Eric Idle

British comedian, actor and writer

Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English actor, comedian, composer, musician, singer-songwriter and writer. He is one of the members of Monty Python. Monty Python is a British comedy team.

Eric Idle
Idle in 2014
Born (1943-03-29) 29 March 1943 (age 81)
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, composer, musician, singer-songwriter, writer
Years active1967–present
Notable workMonty Python, The Rutles, Spamalot
Lyn Ashley
(m. 1969; div. 1975)

Tania Kosevich (m. 1981)
Parent(s)Ernest Idle
Nora Barron Idle

Idle was born in South Shields, County Durham. He studied English at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

He is known for his songwriting and singing skills. His songs were important parts of the Monty Python television programme and movies. He wrote the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". This song was written as the closing song of the 1979 movie Life of Brian.

He lives in Studio City, California.

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