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John Cleese
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Cleese in 2008
Birth name John Marwood Cleese
Born 27 October 1939 (1939-10-27) (age 70)
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England
Medium Film, television, radio, stand-up comedy
Years active 1961–present
Genres Surreal comedy, Dark comedy, Physical comedy
Influences Stephen Leacock, Spike Milligan, The Goons, William Shakespeare
Spouse Connie Booth (1968–76) (divorced)
Barbara Trentham (1981–90) (divorced)
Alyce Faye Eichelberger (1992–2008) (divorced)
Website www.thejohncleese.com
.John Marwood Cleese (pronounced /ˈkliːz/; born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated English actor, comedian, writer, and film producer who is known for being a member of Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.^ This show predated Monty Python's Flying Circus .
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^ John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England...
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^ As in the earlier film, the show is stolen by the Monty Python aggregation: John Cleese   Read More .
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.Cleese co-wrote and starred in, with first wife Connie Booth, the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.^ 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 .
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^ With his then-wife, American actress Connie Booth, Cleese created the 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers, a sitcom about the worst-run hotel in all of Britain.
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^ Cleese expanded his talents following Python and Fawlty Towers.
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.Later, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, and has made significant appearances in many films, including two James Bond films (The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day), two Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets), and two Shrek films (Shrek 2 and Shrek 3).^ Working with veteran Ealing comedy director Charles Crighton, Cleese created A Fish Called Wanda , a huge smash hit comedy starring Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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^ Die Another Day - James Bond 007 .
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^ 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 .
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Cleese also starred in Clockwise.
.In Britain, he is also known for co-founding (with Yes Minister writer Antony Jay) the Video Arts production company, responsible for making training films.^ I really only got into it because I adore Tony Jay [chairman, and author of Yes, Minister ] - sorry, Sir Tony.
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^ Substances once known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," except for the product of the American Budweiser company which will be called "Weak Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine."
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^ The substances formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine", with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine".
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Early life

.Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Muriel (née Cross), an acrobat, and Reginald Francis Cleese (b.^ John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England...
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^ H e was brought up "lower middle class" in Weston-super-Mare, where his father was an insurance salesman.
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^ October 1939 , Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK more Contact: .
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1894), who worked in insurance sales.[1] .His family's surname was previously "Cheese", but his father, Reginald Francis Cleese, changed it to "Cleese" in 1915, upon joining the Army.^ Born 27 October 1939 in Western-Super-Mare Education: St. Peter's Preparatory School, Clifton College and Cambridge Utterly useless fact: His father changed the family name from Cheese to Cleese in order to avoid ridicule.
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[2][3]
Cleese was educated at St Peter's Preparatory School where he was a star pupil, receiving a prize for English studies and doing well at sport including cricket and boxing. At 13 he received an exhibition to Clifton College, an English public school in Bristol. He was tall as a child and was well over 6 ft when he arrived there. While at the school he is said to have defaced the school grounds for a prank by painting footsteps to suggest that the school's statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the toilet.[4] .Cleese played cricket for the first team and after initial indifference he did well academically, passing 8 O levels and 3 A-Levels in mathematics, physics and chemistry.^ The first essay is taken from the Meaning of Life game site at 7thLevel.com, and is the property of John Cleese, 7th Level, and Python Productions.
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After leaving school he went back to his prep school to teach science before taking up a place he had won at Downing College, Cambridge where he studied law and joined the Cambridge Footlights Revue. .There he met his future writing partner Graham Chapman.^ At Cambridge, Cleese first met Graham Chapman, and together the two penned a dozen pieces.
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^ Cleese soon found himself acting as well, with several minor film roles and television work on At Last the 1948 Show and The Frost Report, along with college friend and writing partner Graham Chapman.
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.Cleese wrote extra material for the 1961 Footlights Revue I Thought I Saw It Move,[5][6] and was Registrar for the Footlights Club during 1962, as well as being one of the cast members for the 1962 Footlights Revue Double Take![5][6] He graduated from Cambridge in 1963 with a 2:1 classification in his degree.^ During the first nine months I was with the Beeb, I looked around and saw a bit of the business and I thought, 'Yes, I can earn a living here as a writer.'"
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Career

Pre-Python

Cleese was one of the script writers, as well as being a member of the cast, for the 1963 Footlights Revue, A Clump of Plinths,[5][6] which was so successful during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that its name was changed to Cambridge Circus and was 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 September 1964.[6]
After Cambridge Circus, Cleese briefly stayed in America, performing on and off-Broadway. While performing in the musical Half a Sixpence,[6] Cleese met future Python Terry Gilliam, as well as American actress Connie Booth whom he married on 20 February 1968.[6]
.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.^ While working for that BBC show, he and Chapman (who was also writing for the show) met fellow writers Eric Idle , Terry Jones , and Michael Palin .
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^ Cleese soon found himself acting as well, with several minor film roles and television work on At Last the 1948 Show and The Frost Report, along with college friend and writing partner Graham Chapman.
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^ Cleese's comic reputation flourished, and he was soon offered a position writing jokes for the BBC. Cleese wrote for The Frost Report, appearing onscreen in short sketches that rapidly made him a recognizable fixture on British television.
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.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 which ran from 1965 to 1974. Cleese returned to England and joined the cast.^ Cleese was joined by a stellar cast of British comic talents in the series' six 25-minute episodes, which skewered  Read More .
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^ This talent ultimately derailed Cleese's study of law at Cambridge, where he found greater pleasure and success writing and acting in several celebrated Footlights productions.
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^ Synopsis: Comic actor Ronnie Barker starred in all six half-hour episodes of this British anthology series.
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[6] In many episodes, he is credited as "John Otto Cleese".
.In 1965, Cleese and Chapman began writing on The Frost Report.^ Cleese soon found himself acting as well, with several minor film roles and television work on At Last the 1948 Show and The Frost Report, along with college friend and writing partner Graham Chapman.
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^ Cleese's comic reputation flourished, and he was soon offered a position writing jokes for the BBC. Cleese wrote for The Frost Report, appearing onscreen in short sketches that rapidly made him a recognizable fixture on British television.
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^ Cleese entered professional comedy with a writing stint on David Frost's The Frost Report in 1966.
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.The writing staff chosen for The Frost Report consisted of a number of writers and performers who would go on to make names for themselves in comedy.^ So much so that he offered 10,000 to anyone who would write about his work rather than his private life.
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^ It struck me you need to get teams of people, half of whom are well-informed, the other half who are comedy writers, which is what we've done.
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^ They told me they would change only one thing, and that they were going to write Basil out if it.
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.They included 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.^ Loyal Pythonites John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are interviewed, offering surprisingly sobersided insight as to what made their zany  Read More .
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^ Former Monty Python member Terry Jones attempts to have his story of Erik's seemingly hopeless  Read More .
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^ Actors: Tim Robbins , Gary Cady , Mickey Rooney , Eartha Kitt , Terry Jones .
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.It was while working on The Frost Report, in fact, that the future Pythons developed the writing styles that would make their collaboration significant.^ 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 .
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^ So much so that he offered 10,000 to anyone who would write about his work rather than his private life.
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^ Cleese soon found himself acting as well, with several minor film roles and television work on At Last the 1948 Show and The Frost Report, along with college friend and writing partner Graham Chapman.
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.Cleese and Chapman's sketches often involved authority figures, some of which were performed by Cleese, while Jones and Palin were both infatuated with filmed scenes that open with idyllic countryside panoramas.^ Loyal Pythonites John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are interviewed, offering surprisingly sobersided insight as to what made their zany  Read More .
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^ With Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, Cleese created two seasons of the sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show .
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^ Synopsis: Some of the biggest and brightest stars in British comedy appear in this performance film, which documents a revue staged by John Cleese of Monty Python as a benefit for the human rights group Amnesty International.
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.Idle was one of those charged with writing David Frost's monologue.^ Cleese entered professional comedy with a writing stint on David Frost's The Frost Report in 1966.
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.It was during this period that Cleese met and befriended influential British comedian Peter Cook.^ The story is narrated by British comedian John Cleese .
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^ Actors: Peter Ustinov , Julie Covington , John Cleese , Peter Cook , Jonathan Miller .
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Peter Cook , Eleanor Bron , Pete Townshend , Rowan Atkinson .
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.Such was the popularity of the series 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,[6] 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).^ With Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, Cleese created two seasons of the sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show .
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^ At Last the 1948 Show Series 1, Show 4 (63 MB) An episode of the classic pre-Python sketch comedy series starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor.
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^ Footage was found from the classic pre-Python sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show , starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, footage that was thought destroyed.
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.John Cleese and Graham Chapman also wrote episodes for the first series of Doctor in the House (and later on his own Cleese wrote six episodes of Doctor at Large in 1971).^ Graham Chapman, John Cleese and cast.
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^ Loyal Pythonites John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are interviewed, offering surprisingly sobersided insight as to what made their zany  Read More .
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^ Cleese was joined by a stellar cast of British comic talents in the series' six 25-minute episodes, which skewered  Read More .
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.These series were successful and, in 1969, Cleese and Chapman were offered their very own series.^ With Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, Cleese created two seasons of the sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show .
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^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
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^ By the third series of Python, Cleese felt that the group was repeating itself, and he shocked the rest of the group by leaving to do work on his own.
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.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.^ With Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, Cleese created two seasons of the sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show .
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^ "The trouble about doing a day-and-a-half on a big movie," Cleese comments, "is that I'm in and out before I know the cameraman's name.
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^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
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.He had found working with Palin on The Frost Report an enjoyable experience, and invited him to join the series.^ However, I am also very proud of him and all the crew who worked so hard to get the ship ready to welcome the 3,800 guests who joined yesterday.
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^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
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^ Cleese soon found himself acting as well, with several minor film roles and television work on At Last the 1948 Show and The Frost Report, along with college friend and writing partner Graham Chapman.
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.Palin had previously been working on Do Not Adjust Your Set, with Idle and Jones, with Terry Gilliam creating the animations.^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
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^ If you believe that the Site contains elements that infringe your copyrights in your work, please follow the procedures set forth in our Copyright Compliance Policy .
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.The four of them had, on the back of the success of Do Not Adjust Your Set, been offered a series for ITV, which they were waiting to begin when Cleese's offer arrived.^ And who doesn’t love the towel animals to greet you when you get back to your room, it’s like they are sitting there just waiting for you going…”look at me, Look at me ” so cute.
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^ They look beaten and it takes three or four weeks of sun before the bounce comes back.
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^ By 1969 Cleese was very big news indeed, receiving frequent offers from the BBC for his own headlining comedy series.
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.Palin agreed to work with Cleese and Chapman in the meantime, bringing with him Gilliam, Jones and Idle.^ Loyal Pythonites John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are interviewed, offering surprisingly sobersided insight as to what made their zany  Read More .
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^ MUPPET WORK Monty Python and much of Cleese's other work has involved some extensive flights of fantasy-still, why is STARLOG interviewing him?
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^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
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Monty Python

.Monty Python's Flying Circus ran for four seasons from October 1969 to December 1974 on BBC Television, though with only limited participation in the last six shows.^ This show predated Monty Python's Flying Circus .
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^ The final six episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus were done without John Cleese.
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^ Synopsis: This first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus originally aired October 5, 1969.
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Cleese's two primary characterizations were as a sophisticate and a stressed-out loony. .He portrayed the former as a series of announcers, TV show hosts, government officials (for example, "The Ministry of Silly Walks").^ Included are such gems as the Spam diner, the lingerie-clad lumberjacks, and the officials from the Ministry of Silly Walks.  Read More .
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^ At Last the 1948 Show [TV Series] .
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^ Himself "The Sketch Show Story" (2001) TV series ....
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.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". He was also known for his working-class "Sergeant Major" character, who worked as a Police Sergeant, Roman Centurion, etc.^ Cleese, an animal advocate who has a species of lemur named after him, considers these works to be among his most significant achievements, as they shed light on the plight of lemurs facing extinction in Madagascar.

^ However, I am also very proud of him and all the crew who worked so hard to get the ship ready to welcome the 3,800 guests who joined yesterday.
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^ This mammal represents a lifelong passion for Cleese who is working to restore thier numbers in the  Read More .
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he is also seen as the opening announcer, with the now famous line: "And now for something completely different" a phrase that premiered in the sketch, "Man with Three Buttocks".

Partnership with Graham Chapman

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.Along with Gilliam's animations, Cleese's work with 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.^ Created by John Cleese , the series stars Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the insufferable--and insufferably inept--owner-manager of a tenth-rate British hotel.
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^ Synopsis: Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) gets a cut-price deal on some kippers which were well past their sell-by date.
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^ This 77-minute collection of skits and blackouts features stalwart Pythoners Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle , Terry Jones   Read More .
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.Unlike Palin and Jones, Cleese and Chapman actually wrote together, in the same room; Cleese claims that their writing partnership involved him sitting with pen and paper, doing most of the work, while Chapman sat back, not speaking for long periods, then suddenly coming out with an idea that often elevated the sketch to a different level.^ Cleese, an animal advocate who has a species of lemur named after him, considers these works to be among his most significant achievements, as they shed light on the plight of lemurs facing extinction in Madagascar.

.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).^ An internal customer service training video: enables people to see themselves as part of the team, not just as individuals.

^ An Inside Job - In a hotel scenario, an investigator is called in to investigate mismanagement, and identifies how people in departments not dealing with customers are actually letting external customer service down.

^ Actually, How to Irritate People is a collection of TV skits, conceived in the mid-1960s by future Monty Python star John Cleese.
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.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.^ The actors have only slight physical changes to suggest animal characteristics  Read More .
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Their humour often involved ordinary people in ordinary situations behaving absurdly for no obvious reason. Like Chapman, Cleese's poker face, clipped middle-class accent and imposing height allowed him to appear convincing as a variety of authority figures—which he would then proceed to undermine. .Most famously, in the "Ministry of Silly Walks" sketch (actually written by Palin and Jones), Cleese exploits his stature as the crane-legged civil servant performing a grotesquely elaborate walk to his office.^ Also, Private Watkins' request to be sent home from WWII is dismissed as "silly and badly written" by the Colonel, who demands a new sketch.
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^ Included are such gems as the Spam diner, the lingerie-clad lumberjacks, and the officials from the Ministry of Silly Walks.  Read More .
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^ In addition to Cleese and fellow Python members Michael Palin and Terry Jones (who  Read More .
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Chapman and Cleese also specialised in sketches where two characters would conduct highly articulate arguments over completely arbitrary subjects, such as in the "cheese shop", the "dead parrot" sketch and "The Argument Sketch", where Cleese plays a stone-faced bureaucrat employed to sit behind a desk and engage people in pointless, trivial bickering. .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 diminutive Palin's shuffling inoffensiveness is a common feature in the series.^ Cleese, an animal advocate who has a species of lemur named after him, considers these works to be among his most significant achievements, as they shed light on the plight of lemurs facing extinction in Madagascar.

^ Synopsis: Duane Huey's The Funny Blokes of British Comedy features Lenny Henry presenting a series of clips of some of the most famous comics in British television.
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Occasionally, the typical Cleese-Palin dynamic is reversed, as in "Fish Licence", wherein Palin plays the bureaucrat with whom Cleese is trying to work.
.Though the programme lasted four series, by the start of series 3, Cleese was growing tired of dealing with Chapman's alcoholism.^ Four Video Series: John Cleese discovers how to explain benefits, meet objections and spot buying signals.

According to Gilliam, Cleese was the "most Cambridge" of the Cambridge-educated members of the group (Cleese, Chapman and Idle), by which Gilliam meant that Cleese was the tallest (6' 4") and most aggressive of the whole group. He felt, too, that the show's scripts had declined in quality. For these reasons, he became restless and decided to move on. .Though he stayed for the third series, he officially left the group before the fourth season.^ Synopsis: Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series.
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.Despite this, he remained friendly with the group, and all six began writing Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Cleese received a credit on episodes of the fourth series which used material from these sessions, and even makes a brief appearance in one episode as the voice of a cartoon in the "Hamlet" episode, though he was officially unconnected with the fourth series.^ Synopsis: The Meaning of Life is without a doubt the most tasteless of the Monty Python feature films; it also happens to be one of the funniest.
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^ Cleese was joined by a stellar cast of British comic talents in the series' six 25-minute episodes, which skewered  Read More .
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^ Using humor and insight, John Cleese illustrates the essential skills that will ensure efficient, effective work sessions.

Cleese returned to the troupe to co-write and co-star in the Monty Python films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and participated in various live performances over the years.

Post-Python

From 1970 to 1973 Cleese served as rector of the University of St Andrews.[7] His election proved a milestone for the University, revolutionising and modernising the post. For instance, the Rector was traditionally entitled to appoint an "Assessor", a deputy to sit in his place at important meetings in his absence. 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 for the first time in over 500 years. This was one of many changes that Cleese brought in.
.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.^ Synopsis: When the health department gives the Fawlty Towers kitchen a surprise inspection, Basil (John Cleese) is informed that the sanitation is far below acceptable standards and is given 24 hours to get the place ship-shape.
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^ Synopsis: John Cleese co-wrote and stars in this satiric comedy as the less-than-spectacular progeny of the world's greatest detective.
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^ Created by John Cleese , the series stars Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the insufferable--and insufferably inept--owner-manager of a tenth-rate British hotel.
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.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.^ Synopsis: The three most glamorous and butt-kicking private detectives in the business are back and ready to take on bad guys in this sequel to the 2000 blockbuster screen adaptation of the once-popular television series.
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^ Synopsis: Duane Huey's The Funny Blokes of British Comedy features Lenny Henry presenting a series of clips of some of the most famous comics in British television.
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^ It might be because Romance with a Double Bass isn't a feature film at all, but a 40-minute short subject, designed for British television.
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.The series also featured Prunella Scales as Basil's acerbic wife Sybil, Andrew Sachs as the much abused Spanish waiter Manuel ("...he's from Barcelona"), and Booth as waitress Polly, the series' voice of sanity.^ Synopsis: Terminally rude hotelier Basil Fawlty ( John Cleese ) and his garrulous, supremely unhelpful wife Sybil ( Prunella Scales ) open the doors of their Torquay inn to a wide variety of hapless customers as Fawlty Towers launches its first season on BBC2.
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Prunella Scales , Andrew Sachs , Connie Booth , Ballard Berkeley .
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Prunella Scales , Andrew Sachs , Connie Booth , Brian Hall .
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.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.^ In Production 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s "Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut" (2009) TV series ( post-production ) ....
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^ Choosing a Really Expensive School (2003) (V) (writer) Monty Python Live (2001) (V) (writer) We Know Where You Live (2001) (TV) (skit "Four Yorkshiremen") ...
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^ The Art of Soccer with John Cleese (USA: video title) "Monty Python's Personal Best" ....
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.Reportedly, Cleese was inspired by Sinclair's mantra "I could run this hotel just fine, if it weren't for the guests". 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.^ I should explain that Gerry is just about the most competitive man I have ever met.
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^ Synopsis: " 'Nutter' runs small hotel" is the terse-but-true description given by an English catalog to the weekly comedy series Fawlty Towers.
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.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 they dared to ask the time of the next bus to town.^ We had a fantastic time, and can’t wait to plan our next trip on another Carnival Cruise.
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.The first series was screened from 19 September 1975 on BBC 2, initially to poor reviews,[8] but gained momentum when repeated on BBC 1 the following year.^ Synopsis: After an absence of nearly two years, Monty Python's Flying Circus returned to the BBC on October 19, 1972.
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^ To be a bit more serious… I just got off the Liberty on September 19.
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^ Originally telecast on September 19, 1975, the  Read More .
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.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.^ And they did use some humor to keep us entertained until the actual drill started.
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^ A Fish Called Wanda (1988) (uncredited) Giroblauw met John Cleese (1981) (TV) Away from It All (1979) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: .
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.Fawlty Towers consisted of only twelve episodes; Cleese and Booth both maintain that this was to avoid compromising the quality of the series.^ Fawlty Towers: Series 01 .
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^ Fawlty Towers: Series 02 .
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^ Cleese was joined by a stellar cast of British comic talents in the series' six 25-minute episodes, which skewered  Read More .
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Cleese as a Mexican maraca soloist as part of his 1977 guest appearance on The Muppet Show
In December 1977, Cleese appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show. .Cleese was a fan of the show, and co-wrote much of the episode.^ Synopsis: John Cleese co-wrote and stars in this satiric comedy as the less-than-spectacular progeny of the world's greatest detective.
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He appears in a "Pigs in Space" segment as a pirate trying to hijack the spaceship Swinetrek, and also helps Gonzo restore his arms to "normal" size after Gonzo's cannonball catching act goes wrong. During the show's closing number, Cleese refuses to sing the famous show tune from Man of La Mancha, "The Impossible Dream". Kermit The Frog apologizes and the curtain re-opens with Cleese now costumed as a Viking trying some Wagnerian opera as part of a duet with Sweetums. .Once again, Cleese protests to Kermit, and gives the frog one more chance.^ As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which  Read More .
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This time, as pictured opposite this text, he is costumed as a Mexican maraca soloist. .He has finally had enough and protests that he is leaving the show, saying "You were supposed to be my host.^ We were in the marriage show and we were the last couple that you interviewed (remember my husband mounted “Trigger the horse”?
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^ Moving on, I am being totally serious when I say this but the other night I actually had a dream that I was on the Carnival Dream sailing with my family and friends and meeting you.
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^ We were on the Valor 3/1-3/8 with you as our CD. I was Garth Brooks and my mother-in-law Becky’s boyfriend Ken was Elvis in legends show.
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How can you do this to me? .Kermit - I am your guest!". The cast joins in with their parody of "The Impossible Dream", singing "This is your guest, to follow that star...". During the crowd's applause that follows the song, he pretends to strangle Kermit until he realizes the crowd loves him and accepts the accolades.^ I have been following your Dream blog for some time but this is the first time I have submitted an item.
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^ However, I am also very proud of him and all the crew who worked so hard to get the ship ready to welcome the 3,800 guests who joined yesterday.
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^ This is a real “dream” trip celebrating my husband’s retirement (40 years) — we love Carnival, our first sailing was on the Victory and we’ve loved every sailing since then!
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.During the show's finale, as Kermit thanks him, he shows up with a fictional album, his own new vocal record John Cleese: A Man & His Music, and encourages everyone to buy a copy.^ Synopsis: "Part 2: The Llama Live From Golders Green" is followed by a man with a tape recorder up his nose (he later returns in stereo).
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^ As in the earlier film, the show is stolen by the Monty Python aggregation: John Cleese   Read More .
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^ Thanks to my brother-in-law who cruises all the time and told me about this new ship the DREAM. So I had to make him jelouse and book the DREAM.lol..
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[9]
This would not be Cleese's final appearance with The Muppets. .In their 1981 movie The Great Muppet Caper, Cleese does a cameo appearance as Neville, a local homeowner.^ Synopsis: The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie.
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^ The Great Muppet Caper .
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^ Robin Hood The Great Muppet Caper (1981) ....
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As part of the appearance, Miss Piggy borrows his house as a way to impress Kermit The Frog.
Cleese won the TV Times award for Funniest Man On TV - 1978 / 1979.

1980s and 1990s

.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. In the same year Cleese played Petruchio, in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in the BBC Television Shakespeare series.^ I will though say this…..I have worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for 22 years.
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^ Even though we have a fantastic life together on land & have so for the past 4 years, seeing a ship like the DREAM makes it sooooooo tempting to go there to work, oh well only one can DREAM i guess.
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^ A special telecast of the All-Essex Badminton Championship Finals forces the BBC to stage the Nine O'clock News on a cardboard TV screen.
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.In 1981 he starred with Sean Connery and Michael Palin in the Terry Gilliam-directed Time Bandits as Robin Hood.^ Major Giles Flack Time Bandits (1981) ....
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^ Robin Hood TV's 50 Greatest Stars (2006) (TV) (uncredited) ....
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^ Robin Hood The Great Muppet Caper (1981) ....
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.He also participated in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982), and starred in The Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International.^ Monty Python's Flying Circus: It's a Living .
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^ Himself The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) ....
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Cleese at the 1989 Academy Awards
Timed with the 1987 UK elections, he appeared in a video promoting proportional representation.[10]
.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.^ Synopsis: In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson.
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^ Synopsis: The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal."
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Jamie Lee Curtis , Kevin Kline , Michael Palin , Robert Lindsay .
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Wanda was a commercial and critical success, and Cleese was nominated for an Academy Award for his script. Cynthia Cleese starred as Leach's daughter.
.Chapman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1989; Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook and Chapman's partner David Sherlock, witnessed Chapman's passing.^ Loyal Pythonites John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are interviewed, offering surprisingly sobersided insight as to what made their zany  Read More .
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^ Synopsis: Like Socrates of ancient Athens, Michael Rimmer ( Peter Cook ) of modern England believes the key to success is to ask the right questions.
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^ In addition to Cleese and fellow Python members Michael Palin and Terry Jones (who  Read More .
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Chapman's death occurred one day before the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Flying Circus, with Jones commenting, "the worst case of party-pooping in all history." Cleese's eulogy at Chapman's memorial service—in which he "became the first person ever at a British memorial service to say 'fuck'"—has since become legendary.[11]
.Cleese would later play a supporting role in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein alongside Branagh himself and Robert De Niro.^ Synopsis: Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel stars Robert DeNiro as a terrifying monster created in an obsessive attempt to defeat death and stretch the limits of medicine in the early 19th century.
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^ Mary Shelley's Frankenstein .
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^ Actors: Robert De Niro , Kenneth Branagh , Tom Hulce , Helena Bonham Carter , Aidan Quinn , John Cleese .
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.He also produced and acted in a number of successful business training films, including Meetings, Bloody Meetings and More Bloody Meetings.^ John Cleese acts as narrator and host to a number of guests who  Read More .
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^ Julian Carruthers More Bloody Meetings (1984) (V) ....
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^ Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe Meetings, Bloody Meetings (1976) (V) (executive producer) The Cold Call (1976) (V) (executive producer) Can We Please Have That the Right Way Round?
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These were produced by his company Video Arts.
.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.^ Synopsis: Narrated by Monty Python's John Cleese , this video, adapted from the Dr. Seuss book Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
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The books are presented as a dialogue between Skynner and Cleese.
In 1996, Cleese declined the British honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). .The follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures—which again starred Cleese alongside Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin—was also released that year, but was greeted with mixed reception by critics and audiences.^ The John Cleese Film Festival aboard Silver Shadow will showcase such comedy classics as A Fish Called Wanda and The Life of Brian, as well as Die Another Day, the first James Bond movie featuring Cleese in the role of "Q." But the comedy Fierce Creatures, and the documentary In the Wild: Lemurs with John Cleese, are sure to stand out as two of the most enlightening films presented.

^ Synopsis: In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson.
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^ Synopsis: The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal."
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Cleese has since often stated that making the second movie had been a mistake. 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."[12]
.In 1999, Cleese appeared in the James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as "R". In 2002, when Cleese reprised his role in Die Another Day, the character was promoted, making Cleese the new quartermaster (Q) of MI6.^ The John Cleese Film Festival aboard Silver Shadow will showcase such comedy classics as A Fish Called Wanda and The Life of Brian, as well as Die Another Day, the first James Bond movie featuring Cleese in the role of "Q." But the comedy Fierce Creatures, and the documentary In the Wild: Lemurs with John Cleese, are sure to stand out as two of the most enlightening films presented.

.In 2004, Cleese was featured as Q in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, featuring his likeness and voice.^ Die Another Day - James Bond 007 .
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Cleese did not appear in the subsequent Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

2000 to present

Cleese is currently Provost's Visiting Professor at Cornell University, after having been Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large from 1999-2006. He makes occasional, well-received appearances on the Cornell campus, but he lives in the town of Montecito, California.
.In 2001, Cleese was cast in the comedy Rat Race as the eccentric hotel owner Donald P. Sinclair.^ Created by John Cleese , the series stars Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the insufferable--and insufferably inept--owner-manager of a tenth-rate British hotel.
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^ Synopsis: The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal."
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^ John Cleese stars as an eccentric casino owner who devises a contest pitting  Read More .
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[13]
In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders The Comedian's Comedian, Cleese was voted second only to Peter Cook. Also in 2005, a long-standing piece of Internet humour, "The Revocation of Independence of the United States", was wrongly attributed to Cleese.
.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 famous Monty Python sketch, “Philosophy Football”), featuring interviews with pop culture icons Dave Stewart, Dennis Hopper and Henry Kissinger, as well as football greats including Pelé, Mia Hamm and Thierry Henry.^ Synopsis: The history of one Monty Python's Flying Circus is examined in this release featuring interviews with the Pythons and friends, new sketches, "The Lost Python Mayday Special," and much more.
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^ Synopsis: The Meaning of Life is without a doubt the most tasteless of the Monty Python feature films; it also happens to be one of the funniest.
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.The Art of Soccer with John Cleese[14] is being released in North America on DVD in January 2009 by BFS Entertainment & Multimedia.^ September 23rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm Hi John!
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^ September 30th, 2009 at 9:14 am hi john, just wondering is their a slash park for the children on the dream,and are you going to be the cruise director for december .
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^ TimeCruiser September 28th, 2009 at 7:14 am Dear John, .
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.Cleese recently lent his voice to the BioWare video game Jade Empire.^ Most recently, Cleese was the voice of God in the Broadway smash hit Spamalot.

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. His character is essentially a British colonialist stereotype who refers to the people of the Jade Empire as savages in need of enlightenment. His armour has the design of a fork stuck in a piece of cheese.
.He also had a cameo appearance in the computer game Starship Titanic as "The Bomb" (credited as "Kim Bread"), designed by Douglas Adams.^ Maurice Walpole Starship Titanic (1998) (VG) (as Kim Bread) ....
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When the bomb is activated it tells the player that "The ship is now armed and preparing to explode. .This will be a fairly large explosion, so you'd best keep back about 22 miles (35 km)". When the player tries to disarm the bomb, it says "Well, you can try that, but it won't work because nobody likes a smartarse!"^ I don’t want to talk too much about the show because it is full of surprises I don’t want to spoil for future guests………but I will say it’s the most contemporary show we have ever done…….I will also say it’s the best show we have ever done and when you consider shows like Vroom, Big Easy and Ticket To Ride……that’s a mighty bold statement.
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^ The Casino…….well you already know about that……and I still think that this will provide the best of both worlds.
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^ Those of you who like to have fun try the Newlywed and not so newlywed game.
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In 2002, Cleese made a cameo appearance in the movie The Adventures of Pluto Nash, where he played "James", a computerized chauffeur of a hover car stolen by the title character (played by Eddie Murphy). The vehicle is subsequently destroyed in a chase, leaving the chauffeur stranded in a remote place on the moon.
.In 2003, Cleese also appeared as Lyle Finster on the US sitcom Will & Grace.^ Lyle Finster (6 episodes, 2003-2004)     - I Do, Oh, No, You Di-in't: Part 1 (2004) TV episode (uncredited) ....
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His character's daughter, Lorraine, was played by Minnie Driver. In the series, Lyle Finster briefly marries Karen Walker (Megan Mullally).
.In 2004, Cleese was credited as co-writer of a DC Comics graphic novel entitled Superman: True Brit.^ The Art of Soccer with John Cleese (USA: video title) Wine for the Confused (2004) (TV) (writer) ...
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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.
.From 10 November to 9 December 2005, Cleese toured New Zealand with his stage show, John Cleese—His Life, Times and Current Medical Problems.^ As in the earlier film, the show is stolen by the Monty Python aggregation: John Cleese   Read More .
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^ John Cleese Filmography Fandango Home Find Theaters + Movie Times Search Find a Movie Link Name .
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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." The show was developed in New York with William Goldman and includes Cleese's daughter Camilla as a writer and actor (the shows were directed by Australian Bille Brown). His assistant of many years, Garry Scott-Irvine, also appeared, and was listed as a co-producer. It then played in universities in California and Arizona from 10 January to 25 March 2006 under the title "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot".[15] His voice can be downloaded for directional guidance purposes as a downloadable option on some personal GPS-navigation device models by company TomTom.
In June 2006, while promoting a football (soccer) song in which he was featured, entitled Don't Mention the World Cup, Cleese appears to have claimed that he decided to retire from performing in sitcoms, instead opting to writing a book on the history of comedy and to tutor young comedians.[16] This was an erroneous story, the result of an interview with The Times of London (the piece was not fact checked before printing).
In 2007, Cleese appeared in ads for Titleist as a golf course designer named "Ian MacCallister", who represents "Golf Designers Against Distance".
.In 2007, he started filming the sequel to The Pink Panther, titled The Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.^ Synopsis: Hollywood funnyman Steve Martin returns to the role made famous by Peter Sellers in this high-concept sequel to the 2006 comedy hit The Pink Panther .
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On 27 September 2007, The Podcast Network announced it had signed a deal with Cleese to produce a series of video podcasts called HEADCAST to be published on TPN's website. Cleese released the first episode of this series in April 2008 on his own website, headcast.co.uk
In 2008, Cleese collaborated with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member William Kanengiser on the text to the performance piece "The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha". Cleese, as narrator, and the LAGQ premiered the work in Santa Barbara.
.According to recent reports, Cleese is currently working on a musical version of A Fish Called Wanda with his daughter Camilla.^ Synopsis: The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal."
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^ A Fish Called Wanda .
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.He also said that he is working on a new film screenplay for the first time since 1996's Fierce Creatures.^ Since the events of the first film  Read More .
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^ This will be my 15th cruise but the first time on a new ship.
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^ This was done as part of the celebration those ports were having since it was the first time the Dream had done a caribbean voyage.
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.Cleese collaborates on it with writer Lisa Hogan, under the current working title "Taxing Times". According to him, it is "about the lengths to which people will go to avoid tax.^ The Art of Soccer with John Cleese (USA: video title) Wine for the Confused (2004) (TV) (writer) ...
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[...] It's based on what happened to me when I cashed in my UK pension and moved to Santa Barbara."[17]
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".[18]
On 6 May 2009, he appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show. .Cleese has also hosted comedy galas at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2006, and again in 2009. He had to cancel the 2009 appearance due to prostatitis, but hosted it a few days later.^ Terri Bough December 12th, 2009 at 9:15 pm Just got home today from the 9 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the dream.
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^ Bridget December 13th, 2009 at 12:05 pm Just returned from the 9 day cruise.
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[19]
Towards the end of 2009 and into 2010, Cleese appeared in a series of television adverts for the Norwegian electric goods shop chain, Elkjøp.
.In January 2010, it was announced that Cleese was cast for a role in John Landis' Burke and Hare.^ Synopsis: The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal."
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^ In Production 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s Burke and Hare (2010) ( pre-production ) Planet 51 (2009) (voice) ....
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[20]
In March 2010 it was announced that John Cleese would be playing the Butler in the video game "Fable III" [21]

Personal life

1960s to 1980s

.Cleese met Connie Booth in America during the late 1960s and the couple married in 1968.[8] In 1971, Booth gave birth to Cynthia Cleese, their only child.^ John Cleese , still in his Monty Python period, plays a double-bass player who woos a lovely princess ( Connie Booth ).
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Prunella Scales , Andrew Sachs , Connie Booth , Ballard Berkeley .
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^ Actors: John Cleese , Prunella Scales , Andrew Sachs , Connie Booth , Brian Hall .
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.With Booth, Cleese wrote the scripts for and co-starred in both series of the TV series Fawlty Towers, even though the two were actually divorced before the second series was finished and aired.^ Fawlty Towers: Series 01 .
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^ Fawlty Towers: Series 02 .
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^ Created by John Cleese , the series stars Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the insufferable--and insufferably inept--owner-manager of a tenth-rate British hotel.
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Cleese and Booth are said to have remained close friends since.[22]
Cleese remarried in 1981, to American actress Barbara Trentham.[23] .Their daughter Camilla, Cleese's second child, was born in 1984. He and Trentham divorced in 1990. It was also during this time that Cleese moved from the United Kingdom to California.^ A Fish Called Wanda (1988) (uncredited) Giroblauw met John Cleese (1981) (TV) Away from It All (1979) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: .
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1990s to present

On 28 December 1992, he married American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger. In January 2008, the couple announced they had split. The divorce was settled in December 2008. The divorce settlement left Eichelberger with £12 million in finance and assets; by the time she has received an agreed £600,000 a year for seven years, she will be the richer of the two. Cleese stated that "What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine".[25]
He had begun to date American comedienne Barbie Orr in November 2008[26] but they split up in January 2009.[27]

Political views

.Previously a Labour party voter, John Cleese switched to the SDP after their formation in 1981, and during the 1987 UK general election, he recorded a nine minute party political broadcast for the SDP-Liberal Alliance, which talks about the similarities and failures of the other two parties in a more humorous tone than the standard political broadcast.^ John Cleese acts as narrator and host to a number of guests who  Read More .
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^ He's part of the Lightning broadcast team now, so I'm more than a little curious as to what he would have had to do if he'd been the loser.
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^ John Cleese stars as an eccentric casino owner who devises a contest pitting  Read More .
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He has since supported the Alliance's successor, the Liberal Democrats, starring in a political broadcast for the 1997 UK general election and narrating a radio election broadcast for the party during the 2001 UK general election.[30]
Cleese expressed support for Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, donating US$2,300 to his campaign and offering his services as a speech writer.[31] .He also criticized Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin—saying that "Michael Palin is no longer the funniest Palin"[32]— and wrote a satirical poem about Fox News commentator Sean Hannity for Countdown with Keith Olbermann.^ We and about 20+ of our dear Cruise Critic friends will be sailing on the Transatlantic to New York.
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Radio credits

Television credits

Major roles

As host

Guest appearances

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1968 Interlude TV Publicist
1969 The Magic Christian Mr. Dougdale (director in Sotheby's)
The Best House in London Jones Uncredited
1970 The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Pummer Writer
1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Various Roles Writer
1974 Romance with a Double Bass Musician Smychkov Writer
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Various Roles Writer
1976 Meetings, Bloody Meetings Tim Writer/Executive Producer
Documentary Short
1977 The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It Arthur Sherlock Holmes
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Various Roles Writer
1980 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself-Various Roles
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Neville
Time Bandits Gormless Robin Hood
1982 Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack
1983 Yellowbeard Blind Pew
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Various Roles Writer
1985 Silverado Langston His first line, as he walks into a bar to
break up a brawl, is, "What's all this, then?")
1986 Clockwise Mr. Stimpson Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
1988 A Fish Called Wanda lawyer Archie Leach Writer/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
1989 Erik the Viking Halfdan the Black
1990 Bullseye! Man on the Beach in
Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Cat R. Waul Voice Only
1992 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Narrator
1993 Splitting Heirs Raoul P. Shadgrind
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Professor Waldman
Disney's Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Dr. Julius Plumford
The Swan Princess Jean-Bob
1996 The Wind in the Willows Mr. Toad's Lawyer
Fierce Creatures Rollo Lee Writer/Producer
1997 George of the Jungle An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice Only
1998 In the Wild: Operation Lemur with John Cleese Host Narrator
1999 The Out-of-Towners Mr. Mersault
The World Is Not Enough R
2000 Isn't She Great Henry Marcus
The Magic Pudding Albert, The Magic Pudding Voice Only
2001 Quantum Project Alexander Pentcho
Here's Looking at You: The Evolution of the Human Face Narrator
Rat Race Donald P. Sinclair
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone "Nearly Headless Nick"
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets "Nearly Headless Nick" Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Talking Crickett Voice Only: English Version
Die Another Day Q Second appearance in a James Bond film,
replaces Desmond Llewelyn as Q in the series
The Adventures of Pluto Nash James
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mr. Munday
Scorched Charles Merchant
George of the Jungle 2 An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice Only
2004 Shrek 2 King Harold Voice Only
Around the World in 80 Days Grizzled Sergeant
2005 Valiant Mercury Voice Only
2006 Charlotte's Web Samuel the Sheep Voice Only
Man About Town Dr. Primkin
2007 Shrek the Third King Harold Voice Only
2008 Igor Dr. Glickenstein Voice Only
The Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Barnhardt
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Inspector Charles Dreyfus
Planet 51 Professor Kipple Voice Only
2010 Burke and Hare TBA Filming
2010 Shrek Forever After

Video game credits

Awards

Other credits

  • In 2003, John Cleese took part in Mike Oldfield's re-recording of the 1973 hit Tubular Bells, Tubular Bells 2003. He took over the "Master of Ceremonies" duties in the ‘Finale’ part, in which he announced the various instruments eccentrically, from the late Vivian Stanshall.[34]
  • Cleese recorded the voice of God for Spamalot, the musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Cleese narrated the audio version of C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters.
  • In the late-1990s, Cleese appeared in a set of poorly-received commercials for the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's. Around the same time, his Fawlty Towers co-star, Prunella Scales, appeared in more well-received commercials for rival chain Tesco.
  • He has enunciated a set of directions for the TomTom in-car navigation system. .This allows itself humorous notes at non-critical moments, for instance when asking for a U-turn and when signing off: "I'm not going to carry your baggage—from now on, you're on your own" and "Bear right..Beaver left."
  • He plays the voice of Samuel the Sheep in the 2006 adaptation of Charlotte's Web.^ You took your socks off.
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    ^ Now where did you say your cabin would be?
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    ^ We are now going to sail the DREAM this November 09′ and hope it’s you as our CD..
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    Samuel repeatedly tells the other sheep to be individuals, not sheep. This is a reference to Monty Python's Life of Brian.
  • He has a speaking part at the end of the Alan Parsons song "Chomolungma" from the album A Valid Path.
  • In 2008, John Cleese appeared in a humorous TV commercial in Poland advertising a bank loan.
  • From 2006 to 2008 John Cleese has appeared in humorous TV commercials in Iceland advertising Kaupþing.
  • John Cleese is in the song title "Reese's Pieces I don't Know who John Cleese is?" by the band I Set My Friends on Fire.

Honours and tributes

  • A species of lemur, Bemaraha Woolly Lemur or the "Avahi cleesei", has been named in his honour. .John Cleese has mentioned this in television interviews.^ Home John Cleese Interview Tease A Blog Full Of Holes Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009...5:42 pm .
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    Also there is mention of this honour in "New Scientist"[35]—and John Cleese's response to the honour.[36]
  • An asteroid, 9618 Johncleese, is named in his honour.
  • Cleese declined a CBE (Commander of The British Empire) in 1996.
  • 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".[37]
  • "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".

Bibliography

  • The Rectorial Address of John Cleese, Epam, 1971, 8 pages
  • Foreword for Time and the Soul, Jacob Needleman, 2003  ISBN 1-57675-251-8 (paperback)
  • The Human Face (with Brian Bates) (DK Publishing Inc., 2001, ISBN 978-0789478368)

Scripts

  • The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation As We Know It, w/Jack Hobbs & Joseph McGrath, 1977  ISBN 0-352-30109-0
  • Fawlty Towers, w/Connie Booth, 1977 (The Builders, The Hotel Inspectors, Gourmet Night)   ISBN 0-86007-598-2
  • Fawlty Towers: Book 2, w/Connie Booth, 1979 (The Wedding Party, A Touch of Class, The Germans)
  • The Golden Skits of Wing Commander Muriel Volestrangler FRHS & Bar, 1984  ISBN 0-413-41560-0
  • The Complete Fawlty Towers, w/Connie Booth, 1988  ISBN 0-413-18390-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-679-72127-4 (paperback)
  • A Fish Called Wanda: The Screenplay, w/Charles Crichton, 1988  ISBN 1-55783-033-9
  • Fawlty's Hotel: Sämtliche Stücke, w/Connie Booth, (The Complete Fawlty Towers in German), Haffmans Verlag AG Zürich, 1995

Dialogues

  • Families and How to Survive Them, w/A.Robin Skynner, 1983  ISBN 0-413-52640-2 (hardc.), ISBN 0-19-520466-2 (p/back)
  • Life and How to Survive It, w/A.Robin Skynner 1993  ISBN 0-413-66030-3 (hardcover), ISBN 0-393-31472-3 (paperback)

See also

References

  1. ^ John Cleese Biography (1939-)
  2. ^ John Cleese's father
  3. ^ "John Cleese's Towering Legacy". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/30583033/john_cleeses_towering_legacy. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ San Diego Magazine, Silly Walks and Dead Parrots
  5. ^ a b c Footlights! — 'A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy' — Robert Hewison, Methuen London Ltd, 1983, ISBN 0-413-51150-2.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h From Fringe to Flying Circus — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980' — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980, ISBN 0-413-46950-6.
  7. ^ List of Rectors of University of St. Andrews
  8. ^ a b Cahal Milmo "Life after Polly: Connie Booth (a case of Fawlty memory syndrome", The Independent, 25 May 2007
  9. ^ "John Cleese appearance on the Muppet Show, as cited on Muppet Central Web site". αCharts.us. http://www.muppetcentral.com/guides/episodes/tms/season2/47_cleese.shtml. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  10. ^ YouTube - John Cleese Explains Proportional Representation for Canada & Ontario changes Coming - Topix
  11. ^ Cleese continued to openly say the word, most notably reported in an interview hosted by Robert Klein in which Cleese remarked that Chapman is, "stone-fucking-dead!"Memorial eulogy by John Cleese for Graham Chapman
  12. ^ "Restaurant review: Michael Winner at Villa Principe Leopoldo, Switzerland". London: The Sunday Times. 6 July 2008. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/eating_out/winners_dinners/article4275153.ece. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0250687/fullcredits#cast
  14. ^ http://www.bfsent.com/item_detail.asp?number=30895
  15. ^ Playbill
  16. ^ "Cleese 'retires from performing'". BBC News. 13 June 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5070650.stm. 
  17. ^ "John Cleese's fling with a blonde HALF his age". Daily Mail. 20 July 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1036560/John-Cleeses-fling-blonde-HALF-age.html. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  18. ^ http://www.spectator.co.uk/i//the-magazine/features/3472446/the-real-reason-i-had-to-join-the-spectator.thtml
  19. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2009/07/22/cleese-just-laughs-montreal-0722.html
  20. ^ Major Casting Replacement for John Landis' 'Burke and Hare'
  21. ^ http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/107/1076735p1.html
  22. ^ "Our divorceymoon! What happened when Cleese and Winner invaded Switzerland on a six-day road trip". Daily Mail. 21 July 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1036533/Our-divorceymoon-What-happened-Cleese-Winner-invaded-Switzerland-day-road-trip.html. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  23. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/124/000024052/
  24. ^ "Cleese Saved Daughter From Drugs". IMDB. 2008-12-21. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0872184/news. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  25. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/6043628/John-Cleese-in-12-million-divorce-settlement.html
  26. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article1955623.ece
  27. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1131182/RICHARD-KAY-Cleese-gets-rid-Barbie-doll.html
  28. ^ John Cleese - Biography
  29. ^ GoVeg.com // Carrie Underwood and Kevin Eubanks Voted World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities
  30. ^ "Lib Dems plan warmer homes". BBC News. 31 May 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/vote2001/hi/english/newsid_1361000/1361458.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  31. ^ Michael Saul, "The Full Monty for Bam?: Cleese stumps to be his speech writer," New York Daily News, 2008-04-09 p3 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/04/09/2008-04-09_monty_python_icon_john_cleese_stumps_to_.html
  32. ^ http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b63785_John_Cleese__Sarah_Palin_Funnier_Than_Michael_Palin.html
  33. ^ "John Cleese Destroys Sean Hanniyt with Poetry" www.dailykos.org.
  34. ^ Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells" reaches thirty years old...
  35. ^ "New Scientist" comment about the lemur being named after John Cleese
  36. ^ "New Scientist" and John Cleese's response to the honour
  37. ^ Funnyman Cleese rubbishes NZ city. The Australian, 21 May 2007

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Quotes

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He who laughs most, learns best.
.John Marwood Cleese (born 1939-10-27) is an English comedian and actor best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for co-writing the TV series Fawlty Towers in which he played Basil Fawlty.^ John Cleese's Personal Best (2005) .
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^ Cleese expanded his talents following Python and Fawlty Towers.
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^ Fawlty Towers: Series 01 .
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Basil Fawlty was an easy character for me.
^ Cleese portrayed the title character, hotel proprietor Basil Fawlty.
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For some reason, portraying a mean uptight incompetent bully comes naturally to me.
When you get to my age ... you realize that the world is a madhouse and that most people are operating in fantasy anyway. .So once you realise that, it doesn't bother you much.
  • I'm struck by how laughter connects you with people.^ Have you any idea of how much there is to do?

    ^ It struck me you need to get teams of people, half of whom are well-informed, the other half who are comedy writers, which is what we've done.
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    ^ And the audience roared with laughter, so I learned you could do this harder humor and people loved it .

    .It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter.^ I think Tony Booth and I kind of discovered the character rather than created this because it was a strange sort of feeling that the character was there and we just had to sort of — do you remember?
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    .Laughter is a force for democracy.
  • Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this.^ Himself "The Human Face" (2001) TV mini-series ....
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    ^ The Human Face (2-Disc Series) (2001) .
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    .Now, what I'm suggesting is that we've advanced.
  • If I like chocolate it won't surprise you that I have a few chocolates in my fridge, but if you find out I've got 16 warehouses full of chocolate, you'd think I was insane.^ Now what I am suggesting is that we've advanced .

    ^ QUINT: I READ THAT YOU WERE WRITING A SUPERMAN STORYLINE CALLED "TRUE BRIT" FOR DC. IS THAT TRUE?   JOHN CLEESE: Well, my beloved assistant Howard is writing the story, but I'm helping him here and there with a few comments and a few suggestions.
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    ^ If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you should not have chat shows.
    • snopes.com: John Cleese Letter to USA 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: Original source]

    .All these rich guys are insane, obsessive compulsive twits obsessed with money — money is all they think about — they're all nuts.^ They're not at all smart.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Of course not, you're all too busy sticking your noses into every corner, poking around for things to complain about, aren't you?

    ^ Fries aren't French, they're Belgian though 97.8% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium.
    • snopes.com: John Cleese Letter to USA 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, promoting Fierce Creatures, which Cleese says is a satire about Rupert Murdoch's greed.^ Ian Johnstone, the guy I wrote Fierce Creatures with, said that he heard four BBC producers at the bar saying, "Have you seen this new script from Cleese?
      • TV Scoop interview: John Cleese, Fawlty Towers: Re-opened : TV Scoop 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.tvscoop.tv [Source type: General]

      ^ I've already posted up interviews with Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales, but here's what John Cleese had to say about it all.
      • TV Scoop interview: John Cleese, Fawlty Towers: Re-opened : TV Scoop 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.tvscoop.tv [Source type: General]

      ^ After Cleese was approached about creating another series, he decided he would like to work with Chapman and Oxford alumni Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
      • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

      .(1997)
  • Basil Fawlty was an easy character for me.^ Cleese portrayed the title character, hotel proprietor Basil Fawlty.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Basil Fawlty The 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) (TV) (uncredited) ....
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    .For some reason, portraying a mean, uptight, incompetent bully comes naturally to me.^ Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me .

    .
    • On Fresh Air with Terry Gross (1997)
  • If I had not gone into Monty Python, I probably would have stuck to my original plan to graduate and become a chartered accountant, perhaps a barrister lawyer, and gotten a nice house in the suburbs, with a nice wife and kids, and gotten a country club membership, and then I would have killed myself.^ Former Monty Python member Terry Jones attempts to have his story of Erik's seemingly hopeless  Read More .
    • John Cleese Filmography 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.fandango.com [Source type: General]

    ^ American Terry Gilliam and his cutout animation completed the equation, and on October 5, 1969 Monty Python's Flying Circus premiered on the BBC. Television would never be quite the same (STARLOG #91, 93).
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Synopsis: This first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus originally aired October 5, 1969.
    • John Cleese Filmography 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.fandango.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • On Fresh Air with Terry Gross (1997)
  • He who laughs most, learns best.
    • As quoted in Creating Emotionally Safe Schools : A Guide for Educators and Parents‎ (2001) by Jane Bluestein, p.^ He who laughs most, learns best .

      .215
  • If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.^ If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play .

    ^ We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.
    • snopes.com: John Cleese Letter to USA 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies).
    • snopes.com: John Cleese Letter to USA 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: Original source]

    • As quoted in Best New Games (2002) by Dale N. LeFevre, p. .9
  • Technology frightens me to death.^ Technology frightens me to death.

    .It's designed by engineers to impress other engineers, and they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers — which is why almost no technology ever works.^ It's designed by engineers to impress other engineers, and they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers - which is why almost no technology ever works .

    ^ "It would be interesting to consider the Python shows at leisure with a couple other Pythons-they might well come up with some memories that I had completely forgotten.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ What was so interesting is that almost everyone had at least one or two vivid memories about each other, but they were all different - nobody remembered the same thing.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    .
  • If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?^ Die Another Day (Special Edition) (2002) .
    • GreenCine | John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.greencine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?

    ^ Die Another Day (2002) (Bonus materials available separately) .
    • John Cleese DVDs, John Cleese DVD Rentals, Rent John Cleese Movies at Netflix Today 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.netflix.com [Source type: General]

    • As quoted in W.T.F.? : (What Is Wrong With Tom Faerie?)‎ .(2006) by H. M. Leathem
  • Cleese: You see, you could never do a sketch like that these days.^ I hope i have enlightened those of you who are about to sail on the Dream as you have never been on a ship like this before.
    • Your Carnival Dream « John Heald's Blog 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC johnhealdsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Cleese guides wine novices through the basics -- finding wines you like, getting the best value, and serving and storing wine at home.
    • John Cleese DVDs, John Cleese DVD Rentals, Rent John Cleese Movies at Netflix Today 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.netflix.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Its invigorating to see you and Gerry Cahill at your ages to look like young kids.
    • Your Carnival Dream « John Heald's Blog 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC johnhealdsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The audience is too uninformed. I blame the Americans. Nation of obese, violent, pig-ignorant, bible-thumping morons contaminating world culture. .That’s why I spend most of my time here in France.^ Most of the time she thinks I'm with these girls, it's really the animals I've got in my room.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I plan to spend my time reading, going on holiday - and doing anything that's offered to me that's genuinely exciting."
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    ^ WE COULDN’T THINK OF A BETTER BUNCH OF PEOPLE TO SPEND IT WITH. bye for now, but here is to looking forward for time to fly by.
    • Your Carnival Dream « John Heald's Blog 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC johnhealdsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... Beautiful, isn’t it? .Just look at those olive trees.^ The Serenity area looks amazing and I just packed a king size sheet to “save” one of those wicker loungers (lol).
    • Your Carnival Dream « John Heald's Blog 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC johnhealdsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [Interviewer: .This is Santa Barbara.]
    • From PBS series Monty Python's Personal Best : John Cleese's Personal Best (2006), playing role of senile old man.
  • Cleese: My biggest regret?^ John Cleese's Personal Best (2005) .
    • John Cleese DVDs, John Cleese DVD Rentals, Rent John Cleese Movies at Netflix Today 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.netflix.com [Source type: General]

    ^ 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.
    • John Cleese - Ask.com 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

    ^ JOHN CLEESE - "WHY IS STARLOG INTERVIEWING ME?" STARLOG MAGAZINE JULY 1985 - #96 By KIM HOWARD JOHNSON The world's funniest tall man ponders that question and more as he considers vivid memories of his life and laughs with Kermit, Basil Fawlty and Monty Python.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    Not being knighted by the Queen. .I should have been a knight, and I would have been knighted, if I hadn't written one horrible horrible Python sketch which I deeply deeply regret — [cue Python sketch: UPPER CLASS TWIT OF THE YEAR]
    • From PBS series Monty Python's Personal Best : John Cleese's Personal Best (2006), playing role of senile old man.
  • When you get to my age, and I'm 66 now, you realize that the world is a madhouse and that most people are operating in fantasy anyway.^ John Cleese's Personal Best (2005) .
    • John Cleese DVDs, John Cleese DVD Rentals, Rent John Cleese Movies at Netflix Today 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.netflix.com [Source type: General]

    ^ John Cleese: Hi, can you hear me?
    • John Cleese Interview « John Heald's Blog 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC johnhealdsblog.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls.
    • snopes.com: John Cleese Letter to USA 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: Original source]

    .So once you realise that, it doesn't bother you much.
    • From Channel 4 documentary The Secret Life of Brian (2007)
  • Because these people are operating at a very very low level of mental health, they are incapable of understanding the teaching.^ But because people use the phone so much at home, they assume they have the skills to use it at work.

    ^ I think it's harder to find an audience if you are older, because so much comedy is aimed at young audiences.

    ^ You talk to anyone who has been on a film with Stallone or Schwarzenegger and they'll tell you everyone else gets very small fees.
    • John Cleese 14 January 2010 19:019 UTC orangecow.org [Source type: General]

    • From Channel 4 documentary The Secret Life of Brian (2007)

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John Cleese (born October 27, 1939) is an English actor. He was born in Weston-super-Mare. He was a member of the comedy team, Monty Python. He also starred on the television programme, Fawlty Towers that he co-wrote with his wife, Connie Booth who played the role of Polly on the show. He currently plays Q in the James Bond movie series.

          Monty Python
Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseTerry GilliamEric IdleTerry JonesMichael Palin
Films
And Now For Something Completely Different  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail  • Monty Python's Life of Brian  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life


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