John Cleese

Birthday: Oct 27, 1939
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
Family name was originally "Cheese", but his father changed it in 1915 to "Cleese" upon joining the British army. Was bullied at school because he was six feet tall by the age of twelve. Taught biology for two years at his old preparatory school before being admitted to Cambridge to study law. Performed with the Cambridge Footlights comedy group, where he met future Monty Python members Graham Chapman and Eric Idle. Wrote and performed in the comedy revue Cambridge Circus, which played off-Broadway in New York. Professional writing career began with The Dick Emery Show in 1963; later wrote for the satirical sketch show The Frost Report, which also featured Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Co-founded Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969; co-wrote and appeared in the group's BBC series and their films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Starred in and co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers. Has written several books, including Families and How to Survive Them. Has worked to save endangered lemurs and had a new species of lemur named after him. Served as a professor of comedy at Cornell University in New York. Known for his innovative slapstick routines and infantile character sketches. Received the BAFTA Award for 'Best Light Entertainment Performance' in 'Fawlty Towers' in 1980; the Primetime Emmy for 'Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series' for 'Cheers' in 1987; an Oscar nomination for writing 'A Fish Called Wanda' in 1988; and the BAFTA Award for 'Best Actor' in 'A Fish Called Wanda' in 1989. Has been married four times and divorced three times.


Highest Rated Movies



30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer Actor 2018
33% Charming Actor 2018
18% Absolutely Anything Chief Alien $0.7M 2017
75% Trolls King Gristles Sr. $153.7M 2016
No Score Yet A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown (Get Squirrely) Mr. Bellwood 2016
No Score Yet The Enchanted Stallion General Eeder 2016
No Score Yet Get Squirrely Actor 2015
94% The Last Impresario Actor 2014
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly) Actor $1.2M 2014
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live Actor 2014
No Score Yet Spud 3: Learning to Fly Actor 2014
25% Planes Bulldog $71.3M 2013
No Score Yet Spud 2: The Madness Continues Mr. "The Guv"' Edly 2013
43% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Actor 2012
No Score Yet God Loves Caviar Actor 2012
91% 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
22% Planet 51 Professor Kipple $42.2M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Dreyfus $36M 2009
No Score Yet The Art Of Football Screenwriter Actor 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
37% Igor Dr. Glickenstein $19.5M 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python - Before & After Actor 2008
No Score Yet Monty Python: The Other British Invasion Actor 2008
41% Shrek the Third King $320.8M 2007
79% 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
32% 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
32% Around the World in 80 Days Grizzled Sergeant 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nearly Headless Nick $249.4M 2004
89% 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
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle Mr. Munday $100.7M 2003
67% Stupidity Actor 2003
57% 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
81% 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
43% 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
52% 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
55% The Swan Princess Jean-Bob 1994
8% Splitting Heirs Shadgrind 1993
50% 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 Executive Producer Archie Leach Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Third Ball Actor 1987
80% Clockwise Brian Stimpson 1986
77% Silverado Sheriff Langston $33.3M 1985
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Actor 1984
22% Yellowbeard Screenwriter Blind Pew 1983
85% 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 Various roles Rotkäppchen Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Privates on Parade Maj. Giles Flack 1982
89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor 1982
89% Time Bandits Robin Hood Screenwriter 1981
76% 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
95% Monty Python's Life of Brian Centurion 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 Screenwriter Sir Lancelot, Black Knight, French 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 Plumer Pumer 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


No Score Yet Speechless
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
  • 2016
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
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No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
Guest Panelist
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  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2014
19% Whitney
Dr. Grant
  • 2013
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66% Entourage
  • 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
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No Score Yet Will & Grace
Lyle Finster Lester Finster
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 1999
No Score Yet 3rd Rock from the Sun
Liam Neesam
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  • 1998
No Score Yet Cheers
Guest Dr. Simon Finch-Royce
  • 1987
68% Doctor Who
Gallery Visitor
  • 1979
  • 1973
100% The Muppet Show
  • 1977
100% Fawlty Towers
Basil Fawlty Screenwriter
56% Hold the Sunset
100% Monty Python's Flying Circus
Performer Screenwriter Director
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
Marcus Rugman