Eric Idle

Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English actor, comedian, songwriter, musician, screenwriter and playwright. He was a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python and the parody rock band the Rutles. Idle studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and joined Cambridge University Footlights. He reached stardom when he co-created and acted in the sketch series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974) and the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983) with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman. Known for his elaborate wordplay and musical numbers, Idle performed many of the songs featured in Python projects, including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "Galaxy Song". After Monty Python's Flying Circus he created the sketch show Rutland Weekend Television (1975–1976), and hosted Saturday Night Live four times (1976–1979). He has also acted in films, including The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Nuns on the Run (1990), Splitting Heirs (1993), Casper (1995), An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), Ella Enchanted (2004), and Shrek the Third (2007). Idle made his Broadway debut with his adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) into a musical, Spamalot (2005), which was a critical and commercial success earning the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He also wrote Not the Messiah (2009). He reached a global audience when he performed at the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony.


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Harry Nilsson Documentary in Production ... Mark Hudson , Danny Hutton , Eric Idle , Al Kooper , ...
Monty Python ... and very typically George. -- Eric Idle [1]   George ...
Yellowbeard ... Martin Hewitt, Michael Hordern, Eric Idle, Madeline ...
Flash Harry {Reissue} [2013] ... Producer: Bruce Robb | Producer: Eric Idle | Producer: ...
Harry "Harry " by Eric Idle   Learning that Nilsson planned to ...
Colin Richardson's 1978 Interview with Harry Nilsson ... Very clever. I think a lot of Eric Idle .   HARRY: I ...
Flash Harry [1980] ... the US. The album begins with Eric Idle singing "Harry ...
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Eric Idle's memoir is filled with anecdotes of the former ...
Bright Side of Life ... of Life" by Harry Nilsson   Eric Idle wrote the song ...

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