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John Cleese

Actor, Writer Date of birth 27th October 1939
Place of birth Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England
Year of debut 1968
First feature film Interlude

Awards

  • Academy Awards nominated1
  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated2
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated1
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Biography

John Cleese joined the Footlights society while studying law at Cambridge University. After graduating, he performed on the West End in the Footlights show Cambridge Circus. He then became a writer on TV shows such as The Frost Report where he met Michael Palin. He became well known for writing and performing in Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Alongside his starring roles in the Monty Python movies, he has starred in a variety of features from A Fish Called Wanda to Rat Race.

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John Cleese's films

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
155 Mins
Released
2002

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) investigates a series of mysterious attacks at Hogwarts school. Mild language and horror, and fantasy spiders.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Shrek 2
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
89 Mins
Released
2004

Animated comedy about a green ogre starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. Contains mild language and comic fight scenes.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Shrek The Third
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
89 Mins
Released
2007

Animated. Shrek (Mike Myers) tries to find the real heir the King's throne. With Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy. Contains mild language and comic fight scenes.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Shrek Forever After
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
89 Mins
Released
2010

Animated. Shrek (Mike Myers) is tricked by con-man Rumpelstiltskin. With Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Contains mild fight scenes.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
100 Mins
Released
2008

Keanu Reeves stars as an alien who has come to Earth to judge the human race. With Kathy Bates. Contains moderate threat and injury

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Igor
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
86 Mins
Released
2008

Animated comedy about Igor (John Cusack), a unusually clever mad scientist's assistant. With Steve Buscemi. Contains scary scenes and mild insults.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • From 1970 to 1973 John Cleese was a rector at the University of St Andrews.
  • At 13, he was six feet and four inches tall.
  • Alongside therapist Robin Skynner, he co-wrote two self-help books called Families And How To Survive Them and Life And How To Survive It.
  • In 1979 he wrote and directed the short movie Away From It All.
  • He voiced the character King Harold in the Shrek movies.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1988 Writing (Screenplay Written directly For The Screen) - A Fish Called Wanda
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1988 Actor in a Leading Role - A Fish Called Wanda
  • 2 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1988 Actor in a Leading Role - A Fish Called Wanda
    • 1988 Original Screenplay - A Fish Called Wanda
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 1989 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - A Fish Called Wanda