Eric Idle

Eric Idle
Idle looking mildly shocked
Idle in 2014
Born (1943-03-29) 29 March 1943 (age 77)
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • composer
  • musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • writer
Years active1967–present
Notable work
Monty Python
The Rutles
(m. 1969; div. 1975)

Tania Kosevich
(m. 1981)

Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English actor, author, comedian and musician. Idle is a former member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python and the parody rock band The Rutles, and is the writer of the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

Known for his elaborate wordplay and musical numbers, Idle performed many of Python's songs, including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (from Life of Brian), and the "Galaxy Song" (from The Meaning of Life).[2] After Monty Python's Flying Circus, he hosted Saturday Night Live in the US four times in the first five seasons. Idle's initially successful solo career faltered in the 1990s with the failures of his 1993 film Splitting Heirs (which he wrote, produced, and starred in) and 1998's An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (in which he starred). He revived his career by returning to the source of his worldwide fame, adapting Monty Python material for other media. Following the success of the musical Spamalot (which won the Tony Award for Best Musical), he also wrote Not the Messiah, an oratorio derived from the Life of Brian.[3] He featured in a one-hour symphony of British music when he performed to a global audience at the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony.[4]

  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ "And now for something completely difficult ..." The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  3. ^ Eric Idle, [Email letter to] "The Pythons," 20 December 2006. Reprinted in Roy Thompson Hall Performance Program Insert, Summer 2007. p. 6.
  4. ^ "London ends Olympics on extravagant notes – Europe". Al Jazeera English. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2019.