John Cleese



  • Birth Name: John Marwood Cleese
  • Birth Place: Weston-super-Mare, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/27/1939, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor; writer
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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 Cambridge Circus, 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 and Life of Brian.
  • Costarred and cowrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers.
  • 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 Harry Potter films.
  • 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
  • Alyce Faye Eichelberger - Ex-wife
  • Connie Booth - Ex-wife
  • Cynthia Cleese - Daughter
  • Barbara Trentham - Ex-wife
  • Reginald Cleese - Father
  • Muriel Cleese - Mother
  • Jennifer Wade - Wife
  • John Cleese Awards:
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational) - 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
  • College:
  • University of Cambridge, Downing College, Cambridge, England (1963)

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