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John Marwood Cleese
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John Cleese Fast Facts:
Family name was originally Cheese but his father changed it in 1915 to Cleese upon joining the Army.
Taught biology for two years at a preparatory school before attending Cambridge to study law.
Performed with the Cambridge Footlights comedy group where he met future Monty Python members Graham Chapman and Eric Idle.
Wrote and performed in the comedy revue
, which played off-Broadway in New York.
Professional writing career began with
The Dick Emery Show
in 1963; later wrote for the satirical sketch show
The Frost Report
, which also featured Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Cofounded Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969; cowrote and appeared in the group's BBC series and their films, including
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life of Brian
Costarred and cowrote the sitcom
Earned a 1988 Oscar nomination for writing
A Fish Called Wanda
Wrote several books, including
Families and How to Survive Them.
Appeared as Q in two James Bond movies; was Nearly Headless Nick in the
Has worked to save endangered lemurs and had a new species of lemur named for him.
Served as a professor of comedy at Cornell University in New York.
John Cleese Relationships:
Camilla Cleese - Daughter
Barbara Trentham - Ex-wife
Reginald Cleese - Father
Alyce Faye Eichelberger - Ex-wife
Connie Booth - Ex-wife
Cynthia Cleese - Daughter
Jennifer Wade - Wife
Muriel Cleese - Mother
John Cleese Awards:
1987 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series - Winner
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
1998 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
1989 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
1988 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Nominee
1988 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
1988 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Original Screenplay - Nominee
2002 Emmy: Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational) - Nominee
University of Cambridge, Downing College, Cambridge, England (1963)
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