Eric Idle was born March 29 1943 in South Shields, England.
He played all kinds of characters in Python. It was Idle, who wrote the songs "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in "Life of Brian" and "The Galaxy Song" in "The Meaning of Life". One of his most famous Python skits is "Nudge Nudge", which he did together with Terry Jones.
One of Idle´s biggest post-Python projects was The Rutles. It was a 90 minute parody of The Beatles called "The Rutles in: All You Need Is Cash" (1978). It contained, for example, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Neil Innes (who wrote all the music in the film), Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and the actual beatle George Harrison, who is a great fan of Monty Python.
He has also done:
"Nuns on the Run" (1990), a film about two criminals played by Idle and Robbie Coltrane. They decide to end their illegal careers and just do one last job, so they can afford to move to Rio de Janeiro, but it goes a little wrong, and they have to escape into a nunnery and "become" nuns. Suddenly, they find themselves chased by the police, their former boss and some asian bad guys.
...and a lot more, for example, several appearances in Saturday Night Live, as well as in "National Lampoon´s European Vacation" and Graham Chapman´s "Yellowbeard".
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