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Eric Idle

Eric Idle (Merlin) who joins the Shrek team of players as Merlin the magician, has multi-hyphenated his way through life, from being a writer and actor in the legendary Monty Python TV series and movies, to serving as creator and director of The Rutles. He has appeared on stage singing rude songs at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python in 2000 and 2003's The Greedy Bastard Tour, for which he journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus. His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is available from HarperCollins.

Spamalot, a musical theatrical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, won him a Tony for Best Musical of 2005 and a Grammy for Best Soundtrack. The musical is still playing on Broadway, as well as on tour in London and Las Vegas. His latest work with John Du Prez is a comic Oratorio Not the Messiah, which will premiere shortly in Toronto.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Eric Idle Facts

BirthdayMarch 29, 1943 (80)
BirthplaceSouth Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 1½" (1m87)  How tall is Eric Idle compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Not available.