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John Cleese

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Birthplace:   Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
An instigator of some of the more groundbreaking developments in twentieth-century comedy, John Cleese is one of Britain's best-known actors, writers, and comedians. Famous primarily for his comic efforts, such as the television series Fawlty Towers and the exploits of the Monty Python troupe, he has also become a well-respected actor in his own right.Born John Marwood Cleese (after his family changed their surname from "Cheese") on October 27, 1939, Cleese grew up in the middle-class seaside resort town of Weston-Super-Mare. He enrolled at Cambridge University with the intention of studying law, but soon discovered that his comic leanings held greater sway than his interest in the law. He joined the celebrated Cambridge Footlights Society--he was initially rejected because he could neither sing nor dance, but was accepted after collaborating with a friend on some comedy sketches--where he gained a reputation as a team player and met future writing partner and Python Graham Chapman.Cleese entered professional comedy with a writing stint on David Frost's The Frost Report in 1966. While working for that BBC show, he and Chapman (who was also writing for the show) met fellow Frost Report writers Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Continuing his writing collaboration with Chapman (with whom he wrote the 1969 Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers vehicle The Magic Christian), Cleese soon was working on what would become Monty Python's Flying Circus with Chapman, Idle, Jones, Palin, and Terry Gilliam. The show, which first aired in 1969, was an iconoclastic look at British society: its genius lay in its seemingly random, bizarre take on the mundane facets of everyday life, from Spam to pet shops to the simple act of walking. Cleese stayed with Monty Python for three series; after he left, he reunited with his fellow Pythons for three movies. The first, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), was a revisionist take on the Arthurian legend that featured Cleese as (among other things) the Black Knight, who refuses to end his duel with King Arthur even after losing his arms and legs. Life of Brian followed in 1979; a look at one of history's lesser-known messiahs, it featured lepers, space aliens, and condemned martyrs singing a rousing version of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" while hanging from their crucifixes. The Pythons' third outing, the 1983 Monty Python's the Meaning of Life, was a series of increasingly outrageous vignettes, including one about the explosion of a stupendously obese man and another featuring a dinner party with Death.In addition to his work with the Pythons, Cleese, along with first wife Connie Booth, created the popular television series Fawlty Towers in 1975. It ran for a number of years, during which time Cleese also continued to make movies. Throughout the 1980s, he showed up in films ranging from The Great Muppet Caper (1981) to Privates on Parade (1982) to Silverado (1985), which cast him as an Old West villain. In 1988, Cleese struck gold with A Fish Called Wanda, which he wrote, produced, and starred in. An intoxicating farce, the film won both commercial and critical success, earning Cleese a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and an Oscar for co-star Kevin Kline. Cleese continued to work steadily through the 1990s, appearing in Splitting Heirs (1993) with Idle, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Wind in the Willows (1997) and George of the Jungle (1997). Fierce Creatures, his 1997 sequel to A Fish Called Wanda, proved a disappointment, but Cleese maintained his visibility, reuniting with the surviving Pythons on occasion and starring in The Out-of-Towners and The World is Not Enough, the nineteenth Bond outing, in 1999.As the new century got underway, Cleese wrote and hosted a documentary series about the human face, and he took a small but recurring role in the Harry Potter film series. In 2002 he appeared in the infamous Eddie Murphy turkey The Adventures of

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
19% Absolutely Anything
  • Chief Alien
$0.7M 2017
No Score Yet A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown (Get Squirrely)
  • Mr. Bellwood
2016
74% Trolls
  • King Gristles Sr.
$153.7M 2016
No Score Yet Charming
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Enchanted Stallion
  • General Eeder
2016
No Score Yet Get Squirrely
  • Actor
2015
93% The Last Impresario
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Spud 3: Learning to Fly
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly)
  • Actor
$1.2M 2014
25% Planes
  • Bulldog
$71.3M 2013
No Score Yet Spud 2: The Madness Continues
  • Mr. "The Guv"' Edly
2013
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet God Loves Caviar
  • Actor
2012
90% Winnie the Pooh
  • Narrator
$26.7M 2011
No Score Yet Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut
  • Actor
2011
58% Shrek Forever After
  • King
$238.4M 2010
80% Spud
  • Actor
2010
21% Planet 51
  • Professor Kipple
$42.2M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Chief Inspector Dreyfus
$36M 2009
No Score Yet The Art Of Football
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2009
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special
  • Actor
2009
21% The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Prof. Barnhardt
$79.2M 2008
36% Igor
  • Dr. Glickenstein
$19.5M 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Other British Invasion
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Monty Python - Before & After
  • Actor
2008
41% Shrek the Third
  • King
$320.8M 2007
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Samuel
$82.2M 2006
No Score Yet L'Entente cordiale
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys
  • British Expert
2006
38% Man About Town
  • Dr. Primkin
2006
31% Valiant
  • Mercury
$19.4M 2005
No Score Yet John Cleese's Wine for the Confused
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Wine for the Confused
  • Actor
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Grizzled Sergeant
2004
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Nearly Headless Nick
$249.4M 2004
88% Shrek 2
  • King Harold
$436.5M 2004
No Score Yet Romance With A Double Bass
  • Actor
2003
17% George Of The Jungle 2
  • Ape
2003
17% Esto es un Robo
  • Charles Merchant
2003
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • Mr. Munday
$100.7M 2003
67% Stupidity
  • Actor
2003
58% Die Another Day
  • Q
$160.3M 2002
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Nick the Nearly Headless Ghost
$261.9M 2002
4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • James
$4.4M 2002
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Sir Nicholas "Nearly Headless Nick" de Mimsy-Porpington
$317.6M 2001
No Score Yet Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed in at the House of Mouse
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Beauty
  • Actor
2001
44% Rat Race
  • Donald Sinclair
$55.9M 2001
No Score Yet The Magic Pudding
  • Albert The Magic Pudding
2001
25% Isn't She Great
  • Henry Marcus
2000
No Score Yet Quantum Project
  • Alexander Pentcho
2000
51% The World Is Not Enough
  • R
1999
27% The Out-of-Towners
  • Mr. Mersault
1999
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Maurice Walpole
1999
57% George of the Jungle
  • Ape
1997
53% Fierce Creatures
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Rollo Lee
1997
75% The Wind in the Willows
  • Mr. Toad's Lawyer
1996
79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
  • Dr. Plumford
1994
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Prof. Waldman
1994
50% The Swan Princess
  • Jean-Bob
1994
8% Splitting Heirs
  • Shadgrind
1993
45% An American Tail - Fievel Goes West
  • Cat R. Waul
1991
No Score Yet Bullseye!
  • Man on Beach in Barbados
1990
No Score Yet Life of Python
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Quark the Dragon Slayer
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball
  • Actor
1989
47% Erik the Viking
  • Halfdan the Black
1989
91% The Big Picture
  • Bartender
1989
40% Bert Rigby, You're a Fool
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included
  • Actor
1989
93% A Fish Called Wanda
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Archie Leach
1988
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Third Ball
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Clockwise
  • Brian Stimpson
1986
76% Silverado
  • Sheriff Langston
$33.2M 1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts
  • Actor
1984
22% Yellowbeard
  • Screenwriter
  • Blind Pew
1983
90% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • Fish #2/Dr. Spencer/Humphrey Williams/Sturridge/Ainsworth
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Screenwriter
  • Various rolesRotkäppchen
1982
No Score Yet Privates on Parade
  • Maj. Giles Flack
1982
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
  • Actor
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Robin Hood
  • Screenwriter
1981
75% The Great Muppet Caper
  • Neville
1981
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Taming of the Shrew
  • Petruchio
1980
97% Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • OfficialCenturionWise Man
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It
  • Arthur Sherlock Holmes
1977
No Score Yet The Mermaid Frolics
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Pleasure at Her Majesty's (Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe)
  • Actor
1976
97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Sir Lancelot, Black Knight, French
  • Screenwriter
1975
No Score Yet Monty Python's Flying Circus - Episode 45
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Romance With a Double Bass
  • Musician Smychkov
1974
No Score Yet Dr. Seuss: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
  • Narrator
1973
90% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different
  • Screenwriter
  • Town Guild Lady #2
1972
No Score Yet The Statue
  • Harry
1971
No Score Yet The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
  • PlumerPumer
  • Screenwriter
1970
56% The Magic Christian
  • Director In Sotheby's
1970
No Score Yet John Cleese on How to Irritate People
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet At Last the 1948 Show
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Interlude
  • 'rV Publicist
1957

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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
21% Whitney
2011-2013
  • Dr. Grant
  • 2013
  • 2012
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
  • 2010
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Lyle Finster Lester Finster
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 1999
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Dr. Simon Finch-Royce
  • 1987

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