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Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1939
SpouseJennifer Wade, Alyce Cleese, Barbara Trentham, Connie Booth
MarkReceived pronunciation
FactDuring a 2014 interview in a Dutch talkshow, he debunked the story that he had offered to write speeches for Democratic Presidential candidate 'Barack Obama' in 2008. He had merely said that he liked many of the Democratic plans for the American people and would love to assist in any way. A local newspaper had interpreted this as an offer to help Obama writing his speeches, but Cleese considered Obama more than capable enough to write his own speeches.

John Cleese is a British actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work on the British comedy series Monty Python, as well as his role as Basil Fawlty in the sitcom Fawlty Towers. Cleese has also appeared in numerous films, including A Fish Called Wanda and Clockwise.

Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. His parents were Muriel Evelyn (née Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He has one older sister, Janet. Cleese was educated at Clifton College and later at Cambridge University, where he studied law.

Cleese began his career as a writer and performer on the British radio show The Frost Report. He later joined the cast of the BBC television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, where he wrote and performed sketches with the Python troupe. Cleese’s most famous Python sketches include “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and “The Dead Parrot.”

After Monty Python, Cleese starred in and wrote for the sitcom Fawlty Towers. The show was set in a fictional hotel in Torquay, England, and featured Cleese as the incompetent manager Basil Fawlty. Fawlty Towers was a huge success, and is considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

In 1988, Cleese starred in the film A Fish Called Wanda. The film was a critical and commercial success, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Cleese has been married three times. His first marriage was to Connie Booth, with whom he co-wrote Fawlty Towers. They divorced in 1978. Cleese married American actress Barbara Trentham in 1981. They divorced in 1990. Cleese married his third wife, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, in 1992. They have one daughter together.

Cleese is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

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Full NameJohn Cleese
Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1939
Height1.96 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Composer
EducationUniversity of St Andrews, St. Peter's Preparatory School, Clifton College, Downing College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge


SpouseJennifer Wade, Alyce Cleese, Barbara Trentham, Connie Booth
ChildrenCynthia Cleese, Camilla Cleese
ParentsReg Cleese, Muriel Cleese


AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Screenplay, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Music GroupsMonty Python
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Edgar Award for Best Motion Pi...
MoviesA Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Fierce Creatures, Die Another Day, And Now for Something Completely Different, The World Is Not Enough, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Se...
TV ShowsFawlty Towers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, At Last the 1948 Show, The Frost Report, Parrot Sketch Not Included – 20 Years of Monty Python, Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python, Monty Python Live at Aspen, Ripping Yarns, Last of the Summer Wine, Casper & Mandrilaftalen, Sez Les, Comedy Playh...

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#Marks / Signs
1Playing characters with neurotic behaviour
2Received pronunciation
3When on Monty Python's flying circus, he would introduce sketches with the famous line "And now for something completely different"
4His height
6Usually plays uptight or overbearing comic characters.


1[on Theresa May] Margaret Thatcher with a sense of humour.
2I'm more relaxed now but if I look at the world, I don't think it's ever been in a worse situation. I look at what's going on and there isn't much to be cheerful about. I look at Trump [Donald J. Trump], and I see a narcissist, with no attention span, who doesn't have clear ideas about anything and makes it all up as he goes along.
3If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I'd vote to stay in. But there isn't. Sad.
4[on how to reform the European Union] Give up the Euro, introduce accountability, and hang Jean-Claude Juncker.
5[on Rupert Murdoch, the person he said he most despises] He did irreparable damage to English culture.
6Now most people do not want an ordinary life in which they do a job well, earn the respect of their collaborators and competitors, bring up a family and have friends. That's not enough any more, and I think that is absolutely tragic - and I'm not exaggerating - that people feel like a decent, ordinary, fun life is no longer enough.
7[on seeing himself acting on film for the first time] I looked like a giraffe on a hovercraft.
8[on his years of depression] Life seemed almost pointless... The feeling was a kind of deadness... And the sense of humor was an early casualty. In fact, when I began to be able to laugh at all, it began to clear.
9[about his home town] Childhood was very low key. Extremely little happened. Weston used to have a field-hockey festival, but that was stopped, as people were becoming too excited.
10I think we're all born with a sense of humour. Creativity is another thing . . . The thing that mainly kills creativity and humour is anxiety. You need to be able to play. I think a lot of us lose this ability.
11Piers Morgan writes that I didn't recognize him in a restaurant in New York. I did. I just didn't want to speak to someone I truly detest.
12[on his surprise cameo in the iconic science-fiction series Doctor Who (1963) in 1979] It was lovely to do. It just took an hour and a half, so I enjoyed it. Douglas Adams suggested to the director that we should do it.
13I don't think that you can edit humor because it may be misunderstood by idiots.
14Political correctness started out as a very good idea. But it got latched onto by people who hang onto a small number of truths. In my stand-up , I'll make jokes about Germans, Canadians, the English and the French - which Americans particularly enjoy. And then I say, 'There's this Mexican joke'. And the place freezes. Why is everyone uncomfortable? Is that because Mexicans need particular protection? Are they not capable of looking after themselves?
15The sad thing about comedy is that if you spend fifty years doing it, you do finish up knowing most of the jokes. And if you don't know the exact joke, you know something pretty close to it. There isn't the sense of discovery that you got when you were younger.
16[on a knighthood] I'll only have one if Python get one. We always thought it would be nice to actually have Sir Monty Python but not actually have knighthoods ourselves.
17The thing about shock is not that it upsets some people, I think; I think that it gives others a momentary joy of liberation, as we realized in that instant that the social rules that constrict our lives so terribly are not actually very important.
18[improvising during the Parrot Sketch for Monty Python's "One down, five to go" at the O2] I'm rather worried about David Beckham. You see him around all the time, but he never talks.
19[on the Daniel Craig Bond films] I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humorless. Also, the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw. The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humor or the class jokes.
20The thing you have to remember about critics is that they can't do it themselves.
21I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city. That's how they got the Olympics, they said "We're the most cosmopolitan city in the world". But it doesn't feel English. I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walked down the King's Road and said to me "Where are all the English people?" I mean, I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking "What's going on?"
22Movie executives have almost no idea what they're doing. In fact, I would say that's an incorrect statement. I would say the executives don't have ANY idea what they're doing. But they don't have any idea that they have no idea, so they're blundering around. They're trying to control everything without having a clue what's really going on. And that's very sad because if somebody put me in charge of BBC comedy, I could resurrect it in six months. At the moment, the people there are just very poor.
23[on the BBC in 2013] The people who became executives [in the Sixties and Seventies] had produced or directed a great deal of comedy. Now there seems to be an executive class and they have never written and never directed.
24[on Fawlty Towers (1975)] There is a famous note which I have a copy of, I think it's framed. What happened was, Connie and I wrote that first episode and we sent it in to Jimmy Gilbert (James Gilbert). And first of all the fellow whose job it was to assess the quality of the writing said, and I can quote it fairly accurately, 'This is full of clichéd situations and stereotypical characters and I cannot see it as being anything other than a disaster'. And Jimmy himself said 'You're going to have to get them out of the hotel, John, you can't do the whole thing in the hotel'. Whereas, of course, it's in the hotel that the whole pressure cooker builds up.
25[on British television] I don't think the writers work as hard as they used to, and I think they may lack experience because I don't think the writing is as good as it used to be. But I do proudly say that in the 60s, 70s and 80s we did have the least bad television in the world, and that's quite a claim. I think the main problem now is it's run on the basis of money.
26[on why he has to avoid living in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics] I'm in a very strange situation. Because of the tax situation in the UK and because I have to pay this enormous alimony every year of one million dollars, I discovered that if I live in London, which I was intending to do, I have to make two million dollars before I keep a penny. That's quite a lot. So I'm not going to be living in London. The result of that for at least a year, I'm hardly allowed to go back there at all.
27Someone telephonically knowledgeable and I had a bit of an argument about that. He said that telephone booths didn't work because they were vandalized. I said they were vandalized because they didn't work.
28in Penelope Gilliatt, _To Wit: Skin and Bones of Comedy_, 1990] It's the people who try desperately to put a measured surface over secret anger seething away underneath who give you the sense of most violence.
29Although my inclinations are slightly left-of-center, I was terribly disappointed with the last Labour government. Gordon Brown lacked emotional intelligence and was never a leader.
30Some people ask me to do ads and I think, I don't really want to sell potato crisps.
31I was asked to do a reality show a few months ago. I forget which one it was, it might have been the jungle one or perhaps Celebrity Root Canal. I just laughed, then asked how much they were offering out of curiosity. It was £200,000, but I would never agree to one of those shows. That would mean the collapse of western civilization. There is always a filter when it comes to accepting work. I call it the EQ - the embarrassment quota. I will only do embarrassing things if there is a lot of money involved and people won't really know about it.
32[on British television] When I was growing up, we had the best television in the world. Now it's as bad as it is everywhere else, and I don't particularly want to participate in that. I don't really watch TV these days, except live sport. There's nothing much that appeals to me and I would rather read a book.
33The divorce settlement absolutely affects every decision I make professionally. I have to earn $1 million a year before I even get to keep a penny and I have to build my professional choices around that fact. It annoys me that in my seventies I am having to live in a way I don't choose to live. Imagine how much I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship - such as children or a conversation.
34If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
35I always felt attracted by Austrian and German culture in a certain way. I've always liked Vienna. I never saw so much theatre and music and so many museums anywhere else. I like the city's velocity and the food. It doesn't have the tackiness of other big cities. I considered renting a small flat in Switzerland. I love being in Lyon, Strasbourg, Munich and Milan in four hours from there.
36England changed much more than I did. We used to have some sort of middle class culture with an adequate amount of respect for education. It was a bit racist - not in a mean way though, but still racist. Some things have changed for the better. But it's not a middle class culture anymore, but a yob culture, a rowdy culture.
37I don't miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.
38I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.
39Most of the bad taste I've been accused of has been generic bad taste; it's been making fun of an idea as opposed to a person. Oddly enough, the one or two jokes I really regret on Python are the more personal ones. We did have this thing about David Hemmings ... something about him being played by a piece of wood. At the end there was a voice-over saying: "David Hemmings appeared by permission of the Forestry Commission." Afterwards, I felt just a little bit guilty.
40In the early days of my career, I'd have these moments of utter delight: at the age of 21, I discovered Buster Keaton; at 24 it was Harold Lloyd; then W.C. Fields. Just occasionally, one discovers someone new for oneself. I thought Bill Hicks was a genius, Eddie Izzard too. I don't want to be mean but there are several highly regarded shows around right now - and I'm not talking about Ricky Gervais, because I think he's excellent - that I don't much care for. So basically I keep my mouth shut. At this stage of my life I have to accept that I'm not likely to come across anything as startlingly good as Buster Keaton.
41I think that phone call was astoundingly tasteless. Apparently Russell Brand had actually slept with the girl, who works in a slightly raunchy club. Oh yes, a burlesque club. Anyway ... I can't imagine why they would ring Andrew (Andrew Sachs) up. It was, as I say, very tasteless. I thought that was extraordinary, especially as I've met Jonathan Ross and liked him; it's very hard to see why he would have done it.
42Why anyone who has not committed a punishable offense would listen to country and western music is beyond me.
43[on making commercials to support himself and then-wife Connie Booth while writing Fawlty Towers (1975)] I have to thank the advertising industry for making this possible. Connie and I used to spend six weeks writing each episode and we didn't make a lot of money out of it. If it hadn't been for the commercials I wouldn't have been able to afford to spend so much time on the script.
44[on BBC presenter Jonathan Ross's obscene phone calls to his Fawlty Towers (1975) co-star Andrew Sachs in 2008] I'm uneasy about censorship so I think that it's important to hire people who have good enough taste to censor themselves. I've always thought that Jonathan Ross would have fallen into this category.
45When I got divorced from Connie Booth, with whom I had dinner on Sunday, and when I got divorced from Barbara Trentham, I didn't need lawyers on either occasion, because I just sort of said, 'Why don't I give you this?' And they said, 'That's very fair, very generous. Thank you.' End of story. This woman [Alyce Faye Eichelberger] now was asking my old St John's Wood accountants for 60 boxes of documents, so many documents that they had to send people out from California to go through them.
46We broke up in the marital therapist's office. We'd been seeing them for a couple of years. And we agreed to break up and three weeks later I heard about the lawyer that she was using and I rang her up and said, 'Do you know this lawyer's reputation?' And she said, 'I hear that yours can be pretty nasty, too.' And I said, 'OK, here's an offer. You get rid of yours. I'll get rid of mine. I'll appoint someone you're comfortable with, you appoint someone I'm comfortable with and it could be fairly easy.' And she said, 'No, I'm not interested. I would like to stay with the present situation.'
47[on his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger]: I feel angry sometimes. But my anger is not so much about sharing the property but having to go on working hard to provide alimony for someone who's already going to have at least $10 million worth of property, and who's getting £1 million this year. At some point you say, 'Well, what did I do wrong? You know, I was the breadwinner.' The system is insane.
48It's very important for me that my friends have a sense of humour. To me it's the kind of touchstone of communication. Alyce Faye Eichelberger's sense of humour was not very European, because she was from Oklahoma and I used to joke that the Oklahoma Sense of Irony is one of the world's short books.
49[on his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger] This is the happiest I have ever been and I feel that at 68 now I want as many years as I can get.
50I had a very, very difficult relationship with my mother, who was supremely self-centred. She was hilariously self-centred. She did not really take interest in anything that didn't immediately affect her."
51I don't want to have to start being unselfish again. The great thing about being on your own is you do what you damn well like.
52I think marriage should be like dog licences. I think you should have to renew marriage licences every five years, unless you have children. And I think before you have children you should have to go and pass various tests and get a licence to have a child. Because it's the most transformative and difficult thing of your life. Far more important [than work]. People don't understand this, and some people who are highly motivated by work, but when I worked I was always motivated, funnily enough, by the fear of being bad. Because it is so humiliating to make a joke and have no one laugh.
53When (third wife) Alyce Faye Eichelberger had her hip replacement I realised that there was a chance for a little humour and I sent a bunch of flowers to her lawyer's office saying, 'Would you please inspect these flowers and see whether they are acceptable and would you please vet the greetings card that comes with these and see whether that is also legitimate. And if you are satisfied that both of them are not harmful, would you be good enough to send them on to my wife as soon as possible?' To which the lawyer replied: 'As the trade papers say, he's not as funny as he was.' The sort of leaden, nasty - what's the word? - black-hearted response to a little conceit.
54Filming is like a long air journey: there's so much hanging around and boredom that they keep giving you food.
55[from the eulogy he gave at Graham Chapman's memorial service] And I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, a man of such capability and kindness, of such unusual intelligence, should now, so suddenly, be spirited away at the age of only 48, before he'd achieved many of the things which he was capable and before he'd enough fun. Well, I feel that I should say "Nonsense!" Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard, I hope he fries.
56When people say "I'm not a prude, but..." what they mean is "I am a prude, and..."
57I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
58You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.
59If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.
60I don't think anyone should be educated sexually. There's far too many people on the planet. If we could hush it up for a few years, that would help.
61My mum died about three years ago at the age of 101, and just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy, she did actually stop trying to tell me what to do most of the time.
62When I was a child and I was upset about something, my mother was not capable of containing that emotion, of letting me be upset but reassuring me, of just being with me in a calming way. She always got in a flap, so I not only had my own baby panics, fears and terrors to deal with, but I had to cope with hers, too. Eventually I taught myself to remain calm when I was panicked, in order not to upset her. In a way, she had managed to put me in charge of her. At 18 months old, I was doing the parenting.
63I'm probably the worst singer in Europe. I won't compete for North America.
64[about his move from England to California] At my age, I want to wake up and see sunshine pouring in through the windows every day.
65In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both.
66I never enjoyed The Meaning of Life (1983). I always regarded that entire film as a bit of a cockup.
67It's lovely that Harry Potter and the Bond movies are still shot in England - that's a great pleasure, but it's true that most of the well-paid work is in America.
68[in 2001] You go in and meet the head of BBC One and get an assurance about not dumbing down. And then, of course a few months later, he's been replaced by someone you haven't met.
69[in 2001] I think there's much more fear now than there used to be, much more fear of failure.


1After moving to Monterey, California, he joked about going back to his old family surname of 'Cheese;' because 'Jack' is a nickname for 'John' (like 'Hank' is for 'Henry'), and he thought it would be fun to be known as 'Monterey Jack Cheese.'.
2He is a fan of the singer Neil Diamond and has seen him in concert.
3Cleese's father was born Reggie Cheese, but changed the 'H' to an 'L' when he enlisted for WWII because he was fed up with all the predictable jokes.
4Cleese won libel damages in a January 1989 decision by the High Court in Lzondon.against a Simon Gallant, who had written that in real life Cleese resembled his characterization of the obnoxiously rude Basil Fawlty.
5Cleese made many popular commercials for American TV including Kronenbourg beer, Sony, Compaq computers, Magnavox TV, and Schweppes.
6Cleese first worked with Eric Idle and Grahan Chapman after he joined the Footlights Revue as a Cambridge student. He later wrote for David Frost, who had been a Revue member before Cleese joined.
7Has said in interviews that he loves 'really rude questions' because they are original and force him to think about an appropriate answer. The best question he ever got was 'if you were a part of a plane, which part would you be?' His answer was 'the joystick'.
8Was on the tribute show to mark the BBC Television Centre's closing in 2012, along with Ronnie Corbett, Miranda Hart and David Jason.
9Currently touring New Zealand with his new stage show "John Cleese, His Life and His Current Medical Conditions" (or something very similar) [November 2005]
10He lives in Montecito, California. [June 2006]
11He is a cat lover, particularly of the Siamese breed and once named 5 of them after types of cheese. Incidently, he was fond of cheese until he discovered he is lactose intolerant.
12He didn't learn to drive a car until 1976.
13He suffered from depression between 1973 and 1976.
14Supports Bristol City Football Club.
15During the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, air travel across northern Europe was severely disrupted. Cleese, in Oslo on April 17 but needing to get to London by April 19, paid £3,300 for a cab ride to Brussels to catch a ferry ride.
16Provided the voice of God in Spamalot.
17Helped his daughter, Camilla Cleese, to kick her drug habit (which started when she was 11) by sending her to a psychiatric ward and then a rehab clinic. After more stints in rehab, she finally kicked her drug and alcohol habit in 2007 and praised her father for helping turn her life around [December 21, 2008).
18During a 2014 interview in a Dutch talkshow, he debunked the story that he had offered to write speeches for Democratic Presidential candidate 'Barack Obama' in 2008. He had merely said that he liked many of the Democratic plans for the American people and would love to assist in any way. A local newspaper had interpreted this as an offer to help Obama writing his speeches, but Cleese considered Obama more than capable enough to write his own speeches.
19Member of Monty Python along with Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
20The role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (1991) was written with him in mind, and no other actor was considered for the role. But he still turned it down.
21When he first started acting his original goal was to be a classically trained Shakespearean actor.
22Was invited to the party Steve Martin was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.
23Before becoming an actor, Cleese studied to be a lawyer. He went on to play a lawyer in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Splitting Heirs (1993).
24Just to see if anyone would notice, during the early 1970s Cleese added one obviously fake film per year to his annual filmography listing in Who's Who. For the record, these fake films were "The Bonar Law Story" (1971), "Abbott & Costello Meet Sir Michael Swann" (1972), "The Young Anthony Barber" (1973) and "Confessions of a Programme Planner" (1974). Although Cleese confessed to the gag in the 1980s, mentions of these bogus films still appear from time to time in scholarly works on Cleese, including the entry in the Encyclopedia of Television, 1st ed. (1996) edited by Horace Newcomb.
25Campaigned long, hard but unsuccessfully to win the role of Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) because he wanted to expand his range in his first substantial film role, but the rest of the group favored the late Graham Chapman, and eventually the group persuaded Cleese that Chapman was better suited to the part of Brian and Cleese stepped aside.
26He and Terry Gilliam are the only members of Monty Python to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.
27A newly discovered species of lemur, avahi cleesei, was named after him in honor of his love of the endangered primates, which figure prominently in his movie, Fierce Creatures (1997).
28As a child loved the radio comedy show "The Goon Show".
29Father Reg Cleese was an insurance salesman.
30In 2005, offered a part of his colon, removed due to diverticulitis, for sale on his official website. The proceeds are reportedly to be divided between Cleese himself and his surgeon.
31Has said that Cornell University is set in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
32He was a supporter of the British Labour Party until the formation of the SDP (Social Democratic Party) in 1981, which he openly supported in the 1980s. When the SDP merged with the Liberal Party, he supported the newly formed Liberal Democrats.
33Has resided for many years in the prestigious Chicago North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.
34Has played the father of two of the Charlie's Angels. First he played Lucy Liu's father in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The next year he played Cameron Diaz's father in Shrek 2 (2004).
35Voiced Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he's a prince, in The Swan Princess (1994), then went on to voice a king who used to be a frog in Shrek 2 (2004).
36Terry Gilliam noted among his Monty Python co-stars that there seemed to be a division between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men (Cleese, Graham Chapman, & Eric Idle) and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men (Michael Palin & Terry Jones), the latter of which the American Gilliam found himself closer to. Gilliam considered Cleese the most "Cambridge" of the group, being the tallest and most "aggressive" member of Monty Python.
37In 2002, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), with Maggie Smith, and in Die Another Day (2002), opposite her son, Toby Stephens.
38Appeared in a series of educational short subjects produced by the British company Video Arts designed to teach management and trainees how to handle stress and unusual situations. Cleese took advantage of his comic talents and portrayed events as absurd situations so that audiences would better remember their training.
39Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 108-109. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
40He was offered the title of C.B.E. (Knight-Commander of the British Empire) in 1996. Turned it down because, in his own words, "The title doesn't get the same admiration and respect from the general public that it does from those who actually bestow it - you don't get to be addressed as 'Commander Cleese,' in my case - which somewhat nullifies the point of it all." Similarly, Cleese was offered inauguration to the House of Lords but turned that down as well; according to himself, "It would have had a very nice ring - 'Lord John of Cleese', I mean - but on the other hand, I would have been obligated to stay in London all through the winter...because that's when they meet in Parliament to vote on whatever-have-you. And *nobody* in their right mind lives in London during the bloody winter!".
41Father-in-law of Ed Solomon.
42Was the tallest member of Monty Python, having been about 2 inches taller than Graham Chapman.
43When the Globe Theatre was rebuilt in London, a service was offered whereby you could have your name on a tile in the courtyard, for a donation to the project. Cleese and fellow python Michael Palin both signed up for tiles, but Palin's was spelled wrong. Cleese paid extra to ensure it would be spelled "Pallin."
44In the late 1990s he appeared in German TV commercials for a lottery service. He actually spoke German in some of these spots (while some had no dialogue and others were dubbed later on).
45When he left the Monty Python team, he was approached by the BBC to do something else, and together with Booth, created "Fawlty Towers (1975)" based on their experiences in a Torquay hotel.
46The inspiration for Fawlty Towers (1975) came from a hotel stay he had with the other Pythons in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. The hotel manager was called Donald Sinclair, someone Cleese considered to be the rudest man he had ever encountered. He later played a character by the name of Donald P. Sinclair in Rat Race (2001).
47His mother, Muriel Cleese (b. Cross, 5 October 1899 - 5 October 2000) died on her 101st birthday.
48Said he was to be the first person to say the F-word at a memorial service when he spoke at Graham Chapman's.
49Reached adult height of 6'5" by the age of 13. He was already six feet at age 12.
50John's father's name was Reg Cleese but his grandfather was named John Edwin Cheese. His father changed his name when he joined the British army in 1915.
51Co-owns the Christine Schell Fine Objects antique shop in Montecito, CA.
52Is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
53According to Brian Henson, when Cleese guest-starred on The Muppet Show (1976), he enjoyed the show very much and became very close with the writers because he wanted to get involved in the writing. When he did get involved with the writing, he and the other writers came up with a concept where Cleese was being held against his will on the show and would try to get off the show while the Muppets were trying to get him to do his scheduled bits. Of course, in this case, life did not imitate art, as a few years later, Cleese appeared again with the Muppets in the film The Great Muppet Caper (1981).
54Rector of University of St Andrews from 1970-1973.
55Who's Who lists his recreations as "gluttony, sloth."
56Ever since one of his most famous Monty Python sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks, he has found himself continually pestered by admirers to do silly walks for them. He has stated that the sketch was born during a moment of silly improvisation, and he himself doesn't particularly care for it.
57When he had to join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1989, for his third appearance on American TV, none of the staff at the AFTRA office recognized him, or had any idea who he was.
58Went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan's The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
59Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club.
60He was a cast member of the highly successful radio show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". His fellow cast members were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Hatch and Jo Kendall. It was during this radio show that Cleese's famous 'Ferret Song' (later sung on the television series, At Last the 1948 Show (1967)) was first heard.
61Co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with Graham Chapman, and also wrote some later episodes as sole author.
62Holds a law degree from Cambridge University.
63Father of 2 daughters; Cynthia Cleese (born 1971) with Connie Booth and Camilla Cleese (born 1984) with Barbara Trentham.
64Member of the comedy group "Monty Python".




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H.M.O.2001TV MovieDr. Larry King
Rockstar2000ShortInterviewer in lounge
The Magic Pudding2000Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
007 Racing2000Video GameR (voice)
The World Is Not Enough2000Video GameR (voice)
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The Out-of-Towners1999Mr. Mersault
Parting Shots1998Maurice Walpole
Starship Titanic1998Video GameThe Bomb (as Kim Bread)
The Meaning of Life1997Video GameVarious
George of the Jungle1997An Ape Named 'Ape' (voice)
Fierce Creatures1997Rollo Lee
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail1996Video GameSecond Swallow-Savvy Guard Large man with dead body The Black Knight ...
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride1996Mr Toad's Lawyer
Look at the State We're In!1995TV Mini-SeriesMinister
The Jungle Book1994Dr. Plumford
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein1994Professor Waldman
The Swan Princess1994Jean-Bob (voice)
Last of the Summer Wine1993TV SeriesNeighbour
Splitting Heirs1993Raoul P. Shadgrind
It's Your Choice: Selection Skills for Managers1993Video shortIvan the terrible
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West1991Cat R. Waul (voice)
Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...1991Actor on TV (uncredited)
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment1990VideoJames Grime
Bullseye!1990Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese
Erik the Viking1989Halfdan the Black
The Big Picture1989Bartender
A Fish Called Wanda1988Archie Leach
Baby Quark1987TV ShortNarrator (English version, voice)
Dragonslayer Quark1987TV Short English version, voice
Cheers1987TV SeriesDr. Simon Finch-Royce
Quark and the Highway Robber1987ShortNarrator (voice)
Clockwise1986Brian Stimpson
Silverado1985Sheriff Langston
Budgeting1984Video shortJulian Carruthers
So You Want to Be a Success at Selling?1984TV Mini-SeriesSalesman
Yellowbeard1983Blind Pew
The Meaning of Life1983Fish #2 Dr. Spencer Humphrey Williams ...
Privates on Parade1983Major Giles Flack
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982DocumentaryFirst Barber Wrestling commentator Pope Julius II ...
Whoops Apocalypse1982TV SeriesLacrobat
Time Bandits1981Robin Hood
The Great Muppet Caper1981Neville
Giroblauw met John Cleese1981TV ShortInterviewer
The Taming of the Shrew1980TV MoviePetruchio
Cost, Profit, and Break-Even1980Video shortJulian Carruthers
Depreciation and Inflation1980Video shortJulian Carruthers
To Norway, Home of Giants1979TV ShortNorman Fearless
Good King Memorex1979VideoBasil Fawlty
Fawlty Towers1975-1979TV SeriesBasil Fawlty
Doctor Who1979TV SeriesArt Gallery Visitor
Ripping Yarns1979TV Seriesa Passer-by
Life of Brian1979Wise Man #1 Reg Jewish Official ...
I'd Like a Word with You1979Video shortEthelred the Unready Ivan the Terrible William the Silent
The Control of Working Capital1978Video shortJulian Carruthers
The Balance Sheet Barrier1977Video shortJulian Carruthers
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It1977Arthur Sherlock Holmes
Three Piece Suite1977TV SeriesKevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
The Fortune Teller1977Short
Meetings, Bloody Meetings1976Video shortTim
Decisions, Decisions1975Video shortField Marshal Montgomery Queen Elizabeth I. Brutus ...
Who Sold You This, Then?1975Video shortNarrator
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975Second Swallow-Savvy Guard The Black Knight Peasant 3 ...
Romance with a Double Bass1974ShortMusician Smychkov
Golf Etiquette1973A Golfer
The Goodies1973TV SeriesThe Genie
Comedy Playhouse1973TV SeriesSherlock Holmes
Monty Python's Flying Circus1969-1973TV SeriesAnnouncer / Various / The Announcer / ...
Is This a Record?1973Short
The Love Ban1973Contraceptives Lecturer
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus1972TV SeriesProfessor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / ...
And Now for Something Completely Different1971Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / self - Defence Teacher / ...
Misleading Cases1971TV SeriesMr. Partridge
The Statue1971Harry
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer1970Pumer
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV SeriesVarious - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
The Magic Christian1969Director in Sotheby's
The Best House in London1969Jones (uncredited)
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom1968Post Office Clerk
The Avengers1968TV SeriesMarcus Rugman
Interlude1968TV Publicist
The Frost Report1966-1967TV SeriesVarious Roles / Various roles
At Last the 1948 Show1967TV SeriesSidney Lotterby from Manchester / Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / ...
Arctic Justice2018filmingOtto Von Walrus (voice)
Elliot the Littlest Reindeerpost-production voice
Wedding of the YearannouncedLionel
Charming2017Fairy Godmother / Executioner (voice)
Edith2017TV SeriesPhil
Trolls2016King Gristle Sr. (voice)
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion2016General Eeder
A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown2015Mr. Bellwood (voice)
Absolutely Anything2015Chief Alien (voice)
Spud 3: Learning to Fly2014The Guv
Over the Garden Wall2014TV Mini-SeriesAdelaide / Quincy Endicott
Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh2011-2014TV Series shortNarrator
Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014DocumentaryLlama lecturer Second Yorkshireman Armless Officer ...
Elder Scrolls Online2014Video GameSir Cadwell (voice)
Planes2013Bulldog (voice)
Spud 2: The Madness Continues2013The Guv
Whitney2012-2013TV SeriesDr. Grant
Meetings, Bloody Meetings2012Video shortJudge
Smart As2012Video GameNarrator
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman2012John Cleese Exploding Don David Frost (voice)
O Theos agapaei to haviari2012McCormick
The Big Year2011Narrator (voice)
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure2011VideoThe Narrator
Winnie the Pooh2011Narrator (voice)
Change for the Oceans2010Video short voice
Spud2010The Guv - Mr. Edly
Fable III2010Video GameJasper (voice)
Entourage2010TV SeriesJohn Cleese
Shrek Forever After2010King (voice)
Planet 512009Professor Kipple (voice)
The Day the Earth Was Green2009Video short
The Pink Panther 22009Dreyfus
The Day the Earth Stood Still2008Professor Barnhardt
Igor2008Dr. Glickenstein (voice)
Shrek the Third2007Video GameNarrator / King Harold (voice)
Shrek the Third2007King (voice)
Charlotte's Web2006Samuel the Sheep (voice)
L'entente cordiale2006Lord Conrad
Man About Town2006Dr. Primkin
Complete Guide to Guys2005Noted Behavioral Scientist / Noted Doctor / Leading Social Scientist / ...
Jade Empire2005Video GameSir Roderick (voice)
Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days2005VideoNarrator (voice)
Valiant2005Mercury (voice)
Performance Matters: The Importance of Praise2005Video shortPresenter
Around the World in 80 Days2004Grizzled Sergeant
Shrek 22004King (voice)
Will & Grace2003-2004TV SeriesLyle Finster
Time Troopers2004Video GameSpecial Agent Wormold / Various Characters
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing2003Video GameQ (voice)
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School2003Video shortDik Bonkers / Ken Enron Chaney
George of the Jungle 22003VideoApe (voice)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle2003Mr. Munday
Scorched2003/ICharles Merchant
Die Another Day2002Q
House of Mouse2002TV SeriesNarrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') / Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') / Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') / ...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Nearly Headless Nick
Pinocchio2002Crickett (English version, voice)
The Adventures of Pluto Nash2002James
Taking the Wheel2002ShortNathan Sullivan
My Adventures in Television2002TV SeriesRed Lansing
Mickey's House of Villains2001VideoNarrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)


Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014Documentary
The Croods2013story
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour2011Video
Just for Laughs2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Art of Football from A to Z2006TV Movie documentary
Wine for the Confused2004TV Movie documentary
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School2003Video short
John Cleese's the Meaning of Life2003Video short
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python2002
Comedy Masterclass2001Video documentary skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
We Know Where You Live2001TV Movie skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentary
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentary
Casper & Mandrilaftalen1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fierce Creatures1997written by
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail1996Video Game screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Look at the State We're In!1995TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
You'll Soon Get the Hang of It: The Technique of One to One Training1995Video documentary short based on the original screenplay by
It's Your Choice: Selection Skills for Managers1993Video short
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment1990Video
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python1989TV Special sketches
A Fish Called Wanda1988story / written by
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentary skit "Merchant Banker"
Bombardemagnus1985TV Mini-Series screenplay - 3 episodes
The Meaning of Life1983written by
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982Documentary written by
Giroblauw met John Cleese1981TV Short scenario
Away from It All1979Short as Friend
Fawlty Towers1975-1979TV Series by - 12 episodes
Life of Brian1979written by
The Muppet Show1977TV Series 1 episode
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It1977
The Mermaid Frolics1977TV Movie documentary writer
Meetings, Bloody Meetings1976Video short
The Two RonniesTV Series written by - 5 episodes, 1973 - 1976 writer - 4 episodes, 1971
Awkward Customers1975Video short
In Two Minds1975Video short
More Akward Customers1975Video short
How Not to Exhibit Yourself1975Video short
I'll Think About It1975Video short
Who Sold You This, Then?1975Video short
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer1975Short
The Competitive Spirit1975Video documentary short
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975written by
The Meeting of Minds1975Video short
Man Hunt1974Video documentary short
Romance with a Double Bass1974Short screen adaptation
Monty Python's Flying CircusTV Series written by - 40 episodes, 1969 - 1974 creator - 1 episode, 1973 additional material - 1 episode, 1969 conceived and written by - 1 episode, 1969
Is This a Record?1973Short additional material
Rentadick1972as Kurt Loggerhead
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus1972TV Series written by
And Now for Something Completely Different1971screen foreplay & conception
Doctor at Large1971TV Series by - 6 episodes
The Ronnie Barker Yearbook1971TV Movie
Six Dates with Barker1971TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer1970screenplay
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV Series 1 episode
The Magic Christian1969additional material
Doctor in the House1969TV Series written by - 1 episode
MartyTV Series additional material - 7 episodes, 1968 - 1969 writer - 3 episodes, 1968 written by - 1 episode, 1969
David Frost Presents1969TV Series written by - 1 episode
Broaden Your Mind1968TV Series additional material - 3 episodes
BBC Show of the Week1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Frost Report1966-1967TV Series writer - 28 episodes
At Last the 1948 Show1967TV Series writer - 13 episodes
A Degree of Frost1964TV Movie special material by
That Was the Week That Was1962-1963TV Series writer - 37 episodes


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Pass It On: Coaching Skills for Managers2007Video short executive producer
Fierce Creatures1997producer
Look at the State We're In!1995TV Mini-Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment1990Video executive producer
The Helping Hand1990Video documentary short executive producer
A Fish Called Wanda1988executive producer
All Change1988Video documentary short executive producer
The Importance of Mistakes1988Video short executive producer
Return on Investment1986Video documentary short executive producer
Fairly Secret Army1984-1986TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Budgeting1984Video short executive producer
More Bloody Meetings1984Video documentary short executive producer
Perishing Solicitors1983TV Movie executive producer
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball1982Documentary producer - uncredited
You'll Soon Get the Hang of It1981Video documentary short executive producer
Cost, Profit, and Break-Even1980Video short executive producer
Depreciation and Inflation1980Video short executive producer
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentary producer - uncredited
I'd Like a Word with You1979Video short executive producer
The Control of Working Capital1978Video short executive producer
How Am I Doing?1977Video documentary short executive producer
The Balance Sheet Barrier1977Video short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part One: Damnation1977Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Two: Salvation1977Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Four: Revelations1977Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations1977Video documentary short executive producer
Meetings, Bloody Meetings1976Video short executive producer
Pleasure at Her Majesty's1976TV Movie documentary producer - uncredited
Can We Please Have That the Right Way Round?1976Video short executive producer
The Cold Call1976Video short executive producer
Awkward Customers1975Video short executive producer
Decisions, Decisions1975Video short executive producer
In Two Minds1975Video short executive producer
More Akward Customers1975Video short executive producer
How Not to Exhibit Yourself1975Video short executive producer
I'll Think About It1975Video short executive producer
Who Sold You This, Then?1975Video short executive producer
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer1975Short executive producer
The Competitive Spirit1975Video documentary short executive producer
The Meeting of Minds1975Video short executive producer
Man Hunt1974Video documentary short executive producer


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The Meaning of Life1983lyrics: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us" / performer: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us"
Fawlty Towers1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Muppet Show1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975lyrics: "Camelot Song Knights of the Round Table"
Monty Python's Flying CircusTV Series 1 episode, 1970 performer - 4 episodes, 1969 - 1972


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And Now for Something Completely Different1971presenter - as Monty Python
The Frost Programme1966TV Series programme editor - 1 episode


A Fish Called Wanda1988uncredited
Giroblauw met John Cleese1981TV Short
Away from It All1979Short as Friend

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Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit2015Short inspiration
Colin & Brad: Two Man Group2011TV Movie Brad thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2010TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentary thanks
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Restaurant Dogs1994Short special thanks - as Monty Python


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John Cleese: The Alimony Tour2011VideoHimself
Robins2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Life on Planet 512010Video documentary shortProfessor Kipple (voice, uncredited)
Just for Laughs2009TV SeriesHimself - Host
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself
Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special2009TV MovieHimself
Fawlty Exclusive: Basil's Best Bits2009TV Movie documentaryHimself / Basil Fawlty
Mitgefühl, Weisheit und Humor2009DocumentaryHimself
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beyond a Joke2009TV Series documentaryHimself
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The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Movie Connections2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Batteries Not Included2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHimself
The Seventh Python2008DocumentaryHimself
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Frost Report Is Back2008TV MovieHimself
Hannity & Colmes2008TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Director's Son's Cut2007Video shortHimself / Halfdan the Black
More Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlotte's Web: Some Voices2007Video documentary shortHimself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Just for Laughs2007TV SeriesHimself
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
The South Bank Show1986-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Art of Football from A to Z2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monty Python's Personal Best2006TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Return of the Goodies2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fawlty Towers Revisited2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dokument: Humor2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV2005TV SpecialHimself
Making of: Valiant2005Video documentary shortMercury (voice, uncredited)
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 052005TV SpecialHimself
Comedy Connections2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Performance Matters: The Need for Constructive Criticism2005Video shortHimself
The Power of the Sun2005DocumentaryHimself
The Funny Ladies of British Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arena2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Na plovárne2004TV SeriesHimself
The Ultimate Film2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Meet the Cast of Shrek 22004Video documentary shortHimself
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Wine for the Confused2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Wetten, dass..?2004TV SeriesHimself
VH1 Goes Inside2004TV Series documentaryHimself
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X-Play2004TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001-2004TV SeriesHimself
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute2004TV MovieHimself
Britain's Best Sitcom2004TV SeriesHimself
Timeshift2003TV Series documentaryHimself
With Friends Like These2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
John Cleese's the Meaning of Life2003Video shortHimself / Various roles (voice)
The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life'2003Video documentaryHimself
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Rove Live2003TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialHimself
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James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
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Die Another Day: From Script to Screen2002VideoHimself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
Heroes of Comedy1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Going to a Meeting, Part 1: Messing Up a Meeting2002Video shortHimself - Presenter
Going to a Meeting, Part 2: Meeting Menaces2002Video shortHimself - Presenter
Making 'Rat Race'2001Video short documentaryHimself
MADtv1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
The Teaching Awards 20012001TV SpecialHimself
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Fawlty Towers: An Interview with John Cleese2001Video documentary shortHimself
Lemurs2001TV Short documentaryPresenter / Narrator
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Parkinson1980-2001TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief Short Pants2001TV Special shortHimself
Can You Spare a Moment?2001Video shortHimself - Presenter
Clockwatching with Mr. Cleese2001Video documentary shortHimself
Heroes for the Planet: A Tribute to National Geographic2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big2000ShortHimself - Narrator (voice)
From Spam to Sperm2000TV MovieHimself
Night of a Thousand Shows2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brigitte & Friends2000TV SeriesHimself
Now Pay Attention 007: A Tribute to Actor Desmond Llewelyn2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pythonland1999TV MovieHimself
The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story1999TV Special shortHimself (voice)
Mickey Mouse Works1999TV Series shortHimself - Narrator
The Bond Cocktail1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comme au cinéma1999TV Series documentaryHimself
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen1999TV Short documentaryHimself
The BFI London Imax Signature Film1999ShortHimself
Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / 'Basil Fawlty'
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker1999TV SpecialHimself
Steve Martin: Seriously Funny1999DocumentaryHimself
The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The John Cleese Interview1998Video documentaryHimself
In the Wild1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Funny Women1998TV Series documentary shortHimself
Amazing World of Animals1998TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Me Kate1998TV SeriesHimself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen1998TV SpecialHimself / Various Roles
Dennis Miller Live1998TV SeriesHimself
John Cleeses fornemmelse for humor1997TV Short documentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHimself
Lo + plus1997TV SeriesHimself
Sen kväll med Luuk1997TV SeriesHimself
TFI Friday1997TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1997TV SeriesHimself / Various / Mr. Praline
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself
Spike1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Auntie's All-Time Greats1996TV MovieHimself
What You Really Need to Know About... Strokes1996Video documentaryHimself - Introduction
What You Really Need to Know About... Ulcers: Gastric and Duodenal Peptic Ulcers1995Video documentary shortHimself - Introduction
Charlie Rose1995TV SeriesHimself
The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller1994TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Dr. Plumford'
Amnesty International's Big 301991TV MovieHimself
The Helping Hand1990Video documentary shortHimself
Wogan1985-1990TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1976-1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Life of Python1990TV Special documentaryHimself / Various Roles
Think or Sink1990Video shortHimself
Hysteria 2!1989TV SpecialHimself
The Movie Life of George1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python1989TV SpecialHimself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball1989TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Spitting Image)
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1989TV SeriesHimself
Aspel & Company1986-1988TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1988TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
An Audience with Peter Ustinov1988TV MovieHimself
All Change1988Video documentary shortH.G. Wells
The Importance of Mistakes1988Video shortHimself
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball1987DocumentaryJim Cleese
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
Return on Investment1986Video documentary shortJulian Carruthers
$ucces Part One1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Telephone Behaviour: The Power and the Perils1986Video shortHimself
More Bloody Meetings1984Video documentary shortHimself
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts1984DocumentaryHimself
Group Madness1983DocumentaryHimself
Good Morning Britain1983TV SeriesHimself
The Meaning of Monty Python's Meaning of Life1983TV Short documentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball1982DocumentaryHimself / Various Roles
Head for Business1982Documentary short
You'll Soon Get the Hang of It1981Video documentary shortHimself
Peter Cook & Co.1980TV MovieHimself - Various Characters
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1980TV SeriesHimself
Away from It All1979ShortHimself - Narrator (voice, as Nigel Farquhar-Bennett)
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 19791979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentaryHimself - Various Roles
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself
Not the Nine O'Clock News1979TV SeriesHimself
Food, Wine & Friends1979TV SeriesHimself
Mad Dogs and Cricketers1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
How Am I Doing?1977Video documentary shortEthelred the Unready Ivan the Terrible William the Silent
The Unorganized Manager, Part One: Damnation1977Video documentary shortSt. Peter
The Unorganized Manager, Part Two: Salvation1977Video documentary shortSt. Peter
The Muppet Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Mermaid Frolics1977TV Movie documentaryHimself - Various
The Unorganized Manager, Part Four: Revelations1977Video documentary shortSt. Peter
The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations1977Video documentary shortSt. Peter
Pleasure at Her Majesty's1976TV Movie documentaryPet Shop Customer / The Pope / Various
Can We Please Have That the Right Way Round?1976Video shortHimself
The Cold Call1976Video shortHimself
Awkward Customers1975Video shortHimself
In Two Minds1975Video shortHimself
More Akward Customers1975Video shortHimself
How Not to Exhibit Yourself1975Video shortHimself
I'll Think About It1975Video shortHimself
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer1975ShortHimself
The Competitive Spirit1975Video documentary shortHimself
The Meeting of Minds1975Video shortHimself
Man Hunt1974Video documentary shortEthelred the Unready Ivan the Terrible William the Silent
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report1974TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sez Les1971-1974TV SeriesHimself - Various Characters
The Midnight Special1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Jokers Wild1971TV SeriesHimself
The Two Ronnies1971TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Euroshow 711971TV MovieHimself - Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
The Ronnie Barker Yearbook1971TV MovieHimself - Various Characters
Goodbye Again1969TV SeriesLittle John
David Frost Presents1969TV SeriesHimself / Dad / Pepperpot / ...
The Goon Show1968TV ShortHimself / Announcer
At Last the 1948 Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Various Characters
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The Frost Programme1966TV SeriesHimself
The Nightly Show2017TV SeriesHimself
WGN Morning News2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Phone Interview
Conan2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV SeriesHimself
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Revisited2015Documentary shortHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fawlty at Forty2015TV Series shortHimself - Host
The Last Leg2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Monty Python
Jan Gintberg møder John Cleese2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Titel, Thesen, Temperamente2015TV SeriesHimself
Lorraine2014TV SeriesHimself
Skavlan2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Canada A.M.2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show1997-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The One Show2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Last Impresario2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Meaning of Monty Python2013Video documentaryHimself
Goodbye Television Centre2013TV Special documentaryHimself
Funny Business2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Many Faces of...2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Anatomy of a Liar2012DocumentaryHimself
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation2012TV SeriesHimself
John Howard Davies: A Life in Comedy2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comedy Britain2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Efter Tio2011TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Making of 'The World Is Not Enough'1999Video documentary shortHimself
And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker1996Video documentaryHimself
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time1994Video GameHimself - Various
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis1993TV Movie documentaryArt Gallery Visitor (uncredited)
There Now Follows...1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHimself on Wogan
Funny Business1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Auntie's Bloomers1991TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cheers1990TV SeriesDr. Simon Royce-Finch
Harry Måneskin1990TV SeriesArchie Leach
Muppet Video: Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff1985VideoHimself
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's the Way the Money Goes1978TV SeriesCustomer - Dead Parrot Sketch
The Dean Martin Comedy World1974TV SeriesHimself
Light Entertainment Killers1969TV MovieMarcus Rugman
Comedy Gold: TV Funniest Ever Sketches2017TV Movie
2016: We Remember Part One2016TV Movie documentaryBasil Fawlty
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves2016TV Movie documentaryBasil Fawlty (uncredited)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee2016TV SeriesBasil Fawlty
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The One Show2016TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Generation '662016TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Many Faces of...2016TV Series documentaryVarious Characters
Some Jerk with a Camera2015TV SeriesNearly Headless Nick
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryBasil Fawlty
Comedy Bloopers2015TV MovieBasil Fawlty (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista2010-2014TV SeriesSir Lancelot the Brave The Black Knight Tim the Enchanter ...
The Culture Show2013TV Series documentaryArt Gallery Visitor
The Comix Scrutinizer2013TV SeriesAnti-Communist Newscaster
Welcome to the Basement2012TV SeriesNarrator
Top Gear2012TV SeriesR
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
A Current Affair2006-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Undefeated2011DocumentaryHimself
Great TV Mistakes2010TV Movie documentaryBasil Fawlty (uncredited)
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryKing
Today Tonight2009TV SeriesBasil Fawlty
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2009TV SeriesHimself
Let Loose... The Very Best of 'Loose Women'2008VideoHimself
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones on Anger2008TV Movie documentaryBasil Fawlty (uncredited)
Comedy Connections2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Delivery Man / Various Characters
Morir de humor2008TV MovieHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Various / Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryVarious (uncredited)
Hitler: The Comedy Years2007TV Movie documentaryAdolf Hitler Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
Room 1012007TV SeriesPilot
What the Pythons Did Next...2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Various Characters (uncredited)
World of Robin Hood2006TV Movie documentaryRobin Hood (uncredited)
TV's 50 Greatest Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Various Characters (uncredited)
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieHimself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Various Characters (uncredited)
Timeshift2002-2005TV Series documentarySherlock Holmes / Himself - Monty Python
Paris in the Springtime2005VideoArt Gallery Visitor
80s2005TV Series documentaryBasil Fawlty
Greatest TV Comedy Moments2005TV Movie documentaryDead Parrot Man / Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
World's Funniest & Cleverest Commercials2004VideoHimself
Canterbury Tales2003TV Mini-SeriesComedy Role
30 Years of 'Last of the Summer Wine'2003TV Movie documentary
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentary
Heroes of Comedy1997-2002TV Series documentary
Torquay Tourist Guide2001Video documentary shortBasil Fawlty (uncredited)
Have I Got News for You2001TV SeriesBasil Fawlty
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryBasil Fawlty
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2002Sir Peter Ustinov AwardBanff Television Festival
1991TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1989BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura Straniera)A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989European Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesCheers (1982)
1987Peter Sellers Award for ComedyEvening Standard British Film AwardsClockwise (1986)
1980BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceFawlty Towers (1975)

Nominated Awards

2008VES AwardVisual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion PictureShrek the Third (2007)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceShrek 2 (2004)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill & Grace (1998)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational)The Human Face (2001)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio CommentaryMonty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenA Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1976BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceFawlty Towers (1975)
1976HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationMonty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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