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Michael Palin

Michael Palin gained a degree in history from Oxford University before going into television and becoming a founding member of the Monty Python team.

He has written and performed in numerous successful films and television series, including The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, and more recently American Friends and GBH.

Michael's globe-trotting exploits include traveling from London to the Kyle of Lochalsh and from Derry to Kerry for the two BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World series, following in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg for Around the World in 80 Days and, most recently, tackling the trip from North Pole to South Pole.

In addition to the best-selling Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, he has written many books, notably Ripping Yarns and Dr. Feggs Encyclopeadia (sic) of All World Knowledge with Terry Jones and a number of children's books, including The Mirrorstone, Limericks, the Cyril stories and Small Harry and the Toothache Pills.

Michael's first stage play, The Weekend, opened in Guildford on March 14, 1994 and, after a six week regional tour, moved to the West End at the beginning of May. His first novel, Hemingway's Chair, was published by Methuen in April 1995.

Michael is currently working on a book and a television series about a journey he has just completed around the Pacific Rim.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Michael Palin Facts

Birth Name Michael Edward Palin
BirthdayMay 5, 1943 (80)
BirthplaceSheffield, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Michael Palin compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Monty Python And The Holy Grail
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Life Of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda
Monty Python's Life Of Brian
Arthur Christmas
Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Monty Python
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