Eric Idle

Born Mar 29, 1943

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer, and comedic composer. He was a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the The Rutles on Saturday Night Live and the author of the Broadway play, Spamalot.

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1943 Birth Born on March 29, 1943.
1948 5 Years Old Idle also appeared as guest in some episodes of the television series At Last the 1948 Show, which co-featured future Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman. … Read More


1965 22 Years Old Idle started at Cambridge only a year after future fellow-Pythons Graham Chapman and John Cleese. He became Footlights President in 1965 and was the first to allow women to join the club. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old …  This ran for two seasons from 1973 to 1974 and involved Idle performing sketches and links to records, with himself playing nearly all the multi-tracked parts. … Read More


1986 43 Years Old In 1986, Idle provided the voice of Wreck-Gar, the leader of the Junkions (a race of robots built out of junk that can only speak in film catchphrases and advertising slogans) in The Transformers: The Movie.
1987 44 Years Old In 1987, he took part in the English National Opera production of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera The Mikado, in which he appeared in the role of the Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko.
1989 46 Years Old In 1989, he appeared in the U.S. comedy television series Nearly Departed, about a ghost who haunts the family inhabiting his former home; the series lasted for six episodes as a summer replacement series. … Read More


1994 - 1995 2 More Events
1996 53 Years Old In 1996, he reprised his role as Rincewind for the game's sequel, and composed and sang its theme song, "That's Death".
1998 55 Years Old In 1998, Idle appeared in the lead role in the poorly received film Burn Hollywood Burn. … Read More
1999 56 Years Old From 1999 to 2000, he played Ian Maxtone-Graham on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. … Read More


2003 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 2003, Idle began a performing tour of several American and Canadian cities entitled The Greedy Bastard Tour. … Read More
2004 61 Years Old In 2004, Idle recorded a protest song of sorts, the "FCC Song", in which he lambastes the US Federal Communications Commission for fining him $5,000 for saying the word "fuck" on national radio. Fittingly, the short song contains 14 uses of that expletive. The song can be downloaded in MP3 and OGG Vorbis format at the Internet Archive. In 2004, the musical comedy Spamalot debuted in Chicago and opened in New York's Shubert Theatre on 14 February 2005. … Read More
2007 64 Years Old In June 2007, "Not the Messiah", a comic oratorio by Idle and John Du Prez premiered at the inaugural Luminato arts festival in Toronto. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old Idle contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Raining in My Heart" for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released 6 September 2011. … Read More
2012 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Eric Idle was a popular addition to the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in London on 12 August, performing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
2014 71 Years Old Eric Idle was the creator and director of the live show "Monty Python Live (mostly) – One down, Five to go", which took place at the O2 Arena in London between 1 and 20 July 2014.
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