Eric Idle

Biography

Date of Birth 29 March 1943, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and composer of comic songs. He wrote and performed as a member of the British comedy group Monty Python. Early life Idle was born in South Shields, County Durham (now Tyne and Wear) in Harton Village, the son of Nora Barron (née Sanderson) and Ernest Idle.[1] His father had served in the Royal Air Force and survived World War II, only to be killed in a hitch-hiking accident on Christmas Eve 1945.[2] His mother had difficulty coping with a full-time job and raising a child, so when he was seven, she enrolled him into the Royal Wolverhampton School as a boarder. The school had begun life as a Victorian orphanage, and during Idle's time was a charitable foundation dedicated to the welfare of children who had lost one or both parents. Its pupils, who were mainly the children of dead English soldiers, still referred to it as the 'Ophney'. Idle is quoted as saying: "It was a physically abusive, bullying, harsh environment for a kid to grow up in. I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority. Perfect training for Python."[3] Idle stated that the two things that made his life bearable were listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes and watching the local football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite this, he disliked other sports and would sneak out of school every Thursday afternoon to the local cinema. He was eventually caught watching the X-rated film BUtterfield 8 and stripped of his prefecture, even though by that time he was head boy. Idle had already refused to be senior boy in the school cadet force, as he supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and had participated in the yearly Aldermaston March. Idle maintains that there was little to do at the school and boredom drove him to study hard. He consequently won a place at Cambridge.

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Desmond / Berthold

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Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different

Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) / 'Hell's Grannies' analyst / Arthur Wilson / Arthur Wilson Two / Nightclub Emcee / Linkman / First General / Restaurant Manager / Lingerie Shop Own

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Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

Baritonish / Stan aka Loretta / Bob Dylan / Ben

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Nuns on the Run

Brian Hope

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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

Dirk McQuickly/Narrator/Stanley J. Krammerhead III,Jr.,Occasional visiting professor of applied narcotics at the University of Please Yourself Ca.

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Splitting Heirs

Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel

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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Rat

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Dudley Do-Right

Prospector

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Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Spanish Guitarist / First Yorkshireman / Noël Coward / Michelangelo / First Bruce / Graham aka Hamrag Yatlerot / Himself / First Poofy Judge / Arthur Nudge / Chris / Man in Pink / Mr. Bun

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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Michelangelo / Bruce #1 / Judge #1 / 'World Forum' Host / Arthur Nudge / Yorkshireman #1 / Mr. Smoketoomuch / Husband / Lumberjack

Starring In
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An Accidental Studio

Himself (archive footage)

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Himself

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Absolutely Anything

Salubrious Gat (voice)

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Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Spanish Guitarist / First Yorkshireman / Noël Coward / Michelangelo / First Bruce / Graham aka Hamrag Yatlerot / Himself / First Poofy Judge / Arthur Nudge / Chris / Man in Pink / Mr. Bun

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The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

Self / Nigel Spasm

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The Meaning of Monty Python

Self

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What About Dick?

Piano

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Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO

Himself

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A Liar’s Autobiography

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Who Is Harry Nilsson

Self / Singer

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Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

Baritonish / Stan aka Loretta / Bob Dylan / Ben

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Monty Python: Almost The Truth

Himself (unknown episodes)

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Delgo

Spig (voice)

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Shrek the Third

Merlin (voice)

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The Secret Life of Brian

Himself

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The Aristocrats

Self

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Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

Himself

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Ella Enchanted

Narrator

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George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992

Himself (segment "Crackerbox Palace")

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El Príncipe Cascanueces

Drosselmeier (voice)

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure

British Man on Plane

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Hollywood Homicide

Celebrity

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Concert for George

Himself

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Pinocchio

Medoro (voice: English version)

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The Scream Team

Coffin Ed

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102 Dalmatians

Waddlesworth (voice)

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Dudley Do-Right

Prospector

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Hercules: Zero to Hero

Parenthesis (voice)

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Dr. Vosknocker (voice)

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The Life of Python

Himself/Various roles (also archive footage)

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Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music

Justin (archive footage)

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The Secret Of NIMH 2 - Timmy To the Rescue

Evil Martin (voice)

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Quest for Camelot

Devon, Two-Headed Dragon (voice)

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Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen

Himself / Various Roles (also archive footage)

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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

Alan Smithee

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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Rat

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Casper

Dibs

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Splitting Heirs

Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel

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Mom and Dad Save the World

King Raff

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Missing Pieces

Wendel

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Too Much Sun

Sonny

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Nuns on the Run

Brian Hope

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Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python

Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Desmond / Berthold

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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Richard Van Allan, Felicity Palmer, ...

Ko-Ko

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Faerie Tale Theatre - Rip Van Winkle

Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)

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Transformers: The Movie

Wreck-Gar (voice)

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National Lampoon's European Vacation

The Bike Rider

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Yellowbeard

Commander Clement

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Monty Python's 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

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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Michelangelo / Bruce #1 / Judge #1 / 'World Forum' Host / Arthur Nudge / Yorkshireman #1 / Mr. Smoketoomuch / Husband / Lumberjack

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Monty Python's Life of Brian

Mr. Cheeky / Stan (Loretta) / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee

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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

Dirk McQuickly/Narrator/Stanley J. Krammerhead III,Jr.,Occasional visiting professor of applied narcotics at the University of Please Yourself Ca.

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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

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Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different

Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) / 'Hell's Grannies' analyst / Arthur Wilson / Arthur Wilson Two / Nightclub Emcee / Linkman / First General / Restaurant Manager / Lingerie Shop Own

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Do Not Adjust Your Set

Various (1967-1969)

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Alice in Wonderland

Young Man (uncredited)

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