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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... See full bio »

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Known For

A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda Archie Leach
(1988)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Lancelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter
(1975)
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus Announcer / Various / The Announcer / Voice Over #1 / Interviewer / Voiceover #1 / Chartered Accountant / Doctor / General / Mr. Eric Praline / Officer / Peter / Sergeant / Stockbroker / Various Roles / Viking / Voice Over / 'Ethel the Frog' Presenter / 'How Not to Be Seen' Narrator / 'Life and Death Struggles' Narrator / 'Mosquito Hunters' Narrator / 'Penguins' Presenter / A Scottsman on a Horse / A Scottsman on a horse / A man in the street / A.J.P. Taylor / Advertising Boss / Alan / Alan Whicker #5 / Albatross Seller / American Commentator / American Voice / Anne Elk / Armless Padre / Arthur Briggs' Bedmate / Arthur Figgis / Attila the Hun / Auctioneer / BBC Man / Beryl / Board Member / Brian Equator / Brian Trubshawe / Brigadier / Brigadier Arthur Gormanstrop (Mrs.) / Brigadier Sir Charles Arthur Strong (Mrs.) / Bruce Beer / Bus Hijacker / Captain / Captain R. H. Pretty / City Gent / Colonel Type / Counsel / Cricketer / Customer / David / Defence / Dennis Moore / Derek Hart / Doris / Douglas / Dr. E. Henry Thripshaw / Dr. Larch / Driver / East Midlands Poet Board Sales Manager / Eric Praline / Fifth Doctor / Fifth Groupie / Fifth Sailor / First 'Probe-Around' Host / First Businessman / First City Idiot / First Doctor / First Explorer / First Frenchman / First Interviewer / First Officer / First Producer / First Radio Voice / First Sergeant / First Superman / Flight Lieutenant Ken Frankenstein (Mrs.) / Fourth Bruce / Fourth City Gent / Fourth Knight / Fourth Man / Fourth Old Idiot / Fourth Writer / Frankenstein's Monster / Game Show Presenter / Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr / General #2 / Gladys / Gloria / Gumby / Gumby #2 / Gumby Specialist / Gumby Standing on Water / Head of Drama / Highlander / Hungarian Citizen / Inspector / Inspector Leopard / Inspector Praline / Inspector Tiger / Interviewer #2 / Interviewer for It's the Arts / Jack / James McNeill Whistler / James McRettin / Janet / Jim / Jimmy Buzzard / Joke Victim / Ken Clean-Air Systems / Ken Dove / Kevin O'Nassis / Linkman / Lionel / Lord Kinwoodie / Ludwig van Beethoven / M. Brun / Man at Desk / Man from Curry's / Man with Dung / Man with Enormous Ears / Man with Flying Contraption / Man with Rustic monologue / Mariolini / Member of the Mounties Choir / Mervyn Little / Michael Miles / Mr. A / Mr. Barnard / Mr. Bartlett / Mr. Bones / Mr. Cutler / Mr. Feldman / Mr. Glans / Mr. Hilter (Adolf Hitler) / Mr. Livingstone / Mr. Mousebender / Mr. Robinson / Mr. Samson / Mr. Sm / Mr. Teabags, the Minister of Silly Walks / Mr. Wang / Mr. Wiggin / Mr. Zorba / Mrs. Dreary Fat Boring Old Git / Mrs. Nigger-Baiter's Son / Mrs. Premise / Mungo the Cook / Naughty Bishop / Naughty Chemist / Nazi / Newsreader / Nurse / Old Gramophone / PA Announcer / Pearson / Pepperpot #2 / Pepperpot #4 / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Police Chief / Policeman / Policeman at Ouija Board / Politician / Priest / Professor Enid Gumby / Professor Sir Adrian Furrows / Professor Tiddles / Prosecuting Counsel / RSM Teaching Self-Defense / Referee / Robber / Roger Last / Roger Thompson / Sam Trench / Second Airline Pilot / Second Major / Second Man / Second Pepperpot / Second Pilot / Second Policeman / Second Presenter / Second Reader / Second Ypres Voice Over / Secret Policeman Bag / Shouting man with handkerchief on his head / Silly Job Interviewer / Silly Walker / Sir George Head / Sir Robert Eversley / Sir Vincent 'Kill the Chaps' Foster / Southerner / Spanish Lecturer / St. John Limbo / Stapleton the Bookseller / Store Manager / Theatre Critic for the 'Western Daily News' / Third Gas Man / Third Officer / Third Robert / Third Young Man / Tick / Upperclass Twit / Upperclass Twit of the Year Commentator / Vicar / Vocational Guidance Counsellor / Voice Over #3 / Voice of Block / Voiceover / Voiceover #2 / Vox pop interviewer / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Woman who is offered a burglary
(1969-1974)
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life Fish #2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / Waiter / Eric's Assistant / Maître D' / Grim Reaper
(1983)

Filmography

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 2018 Arctic Justice (filming)
Otto Von Walrus (voice)
 2017 Charming
Fairy Godmother / Executioner (voice)
 2017 Hold the Sunset (TV Series)
Phil
- Episode #1.6 ... Phil
- Episode #1.5 ... Phil
- Episode #1.4 ... Phil
- Episode #1.3 ... Phil
- Episode #1.2 ... Phil
 2016 Trolls
King Gristle Sr. (voice)
 2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
General Eeder
 2015 A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown
Mr. Bellwood (voice)
 2015 Absolutely Anything
Chief Alien (voice)
 2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly
The Guv
 2014 Over the Garden Wall (TV Mini-Series)
Adelaide / Quincy Endicott
- Chapter 6: Lullaby in Frogland (2014) ... Adelaide (voice)
- Chapter 5: Mad Love (2014) ... Quincy Endicott (voice)
 2011-2014 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (TV Series short)
Narrator
- Hunting Heffalumps (2014) ... Narrator
- Eeyore's Contest (2014) ... Narrator
- Heffalump Lesson (2014) ... Narrator
- Tiger's Balloon (2014) ... Narrator
- Roo and Lumpy (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
 2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (Documentary)
Llama lecturer / Second Yorkshireman / Armless Officer / ...
 2014 Elder Scrolls Online (Video Game)
Sir Cadwell (voice)
 2013 Planes
Bulldog (voice)
 2012-2013 Whitney (TV Series)
Dr. Grant
- Space Invaders (2013) ... Dr. Grant
- Mind Games (2012) ... Dr. Grant
 2012 Meetings, Bloody Meetings (Video short)
Judge
 2012 Smart As (Video Game)
Narrator
 2012 A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
John Cleese / Exploding Don / David Frost (voice)
 2012 O Theos agapaei to haviari
McCormick
 2011 The Big Year
Narrator (voice)
 2011 Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (Video)
The Narrator
 2011 Winnie the Pooh
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Change for the Oceans (Video short) (voice)
 2010 Spud
The Guv - Mr. Edly
 2010 Fable III (Video Game)
Jasper (voice)
 2010 Entourage (TV Series)
John Cleese
- Lose Yourself (2010) ... John Cleese
 2010 Shrek Forever After
King (voice)
 2009 Planet 51
Professor Kipple (voice)
 2009 The Day the Earth Was Green (Video short)
 2009 The Pink Panther 2
Dreyfus
 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still
Professor Barnhardt
 2008 Igor
Dr. Glickenstein (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third (Video Game)
Narrator / King Harold (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
King (voice)
 2006 Charlotte's Web
Samuel the Sheep (voice)
 2006 L'entente cordiale
Lord Conrad
 2006 Man About Town
Dr. Primkin
 2005 Complete Guide to Guys
Noted Behavioral Scientist / Noted Doctor / Leading Social Scientist / ...
 2005 Jade Empire (Video Game)
Sir Roderick (voice)
 2005 Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Valiant
Mercury (voice)
 2005 Performance Matters: The Importance of Praise (Video short)
Presenter
 2004 Around the World in 80 Days
Grizzled Sergeant
 2004 Shrek 2
King (voice)
 2003-2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Lyle Finster
- Oh, No, You Di-in't (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- I Do (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- Flip-Flop: Part 2 (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- Flip-Flop: Part 1 (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- The Accidental Tsuris (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
 2004 Time Troopers (Video Game)
Special Agent Wormold / Various Characters
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
Q (voice)
 2003 Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (Video short)
Dik Bonkers / Ken Enron Chaney
 2003 George of the Jungle 2 (Video)
Ape (voice)
 2003/I Scorched
Charles Merchant
 2002 Die Another Day
Q
 2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') / Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') / Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') / ...
- Pete's Christmas Caper (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') (voice)
- Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') (voice)
- House of Genius (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)
- House of Scrooge (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Midsummer Night's Dream') (voice)
 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Nearly Headless Nick
 2002 Pinocchio
Crickett (English version, voice)
 2002 Taking the Wheel (Short)
Nathan Sullivan
 2002 My Adventures in Television (TV Series)
Red Lansing
- No Escape (2002) ... Red Lansing
- Fired (2002) ... Red Lansing
- Death Be Not Pre-Empted (2002) ... Red Lansing
- The Chinese Baby (2002) ... Red Lansing
- The Art of Groveling (2002) ... Red Lansing
 2001 Mickey's House of Villains (Video)
Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)
 2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (Video)
Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') (voice)
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Nearly Headless Nick
 2001 Rat Race
Donald P. Sinclair
 1998-2001 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Dr. Liam Neesam
- Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 2 (2001) ... Dr. Liam Neesam
- Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 1 (2001) ... Dr. Liam Neesam
- Dick and the Other Guy (1998) ... Dr. Liam Neesam
- Just Your Average Dick (1998) ... Dr. Liam Neesam
 2001 H.M.O. (TV Movie)
Dr. Larry King
 2000 Rockstar (Video short)
Interviewer in lounge
 2000 The Magic Pudding
Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
 2000 007 Racing (Video Game)
R (voice)
 2000 The World Is Not Enough (Video Game)
R (voice)
 2000 Quantum Project (Short)
Alexander Pentcho
 2000 Isn't She Great
Henry Marcus
 1999 Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (TV Movie documentary)
Announcer / Himself / Gumby / ...
 1999 Casper & Mandrilaftalen (TV Series)
Purple Gun Rack of Love Repair Man / Fake Bosse Bo Johansson / Sita-ta Columbus
- Episode #2.2 (1999) ... Purple Gun Rack of Love Repair Man / Fake Bosse Bo Johansson / Sita-ta Columbus
 1999 The Out-of-Towners
Mr. Mersault
 1998 Parting Shots
Maurice Walpole
 1998 Starship Titanic (Video Game)
The Bomb (as Kim Bread)
 1997 The Meaning of Life (Video Game)
Various
 1997 George of the Jungle
An Ape Named 'Ape' (voice)
 1997 Fierce Creatures
Rollo Lee
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game)
Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / Large man with dead body / The Black Knight / ...
 1996 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Mr Toad's Lawyer
 1995 Look at the State We're In! (TV Mini-Series)
Minister
- Local Government (1995) ... Minister
 1994 The Jungle Book
Dr. Plumford
 1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Professor Waldman
 1994 The Swan Princess
Jean-Bob (voice)
 1993 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Neighbour
- Welcome to Earth (1993) ... Neighbour
 1993 Splitting Heirs
Raoul P. Shadgrind
 1993 It's Your Choice: Selection Skills for Managers (Video short)
Ivan the terrible
 1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Cat R. Waul (voice)
 1991 Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
Actor on TV (uncredited)
 1990 Bullseye!
Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese
 1989 Erik the Viking
Halfdan the Black
 1989 The Big Picture
Bartender
 1988 A Fish Called Wanda
Archie Leach
 1987 Baby Quark (TV Short)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1987 Dragonslayer Quark (TV Short) (English version, voice)
 1987 Cheers (TV Series)
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce
- Simon Says (1987) ... Dr. Simon Finch-Royce
 1987 Quark and the Highway Robber (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1986 Clockwise
Brian Stimpson
 1985 Silverado
Sheriff Langston
 1984 Budgeting (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1984 So You Want to Be a Success at Selling? (TV Mini-Series)
Salesman
- Closing the Sale ... Salesman
- Difficult Customers ... Salesman
- The Presentation ... Salesman
- The Preparation ... Salesman
 1983 Yellowbeard
Blind Pew
 1983 The Meaning of Life
Fish #2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / ...
 1983 Privates on Parade
Major Giles Flack
 1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Documentary)
First Barber / Wrestling commentator / Pope Julius II / ...
 1982 Whoops Apocalypse (TV Series)
Lacrobat
- The Violet Hour (1982) ... Lacrobat
- Lucifer and the Lord (1982) ... Lacrobat
- How to Get Rid of It (1982) ... Lacrobat
 1981 Time Bandits
Robin Hood
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Neville
 1981 Giroblauw met John Cleese (TV Short)
Interviewer
 1980 The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie)
Petruchio
 1980 Cost, Profit, and Break-Even (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1980 Depreciation and Inflation (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1979 To Norway, Home of Giants (TV Short)
Norman Fearless
 1979 Good King Memorex (Video)
Basil Fawlty
 1975-1979 Fawlty Towers (TV Series)
Basil Fawlty
- Basil the Rat (1979) ... Basil Fawlty
- The Anniversary (1979) ... Basil Fawlty
- The Kipper and the Corpse (1979) ... Basil Fawlty
- Waldorf Salad (1979) ... Basil Fawlty
- The Psychiatrist (1979) ... Basil Fawlty
 1979 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Art Gallery Visitor
- City of Death: Part Four (1979) ... Art Gallery Visitor
 1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
a Passer-by
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... a Passer-by
 1979 Life of Brian
Wise Man #1 / Reg / Jewish Official / ...
 1979 I'd Like a Word with You (Video short)
Ethelred the Unready / Ivan the Terrible / William the Silent
 1979 Not the Nine O'Clock News (TV Series)
Basil Fawlty
- Unaired Pilot (1979) ... Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... (credit only)
 1978 The Control of Working Capital (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1977 The Balance Sheet Barrier (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1977 Three Piece Suite (TV Series)
Kevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
- Little Things... That Go Bump in the Night/Every Day in Every Way/Walking the Dog (1977) ... Kevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
 1977 The Fortune Teller (Short)
 1976 Meetings, Bloody Meetings (Video short)
Tim
 1975 Decisions, Decisions (Video short)
Field Marshal Montgomery / Queen Elizabeth I. / Brutus / ...
 1975 Who Sold You This, Then? (Video short)
Narrator
 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / ...
 1974 Romance with a Double Bass (Short)
Musician Smychkov
 1973 Golf Etiquette
A Golfer
 1973 The Goodies (TV Series)
The Genie
- The Goodies and the Beanstalk (1973) ... The Genie
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Sherlock Holmes
 1969-1973 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series)
Announcer / Various / The Announcer / ...
- The British Showbiz Awards (1973) ... The Announcer / James McNeill Whistler / Pier Paolo Pasolini / ...
- A Book at Bedtime (1973) ... Second Reader / Captain / 'Penguins' Presenter / ...
- Dennis Moore (1973) ... Announcer / Dennis Moore / Lord Kinwoodie / ...
- E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease (1972) ... Announcer / Roger Last / Dr. E. Henry Thripshaw / ...
- The Nude Man (1972) ... Second Airline Pilot / Announcer / First Radio Voice / ...
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short)
 1973 The Love Ban
Contraceptives Lecturer
 1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Series)
Professor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / ...
- Blödeln für Deutschland (1972) ... Professor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / ...
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / self - Defence Teacher / ...
 1971 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Mr. Partridge
- Regina Versus Sagittarius (1971) ... Mr. Partridge
 1971 The Statue
Harry
 1969 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Various - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
 1969 The Magic Christian
Director in Sotheby's
 1969 The Best House in London
Jones (uncredited)
 1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
Post Office Clerk
 1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Marcus Rugman
 1968 Interlude
TV Publicist
 1966-1967 The Frost Report (TV Series)
Various Roles / Various roles
- Special: Frost Over Christmas (1967) ... Various Roles
- Showbusiness (1967) ... Various Roles
- Youth (1967) ... Various Roles
- Europe (1967) ... Various Roles
- Crime (1967) ... Various Roles
 1967 At Last the 1948 Show (TV Series)
Sidney Lotterby from Manchester / Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / ...
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... Sidney Lotterby from Manchester
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / Reptile Keeper / ...
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Show Show Producer (42 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (8 credits)
Show Show Self (237 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (73 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Kim Bread | John Otto Cleese | John Spam John Spam John Spam Cleese | John C. Cleeseberg | John Ecles | Nigel Farquhar-Bennett | Montypython Flyingcircus | Friend | Spitting Image | Kurt Loggerhead | Monty Python | The Usual Lot | John Cleese Whicker

Height:

6' 5" (1.96 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Terry] Gilliam hunted me down in New York. He saw me in Cambridge Circus when it was on Broadway. We were there for three weeks, and he had this story that his magazine, Help, did in the style that the Italians called fumetti, and he wanted me to do the story because he liked the faces that I pulled. High compliment for an aspiring actor. See more »

Trivia:

He campaigned long and hard, but unsuccessfully, to win the role of Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) because he wanted to expand his range in his first substantial film role, but the rest of the group favored the late Graham Chapman, and eventually the group persuaded Cleese that Chapman was better suited to the part of Brian and Cleese stepped aside. See more »

Trademark:

Playing characters with neurotic behaviour See more »

Nickname:

Cleesey

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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