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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=EngvarB |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS (pronounced {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; born 5 May 1943)<ref name=whoswho>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel documentaries.

Palin wrote most of his comedic material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as the Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report, and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "Argument Clinic", "Dead Parrot sketch", "The Lumberjack Song", "The Spanish Inquisition", and "The Fish-Slapping Dance".

Palin continued to work with Jones after Python, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.<ref name="BAFTA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In a 2005 poll to find The Comedians' Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.<ref>Michael Palin Biography Yahoo.com. Retrieved 7 May 2012</ref>

After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer and travel documentarian. His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> From 2009 to 2012 Palin was the president of the Royal Geographical Society.<ref>People & Staff Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 24 June 2012</ref> On 12 May 2013, Palin was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest honour that is conferred by the organisation.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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