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John Cleese

John Cleese as Basil Fawlty

Born in Somerset in 1939, John Cleese emerged as a writer whilst studying at Cambridge.

After writing for Dick Emery and David Frost and contributing to At Last The 1948 Show, Cleese became a member of the now legendary Monty Python team.

Tall and with a delivery of clipped authority, Cleese seems to embody British middle class angst and his performance as stressed hotel proprietor Basil Fawlty is the acme of his comic prowess in the much loved sitcom Fawlty Towers (which he co-wrote with his then wife Connie Booth).

His script for A Fish Called Wanda was Oscar nominated, and Python films aside, he has appeared in Clockwise, Time Bandits and the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises.

Undoubtedly one of Britain's best loved comedians, he latterly moved to the States, guesting on TV comedies (Cheers, Third Rock From The Sun) in between film commitments and Monty Python retrospectives.

Appearances by John Cleese
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As an Actor

Fawlty Towers 1975
The Goon Show 1954
Comedy Playhouse 1962

As a Performer

The Frost Report 1966
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 1964
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 1972
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969

As a Writer

Fawlty Towers 1975
The Frost Report 1966
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 1964
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969
Marty 1968

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