Who is Eric Idle?
Eric Idle is a British actor, comedian, writer, and musician, best known for being a member of the comedy group Monty Python. He has been involved in various comedic endeavors, including acting in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, writing for the group’s TV series and films, and contributing to their iconic sketches and songs. Outside of Monty Python, Idle has also had success as an actor in various films and television shows, as well as a playwright and author.
Eric Idle was born on March 29, 1943, in South Shields, England. He attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he joined the Footlights Club, a renowned comedy troupe. In 1963, he married Lyn Ashley, with whom he had a daughter named Carey. The couple divorced in 1975. In 1981, Idle married Tania Kosevich, with whom he has a son named Carey and a daughter named Lily. He is a passionate supporter of various charitable causes, including Amnesty International and environmental initiatives. Idle is an accomplished musician and has released several albums, including comedic and musical works. He is also a prolific author, having penned numerous books, including novels and memoirs. Idle resides primarily in Los Angeles, California, and has become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He continues to be active in the entertainment industry, participating in various projects and performances.
Still Working at 80
Eric Idle, renowned for his role as Sir Robin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, recently disclosed that he continues to work at the age of 80 primarily due to financial considerations. Last year, the comedian revealed that he had sold his home. Speaking on X (formerly Twitter), Idle expressed surprise at the assumption that Monty Python members are financially well-off, stating, “I don’t know why people always assume we’re loaded. Python is a disaster.” He further lamented the decline in income streams at his age, remarking, “I never dreamed that at this age the income streams would tail off so disastrously.” Idle also highlighted the fact that the Monty Python troupe retains ownership of all their past works and suggested that historical management issues could be contributing to his current financial situation.
When questioned about the possibility of a Netflix documentary aiding his financial situation, he adamantly expressed his disinterest, using colorful language to describe both the genre of documentary films and the streaming platform itself.
However, he concluded by stating, “I don’t mind not being wealthy. I prefer being funny.”
Together with Graham Chapman, John Cleese of Fawlty Towers fame, filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and travel writer Sir Michael Palin, Idle co-founded the comedy troupe in 1969.
Following the widespread acclaim of their sketch comedy television series, the troupe embarked on the creation of five films spanning from 1971 to 1983.
In 2004, Idle conceived the medieval musical “Spamalot,” which garnered a Tony Award for Best Musical during its Broadway run. However, he remarked that the show “made money 20 years ago.”
In 2013, a producer involved in the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” prevailed in a High Court battle for royalties against the comedy team, securing a portion of the play’s profits.
Idle also made appearances in “Shrek the Third,” and in 2014, he headlined “Monty Python Live (Mostly)” alongside fellow members of the troupe.
The grand finale was broadcast in cinemas worldwide on July 20th of that year. Despite lucrative offers for a global tour, the group declined, with Idle stating, “When you get old, grumpy old men, you go ‘I don’t care how much bloody money, I’m not going out, I’m staying home’.”
The first performance sold out within a remarkable 43.5 seconds. Ticket prices ranged from £27.50 to £95, yet many were resold at inflated rates on various marketplace websites.