Michael Palin, Writer: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Michael Palin was born on May 5, 1943 in Ranmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Michael Edward Palin. He is a writer and actor, known for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). He has been married to Helen Gibbins since April 16, 1966. They have three children.