John Cleese

John Cleese

Highest Rated: 100% Assholes: A Theory (2019)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1939

Birthplace: Weston-Super-Mare, England, UK

As perhaps the most famous of the performers who starred in the irreverent comedy troupe, Monty Python, actor and comedian John Cleese reached legendary status, thanks to his deadpan delivery of ridiculous characters and limber-limbed slapstick antics. Prior to starring on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974) with cast mates Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, Cleese had established himself predominantly as a writer and occasional performer on such British series as "The Dick Emery Show" (BBC, 1963-1991) and "The Frost Report" (BBC, 1966). But with Monty Python, Cleese became an international star once the series began airing in America on PBS, which led to several films, two of which - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1974) and "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979) - became instant classics. Following the death of Chapman in 1989, Monty Python as a full unit ceased to be, though on several occasions the surviving members reunited for various stage performances. Meanwhile, after numerous supporting roles, Cleese broke through with "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), which reintroduced him to a new generation and paved the way for a long, venerable career as a prominent character actor in major Hollywood blockbusters.

Highest rated movies

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
A Fish Called Wanda
Life of Brian
Time Bandits
And Now for Something Completely Different
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
58% 94% Clifford the Big Red Dog Bridwell (Character) $48.9M 2021
No Score Yet 9% Father Christmas Is Back John Christmas (Character) - 2021
14% 33% The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee John (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crazy About You Brian King (Character) - 2019
100% No Score Yet Assholes: A Theory Self - 2019
12% 60% Arctic Dogs Otto Von Walrus (Voice) $5.8M 2019
24% 35% Charming Fairy Godmother / Executioner (Voice) - 2018
29% 30% Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer Donner (Voice) - 2018
No Score Yet 63% Albion: The Enchanted Stallion General Eeder (Character) - 2017
75% 67% Trolls King Gristle Sr. (Voice) $153.6M 2016
No Score Yet 20% Get Squirrely Mr. Bellwood (Voice) - 2015
20% 32% Absolutely Anything Extraterrestrial (Voice) - 2015
No Score Yet 56% Spud 3: Learning to Fly The Guv (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 46% Spud 2: The Madness Continues The Guv (Character) - 2013
94% 44% The Last Impresario Self - 2013
25% 49% Planes Bulldog (Voice) $90.3M 2013
No Score Yet 44% God Loves Caviar McCormick (Character) - 2012
44% 45% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Self - 2012
No Score Yet 11% Beethoven's Christmas Adventure The Narrator (Voice) - 2011
90% 80% Winnie the Pooh Narrator (Voice) - 2011
80% 69% Spud The Guv - Mr. Edly (Character) - 2010
58% 54% Shrek Forever After King Harold (Voice) - 2010
23% 40% Planet 51 Professor Kipple (Voice) $42.2M 2009
13% 42% The Pink Panther 2 Dreyfus (Character) $35.9M 2009
20% 27% The Day the Earth Stood Still Professor Barnhardt (Character) $79.4M 2008
39% 38% Igor Dr. Glickenstein (Voice) $19.5M 2008
41% 52% Shrek the Third King Harold (Voice) $320.7M 2007
38% 29% Man About Town Dr. Primkin (Character) - 2006
78% 62% Charlotte's Web Samuel (Voice) $82.5M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'entente cordiale Lord Conrad (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Football From A to Z Host,
Screenwriter
- 2006
No Score Yet 20% Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys Scientist/Doctor (Character) - 2005
32% 29% Valiant Mercury (Voice) $19.5M 2005
32% 34% Around the World in 80 Days Sergeant (Character) $24.0M 2004
89% 69% Shrek 2 King Harold (Voice) $436.5M 2004
No Score Yet 64% Wine for the Confused Unknown (Character) - 2004
17% 20% George of the Jungle 2 Ape (Character) - 2003
41% 40% Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mr. Munday (Character) $100.8M 2003
20% 46% Scorched Charles Merchant (Character) - 2002
56% 41% Die Another Day Q (Character) $160.2M 2002
82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nearly Headless Nick (Character) $262.0M 2002
4% 19% The Adventures of Pluto Nash James (Character) $4.4M 2002
81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Nearly Headless Nick (Character) $317.9M 2001
44% 64% Rat Race Donald Sinclair (Character) $56.6M 2001
No Score Yet 57% The Magic Pudding Albert, The Magic Pudding (Voice) - 2000
25% 38% Isn't She Great Henry Marcus (Character) $3.0M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quantum Project Unknown (Character) - 2000
27% 31% The Out-of-Towners Mr. Mersault (Character) $28.5M 1999
No Score Yet 21% Parting Shots Maurice Walpole (Character) - 1999
52% 49% The World Is Not Enough R (Character) $126.9M 1999
55% 58% Fierce Creatures Rollo Lee (Character),
Producer,
Screenwriter
$9.2M 1997
55% 41% George of the Jungle An Ape named "Ape" (Voice) $105.3M 1997
75% 61% The Wind in the Willows Prawnik pana Ropuchy (Character) $72.8K 1996
80% 55% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Dr. Julien Plumford (Character) $43.2M 1994
50% 66% The Swan Princess Jean-Bob (Voice) $9.8M 1994
41% 49% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Professor Waldman (Character) $22.0M 1994
8% 37% Splitting Heirs Raoul P. Shadgrind (Character) $3.0M 1993
57% 62% An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Cat R. Waul (Voice) $20.2M 1991
No Score Yet 18% Bullseye! Man on the Beach (Character) - 1989
47% 58% Erik the Viking Halfdan the Black (Character) $656.7K 1989
96% 84% A Fish Called Wanda Archie Leach (Character),
Director,
Executive Producer
$60.0M 1988
80% 66% Clockwise Brian Stimpson (Character) $640.2K 1986
77% 80% Silverado Sheriff John T. Langston (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Self - 1984
22% 63% Yellowbeard Harvey "Blind" Pew (Character) - 1983
86% 83% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Fish #2 / Dr. Spenser / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / Waiter / Man / Maitre D / Grim Reaper (Character),
Writer,
Original Music
- 1983
No Score Yet 92% Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Unknown (Character),
Writer
- 1982
No Score Yet 33% Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack (Character) - 1982
75% 78% The Great Muppet Caper Neville (Character) - 1981
90% 77% Time Bandits Robin Hood (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 65% The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 83% The Secret Policeman's Ball Unknown (Character) - 1979
95% 93% Life of Brian Wise Man #1/Reg/Jewish Official/Centurion/Deadly Dirk/Arthur (Character),
Writer
$150.2K 1979
97% 95% Monty Python and the Holy Grail Second Soldier with an Interest in Birds/Large Man with Dead Body/Black Knight/Mr Newt/An Extraordinarily Rude Frenchman/Tim the Wizard/Sir Launcelot (Character),
Writer
$1.8M 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance With a Double Bass Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Ban Contraceptives Lecturer (Character) - 1973
88% 87% And Now for Something Completely Different Announcer/Hungarian Man (Character),
Writer
- 1972
No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Pumer (Character),
Writer
- 1970
59% 68% The Magic Christian Director in Sotheby's (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 78% John Cleese on How to Irritate People Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 93% At Last the 1948 Show Unknown (Character) - 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2018 2020
56% 62% Hold the Sunset Phil (Character) 2018-2019
No Score Yet 78% Speechless Martin (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet 53% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Book View Now Self 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2010 2014
21% 43% Whitney Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
65% 83% Entourage John Cleese (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Lyle Finster (Guest Star) 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wednesday at 9:30 (8:30 Central) Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 2002
No Score Yet 90% 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 1998 2001
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Guest 1997
87% 93% Cheers Dr. Simon Finch-Royce (Guest Star) 1987
100% 94% Fawlty Towers Basil Fawlty (Character),
Writer
1975 1979
68% 79% Doctor Who Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
100% 86% Monty Python's Flying Circus Unknown (Character),
Writer
1969-1970 1972-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Goodies Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 100% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1968