1. Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter.
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5. Michael Palin continued to work with his Python cohorts, pairing with Jones to create the BBC comedy series Ripping Yarns and starring in the Beatles mockumentary The Rutles: All You Need is Cash.
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12. Michael Palin began working with Terry Jones on comedy scripts for numerous television shows.
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14. Sir Michael Palin says: "I've had some very nice, sarcasm-free emails from all of the Pythons.
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16. Michael Palin was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to television in the 2000 New Year Honours.
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18. In November 2008, Michael Palin presented a First World War documentary about Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, when thousands of soldiers lost their lives in battle after the war had officially ended.
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19. Michael Palin notes in his book of Around the World in 80 Days that the final leg of his journey could originally have taken him and his crew on one of the trains involved in the Clapham Junction rail crash, but they arrived ahead of schedule and caught an earlier train.
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22. Michael Palin co-starred with Maggie Smith again in the 1984 comedy film A Private Function.
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23. Michael Palin starred as Dennis the Peasant in Terry Gilliam's 1977 film Jabberwocky.
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26. Michael Palin was born in Ranmoor, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Edward Moreton Palin.
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30. Michael Palin will be among actors leading the tributes and a special citation written by Sir Michael Morpurgo will be read out.
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33. Michael Palin said, "I've been to the Nyamgiri Hills in Orissa and seen the forces of money and power that Vedanta Resources have arrayed against a people who have occupied their land for thousands of years, who husband the forest sustainably and make no great demands on the state or the government.
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34. In 1991 Michael Palin appeared in a film, American Friends, he wrote based upon a real event in the life of his great-grandfather, a fellow at St John's College, Oxford.
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35. In 1982, Michael Palin wrote and starred in The Missionary, co-starring Maggie Smith.
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38. When he was five years old, Michael Palin had his first acting experience at Birkdale playing Martha Cratchit in a school performance of A Christmas Carol.
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40. In 2000 Michael Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to television.
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41. Michael Palin wrote most of his comedic material with fellow Python member Terry Jones.
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46. In July 2015, Michael Palin signed an open letter and gave an interview to support "a strong BBC at the centre of British life" at a time the government was reviewing the corporation's size and activities.
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47. On 2 January 2011, Michael Palin became the first person to sign the UK-based Campaign for Better Transport's Fair Fares Now campaign.
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52. Michael Palin visited North Korea this year and found it much more welcoming of the West than he had expected.
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