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Birth information

27 October 1939 Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK

Given Name

John Marwood Cleese

Nickname

Cleesey

How tall is John Cleese?

1.96 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jennifer Wade
Alyce Faye Eichelberger
Barbara Trentham
Connie Booth

Life Story of John Cleese

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height, having reached a height of six feet by the age of twelve, and eventually discovered that being humorous could deflect aggressive behavior in others. He loved humor in and of itself, collected jokes, and, like many young Britons who would grow up to be comedians, was devoted to the radio comedy show, "The Goon Show," starring the legendary Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe.

Cleese did well in both sports and academics, but his real love was comedy. He attended Cambridge to read (study) Law, but devoted a great deal of time to the university's legendary Footlights group, writing and performing in comedy reviews, often in collaboration with future fellow Python Graham Chapman. Several of these comedy reviews met with great success, including one in particular which toured under the name "Cambridge Circus." When Cleese graduated,...

Significant features of John Cleese

Usually plays uptight or overbearing comic characters.
Usually sports a moustache
His height
When on Monty Python's flying circus, he would introduce sketches with the famous line "And now for something...

How much money has John Cleese earned?

Fawlty Towers (1975) £6,000 for 43 weeks' work

Publications and Magazines about John Cleese

John Cleese So, Anyway . . .. 2014

What movies did John Cleese play or participate?

Producers Filmography
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour (2011) , Pass It On: Coaching Skills for Managers (2007) , Fierce Creatures (1997) , Look at the State We're In! (1995) , Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment (1990) , The Helping Hand (1990) , All Change (1988) , The Importance of Mistakes (1988) , A Fish Called Wanda (1988) , Return on Investment (1986) , Fairly Secret Army (1986) , Budgeting (1984) , More Bloody Meetings (1984) , Perishing Solicitors (1983) , The Secret Policeman's Other Ball...

Birth information

27 October 1939 Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK

Given Name

John Marwood Cleese

Nickname

Cleesey

How tall is John Cleese?

1.96 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jennifer Wade
Alyce Faye Eichelberger
Barbara Trentham
Connie Booth

Life Story of John Cleese

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height, having reached a height of six feet by the age of twelve, and eventually discovered that being humorous could deflect aggressive behavior in others. He loved humor in and of itself, collected jokes, and, like many young Britons who would grow up to be comedians, was devoted to the radio comedy show, "The Goon Show," starring the legendary Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe.

Cleese did well in both sports and academics, but his real love was comedy. He attended Cambridge to read (study) Law, but devoted a great deal of time to the university's legendary Footlights group, writing and performing in comedy reviews, often in collaboration with future fellow Python Graham Chapman. Several of these comedy reviews met with great success, including one in particular which toured under the name "Cambridge Circus." When Cleese graduated,...

Significant features of John Cleese

Usually plays uptight or overbearing comic characters.
Usually sports a moustache
His height
When on Monty Python's flying circus, he would introduce sketches with the famous line "And now for something...

How much money has John Cleese earned?

Fawlty Towers (1975) £6,000 for 43 weeks' work

Publications and Magazines about John Cleese

John Cleese So, Anyway . . .. 2014

What movies did John Cleese play or participate?

Producers Filmography
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour (2011) , Pass It On: Coaching Skills for Managers (2007) , Fierce Creatures (1997) , Look at the State We're In! (1995) , Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment (1990) , The Helping Hand (1990) , All Change (1988) , The Importance of Mistakes (1988) , A Fish Called Wanda (1988) , Return on Investment (1986) , Fairly Secret Army (1986) , Budgeting (1984) , More Bloody Meetings (1984) , Perishing Solicitors (1983) , The Secret Policeman's Other Ball...

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John Cleese in Silicon Cowboys (2016)

He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python, along with Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

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John Cleese, Liz Robertson, Kyla Kenedy, and Micah Fowler in Speechless (2016)

He is the father of two daughters: Cynthia Cleese (born 1971) with Connie Booth and Camilla Cleese (born 1984) with Barbara Trentham.

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John Cleese, Kyla Kenedy, and Micah Fowler in Speechless (2016)

He holds a law degree from Cambridge University. He went on to play a lawyer in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Splitting Heirs (1993).

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John Cleese, Liz Robertson, Kyla Kenedy, and Micah Fowler in Speechless (2016)

He co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with Graham Chapman, and also wrote some later episodes as sole author.

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John Cleese in Speechless (2016)

He was a cast member of the highly successful radio show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". His fellow cast members were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Hatch and Jo Kendall. It was during this radio show that Cleese's famous 'Ferret Song' (later sung on the television series At Last the 1948 Show (1967)) was first heard.

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John Cleese in Speechless (2016)

He went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on Ed Sullivan's The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).

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John Cleese in Speechless (2016)

When he had to join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1989, for his third appearance on American TV, none of the staff at the AFTRA office recognized him or had any idea who he was.

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John Cleese in Speechless (2016)

Ever since one of his most famous Monty Python sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks, he has found himself continually pestered by admirers to do silly walks for them. He has stated that the sketch was born during a moment of silly improvisation, and he himself doesn't particularly care for it.

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John Cleese, Neil McCarthy, and Declan Mulholland in Time Bandits (1981)

Who's Who lists his recreations as "gluttony, sloth."

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John Cleese in Die Ritter der Kokosnuß (1975)

He was the rector of the University of St Andrews from 1970 to 1973.

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John Cleese in Die Ritter der Kokosnuß (1975)

According to Brian Henson, when Cleese guest-starred on The Muppet Show (1976), he enjoyed the show very much and became very close with the writers because he wanted to get involved in the writing. When he did get involved with the writing, he and the other writers came up with a concept whereby Cleese was being held against his will on the show and would try to get off the show while the Muppets were trying to get him to do his scheduled bits. Of course, in this case, life did not imitate art, as, a few years later, Cleese appeared again with the Muppets in the film The Great Muppet Caper (1981).

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John Cleese and Graham Chapman in Die Ritter der Kokosnuß (1975)

He is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

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John Cleese and Brendan Fraser in George - Der aus dem Dschungel kam (1997)

He co-owns the Christine Schell Fine Objects antique shop in Montecito, CA.

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John Cleese in James Bond 007 - Stirb an einem anderen Tag (2002)

Cleese's father's name was Reg Cleese but his grandfather was named John Edwin Cheese. His grandfather changed his name when he joined the British army in 1915.

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John Cleese and Bob Stephenson in 3 Engel für Charlie - Volle Power (2003)

He reached adult height of 6'5" by the age of 13. He was already six feet at age 12.

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John Cleese in Hey, Soldat - dein Täschchen brennt (1983)

He claims he was to be the first person to say the F-word at a memorial service when he spoke at Graham Chapman's.

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John Cleese, David Bamber, and Michael Elphick in Hey, etc.

His mother, Muriel Cleese (b. Cross, 5 October 1899 - 5 October 2000) died on her 101st birthday.

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John Cleese and Andrew Sachs in Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers (1975)

The inspiration for Fawlty Towers (1975) came from a hotel stay he had with the other Pythons in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. The hotel manager was called Donald Sinclair, someone Cleese considered to be the rudest man he had ever encountered. He later played a character by the name of Donald P. Sinclair in Rat Race (2001).

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John Cleese and Carey Lowell in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

When he left the Monty Python team, he was approached by the BBC to do something else and, together with Connie Booth, created Fawlty Towers (1975), based on their experiences in a Torquay hotel.

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John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

In the late 1990s he appeared in German TV commercials for a lottery service. He actually spoke German in some of these spots (while some had no dialogue and others were dubbed later on).

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John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carey Lowell in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

When the Globe Theatre was rebuilt in London, a service was offered whereby you could have your name on a tile in the courtyard, for a donation to the project. Cleese and fellow python Michael Palin both signed up for tiles, but Palin's was spelled wrong. Cleese paid extra to ensure it would be spelled "Pallin."

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John Cleese, Carey Lowell, Cynthia Cleese, and Ronnie Corbett in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He was the tallest member of Monty Python, having been about two inches taller than Graham Chapman.

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John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Kline in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He is the father-in-law of Ed Solomon.

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John Cleese, Carey Lowell, and Cynthia Cleese in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He was offered the title of C.B.E. (Knight-Commander of the British Empire) in 1996. He turned it down because, in his own words, "The title doesn't get the same admiration and respect from the general public that it does from those who actually bestow it - you don't get to be addressed as 'Commander Cleese,' in my case - which somewhat nullifies the point of it all." Similarly, Cleese was offered inauguration to the House of Lords but turned that down as well; according to him, "It would have had a very nice ring - 'Lord John of Cleese', I mean - but on the other hand, I would have been obligated to stay in London all through the winter... because that's when they meet in Parliament to vote on whatever-have-you. And *nobody* in their right mind lives in London during the bloody winter!".

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John Cleese, Carey Lowell, Fred Evans, Robert Lindsay, Michael Percival, etc.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 108-109. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Ronnie Corbett in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He appeared in a series of educational short subjects produced by the British company Video Arts designed to teach management and trainees how to handle stress and unusual situations. Cleese took advantage of his comic talents and portrayed events as absurd situations so that audiences would better remember their training.

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John Cleese and Carey Lowell in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

In 2002, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) with Maggie Smith and in Die Another Day (2002) opposite her son, Toby Stephens.

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John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

Terry Gilliam noted among his Monty Python co-stars that there seemed to be a division between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men (Cleese, Graham Chapman, & Eric Idle) and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men (Michael Palin & Terry Jones), the latter of which the American Gilliam found himself closer to. Gilliam considered Cleese the most "Cambridge" of the group, being the tallest and most "aggressive" member of Monty Python.

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John Cleese in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He voiced Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he's a prince, in The Swan Princess (1994), then went on to voice a king who used to be a frog in Shrek 2 (2004).

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John Cleese and Kevin Kline in Wilde Kreaturen (1997)

He has played the father of two of the Charlie's Angels. First he played Lucy Liu's father in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The next year he played Cameron Diaz's father in Shrek 2 (2004).

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