John Cleese biography

John Cleese

Actor, Film actor

1939 –

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Who is John Cleese?

John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he became a member of Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. Later, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He also starred in Clockwise, and has appeared in many other films, including two James Bond films, two Harry Potter films, and the last three Shrek films.

With Yes Minister writer Antony Jay he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films.

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Born
Oct 27, 1939
Weston-super-Mare
Also known as
  • Kim Bread
  • John Otto Cleese
  • John Spam John Spam John Spam Cleese
  • John C. Cleeseberg
  • John Ecles
  • Nigel Farquhar-Bennett
  • John Cleese Whicker
  • John Marwood Cleese
  • Friend
  • Spitting Image
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Buddhism
Ethnicity
  • English people
Nationality
  • England
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Law degree, Downing College, Cambridge
  • University of St Andrews
    (1973 - 1976)
  • Clifton College
  • St. Peter's Preparatory School
  • University of Cambridge
Employment
  • Distinguished Professor At Large, Cornell University
  • Founder, Video Arts
  • Rector, University of St Andrews
  • Co-owner, Christine Schell Fine Objects Antique Shop
  • Science Teacher, St. Peter's Preparatory School
Lived in
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • Santa Barbara
  • Lake Forest

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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