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John Cleese
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John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset (present-day Avon), England, UK) is a British comedian and actor.

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1 Biography
2 Radio
3 TV
4 Filmography
5 External links


His talent for comedy emerged as a member of the Cambridge Footlights Revue during the time that he was a law student at Downing College, Cambridge.

He became famous as one of the members of the Monty Python team which created the 1969-74 television series Monty Python's Flying Circus; Cleese is particularly remembered for the "Cheese Shop", "The Ministry of Silly Walks", and "Dead Parrot" sketches. He achieved later success as the awful hotel manager Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he also cowrote with then wife Connie Booth. Cleese is noted for his talent for expressing indignation and peevish outrage.

His family's surname was previously "Cheese", but his father Reginald Francis Cheese, an insurance salesman, changed his surname to "Cleese" upon joining the army in 1915 [1].

With Robin Skynner, Cleese wrote a number of books on dealing with relations: Families and how to survive them, and Life and how to survive it. The books are presented as an ongoing dialogue between Skynner and Cleese.

He also produced and acted in a number of successful business training films, including Meetings, Bloody Meetings and More Bloody Meetings about how to set up and run successful meetings.

In 1996 Cleese declined becoming a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

He is currently an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. During the years 1973 - 1975 Cleese was rector of St Andrews University, a position which he left in favour of recording Fawlty Towers.

He married Connie Booth on February 20 1968 and they divorced in 1978.




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