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John CleeseJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_0_0
BornJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_1_0 John Marwood Cleese
(1939-10-27) 27 October 1939 (age 81)

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, EnglandJohn Cleese_cell_0_1_1

Alma materJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_2_0 Downing College, CambridgeJohn Cleese_cell_0_2_1
OccupationJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_3_0 Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producerJohn Cleese_cell_0_3_1
Years activeJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_4_0 1961–presentJohn Cleese_cell_0_4_1
Political partyJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_5_0 Liberal DemocratsJohn Cleese_cell_0_5_1
Spouse(s)John Cleese_header_cell_0_6_0 Connie Booth

​ ​(m. 1968; div. 1978)​

Barbara Trentham ​ ​(m. 1981; div. 1990)​

Alyce Eichelberger ​ ​(m. 1992; div. 2008)​

Jennifer Wade ​(m. 2012)​John Cleese_cell_0_6_1

ChildrenJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_7_0 2John Cleese_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteJohn Cleese_header_cell_0_8_0 John Cleese_cell_0_8_1

John Marwood Cleese (/kliːz/ KLEEZ; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. John Cleese_sentence_0

He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. John Cleese_sentence_1

In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. John Cleese_sentence_2

Along with his Python co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese starred in Monty Python films, which include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). John Cleese_sentence_3

In the mid 1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers, and he starred in it as Basil Fawlty. John Cleese_sentence_4

The series resulted in Cleese receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and in 2000 the show topped the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. John Cleese_sentence_5

In a 2001 Channel 4 poll, Basil was ranked second on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. John Cleese_sentence_6

Cleese co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda (1989) and Fierce Creatures (1997), both of which he also wrote; for A Fish Called Wanda he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. John Cleese_sentence_7

He has also starred in Time Bandits (1981) and Rat Race (2001) and has appeared in many other films, including Silverado (1985), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), two James Bond films (as R and Q), two Harry Potter films (as Nearly Headless Nick) and the last three Shrek films. John Cleese_sentence_8

Emerging from the Cambridge Footlights in the 1960s, Cleese has specialised in satire, black comedy, sketch comedy and surreal humour. John Cleese_sentence_9

With Yes Minister writer Antony Jay, he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films. John Cleese_sentence_10

In 1976, Cleese co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. John Cleese_sentence_11

Although a long-running supporter of the Liberal Democrats, in 1999 he turned down a life peerage offer from the party. John Cleese_sentence_12

Early life John Cleese_section_0

Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Reginald Francis Cleese (1893–1972), an insurance salesman, and his wife Muriel Evelyn (née Cross, 1899–2000, the daughter of an auctioneer). John Cleese_sentence_13

His family's surname was originally Cheese, but his father had thought it was embarrassing and used the name Cleese when he enlisted in the Army during the First World War; he changed it officially by deed poll in 1923. John Cleese_sentence_14

As a child, Cleese supported Bristol City FC and Somerset County Cricket Club. John Cleese_sentence_15

Cleese was educated at St Peter's Preparatory School (paid for by money his mother inherited), where he received a prize for English and did well at cricket and boxing. John Cleese_sentence_16

When he was 13, he was awarded an exhibition at Clifton College, an English public school in Bristol. John Cleese_sentence_17

He was already more than 6 feet (1.83 m) tall by then. John Cleese_sentence_18

Cleese allegedly defaced the school grounds, as a prank, by painting footprints to suggest that the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the toilet. John Cleese_sentence_19

Cleese played cricket in the First XI and did well academically, passing eight O-Levels and three A-Levels in mathematics, physics and chemistry. John Cleese_sentence_20

In his autobiography So, Anyway, he says that discovering, aged 17, he had not been made a house prefect by his housemaster affected his outlook: "It was not fair and therefore it was unworthy of my respect... John Cleese_sentence_21

I believe that this moment changed my perspective on the world." John Cleese_sentence_22

Cleese could not go straight to Cambridge, as the ending of National Service meant there were twice the usual number of applicants for places, so he returned to his prep school for two years to teach science, English, geography, history, and Latin (he drew on his Latin teaching experience later for a scene in Life of Brian, in which he corrects Brian's badly written Latin graffiti). John Cleese_sentence_23

He then took up a place he had won at Downing College, Cambridge, to read law. John Cleese_sentence_24

He also joined the Cambridge Footlights. John Cleese_sentence_25

He recalled that he went to the Cambridge Guildhall, where each university society had a stall, and went up to the Footlights stall, where he was asked if he could sing or dance. John Cleese_sentence_26

He replied "no" as he was not allowed to sing at his school because he was so bad, and if there was anything worse than his singing, it was his dancing. John Cleese_sentence_27

He was then asked "Well, what do you do?" John Cleese_sentence_28

to which he replied, "I make people laugh." John Cleese_sentence_29

At the Footlights theatrical club, Cleese spent a lot of time with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie and met his future writing partner Graham Chapman. John Cleese_sentence_30

Cleese wrote extra material for the 1961 Footlights Revue I Thought I Saw It Move, and was registrar for the Footlights Club during 1962. John Cleese_sentence_31

He was also in the cast of the 1962 Footlights Revue Double Take! John Cleese_sentence_32

Cleese graduated from Cambridge in 1963 with an upper second. John Cleese_sentence_33

Despite his successes on The Frost Report, his father sent him cuttings from The Daily Telegraph offering management jobs in places like Marks & Spencer. John Cleese_sentence_34

Career John Cleese_section_1

Pre-Python John Cleese_section_2

Cleese was a scriptwriter, as well as a cast member, for the 1963 Footlights Revue A Clump of Plinths. John Cleese_sentence_35

The revue was so successful at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that it was renamed Cambridge Circus and taken to the West End in London and then on a tour of New Zealand and Broadway, with the cast also appearing in some of the revue's sketches on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1964. John Cleese_sentence_36

After Cambridge Circus, Cleese briefly stayed in America, performing on and off-Broadway. John Cleese_sentence_37

While performing in the musical Half a Sixpence, Cleese met future Python Terry Gilliam as well as American actress Connie Booth, whom he married on 20 February 1968. John Cleese_sentence_38

At their wedding at a Unitarian Church in Manhattan, the couple attempted to ensure an absence of any theistic language. John Cleese_sentence_39

"The only moment of disappointment," Cleese recalled, "came at the very end of the service when I discovered that I'd failed to excise one particular mention of the word 'God.'" John Cleese_sentence_40

Later, Booth became a writing partner. John Cleese_sentence_41

He was soon offered work as a writer with BBC Radio, where he worked on several programmes, most notably as a sketch writer for The Dick Emery Show. John Cleese_sentence_42

The success of the Footlights Revue led to the recording of a short series of half-hour radio programmes, called I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, which were so popular that the BBC commissioned a regular series with the same title that ran from 1965 to 1974. John Cleese_sentence_43

Cleese returned to Britain and joined the cast. John Cleese_sentence_44

In many episodes, he is credited as "John Otto Cleese" (according to Jem Roberts, this may have been due to the embarrassment of his actual middle name Marwood). John Cleese_sentence_45

Also in 1965, Cleese and Chapman began writing on The Frost Report. John Cleese_sentence_46

The writing staff chosen for The Frost Report consisted of a number of writers and performers who went on to make names for themselves in comedy. John Cleese_sentence_47

They included co-performers from I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again and future Goodies Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor, and also Frank Muir, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh and future Python members Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. John Cleese_sentence_48

While working on The Frost Report, the future Pythons developed the writing styles that would make their collaboration significant. John Cleese_sentence_49

Cleese's and Chapman's sketches often involved authority figures, some of whom were performed by Cleese, while Jones and Palin were both infatuated with filmed scenes that opened with idyllic countryside panoramas. John Cleese_sentence_50

Idle was one of those charged with writing David Frost's monologue. John Cleese_sentence_51

During this period Cleese met and befriended influential British comedian Peter Cook. John Cleese_sentence_52

It was as a performer on The Frost Report that Cleese achieved his breakthrough on British television as a comedy actor, appearing as the tall, upper class patrician figure in the classic "Class" sketch (screened on 7 April 1966), contrasting comically in a line-up with the shorter, middle class Ronnie Barker and the even shorter, working class Ronnie Corbett. John Cleese_sentence_53

The British Film Institute commented, "Its twinning of height and social position, combined with a minimal script, created a classic TV moment." John Cleese_sentence_54

This series was so popular that in 1966 Cleese and Chapman were invited to work as writers and performers with Brooke-Taylor and Feldman on At Last the 1948 Show, during which time the Four Yorkshiremen sketch was written by all four writers/performers (the Four Yorkshiremen sketch is now better known as a Monty Python sketch). John Cleese_sentence_55

Cleese and Chapman also wrote episodes for the first series of Doctor in the House (and later Cleese wrote six episodes of Doctor at Large on his own in 1971). John Cleese_sentence_56

These series were successful, and in 1969 Cleese and Chapman were offered their very own series. John Cleese_sentence_57

However, owing to Chapman's alcoholism, Cleese found himself bearing an increasing workload in the partnership and was, therefore, unenthusiastic about doing a series with just the two of them. John Cleese_sentence_58

He had found working with Palin on The Frost Report an enjoyable experience and invited him to join the series. John Cleese_sentence_59

Palin had previously been working on Do Not Adjust Your Set with Idle and Jones, with Terry Gilliam creating the animations. John Cleese_sentence_60

The four of them had, on the back of the success of Do Not Adjust Your Set, been offered a series for Thames Television, which they were waiting to begin when Cleese's offer arrived. John Cleese_sentence_61

Palin agreed to work with Cleese and Chapman in the meantime, bringing with him Gilliam, Jones, and Idle. John Cleese_sentence_62

Monty Python John Cleese_section_3

Main article: Monty Python John Cleese_sentence_63

Monty Python's Flying Circus ran for four seasons from October 1969 to December 1974 on BBC Television, though Cleese quit the show after the third. John Cleese_sentence_64

Cleese's two primary characterisations were as a sophisticated and a stressed-out loony. John Cleese_sentence_65

He portrayed the former as a series of announcers, TV show hosts, and government officials (for example, "The Ministry of Silly Walks"). John Cleese_sentence_66

The latter is perhaps best represented in the "Cheese Shop" and by Cleese's Mr Praline character, the man with a dead Norwegian Blue parrot and a menagerie of other animals all named "Eric". John Cleese_sentence_67

He was also known for his working class "Sergeant Major" character, who worked as a Police Sergeant, Roman Centurion, etc. Cleese also appeared during some abrupt scene changes as a radio commentator (usually outfitted in a dinner suit) where, in a rather pompous manner, he would make the formal and determined announcement "And now for something completely different", which later became the title of the first Monty Python film. John Cleese_sentence_68

Partnership with Graham Chapman John Cleese_section_4

Along with Gilliam's animations, Cleese's work with Graham Chapman provided Python with its darkest and angriest moments, and many of his characters display the seething suppressed rage that later characterised his portrayal of Basil Fawlty. John Cleese_sentence_69

Unlike Palin and Jones, Cleese and Chapman wrote together in the same room; Cleese claims that their writing partnership involved him doing most of the work, while Chapman sat back, not speaking for long periods before suddenly coming out with an idea that often elevated the sketch to a new level. John Cleese_sentence_70

A classic example of this is the "Dead Parrot sketch", envisaged by Cleese as a satire on poor customer service, which was originally to have involved a broken toaster and later a broken car (this version was actually performed and broadcast on the pre-Python special How to Irritate People). John Cleese_sentence_71

It was Chapman's suggestion to change the faulty item into a dead parrot, and he also suggested that the parrot be specifically a "Norwegian Blue", giving the sketch a surreal air which made it far more memorable. John Cleese_sentence_72

Their humour often involved ordinary people in ordinary situations behaving absurdly for no obvious reason. John Cleese_sentence_73

Like Chapman, Cleese's poker face, clipped middle class accent, and intimidating height allowed him to appear convincingly as a variety of authority figures, such as policemen, detectives, Nazi officers or government officials, which he then proceeded to undermine. John Cleese_sentence_74

In the "Ministry of Silly Walks" sketch (written by Palin and Jones), for example, Cleese exploits his stature as the crane-legged civil servant performing a grotesquely elaborate walk to his office. John Cleese_sentence_75

On the Silly Walks sketch, Ben Beaumont-Thomas in The Guardian writes, "Cleese is utterly deadpan as he takes the stereotypical bowler-hatted political drone and ruthlessly skewers him. John Cleese_sentence_76

All the self-importance, bureaucratic inefficiency and laughable circuitousness of Whitehall is summed up in one balletic extension of his slender leg." John Cleese_sentence_77

Chapman and Cleese also specialised in sketches wherein two characters conducted highly articulate arguments over completely arbitrary subjects, such as in the "cheese shop", the "dead parrot" sketch and "Argument Clinic", where Cleese plays a stone-faced bureaucrat employed to sit behind a desk and engage people in pointless, trivial bickering. John Cleese_sentence_78

All of these roles were opposite Palin (who Cleese often claims is his favourite Python to work with)—the comic contrast between the towering Cleese's crazed aggression and the shorter Palin's shuffling inoffensiveness is a common feature in the series. John Cleese_sentence_79

Occasionally, the typical Cleese–Palin dynamic is reversed, as in "Fish Licence", wherein Palin plays the bureaucrat with whom Cleese is trying to work. John Cleese_sentence_80

Though Flying Circus lasted four series, by the start of series 3, Cleese was growing tired of dealing with Chapman's alcoholism. John Cleese_sentence_81

He felt, too, that the show's scripts had declined in quality. John Cleese_sentence_82

For these reasons, he became restless and decided to move on. John Cleese_sentence_83

Though he stayed for the third series, he officially left the group before the fourth season. John Cleese_sentence_84

Cleese received a credit on three episodes of the fourth series which used material from these sessions, though he was officially unconnected with the fourth series. John Cleese_sentence_85

He remained friendly with the group, and all six began writing Monty Python and the Holy Grail. John Cleese_sentence_86

Much of his work on Holy Grail remains widely quoted, including the Black Knight scene. John Cleese_sentence_87

Cleese returned to the troupe to co-write and co-star in two further Monty Python films, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. John Cleese_sentence_88

His attack on Roman rule in Life of Brian–when he asks "What have the Romans ever done for us? John Cleese_sentence_89

", before being met with a string of benefits including sanitation, roads and public order–was ranked the seventh funniest line in film in a 2002 poll. John Cleese_sentence_90

Since the last Python film (Meaning of Life in 1983) Cleese has participated in various live performances with the group over the years. John Cleese_sentence_91

1970s John Cleese_section_5

From 1970 to 1973, Cleese served as rector of the University of St Andrews. John Cleese_sentence_92

His election proved a milestone for the university, revolutionising and modernising the post. John Cleese_sentence_93

For instance, the rector was traditionally entitled to appoint an "assessor", a deputy to sit in his place at important meetings in his absence. John Cleese_sentence_94

Cleese changed this into a position for a student, elected across campus by the student body, resulting in direct access and representation for the student body. John Cleese_sentence_95

Around this time, Cleese worked with comedian Les Dawson on his sketch/stand-up show Sez Les. John Cleese_sentence_96

The differences between the two physically (the tall, lean Cleese and the short, stout Dawson) and socially (the public school and the Cambridge-educated Cleese vs. the working class, self-educated Mancunian Dawson) were marked, but both worked well together from series 8 onwards until the series ended in 1976. John Cleese_sentence_97

Cleese starred in the low-budget spoof of the Sherlock Holmes detective series The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977) as the grandson of the world's greatest consulting detective. John Cleese_sentence_98

In December 1977, Cleese appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show. John Cleese_sentence_99

Ranked one of the best guest stars to appear on the show, Cleese was a fan of The Muppet Show and co-wrote much of the episode. John Cleese_sentence_100

In it he is "kidnapped" before the show begins, complains about the number of pigs, and gets roped into doing a closing number with Kermit the Frog, Sweetums, pigs, chickens and monsters. John Cleese_sentence_101

Cleese also made a cameo appearance in their 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper and won the TV Times award for Funniest Man on TV – 1978–79. John Cleese_sentence_102

In 1979, he starred in a TV special, To Norway, Home of Giants, produced by Johnny Bergh. John Cleese_sentence_103

Throughout the 1970s, Cleese also produced and acted in a number of successful business training films, including Meetings, Bloody Meetings, and More Bloody Meetings. John Cleese_sentence_104

These were produced by his company Video Arts. John Cleese_sentence_105

Fawlty Towers John Cleese_section_6

Main article: Fawlty Towers John Cleese_sentence_106

Cleese achieved greater prominence in the United Kingdom as the neurotic hotel manager Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he co-wrote with his wife Connie Booth. John Cleese_sentence_107

The series won three BAFTA awards when produced, and in 2000 it topped the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. John Cleese_sentence_108

In a 2001 poll conducted by Channel 4 Basil Fawlty was ranked second (behind Homer Simpson) on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. John Cleese_sentence_109

The series also featured Prunella Scales as Basil's acerbic wife Sybil, Andrew Sachs as the much abused Spanish waiter Manuel, and Booth as waitress Polly, the series' voice of sanity. John Cleese_sentence_110

Cleese based Basil Fawlty on a real person, Donald Sinclair, whom he had encountered in 1970 while the Monty Python team were staying at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay while filming inserts for their television series. John Cleese_sentence_111

Reportedly, Cleese was inspired by Sinclair's mantra, "I could run this hotel just fine if it weren't for the guests." John Cleese_sentence_112

He later described Sinclair as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met," although Sinclair's widow has said her husband was totally misrepresented in the series. John Cleese_sentence_113

During the Pythons' stay, Sinclair allegedly threw Idle's briefcase out of the hotel "in case it contained a bomb," complained about Gilliam's "American" table manners, and threw a bus timetable at another guest after he dared to ask the time of the next bus to town. John Cleese_sentence_114

The first series was screened from 19 September 1975 on BBC 2, initially to poor reviews, but gained momentum when repeated on BBC 1 the following year. John Cleese_sentence_115

Despite this, a second series did not air until 1979, by which time Cleese's marriage to Booth had ended, but they revived their collaboration for the second series. John Cleese_sentence_116

Fawlty Towers consisted of two seasons, each of only six episodes; Cleese and Booth both maintain that this was to avoid compromising the quality of the series. John Cleese_sentence_117

The popularity of Fawlty Towers has endured, and in addition to featuring high in greatest-ever television show polls it is often rebroadcast. John Cleese_sentence_118

In a 2002 poll, Basil's "don't mention the war" comment (said to the waitress Polly about the German guests) was ranked the second funniest line in television. John Cleese_sentence_119

1980s and 1990s John Cleese_section_7

During the 1980s and 1990s, Cleese focused on film, though he did work with Peter Cook in his one-off TV special Peter Cook and Co. in 1980. John Cleese_sentence_120

In the same year, Cleese played Petruchio, in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in the BBC Television Shakespeare series. John Cleese_sentence_121

In 1981 he appeared in the Terry Gilliam-directed Time Bandits as Robin Hood. John Cleese_sentence_122

He also participated in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (filmed 1980, released 1982) and starred in The Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International. John Cleese_sentence_123

In 1985, Cleese had a small dramatic role as a sheriff in Silverado, which had an all-star cast that included Kevin Kline, with whom he starred in A Fish Called Wanda three years later. John Cleese_sentence_124

In 1986, he starred in Clockwise as an uptight school headmaster obsessed with punctuality and constantly getting into trouble during a journey to speak at the Headmasters' Conference. John Cleese_sentence_125

Timed with the 1987 UK elections, he appeared in a video promoting proportional representation. John Cleese_sentence_126

In 1988, he wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda as the lead, Archie Leach, along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. John Cleese_sentence_127

Wanda was a commercial and critical success, and Cleese was nominated for an Academy Award for his script. John Cleese_sentence_128

Cynthia Cleese starred as Leach's daughter. John Cleese_sentence_129

Graham Chapman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1989; Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook, and Chapman's partner David Sherlock witnessed Chapman's death. John Cleese_sentence_130

Chapman's death occurred a day before the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Flying Circus, with Jones commenting that it was "the worst case of party-pooping in all history." John Cleese_sentence_131

Cleese gave a eulogy at Chapman's memorial service. John Cleese_sentence_132

Cleese later played a supporting role in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) alongside Branagh himself and Robert De Niro. John Cleese_sentence_133

With Robin Skynner, the group analyst and family therapist, Cleese wrote two books on relationships: Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It. John Cleese_sentence_134

The books are presented as a dialogue between Skynner and Cleese. John Cleese_sentence_135

The follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures—which again starred Cleese alongside Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin—was released in 1997, but was greeted with mixed reception by critics and audiences. John Cleese_sentence_136

Cleese has since often stated that making the second film had been a mistake. John Cleese_sentence_137

When asked by his friend, director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, what he would do differently if he could live his life again, Cleese responded, "I wouldn't have married Alyce Faye Eichelberger and I wouldn't have made Fierce Creatures." John Cleese_sentence_138

In 1999, Cleese appeared in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as "R". John Cleese_sentence_139

In 2002, when Cleese reprised his role in Die Another Day, the character was promoted, making Cleese the new quartermaster (Q) of MI6. John Cleese_sentence_140

In 2004, Cleese was featured as Q in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, featuring his likeness and voice. John Cleese_sentence_141

Cleese did not appear in the subsequent Bond films, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall; in the latter film, Ben Whishaw was cast in the role of Q. John Cleese_sentence_142

21st century John Cleese_section_8

Cleese is Provost's Visiting Professor at Cornell University, after having been Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large from 1999 to 2006. John Cleese_sentence_143

He makes occasional well-received appearances on the Cornell campus. John Cleese_sentence_144

In 2001, Cleese was cast in the comedy Rat Race as the eccentric hotel owner Donald P. Sinclair, the name of the Torquay hotel owner on whom he had based the character of Basil Fawlty. John Cleese_sentence_145

That year he appeared as Nearly Headless Nick in the first Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), a role he would reprise in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). John Cleese_sentence_146

In 2002, Cleese made a cameo appearance in the film The Adventures of Pluto Nash, in which he played "James", a computerised chauffeur of a hover car stolen by the title character (played by Eddie Murphy). John Cleese_sentence_147

The vehicle is subsequently destroyed in a chase, leaving the chauffeur stranded in a remote place on the moon. John Cleese_sentence_148

In 2003, Cleese appeared as Lyle Finster on the US sitcom Will & Grace. John Cleese_sentence_149

His character's daughter, Lorraine, was played by Minnie Driver. John Cleese_sentence_150

In the series, Lyle Finster briefly marries Karen Walker (Megan Mullally). John Cleese_sentence_151

In 2004, Cleese was credited as co-writer of a DC Comics graphic novel titled Superman: True Brit. John Cleese_sentence_152

Part of DC's "Elseworlds" line of imaginary stories, True Brit, mostly written by Kim Howard Johnson, suggests what might have happened had Superman's rocket ship landed in Britain, not America. John Cleese_sentence_153

From 10 November to 9 December 2005, Cleese toured New Zealand with his stage show John Cleese—His Life, Times and Current Medical Problems. John Cleese_sentence_154

Cleese described it as "a one-man show with several people in it, which pushes the envelope of acceptable behaviour in new and disgusting ways". John Cleese_sentence_155

The show was developed in New York City with William Goldman and includes Cleese's daughter Camilla as a writer and actor (the shows were directed by Australian Bille Brown). John Cleese_sentence_156

His assistant of many years, Garry Scott-Irvine, also appeared and was listed as a co-producer. John Cleese_sentence_157

The show then played in universities in California and Arizona from 10 January to 25 March 2006 under the title "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot". John Cleese_sentence_158

His voice can be downloaded for directional guidance purposes as a downloadable option on some personal GPS-navigation device models by company TomTom. John Cleese_sentence_159

In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders, The Comedians' Comedian, Cleese was voted second to Peter Cook. John Cleese_sentence_160

Also in 2005, a long-standing piece of Internet humour, "The Revocation of Independence of the United States", was wrongly attributed to Cleese. John Cleese_sentence_161

In 2006, Cleese hosted a television special of football's greatest kicks, goals, saves, bloopers, plays, and penalties, as well as football's influence on culture (including the Monty Python sketch "Philosophy Football"), featuring interviews with pop culture icons Dave Stewart, Dennis Hopper, and Henry Kissinger, as well as eminent footballers, including Pelé, Mia Hamm, and Thierry Henry. John Cleese_sentence_162

The Art of Soccer with John Cleese was released in North America on DVD in January 2009 by BFS Entertainment & Multimedia. John Cleese_sentence_163

Also in 2006, Cleese released the song "Don't Mention the World Cup". John Cleese_sentence_164

Cleese lent his voice to the BioWare video game Jade Empire. John Cleese_sentence_165

His role was that of an "outlander" named Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard, stranded in the Imperial City of the Jade Empire. John Cleese_sentence_166

His character is essentially a British colonialist stereotype who refers to the people of the Jade Empire as "savages in need of enlightenment". John Cleese_sentence_167

His armour has the design of a fork stuck in a piece of cheese. John Cleese_sentence_168

In 2007, Cleese appeared in ads for Titleist as a golf course designer named "Ian MacCallister", who represents "Golf Designers Against Distance". John Cleese_sentence_169

Also in 2007, he started filming the sequel to The Pink Panther, titled The Pink Panther 2, with Steve Martin and Aishwarya Rai. John Cleese_sentence_170

Cleese collaborated with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member William Kanengiser in 2008 on the text to the performance piece "The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha". John Cleese_sentence_171

Cleese, as narrator, and the LAGQ premiered the work in Santa Barbara. John Cleese_sentence_172

The year 2008 also saw reports of Cleese working on a musical version of A Fish Called Wanda with his daughter Camilla. John Cleese_sentence_173

At the end of March 2009, Cleese published his first article as "Contributing Editor" to The Spectator: "The real reason I had to join The Spectator". John Cleese_sentence_174

Cleese has also hosted comedy galas at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2006, and again in 2009. John Cleese_sentence_175

Towards the end of 2009 and into 2010, Cleese appeared in a series of television adverts for the Norwegian electric goods shop chain Elkjøp. John Cleese_sentence_176

In March 2010 it was announced that Cleese would be playing Jasper in the video game Fable III. John Cleese_sentence_177

In 2009 and 2010, Cleese toured Scandinavia and the US with his Alimony Tour Year One and Year Two. John Cleese_sentence_178

In May 2010, it was announced that this tour, set for May 2011, would extend to the UK (his first tour there). John Cleese_sentence_179

The show is dubbed the "Alimony Tour" in reference to the financial implications of Cleese's divorce. John Cleese_sentence_180

The UK tour started in Cambridge on 3 May, visiting Birmingham, Nottingham, Salford, York, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol and Bath (the Alimony Tour DVD was recorded on 2 July, the final Bath date). John Cleese_sentence_181

Later in 2011 John took his Alimony Tour to South Africa. John Cleese_sentence_182

He played Cape Town on the 21 & 22 October before moving over to Johannesburg, where he played from 25 to 30 October. John Cleese_sentence_183

In January 2012 he took his one-man show to Australia, starting in Perth on 22 January and throughout the next four months visited Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, New South Wales, Melbourne, Sydney, and finished up during April in Canberra. John Cleese_sentence_184

In October 2010, Cleese was featured in the launch of an advertising campaign by The Automobile Association for a new home emergency response product. John Cleese_sentence_185

He appeared as a man who believed the AA could not help him during a series of disasters, including water pouring through his ceiling, with the line "The AA? John Cleese_sentence_186

For faulty showers?" John Cleese_sentence_187

During 2010, Cleese appeared in a series of radio advertisements for the Canadian insurance company Pacific Blue Cross, in which he plays a character called "Dr. Nigel Bilkington, Chief of Medicine for American General Hospital". John Cleese_sentence_188

In 2012, Cleese was cast in Hunting Elephants, a heist comedy by Israeli filmmaker Reshef Levi. John Cleese_sentence_189

Cleese had to quit just prior to filming due to heart trouble and was replaced by Patrick Stewart. John Cleese_sentence_190

Between September and October 2013, Cleese embarked on his first-ever cross-Canada comedy tour. John Cleese_sentence_191

Entitled "John Cleese: Last Time to See Me Before I Die tour", he visited Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and finished in Vancouver, performing to mostly sold-out venues. John Cleese_sentence_192

Cleese returned to the stage in Dubai in November 2013, where he performed to a sold-out theatre. John Cleese_sentence_193

Cleese was interviewed and appears as himself in filmmaker Gracie Otto's 2013 documentary film The Last Impresario, about Cleese's longtime friend and colleague Michael White. John Cleese_sentence_194

White produced Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Cleese's pre-Python comedy production Cambridge Circus. John Cleese_sentence_195

At a comic press conference in November 2013, Cleese and other surviving members of the Monty Python comedy group announced a reuniting performance to be held in July 2014. John Cleese_sentence_196

Cleese joined with Eric Idle in 2015 and 2016 for a tour of North America, Canada and the ANZUS nations, "John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last . John Cleese_sentence_197

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For The Very First Time," playing small theatres and including interaction with audiences as well as sketches and reminisces. John Cleese_sentence_200

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything interview, Cleese expressed regret that he had turned down the role played by Robin Williams in The Birdcage, the butler played by Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day, and the clergyman played by Peter Cook in The Princess Bride. John Cleese_sentence_201

In 2017, he wrote Bang Bang! John Cleese_sentence_202

a new adaptation of Georges Feydeau's French play Monsieur Chasse! John Cleese_sentence_203

for the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, before making its American premiere at the Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, New York in 2018, and will tour the UK in spring 2020. John Cleese_sentence_204

Style of humour John Cleese_section_9

In his Alimony Tour Cleese explained the origin of his fondness for black humour, the only thing that he inherited from his mother. John Cleese_sentence_205

Examples of it are the Dead Parrot sketch, "The Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers, his clip for the 1992 BBC2 mockumentary "A Question of Taste", the Undertakers sketch, and his eulogy at Graham Chapman's memorial service which included the line, "Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! John Cleese_sentence_206

I hope he fries." John Cleese_sentence_207

On his attitude to life he states, "I can take almost nothing seriously". John Cleese_sentence_208

In 2020, following a controversy over the content of the Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans", Cleese criticised the BBC, saying "The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats. John Cleese_sentence_209

It used to have a large sprinkling of people who'd actually made programmes. John Cleese_sentence_210

Not any more. John Cleese_sentence_211

So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs... That's why they're so cowardly and gutless and contemptible." John Cleese_sentence_212

He likened the style of humour in Fawlty Towers to the representation of Alf Garnett from another BBC sitcom, Till Death Us Do Part, saying "We laughed at Alf's reactionary views. John Cleese_sentence_213

Thus we discredited them, by laughing at him. John Cleese_sentence_214

Of course, there were people—very stupid people—who said 'Thank God someone is saying these things at last'. John Cleese_sentence_215

We laughed at these people too. John Cleese_sentence_216

Now they're taking decisions about BBC comedy." John Cleese_sentence_217

Activism and politics John Cleese_section_10

Cleese (and the other members of Python) have contributed their services to charitable endeavours and causes—sometimes as an ensemble, at other times as individuals. John Cleese_sentence_218

The cause that has been the most frequent and consistent beneficiary has been the human rights work of Amnesty International via the Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows. John Cleese_sentence_219

The idea of the Ball was conceived by Cleese, with Huffington Post stating "in 1976 he "friended" the then-struggling Amnesty International (according to Martin Lewis, the very notion of Human Rights was then not the domain of hipsters and students, but just of foreign-policy wonks) first with a cheque signed "J. Cleese" — and then by rounding up "a few friends" to put on a show." John Cleese_sentence_220

Many musicians have publicly attributed their activism—and the organisation of their own benefit events—to the inspiration of the work in this field of Cleese and the rest of Python, such as Bob Geldof (organiser of Live Aid), U2, Pete Townshend, and Sting. John Cleese_sentence_221

On the impact of the Ball on Geldof, Sting states, "he took the 'Ball' and ran with it." John Cleese_sentence_222

Cleese is a long-standing supporter of the Liberal Democrats. John Cleese_sentence_223

Having previously been a Labour Party voter, Cleese switched to the SDP after their formation in 1981. John Cleese_sentence_224

During the 1987 general election, Cleese recorded a nine-minute party political broadcast for the SDP–Liberal Alliance, which spoke about the similarities and failures of the other two parties in a more humorous tone than standard political broadcasts. John Cleese_sentence_225

Cleese has since appeared in broadcasts for the Liberal Democrats, in the 1997 general election and narrating a radio election broadcast for the party during the 2001 general election. John Cleese_sentence_226

In 2008, Cleese expressed support for Barack Obama and his presidential candidacy, offering his services as a speech writer. John Cleese_sentence_227

He was an outspoken critic of Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying that "Michael Palin is no longer the funniest Palin". John Cleese_sentence_228

The same year, he wrote a satirical poem about Fox News commentator Sean Hannity for Countdown with Keith Olbermann. John Cleese_sentence_229

In 2011, Cleese declared his appreciation for Britain's coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, saying: "I think what's happening at the moment is rather interesting. John Cleese_sentence_230

The Coalition has made everything a little more courteous and a little more flexible. John Cleese_sentence_231

I think it was quite good that the Liberal Democrats had to compromise a bit with the Tories." John Cleese_sentence_232

He also criticised the previous Labour government, commenting: "Although my inclinations are slightly left-of-centre, I was terribly disappointed with the last Labour government. John Cleese_sentence_233

Gordon Brown lacked emotional intelligence and was never a leader." John Cleese_sentence_234

Cleese also declared his support for proportional representation. John Cleese_sentence_235

In April 2011, Cleese said that he had declined a life peerage for political services in 1999. John Cleese_sentence_236

Outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats Paddy Ashdown had put forward the suggestion shortly before stepping down, with the idea that Cleese would take the party whip and sit as a working peer, but the actor quipped that he "realised this involved being in England in the winter and I thought that was too much of a price to pay." John Cleese_sentence_237

Cleese also declined a CBE title in 1996 as he thought, "they were silly." John Cleese_sentence_238

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2014, Cleese expressed political interest about the UK Independence Party, saying that although he was in doubt as to whether he was prepared to vote for it, he was attracted to its challenge to the established political order and the radicalism of its policies on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. John Cleese_sentence_239

He expressed support for immigration, but also concern about the integration of immigrants into British culture. John Cleese_sentence_240

Talking to Der Spiegel in 2015, Cleese expressed a critical view on what he saw as a plutocracy that was unhealthily developing control of the governance of the First World's societies, stating that he had reached a point when he "saw that our existence here is absolutely hopeless. John Cleese_sentence_241

I see the rich have got a stranglehold on us. John Cleese_sentence_242

If somebody had said that to me when I was 20, I would have regarded him as a left-wing loony." John Cleese_sentence_243

In 2016, Cleese publicly supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union. John Cleese_sentence_244

He tweeted: "If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I'd vote to stay in. John Cleese_sentence_245

But there isn't. John Cleese_sentence_246

Sad." John Cleese_sentence_247

Cleese said that "EU bureaucrats" had taken away "any trace of democratic accountability" and suggested they should "give up the euro, introduce accountability." John Cleese_sentence_248

In July 2018, Cleese said that he was leaving the UK to relocate to the Caribbean island of Nevis, partly over frustration around the standard of the Brexit debate, including "dreadful lies" by "the right" and a lack of reform regarding the press and the voting system. John Cleese_sentence_249

He emigrated to Nevis on 1 November 2018. John Cleese_sentence_250

During then-Republican nominee Donald Trump's run for the US Presidency in 2016, Cleese described Trump as "a narcissist, with no attention span, who doesn't have clear ideas about anything and makes it all up as he goes along". John Cleese_sentence_251

He had previously described the leadership of the Republican Party as "the most cynical, most disgracefully immoral people I've ever come across in a Western civilisation". John Cleese_sentence_252

In May 2019, Cleese repeated his previous statement that London was no longer an English city, saying "virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. John Cleese_sentence_253

So there must be some truth in it... John Cleese_sentence_254

I note also that London was the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU." John Cleese_sentence_255

London Mayor Sadiq Khan responded, "These comments make John Cleese sound like he's in character as Basil Fawlty. John Cleese_sentence_256

Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. John Cleese_sentence_257

We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub." John Cleese_sentence_258

Cleese added, "I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it." John Cleese_sentence_259

In 2020, Cleese opposed the BBC's removal of the Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans" from the UKTV streaming service after protests over the death of George Floyd, stating that the program was mocking prejudice with its use of a character who uttered racial slurs. John Cleese_sentence_260

"If they can't see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say," said Cleese. John Cleese_sentence_261

UKTV later restored the episode with a disclaimer about its content. John Cleese_sentence_262

Anti-smoking campaign John Cleese_section_11

In 1992, the UK Health Education Authority (subsequently the Health Development Agency, now merged into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recruited Cleese—an ex-smoker—to star in a series of anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) on British television, which took the form of sketches rife with morbid humor about smoking and were designed to encourage adult smokers to quit. John Cleese_sentence_263

In a controlled study of regions of central and northern England, one region received no intervention, the PSAs were broadcast in two regions, and one region received both the PSAs plus locally organised anti-tobacco campaigning. John Cleese_sentence_264

The study found that smokers in regions where the PSAs were broadcast were about half again as likely to have quit at the 18-month follow-up point as those who did not see them, irrespective of the local anti-tobacco campaign. John Cleese_sentence_265

Personal life John Cleese_section_12

Cleese met Connie Booth in the US and they married in 1968. John Cleese_sentence_266

In 1971, Booth gave birth to Cynthia Cleese, their only child. John Cleese_sentence_267

With Booth, Cleese wrote the scripts for and co-starred in both series of Fawlty Towers, even though the two were actually divorced before the second series was finished and aired. John Cleese_sentence_268

Cleese and Booth are said to have remained close friends since. John Cleese_sentence_269

Cleese has two grandchildren, Evan and Olivia, through his eldest daughter's marriage to the writer and director Ed Solomon. John Cleese_sentence_270

Cleese married American actress Barbara Trentham in 1981. John Cleese_sentence_271

Their daughter Camilla, Cleese's second child, was born in 1984. John Cleese_sentence_272

He and Trentham divorced in 1990. John Cleese_sentence_273

During this time, Cleese moved to Los Angeles. John Cleese_sentence_274

In 1992, he married American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger. John Cleese_sentence_275

They divorced in 2008. John Cleese_sentence_276

The divorce settlement left Eichelberger with £12 million in finance and assets, including £600,000 a year for seven years. John Cleese_sentence_277

Cleese said, "What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine ... John Cleese_sentence_278

I got off lightly. John Cleese_sentence_279

Think what I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship – such as children, or a conversation". John Cleese_sentence_280

Less than a year later, he returned to the UK, where he has property in London and a home on the Royal Crescent in Bath, Somerset. John Cleese_sentence_281

In August 2012, Cleese married English jewellery designer and former model Jennifer Wade in a ceremony on the Caribbean island of Mustique. John Cleese_sentence_282

In an interview in 2014, Cleese blamed his mother, who lived to the age of 101, for his problems in relationships with women, saying: "My ingrained habit of walking on eggshells when dealing with my mother dominated my romantic liaisons for many years." John Cleese_sentence_283

Cleese said that he had spent "a large part of my life in some form of therapy" over his relationships with women. John Cleese_sentence_284

In March 2015, in an interview with Der Spiegel, he was asked if he was religious. John Cleese_sentence_285

Cleese stated that he did not think much of organised religion and said he was not committed to "anything except the vague feeling that there is something more going on than the materialist reductionist people think". John Cleese_sentence_286

Cleese has a passion for lemurs. John Cleese_sentence_287

Following the 1997 comedy film Fierce Creatures, in which the ring-tailed lemur played a key role, he hosted the 1998 BBC documentary In the Wild: Operation Lemur with John Cleese, which tracked the progress of a reintroduction of black-and-white ruffed lemurs back into the Betampona Reserve in Madagascar. John Cleese_sentence_288

The project had been partly funded by Cleese's donation of the proceeds from the London premier of Fierce Creatures. John Cleese_sentence_289

Cleese said "I adore lemurs. John Cleese_sentence_290

They're extremely gentle, well-mannered, pretty and yet great fun ... John Cleese_sentence_291

I should have married one". John Cleese_sentence_292

The Bemaraha woolly lemur (Avahi cleesei), also known as Cleese's woolly lemur, is native to western Madagascar. John Cleese_sentence_293

The scientist who discovered the species named it after Cleese, mainly because of Cleese's fondness for lemurs and his efforts at protecting and preserving them. John Cleese_sentence_294

The species was first discovered in 1990 by a team of scientists from Zurich University led by Urs Thalmann but was not formally described as a species until 11 November 2005. John Cleese_sentence_295

Filmography John Cleese_section_13

Film John Cleese_section_14

John Cleese_table_general_1

YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleJohn Cleese_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesJohn Cleese_header_cell_1_0_3
1968John Cleese_cell_1_1_0 InterludeJohn Cleese_cell_1_1_1 TV PublicistJohn Cleese_cell_1_1_2 John Cleese_cell_1_1_3
The Bliss of Mrs. BlossomJohn Cleese_cell_1_2_0 Post office clerkJohn Cleese_cell_1_2_1 John Cleese_cell_1_2_2
1969John Cleese_cell_1_3_0 The Magic ChristianJohn Cleese_cell_1_3_1 Mr. Dougdale (director in Sotheby's)John Cleese_cell_1_3_2 John Cleese_cell_1_3_3
The Best House in LondonJohn Cleese_cell_1_4_0 JonesJohn Cleese_cell_1_4_1 UncreditedJohn Cleese_cell_1_4_2
1970John Cleese_cell_1_5_0 The Rise and Rise of Michael RimmerJohn Cleese_cell_1_5_1 PummerJohn Cleese_cell_1_5_2 Also writerJohn Cleese_cell_1_5_3
1971John Cleese_cell_1_6_0 And Now for Something Completely DifferentJohn Cleese_cell_1_6_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_6_2
The StatueJohn Cleese_cell_1_7_0 HarryJohn Cleese_cell_1_7_1 John Cleese_cell_1_7_2
1973John Cleese_cell_1_8_0 Anyone For Sex?John Cleese_cell_1_8_1 Role of Sex TherapistJohn Cleese_cell_1_8_2 John Cleese_cell_1_8_3
1974John Cleese_cell_1_9_0 Romance with a Double BassJohn Cleese_cell_1_9_1 Musician SmychkovJohn Cleese_cell_1_9_2 Also writerJohn Cleese_cell_1_9_3
1975John Cleese_cell_1_10_0 Monty Python and the Holy GrailJohn Cleese_cell_1_10_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_10_2
1977John Cleese_cell_1_11_0 The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know ItJohn Cleese_cell_1_11_1 Arthur Sherlock HolmesJohn Cleese_cell_1_11_2
1979John Cleese_cell_1_12_0 Monty Python's Life of BrianJohn Cleese_cell_1_12_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_12_2
1981John Cleese_cell_1_13_0 The Great Muppet CaperJohn Cleese_cell_1_13_1 NevilleJohn Cleese_cell_1_13_2 CameoJohn Cleese_cell_1_13_3
Time BanditsJohn Cleese_cell_1_14_0 Gormless Robin HoodJohn Cleese_cell_1_14_1 John Cleese_cell_1_14_2
1982John Cleese_cell_1_15_0 Privates on ParadeJohn Cleese_cell_1_15_1 Major Giles FlackJohn Cleese_cell_1_15_2 John Cleese_cell_1_15_3
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood BowlJohn Cleese_cell_1_16_0 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_16_1 Concert film; also writerJohn Cleese_cell_1_16_2
1983John Cleese_cell_1_17_0 YellowbeardJohn Cleese_cell_1_17_1 Harvey "Blind" PewJohn Cleese_cell_1_17_2 John Cleese_cell_1_17_3
Monty Python's The Meaning of LifeJohn Cleese_cell_1_18_0 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_18_1 Also writerJohn Cleese_cell_1_18_2
1985John Cleese_cell_1_19_0 SilveradoJohn Cleese_cell_1_19_1 LangstonJohn Cleese_cell_1_19_2 John Cleese_cell_1_19_3
1986John Cleese_cell_1_20_0 ClockwiseJohn Cleese_cell_1_20_1 Mr. StimpsonJohn Cleese_cell_1_20_2 Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for ComedyJohn Cleese_cell_1_20_3
1988John Cleese_cell_1_21_0 A Fish Called WandaJohn Cleese_cell_1_21_1 Barrister Archie LeachJohn Cleese_cell_1_21_2 Also writer and executive producer

BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original ScreenplayJohn Cleese_cell_1_21_3

1989John Cleese_cell_1_22_0 Erik the VikingJohn Cleese_cell_1_22_1 Halfdan the BlackJohn Cleese_cell_1_22_2 John Cleese_cell_1_22_3
The Big PictureJohn Cleese_cell_1_23_0 BartenderJohn Cleese_cell_1_23_1 CameoJohn Cleese_cell_1_23_2
1990John Cleese_cell_1_24_0 Bullseye!John Cleese_cell_1_24_1 Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John CleeseJohn Cleese_cell_1_24_2
1991John Cleese_cell_1_25_0 An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestJohn Cleese_cell_1_25_1 Cat R. WaulJohn Cleese_cell_1_25_2 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_25_3
1993John Cleese_cell_1_26_0 Splitting HeirsJohn Cleese_cell_1_26_1 Raoul P. ShadgrindJohn Cleese_cell_1_26_2 John Cleese_cell_1_26_3
1994John Cleese_cell_1_27_0 Mary Shelley's FrankensteinJohn Cleese_cell_1_27_1 Professor WaldmanJohn Cleese_cell_1_27_2 John Cleese_cell_1_27_3
The Jungle BookJohn Cleese_cell_1_28_0 Dr. Julius PlumfordJohn Cleese_cell_1_28_1 John Cleese_cell_1_28_2
The Swan PrincessJohn Cleese_cell_1_29_0 Jean-BobJohn Cleese_cell_1_29_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_29_2
1996John Cleese_cell_1_30_0 The Wind in the WillowsJohn Cleese_cell_1_30_1 Mr. Toad's LawyerJohn Cleese_cell_1_30_2 CameoJohn Cleese_cell_1_30_3
1997John Cleese_cell_1_31_0 Fierce CreaturesJohn Cleese_cell_1_31_1 Rollo LeeJohn Cleese_cell_1_31_2 Also writer and producerJohn Cleese_cell_1_31_3
George of the JungleJohn Cleese_cell_1_32_0 An Ape Named 'Ape'John Cleese_cell_1_32_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_32_2
1998John Cleese_cell_1_33_0 In the Wild: Operation Lemur with John CleeseJohn Cleese_cell_1_33_1 NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_1_33_2 DocumentaryJohn Cleese_cell_1_33_3
1999John Cleese_cell_1_34_0 The Out-of-TownersJohn Cleese_cell_1_34_1 Mr. MersaultJohn Cleese_cell_1_34_2 John Cleese_cell_1_34_3
The World Is Not EnoughJohn Cleese_cell_1_35_0 RJohn Cleese_cell_1_35_1 John Cleese_cell_1_35_2
2000John Cleese_cell_1_36_0 Isn't She GreatJohn Cleese_cell_1_36_1 Henry MarcusJohn Cleese_cell_1_36_2 John Cleese_cell_1_36_3
The Magic PuddingJohn Cleese_cell_1_37_0 Albert The Magic PuddingJohn Cleese_cell_1_37_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_37_2
2001John Cleese_cell_1_38_0 Quantum ProjectJohn Cleese_cell_1_38_1 Alexander PentchoJohn Cleese_cell_1_38_2 John Cleese_cell_1_38_3
Here's Looking at You: The Evolution of the Human FaceJohn Cleese_cell_1_39_0 NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_1_39_1 DocumentaryJohn Cleese_cell_1_39_2
Rat RaceJohn Cleese_cell_1_40_0 Donald P. SinclairJohn Cleese_cell_1_40_1 John Cleese_cell_1_40_2
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJohn Cleese_cell_1_41_0 Nearly Headless NickJohn Cleese_cell_1_41_1 John Cleese_cell_1_41_2
2002John Cleese_cell_1_42_0 Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJohn Cleese_cell_1_42_1 Nearly Headless NickJohn Cleese_cell_1_42_2 John Cleese_cell_1_42_3
Roberto Benigni's PinocchioJohn Cleese_cell_1_43_0 The Talking CricketJohn Cleese_cell_1_43_1 English dubJohn Cleese_cell_1_43_2
Die Another DayJohn Cleese_cell_1_44_0 QJohn Cleese_cell_1_44_1 John Cleese_cell_1_44_2
The Adventures of Pluto NashJohn Cleese_cell_1_45_0 JamesJohn Cleese_cell_1_45_1 John Cleese_cell_1_45_2
2003John Cleese_cell_1_46_0 Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleJohn Cleese_cell_1_46_1 Mr. MundayJohn Cleese_cell_1_46_2 John Cleese_cell_1_46_3
ScorchedJohn Cleese_cell_1_47_0 Charles MerchantJohn Cleese_cell_1_47_1 John Cleese_cell_1_47_2
George of the Jungle 2John Cleese_cell_1_48_0 An Ape Named 'Ape'John Cleese_cell_1_48_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_48_2
2004John Cleese_cell_1_49_0 Shrek 2John Cleese_cell_1_49_1 King HaroldJohn Cleese_cell_1_49_2
Around the World in 80 DaysJohn Cleese_cell_1_50_0 Grizzled SergeantJohn Cleese_cell_1_50_1 John Cleese_cell_1_50_2
2005John Cleese_cell_1_51_0 ValiantJohn Cleese_cell_1_51_1 MercuryJohn Cleese_cell_1_51_2 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_51_3
2006John Cleese_cell_1_52_0 Charlotte's WebJohn Cleese_cell_1_52_1 Samuel the SheepJohn Cleese_cell_1_52_2
Man About TownJohn Cleese_cell_1_53_0 Dr. PrimkinJohn Cleese_cell_1_53_1 John Cleese_cell_1_53_2
2007John Cleese_cell_1_54_0 Shrek the ThirdJohn Cleese_cell_1_54_1 King HaroldJohn Cleese_cell_1_54_2 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_54_3
2008John Cleese_cell_1_55_0 IgorJohn Cleese_cell_1_55_1 Dr. GlickensteinJohn Cleese_cell_1_55_2
The Day the Earth Stood StillJohn Cleese_cell_1_56_0 Dr. BarnhardtJohn Cleese_cell_1_56_1 John Cleese_cell_1_56_2
2009John Cleese_cell_1_57_0 The Pink Panther 2John Cleese_cell_1_57_1 Chief-Inspector Charles DreyfusJohn Cleese_cell_1_57_2 John Cleese_cell_1_57_3
Planet 51John Cleese_cell_1_58_0 Professor KippleJohn Cleese_cell_1_58_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_58_2
2010John Cleese_cell_1_59_0 SpudJohn Cleese_cell_1_59_1 The GuvJohn Cleese_cell_1_59_2 John Cleese_cell_1_59_3
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleJohn Cleese_cell_1_60_0 GhostJohn Cleese_cell_1_60_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_60_2
Shrek Forever AfterJohn Cleese_cell_1_61_0 King HaroldJohn Cleese_cell_1_61_1
2011John Cleese_cell_1_62_0 Beethoven's Christmas AdventureJohn Cleese_cell_1_62_1 NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_1_62_2
The Big YearJohn Cleese_cell_1_63_0 Historical Montage NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_1_63_1
Winnie the PoohJohn Cleese_cell_1_64_0 NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_1_64_1
2012John Cleese_cell_1_65_0 God Loves CaviarJohn Cleese_cell_1_65_1 McCormickJohn Cleese_cell_1_65_2 John Cleese_cell_1_65_3
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham ChapmanJohn Cleese_cell_1_66_0 David Frost / Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_1_66_1 VoicesJohn Cleese_cell_1_66_2
2013John Cleese_cell_1_67_0 The Last ImpresarioJohn Cleese_cell_1_67_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_1_67_2 DocumentaryJohn Cleese_cell_1_67_3
The CroodsJohn Cleese_cell_1_68_0 John Cleese_cell_1_68_1 Story creditJohn Cleese_cell_1_68_2
Spud 2: The Madness ContinuesJohn Cleese_cell_1_69_0 The GuvJohn Cleese_cell_1_69_1 John Cleese_cell_1_69_2
PlanesJohn Cleese_cell_1_70_0 BulldogJohn Cleese_cell_1_70_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_70_2
2014John Cleese_cell_1_71_0 Spud 3: Learning to FlyJohn Cleese_cell_1_71_1 The GuvJohn Cleese_cell_1_71_2 John Cleese_cell_1_71_3
2015John Cleese_cell_1_72_0 Absolutely AnythingJohn Cleese_cell_1_72_1 Chief AlienJohn Cleese_cell_1_72_2 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_72_3
2016John Cleese_cell_1_73_0 Get SquirrelyJohn Cleese_cell_1_73_1 Mr. BellwoodJohn Cleese_cell_1_73_2
Albion: The Enchanted StallionJohn Cleese_cell_1_74_0 General EederJohn Cleese_cell_1_74_1 John Cleese_cell_1_74_2
TrollsJohn Cleese_cell_1_75_0 King Gristle Sr.John Cleese_cell_1_75_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_75_2
2018John Cleese_cell_1_76_0 CharmingJohn Cleese_cell_1_76_1 The Fairy GodmotherJohn Cleese_cell_1_76_2
Elliot the Littlest ReindeerJohn Cleese_cell_1_77_0 DonnerJohn Cleese_cell_1_77_1
2019John Cleese_cell_1_78_0 The Naked WandererJohn Cleese_cell_1_78_1 Brian KingJohn Cleese_cell_1_78_2 John Cleese_cell_1_78_3
Arctic DogsJohn Cleese_cell_1_79_0 Doc WalrusJohn Cleese_cell_1_79_1 VoiceJohn Cleese_cell_1_79_2
2020John Cleese_cell_1_80_0 The Very Excellent Mr. DundeeJohn Cleese_cell_1_80_1 JohnJohn Cleese_cell_1_80_2 John Cleese_cell_1_80_3
The Martini ShotJohn Cleese_cell_1_81_0 Dr. AuyeungJohn Cleese_cell_1_81_1 John Cleese_cell_1_81_2
Two Minutes to MidnightJohn Cleese_cell_1_82_0 HodgesJohn Cleese_cell_1_82_1 John Cleese_cell_1_82_2
2021John Cleese_cell_1_83_0 Clifford the Big Red DogJohn Cleese_cell_1_83_1 Mr. BridwellJohn Cleese_cell_1_83_2 TBAJohn Cleese_cell_1_83_3
TBAJohn Cleese_cell_1_84_0 Father Christmas Is BackJohn Cleese_cell_1_84_1 Santa ClausJohn Cleese_cell_1_84_2 John Cleese_cell_1_84_3

Television John Cleese_section_15

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleJohn Cleese_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesJohn Cleese_header_cell_2_0_3
1962–1963John Cleese_cell_2_1_0 That Was the Week That WasJohn Cleese_cell_2_1_1 John Cleese_cell_2_1_2 WriterJohn Cleese_cell_2_1_3
1966–1967John Cleese_cell_2_2_0 The Frost ReportJohn Cleese_cell_2_2_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_2_2_2 28 episodes; also writerJohn Cleese_cell_2_2_3
1967John Cleese_cell_2_3_0 At Last the 1948 ShowJohn Cleese_cell_2_3_1 2 seasons; also writerJohn Cleese_cell_2_3_2
1968John Cleese_cell_2_4_0 How to Irritate PeopleJohn Cleese_cell_2_4_1 Television film; also writerJohn Cleese_cell_2_4_2
The AvengersJohn Cleese_cell_2_5_0 Marcus RugmanJohn Cleese_cell_2_5_1 Episode: "Look – (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers..."John Cleese_cell_2_5_2
1969–1974John Cleese_cell_2_6_0 Monty Python's Flying CircusJohn Cleese_cell_2_6_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_2_6_2 40 episodes; also co-creator and writer

Nominated—BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1970–1971)John Cleese_cell_2_6_3

1971, 1974John Cleese_cell_2_7_0 Sez LesJohn Cleese_cell_2_7_1 18 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_7_2
1972John Cleese_cell_2_8_0 Monty Python's Fliegender ZirkusJohn Cleese_cell_2_8_1 2 episodes; also co-creator and writerJohn Cleese_cell_2_8_2
1973John Cleese_cell_2_9_0 The GoodiesJohn Cleese_cell_2_9_1 The GenieJohn Cleese_cell_2_9_2 Episode: "The Goodies and the Beanstalk"John Cleese_cell_2_9_3
Comedy PlayhouseJohn Cleese_cell_2_10_0 Sherlock HolmesJohn Cleese_cell_2_10_1 Episode: "Elementary, My Dear Watson"John Cleese_cell_2_10_2
1975–1979John Cleese_cell_2_11_0 Fawlty TowersJohn Cleese_cell_2_11_1 Basil FawltyJohn Cleese_cell_2_11_2 12 episodes; also co-creator and writer

Nominated—BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1976, 1980)John Cleese_cell_2_11_3

1977John Cleese_cell_2_12_0 The Muppet ShowJohn Cleese_cell_2_12_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_2_12_2 Episode: "John Cleese"John Cleese_cell_2_12_3
1979John Cleese_cell_2_13_0 Ripping YarnsJohn Cleese_cell_2_13_1 Passer-byJohn Cleese_cell_2_13_2 Episode: Golden GordonJohn Cleese_cell_2_13_3
To Norway, Home of GiantsJohn Cleese_cell_2_14_0 Norman FearlessJohn Cleese_cell_2_14_1 Television filmJohn Cleese_cell_2_14_2
Doctor WhoJohn Cleese_cell_2_15_0 Art Gallery VisitorJohn Cleese_cell_2_15_1 Serial: City of Death Part 4John Cleese_cell_2_15_2
1980John Cleese_cell_2_16_0 The Taming of the ShrewJohn Cleese_cell_2_16_1 PetruchioJohn Cleese_cell_2_16_2 Television filmJohn Cleese_cell_2_16_3
The Secret Policeman's BallJohn Cleese_cell_2_17_0 Himself (host)John Cleese_cell_2_17_1 Television specialJohn Cleese_cell_2_17_2
1982John Cleese_cell_2_18_0 Whoops ApocalypseJohn Cleese_cell_2_18_1 LacrobatJohn Cleese_cell_2_18_2 3 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_18_3
1987John Cleese_cell_2_19_0 CheersJohn Cleese_cell_2_19_1 Dr. Simon Finch-RoyceJohn Cleese_cell_2_19_2 Episode: "Simon Says"

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesJohn Cleese_cell_2_19_3

1988John Cleese_cell_2_20_0 True Stories: Peace in our Time?John Cleese_cell_2_20_1 Neville ChamberlainJohn Cleese_cell_2_20_2 Television filmJohn Cleese_cell_2_20_3
1992John Cleese_cell_2_21_0 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?John Cleese_cell_2_21_1 Narrator (voice)John Cleese_cell_2_21_2 Television specialJohn Cleese_cell_2_21_3
1993John Cleese_cell_2_22_0 Last of the Summer WineJohn Cleese_cell_2_22_1 NeighbourJohn Cleese_cell_2_22_2 Episode: "Welcome to Earth"John Cleese_cell_2_22_3
1998, 2001John Cleese_cell_2_23_0 3rd Rock from the SunJohn Cleese_cell_2_23_1 Dr. Liam NeesamJohn Cleese_cell_2_23_2 4 episodes

Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesJohn Cleese_cell_2_23_3

1999John Cleese_cell_2_24_0 Casper & MandrilaftalenJohn Cleese_cell_2_24_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_2_24_2 Episode #2.2John Cleese_cell_2_24_3
2001John Cleese_cell_2_25_0 The Human FaceJohn Cleese_cell_2_25_1 Himself (host)John Cleese_cell_2_25_2 4 episodes; also writer

Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction SpecialJohn Cleese_cell_2_25_3

2002John Cleese_cell_2_26_0 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)John Cleese_cell_2_26_1 Red LansingJohn Cleese_cell_2_26_2 12 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_26_3
Disney's House of MouseJohn Cleese_cell_2_27_0 Narrator (voice)John Cleese_cell_2_27_1 4 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_27_2
2003–2004John Cleese_cell_2_28_0 Will & GraceJohn Cleese_cell_2_28_1 Lyle FinsterJohn Cleese_cell_2_28_2 Uncredited

6 episodes Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesJohn Cleese_cell_2_28_3

2004John Cleese_cell_2_29_0 Wine for the ConfusedJohn Cleese_cell_2_29_1 Himself (host)John Cleese_cell_2_29_2 Documentary; also writerJohn Cleese_cell_2_29_3
2008John Cleese_cell_2_30_0 Batteries Not IncludedJohn Cleese_cell_2_30_1 6 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_30_2
We Are Most AmusedJohn Cleese_cell_2_31_0 Television specialJohn Cleese_cell_2_31_1
2010John Cleese_cell_2_32_0 EntourageJohn Cleese_cell_2_32_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_2_32_2 Episode: "Lose Yourself"John Cleese_cell_2_32_3
2012–2013John Cleese_cell_2_33_0 WhitneyJohn Cleese_cell_2_33_1 Dr. GrantJohn Cleese_cell_2_33_2 2 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_33_3
2014John Cleese_cell_2_34_0 Over the Garden WallJohn Cleese_cell_2_34_1 Quincy Endicott / Adelaide (voices)John Cleese_cell_2_34_2
2018–presentJohn Cleese_cell_2_35_0 Hold the SunsetJohn Cleese_cell_2_35_1 PhilJohn Cleese_cell_2_35_2 13 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_35_3
2018John Cleese_cell_2_36_0 SpeechlessJohn Cleese_cell_2_36_1 MartinJohn Cleese_cell_2_36_2 2 episodesJohn Cleese_cell_2_36_3

Video games John Cleese_section_16

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_3_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_3_0_1 Voice roleJohn Cleese_header_cell_3_0_2 NotesJohn Cleese_header_cell_3_0_3
1994John Cleese_cell_3_1_0 Monty Python's Complete Waste of TimeJohn Cleese_cell_3_1_1 PerformerJohn Cleese_cell_3_1_2 VideoJohn Cleese_cell_3_1_3
Storybook WeaverJohn Cleese_cell_3_2_0 NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_3_2_1 John Cleese_cell_3_2_2
1996John Cleese_cell_3_3_0 Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy GrailJohn Cleese_cell_3_3_1 PerformerJohn Cleese_cell_3_3_2 VideoJohn Cleese_cell_3_3_3
1997John Cleese_cell_3_4_0 Monty Python's The Meaning of LifeJohn Cleese_cell_3_4_1
1998John Cleese_cell_3_5_0 Starship TitanicJohn Cleese_cell_3_5_1 The BombJohn Cleese_cell_3_5_2 Credited as Kim BreadJohn Cleese_cell_3_5_3
2000John Cleese_cell_3_6_0 007 RacingJohn Cleese_cell_3_6_1 RJohn Cleese_cell_3_6_2 John Cleese_cell_3_6_3
007: The World Is Not Enough (N64)John Cleese_cell_3_7_0 John Cleese_cell_3_7_1
007: The World Is Not Enough (PS1)John Cleese_cell_3_8_0 John Cleese_cell_3_8_1
2003John Cleese_cell_3_9_0 James Bond 007: Everything or NothingJohn Cleese_cell_3_9_1 QJohn Cleese_cell_3_9_2 John Cleese_cell_3_9_3
2004John Cleese_cell_3_10_0 Time TroopersJohn Cleese_cell_3_10_1 Special Agent WormoldJohn Cleese_cell_3_10_2 John Cleese_cell_3_10_3
Trivial Pursuit: UnhingedJohn Cleese_cell_3_11_0 HistoryJohn Cleese_cell_3_11_1 John Cleese_cell_3_11_2
2005John Cleese_cell_3_12_0 Jade EmpireJohn Cleese_cell_3_12_1 Sir RoderickJohn Cleese_cell_3_12_2 John Cleese_cell_3_12_3
2007John Cleese_cell_3_13_0 Shrek the ThirdJohn Cleese_cell_3_13_1 King HaroldJohn Cleese_cell_3_13_2 John Cleese_cell_3_13_3
2010John Cleese_cell_3_14_0 Fable IIIJohn Cleese_cell_3_14_1 JasperJohn Cleese_cell_3_14_2 John Cleese_cell_3_14_3
2012John Cleese_cell_3_15_0 Smart AsJohn Cleese_cell_3_15_1 The NarratorJohn Cleese_cell_3_15_2 John Cleese_cell_3_15_3
2014John Cleese_cell_3_16_0 The Elder Scrolls OnlineJohn Cleese_cell_3_16_1 Sir CadwellJohn Cleese_cell_3_16_2 John Cleese_cell_3_16_3
2016John Cleese_cell_3_17_0 Payday 2John Cleese_cell_3_17_1 The Butler (Aldstone)John Cleese_cell_3_17_2 John Cleese_cell_3_17_3
2017John Cleese_cell_3_18_0 Raid: World War IIJohn Cleese_cell_3_18_1 ControlJohn Cleese_cell_3_18_2 John Cleese_cell_3_18_3

Radio credits John Cleese_section_17

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_4_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_4_0_1
1964–1973John Cleese_cell_4_1_0 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That AgainJohn Cleese_cell_4_1_1
1972John Cleese_cell_4_2_0 I'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueJohn Cleese_cell_4_2_1

Audio Books John Cleese_section_18

(list only includes audiobooks in which Cleese is sole reader, not those in which he is part of a cast) John Cleese_sentence_296

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_5_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_5_0_1
1997John Cleese_cell_5_1_0 The Inferno of DanteJohn Cleese_cell_5_1_1
1999John Cleese_cell_5_2_0 The Screwtape Letters by C.S. LewisJohn Cleese_cell_5_2_1
2006John Cleese_cell_5_3_0 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are by Dr. SeussJohn Cleese_cell_5_3_1
2012John Cleese_cell_5_4_0 The Comedy Greats by Russell DaviesJohn Cleese_cell_5_4_1
2012John Cleese_cell_5_5_0 Tom ThumbJohn Cleese_cell_5_5_1
2016John Cleese_cell_5_6_0 So, Anyway... autobiography by John CleeseJohn Cleese_cell_5_6_1

Stage John Cleese_section_19

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_6_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_6_0_1 RoleJohn Cleese_header_cell_6_0_2 NotesJohn Cleese_header_cell_6_0_3
2005John Cleese_cell_6_1_0 SpamalotJohn Cleese_cell_6_1_1 God (voice)John Cleese_cell_6_1_2 John Cleese_cell_6_1_3
2014John Cleese_cell_6_2_0 Monty Python Live (Mostly)John Cleese_cell_6_2_1 Various rolesJohn Cleese_cell_6_2_2 Also writerJohn Cleese_cell_6_2_3
2017John Cleese_cell_6_3_0 Bang Bang!John Cleese_cell_6_3_1 WriterJohn Cleese_cell_6_3_2 Based on Georges Feydeau's Monsieur Chasse!John Cleese_cell_6_3_3

Television advertisements John Cleese_section_20

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YearJohn Cleese_header_cell_7_0_0 TitleJohn Cleese_header_cell_7_0_1 RoleJohn Cleese_header_cell_7_0_2
1970sJohn Cleese_cell_7_1_0 Royal MailJohn Cleese_cell_7_1_1 Pirate / Sir BettyJohn Cleese_cell_7_1_2
1975John Cleese_cell_7_2_0 TexacoJohn Cleese_cell_7_2_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_2_2
1978John Cleese_cell_7_3_0 AccuristJohn Cleese_cell_7_3_1
1980–82John Cleese_cell_7_4_0 SonyJohn Cleese_cell_7_4_1
1981John Cleese_cell_7_5_0 Giroblauw (Netherlands)John Cleese_cell_7_5_1 InterviewerJohn Cleese_cell_7_5_2
1982John Cleese_cell_7_6_0 Postbank (Netherlands)John Cleese_cell_7_6_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_6_2
EAC Multilist (Australia)John Cleese_cell_7_7_0 Estate agentJohn Cleese_cell_7_7_1
American ExpressJohn Cleese_cell_7_8_0 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_8_1
1980sJohn Cleese_cell_7_9_0 CompaqJohn Cleese_cell_7_9_1
Planters Pretzels (Australia)John Cleese_cell_7_10_0
1986John Cleese_cell_7_11_0 Maxwell HouseJohn Cleese_cell_7_11_1
1988John Cleese_cell_7_12_0 Talking PagesJohn Cleese_cell_7_12_1 Man who wants to marry PrincessJohn Cleese_cell_7_12_2
1990–91John Cleese_cell_7_13_0 SchweppesJohn Cleese_cell_7_13_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_13_2
1991–94John Cleese_cell_7_14_0 MagnavoxJohn Cleese_cell_7_14_1
1992–93John Cleese_cell_7_15_0 Talking PagesJohn Cleese_cell_7_15_1 ColinJohn Cleese_cell_7_15_2
1993John Cleese_cell_7_16_0 Nestlé Milk Chocolate (Australia)John Cleese_cell_7_16_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_16_2
CellnetJohn Cleese_cell_7_17_0 WomanJohn Cleese_cell_7_17_1
1993–95John Cleese_cell_7_18_0 Health Education Authority (Smoking Quitline)John Cleese_cell_7_18_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_18_2
1996John Cleese_cell_7_19_0 Norwich Union DirectJohn Cleese_cell_7_19_1
Tele Danmark (Denmark)John Cleese_cell_7_20_0
1998John Cleese_cell_7_21_0 TostitosJohn Cleese_cell_7_21_1 French chefJohn Cleese_cell_7_21_2
LexusJohn Cleese_cell_7_22_0 Himself, voice onlyJohn Cleese_cell_7_22_1
1998–99John Cleese_cell_7_23_0 Sainsbury'sJohn Cleese_cell_7_23_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_23_2
1999John Cleese_cell_7_24_0 Melba toastJohn Cleese_cell_7_24_1
Artistdirect.comJohn Cleese_cell_7_25_0
2001John Cleese_cell_7_26_0 007: Agent Under FireJohn Cleese_cell_7_26_1 RJohn Cleese_cell_7_26_2
2001–08John Cleese_cell_7_27_0 TitleistJohn Cleese_cell_7_27_1 Ian MacCallisterJohn Cleese_cell_7_27_2
2002John Cleese_cell_7_28_0 Little TikesJohn Cleese_cell_7_28_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_28_2
HeinekenJohn Cleese_cell_7_29_0
2003John Cleese_cell_7_30_0 Westinghouse Unplugged vacuum cleanerJohn Cleese_cell_7_30_1
2005John Cleese_cell_7_31_0 IntelJohn Cleese_cell_7_31_1
2006John Cleese_cell_7_32_0 TBSJohn Cleese_cell_7_32_1
TV Spielfilm (Germany)John Cleese_cell_7_33_0
2006–08John Cleese_cell_7_34_0 Kaupþing (Iceland)John Cleese_cell_7_34_1
2008John Cleese_cell_7_35_0 Bank Zachodni WBK (Poland)John Cleese_cell_7_35_1
2009John Cleese_cell_7_36_0 Elgiganten (Sweden)John Cleese_cell_7_36_1
Hashahar Ha'oleh (Israel)John Cleese_cell_7_37_0 Western generalJohn Cleese_cell_7_37_1
AccuristJohn Cleese_cell_7_38_0 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_38_1
2010John Cleese_cell_7_39_0 William Hill (Austria)John Cleese_cell_7_39_1
2010–11John Cleese_cell_7_40_0 AAJohn Cleese_cell_7_40_1
2011John Cleese_cell_7_41_0 Dogtober (Australia)John Cleese_cell_7_41_1 Himself, voice onlyJohn Cleese_cell_7_41_2
2012John Cleese_cell_7_42_0 Czech Olympic Team (Czech Republic)John Cleese_cell_7_42_1 HimselfJohn Cleese_cell_7_42_2
DirecTVJohn Cleese_cell_7_43_0
Canadian Club (Australia)John Cleese_cell_7_44_0 Himself, voice onlyJohn Cleese_cell_7_44_1
2015John Cleese_cell_7_45_0 SpecsaversJohn Cleese_cell_7_45_1 Basil FawltyJohn Cleese_cell_7_45_2

Honours and tributes John Cleese_section_21

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  • A species of lemur, the Bemaraha woolly lemur (Avahi cleesei), has been named in his honour. John Cleese has mentioned this in television interviews. Also there is mention of this honour in "New Scientist"—and John Cleese's response to the honour.John Cleese_item_0_0
  • An asteroid, 9618 Johncleese, is named in his honour.John Cleese_item_0_1
  • Cleese declined a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996.John Cleese_item_0_2
  • There is a municipal rubbish heap of 45 metres (148 ft) in altitude that has been named Mt Cleese at the Awapuni landfill just outside Palmerston North after he dubbed the city "suicide capital of New Zealand" after a stay there in 2005.John Cleese_item_0_3
  • "The Universal Language" skit from All in the Timing, a collection of short plays by David Ives, centres around a fictional language (Unamunda) in which the word for the English language is "johncleese".John Cleese_item_0_4
  • The post-hardcore rock band I Set My Friends on Fire has a song on their You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter album titled "Reese's Pieces, I Don't Know Who John Cleese Is?".John Cleese_item_0_5

Scholastic John Cleese_section_22

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LocationJohn Cleese_header_cell_8_0_0 DateJohn Cleese_header_cell_8_0_1 SchoolJohn Cleese_header_cell_8_0_2 DegreeJohn Cleese_header_cell_8_0_3
EnglandJohn Cleese_cell_8_1_0 1963John Cleese_cell_8_1_1 Downing College, CambridgeJohn Cleese_cell_8_1_2 Law DegreeJohn Cleese_cell_8_1_3

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LocationJohn Cleese_header_cell_9_0_0 DateJohn Cleese_header_cell_9_0_1 SchoolJohn Cleese_header_cell_9_0_2 PositionJohn Cleese_header_cell_9_0_3
ScotlandJohn Cleese_cell_9_1_0 1970 – 1973John Cleese_cell_9_1_1 University of St AndrewsJohn Cleese_cell_9_1_2 RectorJohn Cleese_cell_9_1_3

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LocationJohn Cleese_header_cell_10_0_0 DateJohn Cleese_header_cell_10_0_1 SchoolJohn Cleese_header_cell_10_0_2 DegreeJohn Cleese_header_cell_10_0_3
ScotlandJohn Cleese_cell_10_1_0 1971John Cleese_cell_10_1_1 University of St AndrewsJohn Cleese_cell_10_1_2 DoctorateJohn Cleese_cell_10_1_3
CaliforniaJohn Cleese_cell_10_2_0 1999John Cleese_cell_10_2_1 Pomona CollegeJohn Cleese_cell_10_2_2 Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)John Cleese_cell_10_2_3
EnglandJohn Cleese_cell_10_3_0 28 June 2016John Cleese_cell_10_3_1 University of BathJohn Cleese_cell_10_3_2 Doctor of Clinical PsychologyJohn Cleese_cell_10_3_3
EnglandJohn Cleese_cell_10_4_0 17 September 2016John Cleese_cell_10_4_1 Open UniversityJohn Cleese_cell_10_4_2 Doctor of the University (D. Univ)John Cleese_cell_10_4_3


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