Eric Idle

Eric Idle ( born March 29, 1943 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England ) is an English actor, film producer, director, composer and author. He became internationally known as a founding member of the group Monty Python.

Career with Monty Python

Unlike the other members of the Monty Python group, preferably, their skits for two written ( Cleese / Chapman and Palin / Jones), Idle wrote alone. His contributions were often of longer, more complex monologues or catchy one-liners. One of the many Monty Python skits from Idles spring is the " Nudge Nudge Wink Wink " skit ( " Knick-Knack - wink - wink ").

His skills as a singer and composer came to him in his work for Monty Python benefit, for he wrote several of the songs that are heard in the television series, films and sound recordings. Among these are " Eric the Half -a -Bee ", " The Philosophers ' Song" and probably the best known, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ," which he wrote and for the final scene from The Life of Brian is sung in the film by a crowd of crucified.

In the 1970s he worked as a draftsman of the Monty Python " boks " (intentional misspelling of the English books, books), and he wrote about his experiences with the comedy troupe in the fifth part of the 2003 published book series " A Pocketful of Python " ( a bag full Python), in which he and some of his favorite skits, written by both him and the rest of the pythons, described.

On August 12, 2012, he appeared in London in the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

Work as author

Idle has written several books, among them are also two novels, Hello Sailor! (! dt Hello Sailor) and The trip to Mars ( Original title: The Road to Mars). In 1976 he wrote an offshoot to Rutland Weekend Television, he produced for a BBC 2 television series entitled The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book. In 1982, he wrote a piece for the West End Theatre in London titled Pass The Butler and Willie Rushton in the lead role.

He was also the author of the story and co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Monty Python 's Spamalot, based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and was premiered on January 9, 2005 in Chicago, before it to Broadway in New York moved. There it won the Tony Award for Best Musical in the 2004-2005 season. The reactions of the other Monty Python members on the musical were different; both Michael Palin and Terry Jones publicly expressed their displeasure over the show, as they did justice to their opinion, not the heritage and tradition of Monty Python.

He was chosen of all time in the election for Comedian 's Comedian (German comedian about the comedian ) in the UK from other comedians and connoisseurs of the 50 best comedians of 2005.

Private life

1969 Idle married Lyn Ashley, the actress, with whom he has a son (born 1973 ). Ashley played as Mrs. Idle occasional small roles in Monty Python's Flying Circus. In 1975, she divorced. His current wife, Tania Kosevich, he married in 1981., You have a daughter (* 1990).

Idle lives in Los Angeles.

Filmography (selection)


  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ( from The Life of Brian )
  • The FCC Song (Song, among other things with the FCC as well as the policies of George W. Bush)
  • Galaxy Song ( from The Meaning of Life )
  • High Energy ( with Robert Wuhl from On the Sunny Side of Life)
  • That's Death ( title track of the point & click adventure games Discworld 2 on the novels by Terry Pratchett, according to the song That's Life by Frank Sinatra )