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John Cleese

Screenwriter/Actor : Born October 27, 1939 - Weston-Super-Mare, England, UK

Mini Biography :

An instigator of some of the more groundbreaking developments in twentieth-century comedy, John Cleese is one of Britain's best-known actors, writers, and comedians. Famous primarily for his comic efforts, such as the television series Fawlty Towers and the exploits of the Monty Python troupe, he has also become a well-respected actor in his own right.

Born John Marwood Cleese (after his family changed their surname from "Cheese") on October 27, 1939, Cleese grew up in the middle-class seaside resort town of Weston-Super-Mare. He enrolled at Cambridge University with the intention of studying law, but soon discovered that his comic leanings held greater sway than his interest in the law. He joined the celebrated Cambridge Footlights Society--he was initially rejected because he could neither sing nor dance, but was accepted after collaborating with a friend on some comedy sketches--where he gained a reputation as a team player and met future writing partner and Python Graham Chapman.

Cleese entered professional comedy with a writing stint on David Frost's The Frost Report in 1966. While working for that BBC show, he and Chapman (who was also writing for the show) met fellow Frost Report writers Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Continuing his writing collaboration with Chapman (with whom he wrote the 1969 Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers vehicle The Magic Christian), Cleese soon was working on what would become Monty Python's Flying Circus with Chapman, Idle, Jones, Palin, and Terry Gilliam. The show, which first aired in 1969, was an iconoclastic look at British society: its genius lay in its seemingly random, bizarre take on the mundane facets of everyday life, from Spam to pet shops to the simple act of walking. Cleese stayed with Monty Python for three series; after he left, he reunited with his fellow Pythons for three movies. The first, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), was a revisionist take on the Arthurian legend that featured Cleese as (among other things) the Black Knight, who refuses to end his duel with King Arthur even after losing his arms and legs. Life of Brian followed in 1979; a look at one of history's lesser-known messiahs, it featured lepers, space aliens, and condemned martyrs singing a rousing version of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" while hanging from their crucifixes. The Pythons' third outing, the 1983 Monty Python's the Meaning of Life, was a series of increasingly outrageous vignettes, including one about the explosion of a stupendously obese man and another featuring a dinner party with Death.

In addition to his work with the Pythons, Cleese, along with first wife Connie Booth, created the popular television series Fawlty Towers in 1975. It ran for a number of years, during which time Cleese also continued to make movies. Throughout the 1980s, he showed up in films ranging from The Great Muppet Caper (1981) to Privates on Parade (1982) to Silverado (1985), which cast him as an Old West villain. In 1988, Cleese struck gold with A Fish Called Wanda, which he wrote, produced, and starred in. An intoxicating farce, the film won both commercial and critical success, earning Cleese a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and an Oscar for co-star Kevin Kline. Cleese continued to work steadily through the 1990s, appearing in Splitting Heirs (1993) with Idle, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Wind in the Willows (1997) and George of the Jungle (1997). Fierce Creatures, his 1997 sequel to A Fish Called Wanda, proved a disappointment, but Cleese maintained his visibility, reuniting with the surviving Pythons on occasion and starring in The Out-of-Towners and The World is Not Enough, the nineteenth Bond outing, in 1999.

(This short bio was written by Rebecca Flint, All Movie Guide)



Timeline for Cleese :
2005 Valiant Actor
2005 Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys Actor: British Expert
2004 Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Actor
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Actor: Nearly Headless Nick
2004 Shrek 2 Actor: King Harold
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Actor: The Balloon Man
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Actor: Mr. Munday
2003 George of the Jungle 2 Actor: Ape
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Actor: Nearly Headless Nick
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Actor: James
2002 Die Another Day Actor: Q
2002 Scorched Actor: Charles Merchant
2001 The Human Face, Part 1: Secrets of the Face Screenwriter / Actor: Host
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Actor: Narrator
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Actor: Nearly Headless Nick
2001 The Human Face, Part 2: The Endlessly Fascinating Face Screenwriter / Actor: Host
2001 The Human Face, Part 3: Does Beauty Matter? Screenwriter / Actor: Host
2001 Rat Race Actor: Donald Sinclair
2001 The Human Face, Part 4: Famous Faces Screenwriter / Actor: Host
2000 Quantum Project Actor: Alexander Pentcho
2000 The Magic Pudding Actor: Albert, The Magic Pudding
2000 Isn't She Great Actor: Henry Marcus
1999 The Life of Python, Vol. I: It's...The Monty Python Story Actor
1999 The World is Not Enough Actor: R
1999 The Out-of-Towners Actor: Mr. Mersault
1999 The Life of Python, Vol. II Actor
1999 The Life of Python, Vol. III: The Lost German Episode Actor
1998 Parting Shots Actor: Maurice Walpole
1998 Monty Python: Live at Aspen Actor
1997 Fierce Creatures Producer / Screenwriter / Actor: Rolo Lee
1997 George of the Jungle Actor: Ape
1996 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Actor: Mr. Toad's Lawyer
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Actor: Professor Waldman
1994 Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Actor: Dr. Plumford
1994 The Swan Princess Actor: Jean-Bob
1993 Splitting Heirs Actor: Raoul P. Shadgrind
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Actor: Cat R. Waul,
1990 Quark the Dragon Slayer Actor
1990 The Life of Python Actor
1990 Bullseye! Actor: Man on Beach in Barbados
1989 Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Python Actor
1989 Erik the Viking Actor: Halfdan the Black
1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Actor
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Executive Producer / Producer / Screen Story / Screenwriter / Actor: Archie Leach
1987 Secret Policeman's Third Ball Actor
1986 Clockwise Actor: Brian Stimpson
1985 Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff Actor
1985 Silverado Actor: Sheriff Langston
1984 The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Actor
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Composer (Music Score) / Screenwriter / Actor: Second Fish, Grim
1983 Yellowbeard Screenwriter / Actor: Harvey "Blind" Pew
1982 Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Screenwriter / Actor: Various roles
1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor
1982 Privates on Parade Actor: Maj. Giles Flack
1981 The Tom Machine Actor: Household Computer
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Actor: Neville
1981 Time Bandits Screenwriter / Actor: Robin Hood
1980 The Taming of the Shrew Actor: Petruchio
1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor
1979 The Life of Brian Screenwriter / Actor: Centurion / Actor: Official / Actor: Wise Man
1978 Strange Case of the End of Civilization As We Know it Screenwriter / Actor: Arthur Sherlock Holmes
1977 The Mermaid Frolics Actor
1977 Fawlty Towers: Vol. 1 Actor
1977 Fawlty Towers: Vol. 2 Actor
1977 Fawlty Towers: Vol. 3 Actor
1977 Fawlty Towers: Vol. 4 Actor
1976 Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe Actor
1974 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screenwriter / Actor: French / Actor: Sir Lancelot / Actor: Black Knight
1974 Romance with a Double Bass Screenwriter / Actor: Musician Smychkov
1973 The Love Ban Actor
1972 Rentadick Screenwriter
1971 The Statue Actor: Harry
1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Screenwriter / Actor
1970 The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Screenwriter / Actor: Plumer
1969 The Magic Christian Screenwriter / Actor: Director In Sotheby's
1969 The Best House in London Actor
1968 John Cleese on How to Irritate People Actor
1968 Interlude Actor: TV Publicist
1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Actor
1957 Interlude Actor: 'rV Publicist
  Dr. Seuss: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Actor: Narrator



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