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Michael Palin is an English actor, comedian and television presenter

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 5, 1943
NationalityBritish
FamousOxford University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
SpousesHelen Gibbins (m. 1966)
SiblingsAngela
Known asMichael Edward Palin
Childrens Rachel Palin, Thomas Palin, William Palin
Universities
  • Oxford University
  • Oxford University
Notable Alumnis
  • Oxford University
Birth PlaceBroomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherEdward Moreton Palin
MotherMary Rachel Lockhart
Net Worth$20 Million as of Sep 10,2016
Sun SignTaurus
Born inBroomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Famous asComedian, Actor

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Who is Michael Palin?

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television presenter. He is the second child of Mary Rachel Ovey and Edward Moreton Palin. His grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Lockhart Ovey. He studied at the Shrewsbury School, and graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford with a degree in History. At college, he met Robert Hewison and Terry Jones. Palin and Jones became a team. They collaborated in writing lyrics for Barry Booth’s album “Diversions”. The duo wrote for The Frost Report along with other team members. The Palin-Jones team worked together for “The Late Show”, “A Series of Bird’s”, “Twice a Fortnight”, on the children’s comedy show “Do Not Adjust Your Set”, and for “The Complete and Utter History of Britain”. The duo composed songs including “The Lumberjack Song”, “Every Sperm is Sacred” and “Spam”. He presented the first of BBC’s travel series “Around the World in 80 Days” followed by seven other shows in the series. He supported the cause of sustainable transport, particularly in urban areas. Two trains were named in his honour. He is famous for his roles in Monty Python. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie “A Fish Called Wanda”.

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Childhood & Early Life

Palin was born on May 5, 1943 in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is the second child of Mary Rachel Ovey and Edward Moreton Palin. His father was an engineer working for a steel firm. His grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Lockhart Ovey, was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.

He started his education at Birkdale Preparatory School, Sheffield, and later attended Shrewsbury School. He was close to his sister Angela who was nine years older to him.

Career & Later Life

In 1962, Palin joined the Brasenose College, Oxford, to study history. For Christmas celebrations, he wrote and performed comedy with fellow student Robert Hewison. College mate Terry Jones saw that performance, and joined them.

He graduated in 1965 and later became a presenter on a comedy pop show called “Now!” for Television Wales and the West. Terry Jones contacted him, and together they became a writing duo.

Palin and Jones wrote comedy for various BBC programs, such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Billy Cotton Bandshow, and The Illustrated Weekly Hudd. They collaborated in writing lyrics for Barry Booth’s album “Diversions”.

They wrote for ‘The Frost Report’ along with other team members including Frank Muir, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh, Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle.

The Palin-Jones team wrote for “The Late Show” and “A series of Bird’s”. They worked as actors and writers on “Twice a Fortnight”, and the children’s comedy show “Do Not Adjust Your Set”.

John Cleese invited Palin to perform in “How to Irritate People” together with Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Palin and Jones worked together for “The Complete and Utter History of Britain”.

He co-wrote sketches with Jones, and began the “Spanish Inquisition sketch”. The duo composed songs including “The Lumberjack Song”, “Every Sperm is Sacred” and “Spam”. His solo musical compositions included “Decomposing Composers” and “Finland”.

He starred as Dennis the Peasant in Terry Gilliam’s 1977 film “Jabberwocky”. He also appeared in “All You Need Is Cash” as Eric Manchester, the press agent for the Rutles.

In 1980, Palin co-wrote “Time Bandits” with Terry Gilliam, and also acted in the film. Two years later, he wrote and starred in “The Missionary”. Co-starring Maggie Smith, he plays the Reverend Charles Fortescue.

In the 1980 BBC Television series “Great Railway Journeys of the World”, he travelled throughout the UK by train, from London to Kyle of Lochalsh, via Manchester, York, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and Inverness.

Palin’s played a small part in “The Wind in the Willows”, a film directed by and starring Terry Jones. He also appeared with John Cleese in his documentary, “The Human Face”.

In 1989, he presented the first of BBC’s travel series “Around the World in 80 Days” travelling closely on the path described in the famous Jules Verne story without using an aircraft.

His BBC travel shows include “Pole to Pole”, “Full Circle with Michael Palin”, “Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure”, “Sahara with Michael Palin”, “Himalaya with Michael Palin”, “Michael Palin’s New Europe”, and “Brazil with Michael Palin”.

In 1991, he worked as producer and actor in the film “American Friends” based upon a real event in the life of his great grandfather, a fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.

In 1994, he travelled through Ireland for the series, titled “Derry to Kerry”. He attempted to trace his great grandmother, Brita Gallagher, who set sail from Ireland 150 years ago during the Great Famine.

Major Works

In Monty Python, Palin played various roles such as the lumberjack of the Lumberjack Song, the Dead Parrot vendor, Cheese Shop proprietor, Postal Clerk, and inept characters such as Arthur Putey, and Mr. Anchovy.

He supported the cause of sustainable transport, particularly those relating to urban areas, and assisted Campaign for Better Transport and other campaigns. He has been president of the campaign since 1986.

Awards & Achievements

Palin appeared in the comedy film “A Fish Called Wanda”, released in 1988, as the animal loving assassin Ken Pile. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire or the CBE in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honors List for his services to television drama and travel documentaries.

In 2008, he received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society in Dublin. The following year, he was awarded the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

In 2013, he was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest honour that is conferred by the organisation. He was honoured with a gold medal for achievements in geography by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1966, he married Helen Gibbins whom he first met seven years earlier when on a holiday in Southwold, Suffolk. The couple have three children and a grandchild.

Virgin Trains’ high speed Super Voyager is named after him and ‘National Express East Anglia’ also named British Rail Class 153 after Michael Palin in honour of his achievements as a traveller.

Trivia

This writer-comedian and his crew would have been on one of the trains involved in the Clapham Junction rail crash had they not arrived ahead of schedule and caught an earlier train.

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Michael Palin awards

YearNameAward

BAFTA Awards

1989Best Actor in a Supporting RoleA Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Michael Palin biography timelines

  • // 5th May 1943
    Palin was born on May 5, 1943 in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is the second child of Mary Rachel Ovey and Edward Moreton Palin. His father was an engineer working for a steel firm. His grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Lockhart Ovey, was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, Palin joined the Brasenose College, Oxford, to study history. For Christmas celebrations, he wrote and performed comedy with fellow student Robert Hewison. College mate Terry Jones saw that performance, and joined them.
  • // 1965
    He graduated in 1965 and later became a presenter on a comedy pop show called “Now!” for Television Wales and the West. Terry Jones contacted him, and together they became a writing duo.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he married Helen Gibbins whom he first met seven years earlier when on a holiday in Southwold, Suffolk. The couple have three children and a grandchild.
  • // 1977
    He starred as Dennis the Peasant in Terry Gilliam’s 1977 film “Jabberwocky”. He also appeared in “All You Need Is Cash” as Eric Manchester, the press agent for the Rutles.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, Palin co-wrote “Time Bandits” with Terry Gilliam, and also acted in the film. Two years later, he wrote and starred in “The Missionary”. Co-starring Maggie Smith, he plays the Reverend Charles Fortescue.
  • // 1980
    In the 1980 BBC Television series “Great Railway Journeys of the World”, he travelled throughout the UK by train, from London to Kyle of Lochalsh, via Manchester, York, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and Inverness.
  • // 1986
    He supported the cause of sustainable transport, particularly those relating to urban areas, and assisted Campaign for Better Transport and other campaigns. He has been president of the campaign since 1986.
  • // 1988
    Palin appeared in the comedy film “A Fish Called Wanda”, released in 1988, as the animal loving assassin Ken Pile. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he presented the first of BBC’s travel series “Around the World in 80 Days” travelling closely on the path described in the famous Jules Verne story without using an aircraft.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he worked as producer and actor in the film “American Friends” based upon a real event in the life of his great grandfather, a fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he travelled through Ireland for the series, titled “Derry to Kerry”. He attempted to trace his great grandmother, Brita Gallagher, who set sail from Ireland 150 years ago during the Great Famine.
  • // 2000
    He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire or the CBE in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honors List for his services to television drama and travel documentaries.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society in Dublin. The following year, he was awarded the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest honour that is conferred by the organisation. He was honoured with a gold medal for achievements in geography by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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    Michael Palin's siblings is Angela

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    Michael Palin's childrens is Rachel Palin, Thomas Palin, William Palin

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    Michael Palin studied at Oxford University, Oxford University

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    Michael Palin's height is 178

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    Michael Palin's father is Edward Moreton Palin

  • Who is Michael Palin's mother?

    Michael Palin's mother is Mary Rachel Lockhart

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