John Cleese Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


29th December 2015

Tweet: "I see the number of my twits has already been rounded up to 5 million. When the true figure is reached, I shall be inviting them all to lunch... The Feeding of the Five Million will take place in a large open space, which is reasonably convenient for everyone (e.g. The Gobi Desert)... Nothing fancy, just some loaves and small fishes (recipe of another legendary JC). I shall also turn a small lake into Chateau Margaux 1990." John Cleese jokes about inviting his five million Twitter followers to dine with him.


27th November 2015

Fact: The hotel that inspired John Cleese's beloved British sitcom FAWLTY TOWERS will be demolished to make way for a retirement home. Cleese based his fictional guest house on the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England after staying there in 1973.


19th November 2015

Quote: "He's an awful man... but you can play somebody awful... and if you make people laugh, they feel affectionate towards this guy. If they met him in real life, they couldn't stand him." John Cleese on his terrible Fawlty Towers character Basil Fawlty.


19th November 2015

Quote: "The Germans bombed this little town, which caused a lot of puzzlement because nobody could understand why they wasted perfectly good bombs on a town like that. There was nothing in my town, Weston-Super-Mare, that a bomb could destroy that could possibly be as valuable as the bomb itself." John Cleese insists the German Air Force made a big error dropping a bomb on his English home town when he was a baby during World War Two.


13th July 2015

Tweet: "This morning I watched stitches being removed from my eyeball. I had an excellent view. The result: my eye is better than any time since 1939." Veteran British comedian John Cleese is recovering from an eye operation.


5th May 2015

Fact: John Cleese, Alec Baldwin and James Franco have signed on to voice characters in a new environmentally-themed animated family film, titled Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad. In the movie, comedy veteran Cleese will play the sinister Doc Walrus, who "hatches a secret plot" to accelerate global warming and melt the arctic circle, prompting a group of inexperienced heroes, voiced by Franco, Baldwin, Anjelica Huston and Heidi Klum, to foil his evil plans.


1st April 2015

Fact: A host of British comedy greats are to be immortalised on U.K. postage stamps. Celebrities including John Cleese, ERIC MORECAMBE and Billy Connolly will be pictured on the stamps to mark their contribution to the world of comedy and entertainment.


19th December 2014

Quote: "Americans I'd say are much more positive, they're much more in love with success. In Britain, they're a fairly envious bunch and they love it if you fail. If you want to know who your friends are, have a major failure." British comedian John Cleese insists Americans are much more positive than their U.K. counterparts.


23rd October 2014

Fact: Two episodes of John Cleese's 1960s Tv comedy At Last The 1948 Show have been rediscovered after they were thought to have been lost for 50 years. The sketch series also featured Cleese's Monty Python co-star Graham Chapman.


7th October 2014

Tweet: "There are several people I am planning on assassinating. But I don't want to put them on their guard." John Cleese has ambitions to quit showbusiness and become a hitman.


6th October 2014

Tweet: "I am looking forward to discussing cats with @taylorswift13 on @TheGNShow. She has 2, I have 3." Funnyman John Cleese is excited about his upcoming Tv encounter with fellow cat lover Taylor Swift on Britain's Graham Norton Show.


21st July 2014

Tweet: Funnyman John Cleese reached out to Monty Python fans all over the world on Sunday (20Jul14) by tweeting the message "Hello to all our very silly fans. Enjoy the show tonight!" in several languages. The comedy troupe's final live show at the O2 Arena in London will be beamed to cinemas around the globe.


14th July 2014

Tweet: "Someone called John Cleese has written a book about my life!... Out on the 9th of October this year." John Cleese announces the release of his memoirs, So, Anyway...


26th June 2014

Fact: The stars of Monty Python have launched a cell phone game to celebrate their reunion performances in London in July (14). The game is based on the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch from Tv show Monty Python'S FLYING CIRCUS and players guide an animated John Cleese through London streets, collecting coins and dodging obstacles.


25th May 2014

Tweet: "I am sorry for my behaviour on Alan Carr last night (Friday). My wife's friends tell me I am falling too much under her influence." Funnyman John Cleese blames his Tv antics on Alan Carr's British Tv chat show on his wife - the Monty Python star got a soaking during his appearance after he pelted the host with drinks and nuts.


22nd November 2013

Tweet: "A Python fan told me today 'Watching very old men being silly is funnier than watching young ones being silly'." Monty Python fans can't wait for the comedy troupe's onstage reunion next year (14), according to John Cleese.


25th September 2013

Quote: "I've paid $22 million so far and I think I have another $2 million to go. So I should be out from under it about Easter of next year. Farewell tours are very helpful, particularly when you've got alimony to pay off." Monty Python star John Cleese has made a huge dent in his costly divorce battle after hitting the road for a comedy tour. The funnyman had to give his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger a chunk of his fortune following their 2008 split.


25th September 2013

Tweet: "My kid, @CamillaCleese has 8 shows in Santa Barbara & Ventura Thurs-Sun." Proud dad John Cleese promotes his daughter's comedy shows at the Ventura Comedy Festival in California.


16th August 2013

Tweet: "I am so happy a London cabbie has just mistaken me for George Clooney." John Cleese gloats after a case of mistaken identity in a London taxi.


9th August 2013

Quote: "The weather is very nice at the moment but I don't know how many English winters I will be able to survive at my age. English winters are a bit like the First World War - you really wonder if it's ever going to end." John Cleese on his return to London after years spent living in California.


9th May 2013

Tweet: "Trying to get my old age pension. They want my wedding anniversary but they won't say which one." Monty Python star John Cleese faces red tape issues as he attempts to sign up for his pension.


17th October 2012

Tweet: "The Sunday Telegraph reports that I was at a party in London on Thursday. I wasn't. I was in Monaco working on my autobiography... Who did they think was me?" British comedian John Cleese is puzzled over a case of mistaken identity.


1st June 2012

Tweet: "Met a lovely man at dinner - a soothsayer! Told me things he could not possibly know. Scotland Yard use him." John Cleese is impressed by clairvoyant Peter Lee.


12th December 2011

Quote: "I have no idea if I'll marry Jenny. We're happiest when we're enjoying what we call 'Slovenly Sunday' when we stay home and do very little. We play with our cats and read." British funnyman John Cleese is content in his relationship with girlfriend Jennifer Wade.


29th April 2011

Fact: John Cleese's girlfriend Jennifer Wade has posed naked for sculptor Jonathan Wylder and the actor proudly displayed a model of her head at his home after he was given the piece by the artist.


22nd November 2010

Quote: "They (William and Kate) should have a prenup depending on who has the more money. Just in case." Multi-divorcee John Cleese is convinced British royal Prince William should sign a pre-nuptial agreement with Kate Middleton ahead of their upcoming wedding.


19th November 2010

Quote: "I think it's very good to have those things sorted out beforehand. It's like a will. Just in case." Three-times married John Cleese is a fan of pre-nuptial agreements.


23rd September 2010

Quote: "I always felt attracted by Austrian and German culture in a way. I never saw so much theatre and music and so many museums anywhere else." Veteran British actor John Cleese, whose character Basil Fawlty once poked fun at Germans on TV sitcom FAWLTY TOWERS, reveals he's a fan of the country.


22nd October 2009

Quote: "The others had told me that I was recognised much more than them, but I am much taller and more handsome and more striking in general... They're a fairly nondescript, unattractive, chunky little bunch. They all have short legs and (they're) slightly overweight." John Cleese jokes about becoming the recognised face of the Monty Python comedy troupe.


19th October 2009

Quote: "It's a very difficult time to earn money. The last commercial I did was for an Icelandic bank - and they're not even coming back to offer me another job." Monty Python star John Cleese admits his acting offers have dried up as a result of the worldwide credit crunch.


16th October 2009

Quote: "I believe I am (on Twitter). I have a wonderful assistant who makes up most of my quotes. He tells me about it afterwards and they're very funny, he's very good, he's just finished 20 years working with me." British comedian John Cleese admits his updates on the social networking site don't come directly from him.


15th October 2009

Quote: "They come up and they say, 'We like Monty Python very much' and we say, 'That's nice, I'm glad you like it' and then they start saying what their favourite sketch is, and we don't give a f**k what their favourite sketch is! It's of absolutely no f**king interest. The show's great, don't tell me which f**king sketch you like!" MONTY PYTHON comedian John Cleese has a warning for fans of the iconic comedy.


11th February 2009

Quote: "I sat in the dentist's chair and he carefully drilled them out. He said, 'You should have these made into a necklace.' Then I will be able to sell them on eBay for about £8 million and that will help me pay off some of the alimony - some!" British funnyman John Cleese is threatening to sell his own teeth on the Internet to help pay for his divorce.


5th February 2009

Quote: "It's not a proper name and I've often thought, 'It's a shame, really,' because Cheese is a great name and, you know, I always marry Americans and they always call me Jack - I could be Jack Cheese." John Cleese resents the fact his father changed the family name from Cheese.


17th January 2009

Fact: After a slow start on Thursday (15Jan09), the Sundance Film Festival in Utah is shaping up to be the place to be this weekend - Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Dominic Monaghan, John Cleese, Christie Brinkley, 50 Cent, Cuba Gooding JR, and rap mogul Russell Simmons have all been spotted around town, dressed in their finest winter wear.


13th November 2008

Quote: "I think it should be like dog licences. You should have to renew marriage licences every five years, unless you have children." Three-times divorced father-of-two comedian John Cleese has a cynical view of marriage.


9th August 2007

Fact: Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, John Cleese and Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai will join Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer for the star-studded sequel THE PINK PANTHER 2.


9th July 2007

Fact: Monty Python star John Cleese has put his 16 acre Montecito, California equestrian ranch - known as Stalloreggi, or the King's Stables - up for sale at $28 million (GBP14 million).


23rd October 2006

Fact: Monty Python stars Eric Idle and John Cleese have teamed up as animated characters in the second Shrek sequel. Idle will voice the character of wizard MERLIN in the film, while Cleese will reprise his royal character, THE KING.


9th August 2006

Fact: FAWLTY TOWERS actress Prunella Scales is to return to the cult British comedy's location later this month (AUG06) to relaunch the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. Scales starred alongside John Cleese in the seminal show as hotelier BASIL FAWLTY's wife SYBIL.


8th September 2005

Fact: <p>Funnyman John Cleese is writing a film about cavemen, called CRUDE AWAKENING for Nick Park's Aardman Animation. The WALLACE + GROMIT creator hopes to turn Cleese's script into a claymation movie. </p>


28th August 2005

Fact: <p>46 pigs are playing WILBUR, the porcine star of new live action family film Charlotte's Web. The movie stars Dakota Fanning and features the voices of Julia Roberts, Kathy Bates and John Cleese. </p>


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