigel Channing
 1999 Pirates: 3D Show (Short)
Pierre
 1998-1999 Recess (TV Series)
Galileo
- That Stinking Feeling (1999) ... Galileo (voice)
- The Girl Was Trouble (1998) ... Galileo (voice)
 1999 Dudley Do-Right
Prospector
 1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero (Video)
Parenthesis (voice)
 1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Dr. Vosknocker (voice)
 1998-1999 Hercules (TV Series)
Mr. Parentheses / Parenthesis / School Master
- Hercules and the Complex Electra (1999) ... School Master (voice)
- Hercules and the Pegasus Incident (1998) ... (voice)
- Hercules and the Griffin (1998) ... Mr. Parentheses (voice)
- Hercules and the Trojan War (1998) ... Mr. Parentheses (voice)
- Hercules and the Drama Festival (1998) ... Mr. Parentheses (voice)
 1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Video)
Evil Martin (voice)
 1998 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
Spanque
- Open Wide for Zombies/Dumbwaiters (1998) ... Spanque (voice)
 1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Slyly the Fox (voice)
 1998 Quest for Camelot
Devon (voice)
 1998 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
Pinky's Mom / Pinky's Dad
- The Family That Poits Together, Narfs Together (1998) ... Pinky's Mom / Pinky's Dad (voice)
 1997 The Meaning of Life (Video Game)
Various
 1996 Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (Video Game)
Rincewind / Bone Idle (voice)
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game)
Historyteller / Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / ...
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
Chuck
- High Crane Drifter (1996) ... Chuck (voice)
 1995 Discworld (Video Game)
Rincewind (voice)
 1995 Casper
Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker
 1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Short)
Dr. Nigel Channing (uncredited)
 1993 Splitting Heirs
Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel
 1992 Mom and Dad Save the World
King Raff
 1991-1992 One Foot in the Grave (TV Series)
The voice of / Mervyn Whale
- The Beast in the Cage (1992) ... The voice of (voice)
- The Man in the Long Black Coat (1991) ... Mervyn Whale
 1991 Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
Actor on TV (uncredited)
 1991 Missing Pieces
Wendel
 1990 Too Much Sun
Sonny
 1990 Nuns on the Run
Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle, Brian Hope)
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
Jean Passepartout
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Jean Passepartout
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Jean Passepartout
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Jean Passepartout
 1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Male Love Bird (voice, uncredited)
 1989 Nearly Departed (TV Series)
Grant Pritchard / Millie Pritchard
- Grant's Aunt (1989) ... Grant Pritchard / Millie Pritchard
- Grandpa's Date (1989) ... Grant Pritchard
- TV or Not TV (1989) ... Grant Pritchard
- Altared States (1989) ... Grant Pritchard
- Adventures in Babysitting (1989) ... Grant Pritchard
 1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Desmond / Berthold
 1987/I The Mikado (TV Movie)
Ko-Ko
 1986 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Terry Halsey
- Chevy Chase/Steve Martin/Martin Short/Randy Newman (1986) ... Terry Halsey (uncredited)
 1986 The Transformers: The Movie
Wreck-Gar (voice)
 1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation
The Bike Rider
 1982-1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Pied Piper / Robert Browning / Narrator
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1985) ... The Pied Piper / Robert Browning
- The Tale of the Frog Prince (1982) ... Narrator
 1983 Yellowbeard
Commander Clement
 1983 The Meaning of Life
Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / ...
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary)
Michelangelo / Brewer / First Bruce / ...
 1981 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Derek DeWoods
- I Do, I Do (1981) ... Derek DeWoods
 1979 Life of Brian
Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / ...
 1978 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie)
Dirk McQuickly / The Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
 1975-1976 Rutland Weekend Television (TV Series)
Various / RWT programme controller / Dirk McQuickly - Rutles Guitarist
- Rutland Weekend Showtime! (1976) ... Various
- Rutland Weekend Is Innocent (1976) ... Various
- Rutland Weekend Insurance (1976) ... Various
- Rutland Weekend Sprimpo (1976) ... Various
- Rutland Weekend Sequel (1976) ... Various
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / ...
 1969-1974 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series)
Various / Clerk / Professor / ...
- Party Political Broadcast (1974) ... Radio Voice / Mrs. Garibaldi / Professor / ...
- Mr. Neutron (1974) ... Captain Carpenter / Mrs. Smailes / Chairman / ...
- Hamlet (1974) ... Dr. Natal / Michael Charlton / Second Assistant / ...
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... Rear Admiral Humphrey DeVere / Gino Agnelli / Squadron Leader / ...
- Michael Ellis (1974) ... Chris Quinn / John Keats
 1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Series)
Torch Runner / Farmer with dog / Shakespearean Expert / ...
- Blödeln für Deutschland (1972) ... Torch Runner / Farmer with dog / Shakespearean Expert / ...
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / ...
 1971 Euroshow 71 (TV Movie)
Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
 1969 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
 1967-1969 Do Not Adjust Your Set (TV Series)
Various Characters / Various
- The Last Post (1969) ... Various Characters
- Your Permanent Wave Looks OK to Me (1969) ... Various
- The Loose Denture Show (1969) ... Various
- Episode #2.4 (1969) ... Various
- Episode #2.3 (1969) ... Various
 1968 We Have Ways of Making You Laugh (TV Series)
Various
 1967 No, That's Me Over Here! (TV Series)
TV announcer
- Episode #1.3 (1967) ... TV announcer (voice)
 1967 At Last the 1948 Show (TV Series)
End of row opera patron / Beethoven patient / waiter / ...
- Episode #1.5 (1967) ... End of row opera patron
- Episode #1.4 (1967) ... Beethoven patient / waiter / elevator operator
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Young Man (uncredited)
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Show Show Director (8 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (3 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Production designer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (121 credits)
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Other Works:

Wrote and composed songs for the children's book "The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat." See more »

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7 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Montypython Flyingcircus | Brian Hope | Eric Spam Eggs and Chips Idle | Eric Whicker Whicker Idle | Eric C. Idleberg | Rice Lied | Monty Python | The Usual Lot

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

At boarding school there was nothing else to do but work and after a certain age it became interesting. After sixteen when you're doing A Level (I did history, geography and English literature), reading is your total escape. See more »

Trivia:

Eric's father, who served in the Royal Air Force, died in a car crash on Christmas eve when he was two years old. See more »

Trademark:

His characters on Monty Python were often mischievous and happy go lucky men. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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