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John Cleese (27.10.1939) John Cleese is an English, Oscar-winning comedian, writer and actor. He rose to fame as a part of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Childhood: John Cleese was born to Muriel and Reginald Cleese, in Weston-Super-Mare. His mother was an acrobat and his father was an insurance salesman.

John Cleese attended St. Peter's Preparatory School in Weston-Super-Mare, where he was considered a star pupil. He was grated a part-scholarship to Clifton College, a Bristolian public school. When he left school, he initially returned to his prep school to teach science. He eventually took up a place at Cambridge University to study Law. Whilst there, he joined the Cambridge Footlights Revue. It was here that he met Graham Chapman, his future writing partner.

Show Business Career: Whilst he a member of the Footlights Revue, Cleese was a member of the cast for A Clump of Plinths, which was hugely successful at the 1963 Edinburgh Festival. The cast also featured in some sketches on the Ed Sullivan Show. Whilst in America, Cleese met Terry Gilliam whilst he performed in Half a Sixpence.

Cleese was offered work as a BBC writer and worked on shows such as The Dick Emery Show and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again. In 1965, he started working on the Frost Report along with a number of other writers, including Barry Cryer, Bill Oddie, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. The list also included Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, future Monty Python members.

Monty Python's Flying Circus ran for four seasons on the BBC, between 1969 and 1974. Notable moments include the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Cheese Shop and Cleese's Mr Praline character. John Cleese and Graham Chapman formed a writing partnership on the show, actually writing together, unlike Palin and Jones. Cleese left the group before the fourth series but returned to feature in the writing and production of the films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

Life after Python saw John Cleese star in the enduringly popular Fawlty Towers. Cleese wrote the show with his wife at the time, Connie Booth. The show also starred Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.

In 1977, John Cleese appeared on The Muppet Show, also co-writing much of the episode. He also makes a cameo in the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper.

Also in 1981, John Cleese starred in the Terry Gilliam-directed film Time Bandits, along with Michael Palin and Sean Connery.

In 1988, John Cleese wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda. The comedy film also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Kevin Kline. It was a commercial and critical success. The script earned Cleese an Academy Award nomination. He later landed a role in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, along with Robert De Niro.

In 1996, John Cleese rejected an invitation to accept a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

The follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda was entitled Fierce Creatures. Featuring much of the same cast, the film was not so well received as its predecessor.

John Cleese appeared in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. In the film, he plays Q's assistant, referred to as R. In the film, Bond was played by Pierce Brosnan and the film also stars Denise Richards, Robert Carlyle and Sophie Marceau. Cleese then went on to reprise his role in Die Another Day, with Brosnan at the helm as well as Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike.

In 2003, John Cleese made a brief appearance in the popular US sitcom Will and Grace, starring Debra Messing and Eric McCormack. He also filmed the sequel to the remake of The Pink Panther (entitled The Pink Panther 2) with Steve Martin and the Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.

Personal Life: John Cleese married Connie Booth in 1968. Their only child, Cynthia Cleese, was born in 1971. After divorcing Booth, Cleese married the actress Barbara Trentham. Their daughter Camilla was born in 1984. He divorced Trentham in 1990.

Cleese then married Alyce Faye Eichelberger, an American psychotherapist. When they divorced in 2008, the settlement was worked so that Eichelberger would end up with more of Cleese's money than he would.



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Russell Crowe Leads Tributes To Ronnie Corbett


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Following the tragic news that the legendary comedian had passed away on Thursday (31Mar16) surrounded by his "loving family", celebrities from all fields were quick to offer their condolences and share their memories of the diminutive star.

Gladiator star Russell used one of Corbett's most famous catchphrases in his tribute, writing on Twitter.com: "And it's good night from Ronnie Corbett . Thanks for all the laughs mate."

Fawlty Towers star John Cleese also paid tribute to his "mentor" in an emotional post: "Just heard about Ronnie C.So sad.He had the best timing I've ever watched.He was a great, kind mentor and a wonderfully witty companion."

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John Cleese Upset About Long-running Fawlty Towers Stage Show


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The funnyman was not amused when he heard about the Faulty Towers Dining Experience show, assuring fans of the hit British comedy he co-created he had not given the theatre group permission to use the show's title, themes or characters, and he had not received royalties from the project.

"Seems they thought that by not asking, and by changing the 'w' to a 'u', they'd be in the clear! Hilarious," he wrote on Twitter.

But bosses at Imagination Workshop, the production company behind the show, insist they didn't need Cleese's permission for the show.

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John Cleese Considering Legal Action Against Australian Theatre Company For 'Fawlty Towers' "Rip Off"


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John Cleese is reportedly considering taking legal action against an Australian theatre company for what he believes is a “brazen, utterly shameless rip-off” of his legendary ‘70s sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers’.

‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience’, operated by Interactive Theatre International since 1997, has been hosted in London, most Australian cities and other locations around the world. It offers a three-course meal and two hour interactive theatrical show, in which many of the calamitous scenes from the sitcom are played out.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Cleese has known about the production for nearly a year but was only recently informed about the show’s massive financial success. The paper says that he claims that the people behind the production have not sought permission from either himself or co-creator Connie Booth.

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Hotel That Inspired 'Fawlty Towers' Is Demolished


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The seaside hotel in Torquay that inspired John Cleese to make the iconic BBC sitcom ‘FAWLTY TOWERS’ is to be demolished in order to make way for the construction of retirement homes.

Cleese, who co-created the legendary comedy series, stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1971 with his ‘Monty Python’ colleagues when they were in the area filming ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, and he and the rest of the party were flabbergasted at the stony reception he received from the hotel’s owner Donald Sinclair.

Fawlty Towers'Fawlty Towers' stars John Cleese and Prunella Scales, Connie Booth and ANDREW SACHS (front l-r) in 2009

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Fawlty Towers Hotel To Be Demolished


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Property developers are planning to turn the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay into retirement homes.

Funnyman John Cleese came up with the idea for his hit TV comedy series while staying there in 1971.

He based his Basil Fawlty character on former owner Donald Sinclair, who he once called "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met".

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John Cleese Revives Basil Fawlty For Tv Advert


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The funnyman played the beleaguered hotelier in two seasons of classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, which ended in 1979, and he has now brought Basil back as part of a campaign for British opticians Specsavers.

Cleese recreates a famous scene in which Basil gives his car a "damn good thrashing" with a tree branch after it fails to start, and in the advert, he ends up beating a police car which he mistakes for his own vehicle due to his poor eyesight.

The clip ends with the chain's catchphrase, "Should've gone to Specsavers".

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail - 40th Anniversary Trailer


The comedians behind Monty Python have turned into household names and The Holy Grail is potentially their most loved piece. Having been commissioned by the BBC in 1969 Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman began shooting scenes for a sketch show under the name of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The 45 episodes were full of surreal comedy which each and every one soon became cult classics.

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John Cleese Suggested Killing His Mum To Keep Her Spirits Up


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The Monty Python funnyman's mother lived out her final days in an "elderly person's residence" near London, and she'd always complain about her situation when her son called her once a week.

"She was a very depressed woman, but she had this very black sense of humour and that was the way I could communicate with her, because you don't want your mum to be depressed and sad and anxious," he told U.S. chat show host Conan O'Brien.

"I used to ring her up... and she would, with a sort of sense of surprise, say, 'I'm just a little bit down this week'. I don't know why she was surprised because she was 'just a little bit down this week' for 50 f**king years."

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Absolutely Anything Review

Unbearable

Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and awkward British romantic-comedies (Hector and the Search for Happiness). And this might just be his most disastrous move yet. Despite a promising cast, which includes a reunion of the surviving Monty Python members, this madcap sci-fi comedy never finds its tone, veering wildly from nutty slapstick to sentimental silliness. It's hard to remember laughing even once while watching it.

The story kicks off when an American space probe launched in 1972 is intercepted by the Intergalactic Council (voiced by the Pythons). Their investigation into Earth consists of watching YouTube videos, so of course they decide to destroy the planet. But first, they'll give one earthling a chance to save the world: they randomly choose North London schoolteacher Neil (Simon Pegg) and give him superpowers that allow him to do absolutely anything. After a few mishaps, he tries to use his abilities to improve his life, making his his dog Dennis speak (in the voice of Robin Williams) and appearing irresistible to his neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale). Even though she already likes him. But Neil only has 10 days to do the right thing with his powers, or Earth is doomed.

Yes, this is essentially the same plot as Bruce Almighty, but the film never quite settles on an approach. It's produced in the style of an over-wacky child's movie, but the humour is eerily adult-oriented, so it's difficult to see who would enjoy it. The main plot is never remotely coherent, meandering through the story without any sense of direction. There are also a few corny sideroads to pad out the slim running time, including Neil's work colleague (Sanjeev Baskar) becoming an object of religious devotion, while Catherine's American military one-night-stand (Rob Riggle) becomes an obsessive stalker. Neither of these strands goes anywhere funny. Nor do extended cameos by Eddie Izzard (as a gruff headmaster) or Joanna Lumley (as a snooty TV presenter).

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Brains Behind British Tv Hit The Fall & Rise Of Reginald Perrin Dead At 80


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The 80-year-old humorist also wrote sketches for comedians Ken Dodd and Frankie Howerd, and penned 20 novels.

But he'll best be remembered for the Perrin series in the 1970s, in which the late Leonard Rossiter portrayed a desperately unhappy husband and father dreaming of escaping his dull job.

Among those paying tribute to Nobbs are Monty Python star John Cleese, who took to Twitter.com on Sunday (09Aug15) and wrote, "Very sad today to hear of the death of David Nobbs. First worked with him on the Frost Report in 1966; then on many films for Video Arts... A lovely kind, gentle man with a delicious sense of humour. He wrote many top-class shows and books. His masterwork: the Reggie Perrin shows."

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John Cleese Seen Out In London

John Cleese - John Cleese seen out and about in London - London, United Kingdom - Friday 19th June 2015

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John Cleese Out In London

John Cleese - John Cleese seen out and about in London at BBC Studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th June 2015

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2015 Tribeca Film Festival - Special Screening Narrative: 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail'

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival - Special Screening Narrative: 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail' at Beacon Theatre at Beacon Theater, Tribeca Film Festival, Beacon Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 24th April 2015

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Celebrities At The ITV Studios

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Celebrities At The RTE Studios For 'The Late Late Show'

John Cleese - Celebrities at the RTE studios for 'The Late Late Show' - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 12th December 2014

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John Cleese

Date of birth

27th October, 1939

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.96




John Cleese Movies

Monty Python And The Holy Grail - 40th Anniversary Trailer

Monty Python And The Holy Grail - 40th Anniversary Trailer

The comedians behind Monty Python have turned into household names and The Holy Grail is...

Absolutely Anything Movie Review

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Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star...

Absolutely Anything Trailer

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