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John Marwood Cleese, better known as John Cleese, is one of the multi-millionaires in the entertainment industry. John Cleese has been accumulating his net worth for more than fifty years, since 1961, and it has been estimated that the net worth of John Cleese is as high as 10 million dollars. John has earned most of his net worth as a comedian and actor. He is the founder of the group ‘Monty Python’. Moreover, Cleese has added much to his net worth as a film producer and writer. For his screenplays he was nominated for an Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award.

John Cleese Net Worth $10 Million

John Marwood Cleese was born on October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Clifton College and Downing College, Cambridge.

John has accumulated most of his net worth as a film and television actor. The major roles which he landed on television were the main roles in the satirical television show ‘The Frost Report’ (1966, ‘How to Irritate People’ (1968), ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ (1969–1974), ‘Sez Les’ (1971), ‘Fawlty Towers’ (1975, 1979), ‘Whoops Apocalypse’ (1982), ‘Cheers’ (1987) (for which John won an Emmy Award for the best actor in a guest starring role), ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (1980) and other roles.

He has also appeared in a number of television advertisements. Cleese has added much to his net worth as a big screen actor, too. He appeared in the number of films but the most significant in which he landed the leading roles were ‘The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It’ (1977) directed by Joseph McGrath, ‘Time Bandits’ (1981) produced, co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, ‘Privates on Parade’ (1982) directed Michael Blakemore, ‘Clockwise’ (1986) directed by Christopher Morahan (for which he received the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy), ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ (1988) written by Charles Crichton and John Cleese, directed by Crichton ( which received several nominations, and for which John won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role), ‘The Wind in the Willows’ (1996) directed Terry Jones and other films.

In addition to this, John has published the following books: ‘The Rectorial Address of John Cleese’’, ‘Foreword for Time and the Soul’, ‘The Human Face’ and ‘Cleese Encounters: The Unauthorized Biography of Monty Python Veteran John Cleese’. Moreover, he has published his scripts and dialogues.

During John Cleese’s long career, he has received a number of honours, awards and tributes which undoubtedly have increased his net worth. He declined the offer to be named a Commander of the British Empire. In his honour a species of lemur and an asteroid have been named.

John Cleese has been married four times and has two children. The first marriage with Connie Booth lasted from 1968 to 1978. Then, in 1981 John married Barbara Trentham. However, they divorced in 1990. After two years, in 1992 Cleese married his third wife Alyce Eichelberger. They divorced in 2008. Afterwards, in 2012 John married his current wife Jennifer Wade.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad 2018 pre-production voice
Albion: Rise of the Danann 2016 filming General Eeder
Absolutely Anything 2015 post-production Extraterrestrial (voice)
Get Squirrely 2015 filming Mr. Bellwood (voice)
Wedding of the Year announced Lionel
Spud 3: Learning to Fly 2014 The Guv
Over the Garden Wall 2014 TV Mini-Series Adelaide / Quincy Endicott
Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 2011-2014 TV Series short Narrator
Elder Scrolls Online 2014 Video Game Sir Cadwell (voice)
Planes 2013 Bulldog (voice)
Spud 2: The Madness Continues 2013 The Guv
Whitney 2012-2013 TV Series Dr. Grant
Smart As 2012 Video Game Narrator
God Loves Caviar 2012 McCormick
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 2011 Video The Narrator
The Big Year 2011 Historical Montage Narrator (voice)
Winnie the Pooh 2011 Narrator (voice)
Change for the Oceans 2010 Video short voice
Spud 2010 The Guv - Mr. Edly
Fable III 2010 Video Game Jasper (voice)
Entourage 2010 TV Series John Cleese
Shrek Forever After 2010 King (voice)
Planet 51 2009 Professor Kipple (voice)
The Pink Panther 2 2009 Dreyfus
The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 Professor Barnhardt
Igor 2008 Dr. Glickenstein (voice)
Shrek the Third 2007 Video Game Narrator / King Harold (voice)
Shrek the Third 2007 King (voice)
Charlotte's Web 2006 Samuel the Sheep (voice)
L'entente cordiale 2006 Lord Conrad
Man About Town 2006 Dr. Primkin
Complete Guide to Guys 2005 Noted Behavioral Scientist / Noted Doctor / Leading Social Scientist / ...
Jade Empire 2005 Video Game Sir Roderick (voice)
Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days 2005 Video Narrator (voice)
Valiant 2005 Mercury (voice)
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 Grizzled Sergeant
Shrek 2 2004 King (voice)
Will & Grace 2003-2004 TV Series Lyle Finster
Time Troopers 2004 Video Game Special Agent Wormold / Various Characters
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing 2003 Video Game Q (voice)
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School 2003 Video short Prof. Dik Bonkers / Dr. Ken Enron Chaney
George of the Jungle 2 2003 Video Ape (voice)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 Mr. Munday
Scorched 2003/I Charles Merchant
Die Another Day 2002 Q
House of Mouse 2002 TV Series Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') / Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') / Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') / ...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Nearly Headless Nick
Pinocchio 2002 The Talking Crickett (English version, voice)
The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 James
My Adventures in Television 2002 TV Series Red Lansing
Mickey's House of Villains 2001 Video Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse 2001 Video Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') (voice)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 Nearly Headless Nick
Rat Race 2001 Donald P. Sinclair
3rd Rock from the Sun 1998-2001 TV Series Dr. Liam Neesam
H.M.O. 2001 TV Movie Dr. Larry King
Rockstar 2000 Short Interviewer in lounge
The Magic Pudding 2000 Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
007 Racing 2000 Video Game R (voice)
Quantum Project 2000 Short Alexander Pentcho
Isn't She Great 2000 Henry Marcus
The World Is Not Enough 1999 R
Casper & Mandrilaftalen 1999 TV Series Purple Gun Rack of Love Repair Man / Fake Bosse Bo Johansson / Sita-ta Columbus
The Out-of-Towners 1999 Mr. Mersault
Parting Shots 1998 Maurice Walpole
Starship Titanic 1998 Video Game The Bomb (as Kim Bread)
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 1997 Video Game Various
George of the Jungle 1997 An Ape Named 'Ape' (voice)
Fierce Creatures 1997 Rollo Lee
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / Large man with dead body / The Black Knight / ...
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride 1996 Mr. Toad's Lawyer
Look at the State We're In! 1995 TV Mini-Series Minister
The Jungle Book 1994 Dr. Julien Plumford
The Swan Princess 1994 Jean-Bob (voice)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 Professor Waldman
Last of the Summer Wine 1993 TV Series Neighbour
Splitting Heirs 1993 Raoul P. Shadgrind
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 Cat R. Waul (voice)
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment 1990 Video James Grime
Bullseye! 1990 Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese
Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois... 1989 Actor on TV (uncredited)
Erik the Viking 1989 Halfdan the Black
The Big Picture 1989 Bartender
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Archie Leach
Baby Quark 1987 TV Short Narrator (English version, voice)
Dragonslayer Quark 1987 TV Short English version, voice
Cheers 1987 TV Series Dr. Simon Finch-Royce
Quark and the Highway Robber 1987 Short Narrator (voice)
Clockwise 1986 Brian Stimpson
Silverado 1985 Sheriff Langston
Budgeting 1984 Video short Julian Carruthers
Yellowbeard 1983 Harvey 'Blind' Pew
The Meaning of Life 1983 Fish #2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / ...
Privates on Parade 1983 Major Giles Flack
Whoops Apocalypse 1982 TV Series Lacrobat
Time Bandits 1981 Robin Hood
The Great Muppet Caper 1981 Neville
Giroblauw met John Cleese 1981 TV Short Interviewer
The Taming of the Shrew 1980 TV Movie Petruchio
Cost, Profit, and Break-Even 1980 Video short Julian Carruthers
Depreciation and Inflation 1980 Video short Julian Carruthers
To Norway, Home of Giants 1979 TV Short Norman Fearless
Fawlty Towers 1975-1979 TV Series Basil Fawlty
Doctor Who 1979 TV Series Art Gallery Visitor
Ripping Yarns 1979 TV Series a Passer-by
Life of Brian 1979 Wise Man #1 / Reg / Jewish Official / ...
I'd Like a Word with You 1979 Video short Ethelred the Unready / Ivan the Terrible / William the Silent
The Control of Working Capital 1978 Video short Julian Carruthers
The Balance Sheet Barrier 1977 Video short Julian Carruthers
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 Arthur Sherlock Holmes
Three Piece Suite 1977 TV Series Kevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
The Fortune Teller 1977 Short
Meetings, Bloody Meetings 1976 Video short Tim
Decisions, Decisions 1975 Video short Field Marshal Montgomery / Queen Elizabeth I. / Brutus / ...
Who Sold You This, Then? 1975 Video short Narrator
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / ...
Romance with a Double Bass 1974 Short Musician Smychkov
Golf Etiquette 1973 A Golfer
The Goodies 1973 TV Series The genie
Comedy Playhouse 1973 TV Series Sherlock Holmes
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969-1973 TV Series Announcer / Various / The Announcer / ...
Anyone for Sex? 1973 Contraceptives Lecturer
Is This a Record? 1973 Short
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus 1971 TV Movie Professor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / ...
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / self - Defence Teacher / ...
Misleading Cases 1971 TV Series Mr. Partridge
The Statue 1971 Harry
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 Pumer
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1969 TV Series Various
The Magic Christian 1969 Director in Sotheby's
The Best House in London 1969 Jones (uncredited)
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 Post Office clerk
The Avengers 1968 TV Series Marcus Rugman
Interlude 1968 TV Publicist
The Frost Report 1966-1967 TV Series Various Roles
At Last the 1948 Show 1967 TV Series Sidney Lotterby from Manchester / Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / ...

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014
The Croods 2013 story
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour 2011 Video
Just for Laughs 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Art of Football from A to Z 2006 TV Movie documentary
Wine for the Confused 2004 TV Movie documentary
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School 2003 Video short
John Cleese's the Meaning of Life 2003 Video short
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python 2002
Comedy Masterclass 2001 Video documentary skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
We Know Where You Live 2001 TV Movie skit "Four Yorkshiremen"
The Human Face 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary
Casper & Mandrilaftalen 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fierce Creatures 1997
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail 1996 Video Game screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Look at the State We're In! 1995 TV Mini-Series
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment 1990 Video
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special sketches
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 story / written by
Comic Relief 1986/II TV Special documentary skit "Merchant Banker"
The Meaning of Life 1983 written by
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary written by
Giroblauw met John Cleese 1981 TV Short scenario
Away from It All 1979 Short as Friend
Fawlty Towers 1975-1979 TV Series by - 12 episodes
Life of Brian 1979 written by
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series 1 episode
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977
The Mermaid Frolics 1977 TV Movie documentary
Meetings, Bloody Meetings 1976 Video short
The Two Ronnies TV Series written by - 5 episodes, 1973 - 1976 writer - 4 episodes, 1971
Awkward Customers 1975 Video short
In Two Minds 1975 Video short
More Akward Customers 1975 Video short
How Not to Exhibit Yourself 1975 Video short
I'll Think About It 1975 Video short
Who Sold You This, Then? 1975 Video short
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer 1975 Short
The Competitive Spirit 1975 Video documentary short
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 written by
The Meeting of Minds 1975 Video short
Man Hunt 1974 Video documentary short
Romance with a Double Bass 1974 Short screen adaptation
Monty Python's Flying Circus TV Series 1 episode, 1973 written by - 40 episodes, 1969 - 1974 additional material - 1 episode, 1969 conceived and written by - 1 episode, 1969
Is This a Record? 1973 Short additional material
Rentadick 1972 uncredited
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus 1971 TV Movie written by
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 screen foreplay & conception
Doctor at Large 1971 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
The Ronnie Barker Yearbook 1971 TV Movie
Six Dates with Barker 1971 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 screenplay
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1969 TV Series 1 episode
The Magic Christian 1969 additional material
Doctor in the House 1969 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Marty TV Series additional material - 7 episodes, 1968 - 1969 writer - 3 episodes, 1968 written by - 1 episode, 1969
How to Irritate People 1969 TV Movie written by
Broaden Your Mind 1968 TV Series additional material - 3 episodes
BBC Show of the Week 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Frost Report 1966-1967 TV Series writer - 28 episodes
At Last the 1948 Show 1967 TV Series writer - 13 episodes
That Was the Week That Was 1962-1963 TV Series writer - 37 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fairly Secret Army 1984-1986 TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Budgeting 1984 Video short executive producer
More Bloody Meetings 1984 Video documentary short executive producer
Perishing Solicitors 1983 TV Movie executive producer
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary producer - uncredited
You'll Soon Get the Hang of It 1981 Video documentary short executive producer
Cost, Profit, and Break-Even 1980 Video short executive producer
Depreciation and Inflation 1980 Video short executive producer
Free to Choose 1980 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1980
The Secret Policeman's Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary producer - uncredited
I'd Like a Word with You 1979 Video short executive producer
The Control of Working Capital 1978 Video short executive producer
How Am I Doing? 1977 Video documentary short executive producer
The Balance Sheet Barrier 1977 Video short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part One: Damnation 1977 Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Two: Salvation 1977 Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Four: Revelations 1977 Video documentary short executive producer
The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations 1977 Video documentary short executive producer
Meetings, Bloody Meetings 1976 Video short executive producer
Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1976 TV Movie documentary producer - uncredited
Can We Please Have That the Right Way Round? 1976 Video short executive producer
The Cold Call 1976 Video short executive producer
Awkward Customers 1975 Video short executive producer
Decisions, Decisions 1975 Video short executive producer
In Two Minds 1975 Video short executive producer
More Akward Customers 1975 Video short executive producer
How Not to Exhibit Yourself 1975 Video short executive producer
I'll Think About It 1975 Video short executive producer
Who Sold You This, Then? 1975 Video short executive producer
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer 1975 Short executive producer
The Competitive Spirit 1975 Video documentary short executive producer
The Meeting of Minds 1975 Video short executive producer
Man Hunt 1974 Video documentary short executive producer
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour 2011 Video executive producer
Pass It On: Coaching Skills for Managers 2007 Video short executive producer
Fierce Creatures 1997 producer
Look at the State We're In! 1995 TV Mini-Series executive producer
Grime Goes Green: Your Business and the Environment 1990 Video executive producer
The Helping Hand 1990 Video documentary short executive producer
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 executive producer
All Change 1988 Video documentary short executive producer
The Importance of Mistakes 1988 Video short executive producer
Return on Investment 1986 Video documentary short executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Will & Grace 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
George of the Jungle 1997 performer: "My Way"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1996 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Meaning of Life 1983 lyrics: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us" / performer: "Oh Lord Please Don't Burn Us"
Fawlty Towers 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 lyrics: "Camelot Song Knights of the Round Table"
Monty Python's Flying Circus TV Series 1 episode, 1970 performer - 4 episodes, 1969 - 1972

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 footage: Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" courtesy of
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary stage director - as Monty Python
The Secret Policeman's Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary stage director
And Now for Something Completely Different 1971 presenter - as Monty Python
The Frost Programme 1966 TV Series programme editor - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 uncredited
Giroblauw met John Cleese 1981 TV Short
Away from It All 1979 Short as Friend

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary assistant director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy Oliver and the Fighting Spirit 2015 Short inspiration
Colin & Brad: Two Man Group 2011 TV Movie Brad thanks
Special Collector's Edition 2010 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary thanks
Inside 'Die Another Day' 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Restaurant Dogs 1994 Short special thanks - as Monty Python

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
More Akward Customers 1975 Video short Himself
How Not to Exhibit Yourself 1975 Video short Himself
I'll Think About It 1975 Video short Himself
It's Alright, It's Only a Customer 1975 Short Himself
The Competitive Spirit 1975 Video documentary short Himself
The Meeting of Minds 1975 Video short Himself
Man Hunt 1974 Video documentary short Ethelred the Unready / Ivan the Terrible / William the Silent
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report 1974 TV Short documentary Himself
Sez Les 1971-1974 TV Series Himself - Various Characters
The Midnight Special 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
Jokers Wild 1971 TV Series Himself
The Two Ronnies 1971 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Euroshow 71 1971 TV Movie Himself - Various (as Montypython Flyingcircus)
The Ronnie Barker Yearbook 1971 TV Movie Himself - Various Characters
How to Irritate People 1969 TV Movie Himself / Dad / Pepperpot / ...
The Goon Show 1968 TV Short Himself / Announcer
Goodbye Again 1968 TV Series Himself
At Last the 1948 Show 1967 TV Series Himself - Various Characters
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Himself
O Sentido da Vida 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
Titel, Thesen, Temperamente 2015 TV Series Himself
Lorraine 2014 TV Series Himself
Skavlan 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Canada A.M. 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 1997-2014 TV Series Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2010-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014 Himself / Llama lecturer / Second Yorkshireman / ...
Imagine 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The One Show 2010-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Last Impresario 2013 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
The Meaning of Monty Python 2013 Video documentary Himself
Goodbye Television Centre 2013 TV Special documentary Himself
Funny Business 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
The Many Faces of... 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Anatomy of a Liar 2012 Documentary Himself
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 2012 Himself / Exploding Don / David Frost (voice)
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation 2012 TV Series Himself
John Howard Davies: A Life in Comedy 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comedy Britain 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Efter Tio 2011 TV Series Himself
Paul O'Grady Live 2011 TV Series Himself
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour 2011 Video Himself
Robins 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Life on Planet 51 2010 Video documentary short Professor Kipple (voice, uncredited)
Just for Laughs 2009 TV Series Himself - Host
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - Lawyers Cut 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Himself
Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special 2009 TV Movie Himself
Fawlty Exclusive: Basil's Best Bits 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself / Basil Fawlty
Mitgefühl, Weisheit und Humor 2009 Documentary Himself
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beyond a Joke 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Movie Connections 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Batteries Not Included 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Loose Women 2008 TV Series Himself
The Seventh Python 2008 Documentary Himself
Legends 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frost Report Is Back 2008 TV Movie Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2008 TV Series Himself
Behind the Director's Son's Cut 2007 Video short Himself / Halfdan the Black
More Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Charlotte's Web: Some Voices 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Just for Laughs 2007 TV Series Himself
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies 2006 TV Movie Himself
The South Bank Show 1986-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Art of Football from A to Z 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Monty Python's Personal Best 2006 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Return of the Goodies 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fawlty Towers Revisited 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dokument: Humor 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV 2005 TV Special Himself
Making of: Valiant 2005 Video documentary short Mercury (voice, uncredited)
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 2005 TV Movie Himself
Comedy Connections 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Power of the Sun 2005 Documentary Himself
The Funny Ladies of British Comedy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ultimate Film 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Meet the Cast of Shrek 2 2004 Video documentary short Himself
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Wine for the Confused 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Wetten, dass..? 2004 TV Series Himself
VH1 Goes Inside 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love '70s 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
X-Play 2004 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2001-2004 TV Series Himself
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute 2004 TV Movie Himself
Britain's Best Sitcom 2004 TV Series Himself
Timeshift 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
With Friends Like These 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
John Cleese's the Meaning of Life 2003 Video short Himself / Various roles (voice)
The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Stupidity 2003 Documentary Himself
Inside 'Die Another Day' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Rove Live 2003 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do 2003 TV Movie Himself
Something Fishy 2003 Video documentary short Himself
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shaken and Stirred on Ice 2002 Video documentary short Q
Best Ever Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen 2002 Video Himself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
Heroes of Comedy 1997-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Taking the Wheel 2002 Short Himself
Making 'Rat Race' 2001 Video short documentary Himself
MADtv 1999-2001 TV Series Himself
The Teaching Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Himself
The Sketch Show Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Born to Be Wild: Operation Lemur with John Cleese 2001 TV Short documentary Presenter / Narrator
The Human Face 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Parkinson 1980-2001 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief Short Pants 2001 TV Special short Himself
Clockwatching with Mr. Cleese 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Heroes for the Planet: A Tribute to National Geographic 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big 2000 Short Himself - Narrator (voice)
From Spam to Sperm 2000 TV Movie Himself
Night of a Thousand Shows 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brigitte & Friends 2000 TV Series Himself
Now Pay Attention 007: A Tribute to Actor Desmond Llewelyn 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pythonland 1999 TV Movie Himself
Mickey Mouse Works 1999 TV Series Himself - Narrator
The Bond Cocktail 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comme au cinéma 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself / Announcer / Gumby / ...
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen 1999 TV Short documentary Himself
The BFI London Imax Signature Film 1999 Short Himself
Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / 'Basil Fawlty'
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Himself
Steve Martin: Seriously Funny 1999 Documentary Himself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The John Cleese Interview 1998 Video documentary Himself
In the Wild 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Funny Women 1998 TV Series documentary short Himself
Amazing World of Animals 1998 TV Series Himself
Kiss Me Kate 1998 TV Series Himself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen 1998 TV Special Himself / Various Roles
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself
John Cleeses fornemmelse for humor 1997 TV Short documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Himself
Lo + plus 1997 TV Series Himself
Sen kväll med Luuk 1997 TV Series Himself
TFI Friday 1997 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1997 TV Series Himself / Various / Mr. Praline
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997 TV Series Himself
Spike 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Auntie's All-Time Greats 1996 TV Movie Himself
What You Really Need to Know About... Ulcers: Gastric and Duodenal Peptic Ulcers 1995 Video documentary short Himself - Introduction
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1995 TV Series Himself
The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller 1994 TV Series Himself
The Making of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book' 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Dr. Plumford'
Amnesty International's Big 30 1991 TV Movie Himself
The Helping Hand 1990 Video documentary short Himself
Wogan 1985-1990 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1976-1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Life of Python 1990 TV Special documentary Himself / Various Roles
Hysteria 2! 1989 TV Special Himself
The Movie Life of George 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python 1989 TV Special Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Spitting Image)
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches 1989 TV Series Himself
Aspel & Company 1986-1988 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1984-1988 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
An Audience with Peter Ustinov 1988 TV Movie Himself
All Change 1988 Video documentary short H.G. Wells
The Importance of Mistakes 1988 Video short Himself
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 Documentary Jim Cleese
The Grand Knockout Tournament 1987 TV Special Himself
Return on Investment 1986 Video documentary short Julian Carruthers
$ucces Part One 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Telephone Behaviour: The Power and the Perils 1986 Video short Himself
More Bloody Meetings 1984 Video documentary short Himself
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts 1984 Documentary Himself
Group Madness 1983 Documentary Himself / Harvey 'Blind' Pew
Good Morning Britain 1983 TV Series Himself
The Meaning of Monty Python's Meaning of Life 1983 TV Short documentary Himself
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1982 Documentary First Barber / Wrestling commentator / Pope Julius II / ...
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary Himself / Various Roles
Head for Business 1982 Documentary short
You'll Soon Get the Hang of It 1981 Video documentary short Himself
Peter Cook & Co. 1980 TV Movie Himself - Various Characters
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1980 TV Series Himself
Away from It All 1979 Short Himself - Narrator (voice, as Nigel Farquhar-Bennett)
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself - Various Roles
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1979 TV Series Himself
Not the Nine O'Clock News 1979 TV Series Himself
Food, Wine & Friends 1979 TV Series Himself
Mad Dogs and Cricketers 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
How Am I Doing? 1977 Video documentary short Ethelred the Unready / Ivan the Terrible / William the Silent
The Unorganized Manager, Part One: Damnation 1977 Video documentary short St. Peter
The Unorganized Manager, Part Two: Salvation 1977 Video documentary short St. Peter
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series Himself
The Mermaid Frolics 1977 TV Movie documentary Himself - Various
The Unorganized Manager, Part Four: Revelations 1977 Video documentary short St. Peter
The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations 1977 Video documentary short St. Peter
Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1976 TV Movie documentary Pet Shop Customer / The Pope / Various
Can We Please Have That the Right Way Round? 1976 Video short Himself
The Cold Call 1976 Video short Himself
Awkward Customers 1975 Video short Himself
In Two Minds 1975 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Special Collector's Edition 2010-2014 TV Series Sir Lancelot the Brave / The Black Knight / Tim the Enchanter / ...
Comix from the Underground 2013 TV Series Anti-Communist Newscaster
A Current Affair 2006-2011 TV Series Himself
The Undefeated 2011 Documentary Himself
Great TV Mistakes 2010 TV Movie documentary Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary King
Today Tonight 2009 TV Series Basil Fawlty
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series Himself
Loose Women 2009 TV Series Himself
Let Loose... The Very Best of 'Loose Women' 2008 Video Himself
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones on Anger 2008 TV Movie documentary Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
Comedy Connections 2007-2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Delivery Man / Himself - Various Characters / Himself
Morir de humor 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Comedy Map of Britain 2007-2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Various / Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Various (uncredited)
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Adolf Hitler / Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
Room 101 2007 TV Series Pilot
What the Pythons Did Next... 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Various Characters (uncredited)
World of Robin Hood 2006 TV Movie documentary Robin Hood (uncredited)
TV's 50 Greatest Stars 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Various Characters (uncredited)
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights 2006 Video documentary short Himself
¿De qué te ríes? 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Various Characters (uncredited)
Baker Street Babylon: The Bizarre Afterlife of Sherlock Holmes 2005 TV Movie documentary Sherlock Holmes
Paris in the Springtime 2005 Video Art Gallery Visitor
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Basil Fawlty
Greatest TV Comedy Moments 2005 TV Movie documentary Dead Parrot Man / Basil Fawlty (uncredited)
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
World's Funniest & Cleverest Commercials 2004 Video Himself
30 Years of 'Last of the Summer Wine' 2003 TV Movie documentary
Heroes of Comedy 1997-2002 TV Series documentary
Have I Got News for You 2001 TV Series Basil Fawlty
The Greatest 2001 TV Series documentary Basil Fawlty
The World Is Not Enough 2000 Video Game R
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'The World Is Not Enough' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker 1996 Video documentary Himself
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time 1994 Video Game Himself - Various
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis 1993 TV Movie documentary Art Gallery Visitor (uncredited)
There Now Follows... 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes 1993 TV Special Himself on Wogan
Funny Business 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
Auntie's Bloomers 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Cheers 1990 TV Series Dr. Simon Royce-Finch
Harry Måneskin 1990 TV Series Archie Leach
Muppet Video: Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff 1985 Video Himself
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dean Martin Comedy World 1974 TV Series Himself
Light Entertainment Killers 1969 TV Movie Marcus Rugman

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Sir Peter Ustinov Award Banff Television Festival
1991 TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Best Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1989 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura Straniera) A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989 European Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1987 Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Evening Standard British Film Awards Clockwise (1986)
1980 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Fawlty Towers (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 VES Award Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture Shrek the Third (2007) · Guillaume Aretos, Tim Cheung, Sean Mahoney
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Shrek 2 (2004)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace (1998)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) · Kenneth Branagh, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Emma Watson
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational) The Human Face (2001) · Michael J. Mosley, Nicholas Rossiter, Nancy Lavin, Sally George, Sharon Gillooly, James Erskine, David Stewart
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) · Eric Idle, Michael Palin
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1989 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen A Fish Called Wanda (1988) · Charles Crichton
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1989 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen A Fish Called Wanda (1988) · Charles Crichton
1976 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Fawlty Towers (1975)
1976 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) · Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin


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#Fact
1 Cleese's father was born Reggie Cheese, but changed the 'H' to an 'L' when he enlisted for WWII because he was fed up with all the predictable jokes.
2 Cleese won libel damages in a January 1989 decision by the High Court in Lzondon.against a Simon Gallant, who had written that in real life Cleese resembled his characterization of the obnoxiously rude Basil Fawlty.
3 Cleese made many popular commercials for American TV including Kronenbourg beer, Sony, Compaq computers, Magnavox TV, and Schweppes.
4 Cleese first worked with Eric Idle and Grahan Chapman after he joined the Footlights Revue as a Cambridge student. He later wrote for David Frost, who had been a Revue member before Cleese joined.
5 Has said in interviews that he loves 'really rude questions' because they are original and force him to think about an appropriate answer. The best question he ever got was 'if you were a part of a plane, which part would you be?' His answer was 'the joystick'.
6 Was on the tribute show to mark the BBC Television Centre's closing in 2012, along with Ronnie Corbett, Miranda Hart and David Jason.
7 Currently touring New Zealand with his new stage show "John Cleese, His Life and His Current Medical Conditions" (or something very similar) [November 2005]
8 He lives in Montecito, California. [June 2006]
9 He is a cat lover, particularly of the Siamese breed and once named 5 of them after types of cheese. Incidently, he was fond of cheese until he discovered he is lactose intolerant.
10 He didn't learn to drive a car until 1976.
11 He suffered from depression between 1973 and 1976.
12 Supports Bristol City Football Club.
13 During the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, air travel across northern Europe was severely disrupted. Cleese, in Oslo on April 17 but needing to get to London by April 19, paid £3,300 for a cab ride to Brussels to catch a ferry ride.
14 Provided the voice of God in Spamalot.
15 Helped his daughter, Camilla Cleese, to kick her drug habit (which started when she was 11) by sending her to a psychiatric ward and then a rehab clinic. After more stints in rehab, she finally kicked her drug and alcohol habit in 2007 and praised her father for helping turn her life around [December 21, 2008).
16 During a 2014 interview in a Dutch talkshow, he debunked the story that he had offered to write speeches for Democratic Presidential candidate 'Barack Obama' in 2008. He had merely said that he liked many of the Democratic plans for the American people and would love to assist in any way. A local newspaper had interpreted this as an offer to help Obama writing his speeches, but Cleese considered Obama more than capable enough to write his own speeches.
17 Member of Monty Python along with Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
18 The role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (1991) was written with him in mind, and no other actor was considered for the role. But he still turned it down.
19 When he first started acting his original goal was to be a classically trained Shakespearean actor.
20 Was invited to the party Steve Martin was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.
21 Before becoming an actor, Cleese studied to be a lawyer. He went on to play a lawyer in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Splitting Heirs (1993).
22 Just to see if anyone would notice, during the early 1970s Cleese added one obviously fake film per year to his annual filmography listing in Who's Who. For the record, these fake films were "The Bonar Law Story" (1971), "Abbott & Costello Meet Sir Michael Swann" (1972), "The Young Anthony Barber" (1973) and "Confessions of a Programme Planner" (1974). Although Cleese confessed to the gag in the 1980s, mentions of these bogus films still appear from time to time in scholarly works on Cleese, including the entry in the Encyclopedia of Television, 1st ed. (1996) edited by Horace Newcomb.
23 Campaigned long, 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.
24 He and Terry Gilliam are the only members of Monty Python to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.
25 A newly discovered species of lemur, avahi cleesei, was named after him in honor of his love of the endangered primates, which figure prominently in his movie, Fierce Creatures (1997).
26 As a child loved the radio comedy show "The Goon Show".
27 Father Reg Cleese was an insurance salesman.
28 In 2005, offered a part of his colon, removed due to diverticulitis, for sale on his official website. The proceeds are reportedly to be divided between Cleese himself and his surgeon.
29 Has said that Cornell University is set in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
30 Former supporter of the Liberal Democrat political party.
31 Has resided for many years in the prestigious Chicago North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.
32 Has played the father of two of the Charlie's Angels. First he played Lucy Liu's father in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The next year he played Cameron Diaz's father in Shrek 2 (2004).
33 Voiced Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he's a prince, in The Swan Princess (1994), then went on to voice a king who used to be a frog in Shrek 2 (2004).
34 Terry Gilliam noted among his Monty Python co-stars that there seemed to be a division between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men (Cleese, Graham Chapman, & Eric Idle) and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men (Michael Palin & Terry Jones), the latter of which the American Gilliam found himself closer to. Gilliam considered Cleese the most "Cambridge" of the group, being the tallest and most "aggressive" member of Monty Python.
35 In 2002, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), with Maggie Smith, and in Die Another Day (2002), opposite her son, Toby Stephens.
36 Appeared in a series of educational short subjects produced by the British company Video Arts designed to teach management and trainees how to handle stress and unusual situations. Cleese took advantage of his comic talents and portrayed events as absurd situations so that audiences would better remember their training.
37 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 108-109. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
38 He was offered the title of C.B.E. (Knight-Commander of the British Empire) in 1996. Turned it down because, in his own words, "The title doesn't get the same admiration and respect from the general public that it does from those who actually bestow it - you don't get to be addressed as 'Commander Cleese,' in my case - which somewhat nullifies the point of it all." Similarly, Cleese was offered inauguration to the House of Lords but turned that down as well; according to himself, "It would have had a very nice ring - 'Lord John of Cleese', I mean - but on the other hand, I would have been obligated to stay in London all through the winter...because that's when they meet in Parliament to vote on whatever-have-you. And *nobody* in their right mind lives in London during the bloody winter!".
39 Father-in-law of Ed Solomon.
40 Was the tallest member of Monty Python, having been about 2 inches taller than Graham Chapman.
41 When the Globe Theatre was rebuilt in London, a service was offered whereby you could have your name on a tile in the courtyard, for a donation to the project. Cleese and fellow python Michael Palin both signed up for tiles, but Palin's was spelled wrong. Cleese paid extra to ensure it would be spelled "Pallin."
42 In the late 1990s he appeared in German TV commercials for a lottery service. He actually spoke German in some of these spots (while some had no dialogue and others were dubbed later on).
43 When he left the Monty Python team, he was approached by the BBC to do something else, and together with Booth, created "Fawlty Towers (1975)" based on their experiences in a Torquay hotel.
44 The inspiration for Fawlty Towers (1975) came from a hotel stay he had with the other Pythons in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. The hotel manager was called Donald Sinclair, someone Cleese considered to be the rudest man he had ever encountered. He later played a character by the name of Donald P. Sinclair in Rat Race (2001).
45 His mother, Muriel Cleese (b. Cross, 5 October 1899 - 5 October 2000) died on her 101st birthday.
46 Said he was to be the first person to say the F-word at a memorial service when he spoke at Graham Chapman's.
47 Reached adult height of 6'5" by the age of 13. He was already six feet at age 12.
48 John's father's name was Reg Cleese but his grandfather was named John Edwin Cheese. His father changed his name when he joined the British army in 1915.
49 Co-owns the Christine Schell Fine Objects antique shop in Montecito, CA.
50 Is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
51 According to Brian Henson, when Cleese guest-starred on The Muppet Show (1976), he enjoyed the show very much and became very close with the writers because he wanted to get involved in the writing. When he did get involved with the writing, he and the other writers came up with a concept where Cleese was being held against his will on the show and would try to get off the show while the Muppets were trying to get him to do his scheduled bits. Of course, in this case, life did not imitate art, as a few years later, Cleese appeared again with the Muppets in the film The Great Muppet Caper (1981).
52 Rector of University of St Andrews from 1970-1973.
53 Who's Who lists his recreations as "gluttony, sloth."
54 Ever since one of his most famous Monty Python sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks, he has found himself continually pestered by admirers to do silly walks for them. He has stated that the sketch was born during a moment of silly improvisation, and he himself doesn't particularly care for it.
55 When he had to join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1989, for his third appearance on American TV, none of the staff at the AFTRA office recognized him, or had any idea who he was.
56 Went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan's The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
57 Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club.
58 He was a cast member of the highly successful radio show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". His fellow cast members were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Hatch and Jo Kendall. It was during this radio show that Cleese's famous 'Ferret Song' (later sung on the television series, At Last the 1948 Show (1967)) was first heard.
59 Co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with Graham Chapman, and also wrote some later episodes as sole author.
60 Holds a law degree from Cambridge University.
61 Father of 2 daughters; Cynthia Cleese (born 1971) with Connie Booth and Camilla Cleese (born 1984) with Barbara Trentham.
62 Member of the comedy group "Monty Python".
63 Has said in interviews that he loves 'really rude questions' because they are original and force him to think about an appropriate answer. The best question he ever got was 'if you were a part of a plane, which part would you be?' His answer was 'the joystick'.
64 Was on the tribute show to mark the BBC Television Centre's closing in 2012, along with Ronnie Corbett, Miranda Hart and David Jason.
65 Currently touring New Zealand with his new stage show "John Cleese, His Life and His Current Medical Conditions" (or something very similar) [November 2005]
66 He lives in Montecito, California. [June 2006]
67 He is a cat lover, particularly of the Siamese breed and once named 5 of them after types of cheese. Incidently, he was fond of cheese until he discovered he is lactose intolerant.
68 He didn't learn to drive a car until 1976.
69 He suffered from depression between 1973 and 1976.
70 Supports Bristol City Football Club.
71 During the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, air travel across northern Europe was severely disrupted. Cleese, in Oslo on April 17 but needing to get to London by April 19, paid £3,300 for a cab ride to Brussels to catch a ferry ride.
72 Provided the voice of God in Spamalot.
73 Helped his daughter, Camilla Cleese, to kick her drug habit (which started when she was 11) by sending her to a psychiatric ward and then a rehab clinic. After more stints in rehab, she finally kicked her drug and alcohol habit in 2007 and praised her father for helping turn her life around [December 21, 2008).
74 During a 2014 interview in a Dutch talkshow, he debunked the story that he had offered to write speeches for Democratic Presidential candidate 'Barack Obama' in 2008. He had merely said that he liked many of the Democratic plans for the American people and would love to assist in any way. A local newspaper had interpreted this as an offer to help Obama writing his speeches, but Cleese considered Obama more than capable enough to write his own speeches.
75 Member of Monty Python along with Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
76 The role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (1991) was written with him in mind, and no other actor was considered for the role. But he still turned it down.
77 When he first started acting his original goal was to be a classically trained Shakespearean actor.
78 Was invited to the party Steve Martin was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.
79 Before becoming an actor, Cleese studied to be a lawyer. He went on to play a lawyer in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Splitting Heirs (1993).
80 Just to see if anyone would notice, during the early 1970s Cleese added one obviously fake film per year to his annual filmography listing in Who's Who. For the record, these fake films were "The Bonar Law Story" (1971), "Abbott & Costello Meet Sir Michael Swann" (1972), "The Young Anthony Barber" (1973) and "Confessions of a Programme Planner" (1974). Although Cleese confessed to the gag in the 1980s, mentions of these bogus films still appear from time to time in scholarly works on Cleese, including the entry in the Encyclopedia of Television, 1st ed. (1996) edited by Horace Newcomb.
81 Campaigned long, 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.
82 He and Terry Gilliam are the only members of Monty Python to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.
83 A newly discovered species of lemur, avahi cleesei, was named after him in honor of his love of the endangered primates, which figure prominently in his movie, Fierce Creatures (1997).
84 As a child loved the radio comedy show "The Goon Show".
85 Father Reg Cleese was an insurance salesman.
86 In 2005, offered a part of his colon, removed due to diverticulitis, for sale on his official website. The proceeds are reportedly to be divided between Cleese himself and his surgeon.
87 Has said that Cornell University is set in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
88 Former supporter of the Liberal Democrat political party.
89 Has resided for many years in the prestigious Chicago North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.
90 Has played the father of two of the Charlie's Angels. First he played Lucy Liu's father in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The next year he played Cameron Diaz's father in Shrek 2 (2004).
91 Voiced Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he's a prince, in The Swan Princess (1994), then went on to voice a king who used to be a frog in Shrek 2 (2004).
92 Terry Gilliam noted among his Monty Python co-stars that there seemed to be a division between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men (Cleese, Graham Chapman, & Eric Idle) and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men (Michael Palin & Terry Jones), the latter of which the American Gilliam found himself closer to. Gilliam considered Cleese the most "Cambridge" of the group, being the tallest and most "aggressive" member of Monty Python.
93 In 2002, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), with Maggie Smith, and in Die Another Day (2002), opposite her son, Toby Stephens.
94 Appeared in a series of educational short subjects produced by the British company Video Arts designed to teach management and trainees how to handle stress and unusual situations. Cleese took advantage of his comic talents and portrayed events as absurd situations so that audiences would better remember their training.
95 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 108-109. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
96 He was offered the title of C.B.E. (Knight-Commander of the British Empire) in 1996. Turned it down because, in his own words, "The title doesn't get the same admiration and respect from the general public that it does from those who actually bestow it - you don't get to be addressed as 'Commander Cleese,' in my case - which somewhat nullifies the point of it all." Similarly, Cleese was offered inauguration to the House of Lords but turned that down as well; according to himself, "It would have had a very nice ring - 'Lord John of Cleese', I mean - but on the other hand, I would have been obligated to stay in London all through the winter...because that's when they meet in Parliament to vote on whatever-have-you. And *nobody* in their right mind lives in London during the bloody winter!".
97 Father-in-law of Ed Solomon.
98 Was the tallest member of Monty Python, having been about 2 inches taller than Graham Chapman.
99 When the Globe Theatre was rebuilt in London, a service was offered whereby you could have your name on a tile in the courtyard, for a donation to the project. Cleese and fellow python Michael Palin both signed up for tiles, but Palin's was spelled wrong. Cleese paid extra to ensure it would be spelled "Pallin."
100 In the late 1990s he appeared in German TV commercials for a lottery service. He actually spoke German in some of these spots (while some had no dialogue and others were dubbed later on).
101 When he left the Monty Python team, he was approached by the BBC to do something else, and together with Booth, created "Fawlty Towers (1975)" based on their experiences in a Torquay hotel.
102 The inspiration for Fawlty Towers (1975) came from a hotel stay he had with the other Pythons in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. The hotel manager was called Donald Sinclair, someone Cleese considered to be the rudest man he had ever encountered. He later played a character by the name of Donald P. Sinclair in Rat Race (2001).
103 His mother, Muriel Cleese (b. Cross, 5 October 1899 - 5 October 2000) died on her 101st birthday.
104 Said he was to be the first person to say the F-word at a memorial service when he spoke at Graham Chapman's.
105 Reached adult height of 6'5" by the age of 13. He was already six feet at age 12.
106 John's father's name was Reg Cleese but his grandfather was named John Edwin Cheese. His father changed his name when he joined the British army in 1915.
107 Co-owns the Christine Schell Fine Objects antique shop in Montecito, CA.
108 Is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
109 According to Brian Henson, when Cleese guest-starred on The Muppet Show (1976), he enjoyed the show very much and became very close with the writers because he wanted to get involved in the writing. When he did get involved with the writing, he and the other writers came up with a concept where Cleese was being held against his will on the show and would try to get off the show while the Muppets were trying to get him to do his scheduled bits. Of course, in this case, life did not imitate art, as a few years later, Cleese appeared again with the Muppets in the film The Great Muppet Caper (1981).
110 Rector of University of St Andrews from 1970-1973.
111 Who's Who lists his recreations as "gluttony, sloth."
112 Ever since one of his most famous Monty Python sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks, he has found himself continually pestered by admirers to do silly walks for them. He has stated that the sketch was born during a moment of silly improvisation, and he himself doesn't particularly care for it.
113 When he had to join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1989, for his third appearance on American TV, none of the staff at the AFTRA office recognized him, or had any idea who he was.
114 Went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan's The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
115 Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club.
116 He was a cast member of the highly successful radio show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". His fellow cast members were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Hatch and Jo Kendall. It was during this radio show that Cleese's famous 'Ferret Song' (later sung on the television series, At Last the 1948 Show (1967)) was first heard.
117 Co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with Graham Chapman, and also wrote some later episodes as sole author.
118 Holds a law degree from Cambridge University.
119 Father of 2 daughters; Cynthia Cleese (born 1971) with Connie Booth and Camilla Cleese (born 1984) with Barbara Trentham.
120 Member of the comedy group "Monty Python".

#Quote
1 (on his years of depression) Life seemed almost pointless... The feeling was a kind of deadness... And the sense of humor was an early casualty. In fact, when I began to be able to laugh at all, it began to clear.
2 [about his home town] Childhood was very low key. Extremely little happened. Weston used to have a field-hockey festival, but that was stopped, as people were becoming too excited.
3 I think we're all born with a sense of humour. Creativity is another thing . . . The thing that mainly kills creativity and humour is anxiety. You need to be able to play. I think a lot of us lose this ability.
4 Piers Morgan writes that I didn't recognize him in a restaurant in New York. I did. I just didn't want to speak to someone I truly detest.
5 [on his surprise cameo in the iconic science-fiction series Doctor Who (1963) in 1979] It was lovely to do. It just took an hour and a half, so I enjoyed it. Douglas Adams suggested to the director that we should do it.
6 I don't think that you can edit humor because it may be misunderstood by idiots.
7 Political correctness started out as a very good idea. But it got latched onto by people who hang onto a small number of truths. In my stand-up , I'll make jokes about Germans, Canadians, the English and the French - which Americans particularly enjoy. And then I say, 'There's this Mexican joke'. And the place freezes. Why is everyone uncomfortable? Is that because Mexicans need particular protection? Are they not capable of looking after themselves?
8 The sad thing about comedy is that if you spend fifty years doing it, you do finish up knowing most of the jokes. And if you don't know the exact joke, you know something pretty close to it. There isn't the sense of discovery that you got when you were younger.
9 [on a knighthood] I'll only have one if Python get one. We always thought it would be nice to actually have Sir Monty Python but not actually have knighthoods ourselves.
10 The thing about shock is not that it upsets some people, I think; I think that it gives others a momentary joy of liberation, as we realized in that instant that the social rules that constrict our lives so terribly are not actually very important.
11 [Improvising during the Parrot Sketch for Monty Python's "One down, five to go" at the O2] I'm rather worried about David Beckham. You see him around all the time, but he never talks.
12 [on the Daniel Craig Bond films] I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humorless. Also, the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw. The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humor or the class jokes.
13 The thing you have to remember about critics is that they can't do it themselves.
14 I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city. That's how they got the Olympics, they said "We're the most cosmopolitan city in the world". But it doesn't feel English. I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walked down the King's Road and said to me "Where are all the English people?" I mean, I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking "What's going on?"
15 Movie executives have almost no idea what they're doing. In fact, I would say that's an incorrect statement. I would say the executives don't have ANY idea what they're doing. But they don't have any idea that they have no idea, so they're blundering around. They're trying to control everything without having a clue what's really going on. And that's very sad because if somebody put me in charge of BBC comedy, I could resurrect it in six months. At the moment, the people there are just very poor.
16 [on the BBC in 2013] The people who became executives [in the Sixties and Seventies] had produced or directed a great deal of comedy. Now there seems to be an executive class and they have never written and never directed.
17 (On Fawlty Towers (1975)) There is a famous note which I have a copy of, I think it's framed. What happened was, Connie and I wrote that first episode and we sent it in to Jimmy Gilbert (James Gilbert). And first of all the fellow whose job it was to assess the quality of the writing said, and I can quote it fairly accurately, 'This is full of clichéd situations and stereotypical characters and I cannot see it as being anything other than a disaster'. And Jimmy himself said 'You're going to have to get them out of the hotel, John, you can't do the whole thing in the hotel'. Whereas, of course, it's in the hotel that the whole pressure cooker builds up.
18 (On British television) I don't think the writers work as hard as they used to, and I think they may lack experience because I don't think the writing is as good as it used to be. But I do proudly say that in the 60s, 70s and 80s we did have the least bad television in the world, and that's quite a claim. I think the main problem now is it's run on the basis of money.
19 I'm in a very strange situation. Because of the tax situation in the UK and because I have to pay this enormous alimony every year of one million dollars, I discovered that if I live in London, which I was intending to do, I have to make two million dollars before I keep a penny. That's quite a lot. So I'm not going to be living in London. The result of that for at least a year, I'm hardly allowed to go back there at all. (On why he has to avoid living in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics)
20 Someone telephonically knowledgeable and I had a bit of an argument about that. He said that telephone booths didn't work because they were vandalized. I said they were vandalized because they didn't work.
21 It's the people who try desperately to put a measured surface over secret anger seething away underneath who give you the sense of most violence. (quoted in Penelope Gilliatt, _To Wit: Skin and Bones of Comedy_, 1990)
22 Although my inclinations are slightly left-of-center, I was terribly disappointed with the last Labour government. Gordon Brown lacked emotional intelligence and was never a leader.
23 Some people ask me to do ads and I think, I don't really want to sell potato crisps.
24 I was asked to do a reality show a few months ago. I forget which one it was, it might have been the jungle one or perhaps Celebrity Root Canal. I just laughed, then asked how much they were offering out of curiosity. It was £200,000, but I would never agree to one of those shows. That would mean the collapse of western civilization. There is always a filter when it comes to accepting work. I call it the EQ - the embarrassment quota. I will only do embarrassing things if there is a lot of money involved and people won't really know about it.
25 When I was growing up, we had the best television in the world. Now it's as bad as it is everywhere else, and I don't particularly want to participate in that. I don't really watch TV these days, except live sport. There's nothing much that appeals to me and I would rather read a book.
26 The divorce settlement absolutely affects every decision I make professionally. I have to earn $1 million a year before I even get to keep a penny and I have to build my professional choices around that fact. It annoys me that in my seventies I am having to live in a way I don't choose to live. Imagine how much I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship - such as children or a conversation.
27 If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
28 I always felt attracted by Austrian and German culture in a certain way. I've always liked Vienna. I never saw so much theatre and music and so many museums anywhere else. I like the city's velocity and the food. It doesn't have the tackiness of other big cities. I considered renting a small flat in Switzerland. I love being in Lyon, Strasbourg, Munich and Milan in four hours from there.
29 England changed much more than I did. We used to have some sort of middle class culture with an adequate amount of respect for education. It was a bit racist - not in a mean way though, but still racist. Some things have changed for the better. But it's not a middle class culture anymore, but a yob culture, a rowdy culture.
30 I don't miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.
31 I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.
32 Most of the bad taste I've been accused of has been generic bad taste; it's been making fun of an idea as opposed to a person. Oddly enough, the one or two jokes I really regret on Python are the more personal ones. We did have this thing about David Hemmings ... something about him being played by a piece of wood. At the end there was a voice-over saying: "David Hemmings appeared by permission of the Forestry Commission." Afterwards, I felt just a little bit guilty.
33 In the early days of my career, I'd have these moments of utter delight: at the age of 21, I discovered Buster Keaton; at 24 it was Harold Lloyd; then W.C. Fields. Just occasionally, one discovers someone new for oneself. I thought Bill Hicks was a genius, Eddie Izzard too. I don't want to be mean but there are several highly regarded shows around right now - and I'm not talking about Ricky Gervais, because I think he's excellent - that I don't much care for. So basically I keep my mouth shut. At this stage of my life I have to accept that I'm not likely to come across anything as startlingly good as Buster Keaton.
34 I think that phone call was astoundingly tasteless. Apparently Russell Brand had actually slept with the girl, who works in a slightly raunchy club. Oh yes, a burlesque club. Anyway ... I can't imagine why they would ring Andrew (Andrew Sachs) up. It was, as I say, very tasteless. I thought that was extraordinary, especially as I've met Jonathan Ross and liked him; it's very hard to see why he would have done it.
35 Why anyone who has not committed a punishable offense would listen to country and western music is beyond me.
36 [on making commercials to support himself and then-wife Connie Booth while writing Fawlty Towers (1975)] I have to thank the advertising industry for making this possible. Connie and I used to spend six weeks writing each episode and we didn't make a lot of money out of it. If it hadn't been for the commercials I wouldn't have been able to afford to spend so much time on the script.
37 I'm uneasy about censorship so I think that it's important to hire people who have good enough taste to censor themselves. I've always thought that Jonathan Ross would have fallen into this category. (On BBC presenter Jonathan Ross's obscene phone calls to his Fawlty Towers (1975) co-star Andrew Sachs in 2008)
38 When I got divorced from Connie Booth, with whom I had dinner on Sunday, and when I got divorced from Barbara Trentham, I didn't need lawyers on either occasion, because I just sort of said, 'Why don't I give you this?' And they said, 'That's very fair, very generous. Thank you.' End of story. This woman [Alyce Faye Eichelberger] now was asking my old St John's Wood accountants for 60 boxes of documents, so many documents that they had to send people out from California to go through them.
39 We broke up in the marital therapist's office. We'd been seeing them for a couple of years. And we agreed to break up and three weeks later I heard about the lawyer that she was using and I rang her up and said, 'Do you know this lawyer's reputation?' And she said, 'I hear that yours can be pretty nasty, too.' And I said, 'OK, here's an offer. You get rid of yours. I'll get rid of mine. I'll appoint someone you're comfortable with, you appoint someone I'm comfortable with and it could be fairly easy.' And she said, 'No, I'm not interested. I would like to stay with the present situation.'
40 [on his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger]: I feel angry sometimes. But my anger is not so much about sharing the property but having to go on working hard to provide alimony for someone who's already going to have at least $10 million worth of property, and who's getting £1 million this year. At some point you say, 'Well, what did I do wrong? You know, I was the breadwinner.' The system is insane.
41 It's very important for me that my friends have a sense of humour. To me it's the kind of touchstone of communication. Alyce Faye Eichelberger's sense of humour was not very European, because she was from Oklahoma and I used to joke that the Oklahoma Sense of Irony is one of the world's short books.
42 On his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger: This is the happiest I have ever been and I feel that at 68 now I want as many years as I can get.
43 I had a very, very difficult relationship with my mother, who was supremely self-centred. She was hilariously self-centred. She did not really take interest in anything that didn't immediately affect her."
44 I don't want to have to start being unselfish again. The great thing about being on your own is you do what you damn well like.
45 I think marriage should be like dog licences. I think you should have to renew marriage licences every five years, unless you have children. And I think before you have children you should have to go and pass various tests and get a licence to have a child. Because it's the most transformative and difficult thing of your life. Far more important [than work]. People don't understand this, and some people who are highly motivated by work, but when I worked I was always motivated, funnily enough, by the fear of being bad. Because it is so humiliating to make a joke and have no one laugh.
46 When (third wife) Alyce Faye Eichelberger had her hip replacement I realised that there was a chance for a little humour and I sent a bunch of flowers to her lawyer's office saying, 'Would you please inspect these flowers and see whether they are acceptable and would you please vet the greetings card that comes with these and see whether that is also legitimate. And if you are satisfied that both of them are not harmful, would you be good enough to send them on to my wife as soon as possible?' To which the lawyer replied: 'As the trade papers say, he's not as funny as he was.' The sort of leaden, nasty - what's the word? - black-hearted response to a little conceit.
47 Filming is like a long air journey: there's so much hanging around and boredom that they keep giving you food.
48 [from the eulogy he gave at Graham Chapman's memorial service] And I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, a man of such capability and kindness, of such unusual intelligence, should now, so suddenly, be spirited away at the age of only 48, before he'd achieved many of the things which he was capable and before he'd enough fun. Well, I feel that I should say "Nonsense!" Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard, I hope he fries.
49 When people say "I'm not a prude, but..." what they mean is "I am a prude, and..."
50 I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
51 You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.
52 If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.
53 I don't think anyone should be educated sexually. There's far too many people on the planet. If we could hush it up for a few years, that would help.
54 My mum died about three years ago at the age of 101, and just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy, she did actually stop trying to tell me what to do most of the time.
55 When I was a child and I was upset about something, my mother was not capable of containing that emotion, of letting me be upset but reassuring me, of just being with me in a calming way. She always got in a flap, so I not only had my own baby panics, fears and terrors to deal with, but I had to cope with hers, too. Eventually I taught myself to remain calm when I was panicked, in order not to upset her. In a way, she had managed to put me in charge of her. At 18 months old, I was doing the parenting.
56 I'm probably the worst singer in Europe. I won't compete for North America.
57 [about his move from England to California] At my age, I want to wake up and see sunshine pouring in through the windows every day.
58 In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both.
59 I never enjoyed The Meaning of Life (1983). I always regarded that entire film as a bit of a cockup.
60 It's lovely that Harry Potter and the Bond movies are still shot in England - that's a great pleasure, but it's true that most of the well-paid work is in America.
61 [in 2001] You go in and meet the head of BBC One and get an assurance about not dumbing down. And then, of course a few months later, he's been replaced by someone you haven't met.
62 [in 2001] I think there's much more fear now than there used to be, much more fear of failure.
63 Piers Morgan writes that I didn't recognize him in a restaurant in New York. I did. I just didn't want to speak to someone I truly detest.
64 [on his surprise cameo in the iconic science-fiction series Doctor Who (1963) in 1979] It was lovely to do. It just took an hour and a half, so I enjoyed it. Douglas Adams suggested to the director that we should do it.
65 I don't think that you can edit humor because it may be misunderstood by idiots.
66 Political correctness started out as a very good idea. But it got latched onto by people who hang onto a small number of truths. In my stand-up , I'll make jokes about Germans, Canadians, the English and the French - which Americans particularly enjoy. And then I say, 'There's this Mexican joke'. And the place freezes. Why is everyone uncomfortable? Is that because Mexicans need particular protection? Are they not capable of looking after themselves?
67 The sad thing about comedy is that if you spend fifty years doing it, you do finish up knowing most of the jokes. And if you don't know the exact joke, you know something pretty close to it. There isn't the sense of discovery that you got when you were younger.
68 [on a knighthood] I'll only have one if Python get one. We always thought it would be nice to actually have Sir Monty Python but not actually have knighthoods ourselves.
69 The thing about shock is not that it upsets some people, I think; I think that it gives others a momentary joy of liberation, as we realized in that instant that the social rules that constrict our lives so terribly are not actually very important.
70 [Improvising during the Parrot Sketch for Monty Python's "One down, five to go" at the O2] I'm rather worried about David Beckham. You see him around all the time, but he never talks.
71 [on the Daniel Craig Bond films] I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humorless. Also, the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw. The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humor or the class jokes.
72 The thing you have to remember about critics is that they can't do it themselves.
73 I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city. That's how they got the Olympics, they said "We're the most cosmopolitan city in the world". But it doesn't feel English. I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walked down the King's Road and said to me "Where are all the English people?" I mean, I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking "What's going on?"
74 Movie executives have almost no idea what they're doing. In fact, I would say that's an incorrect statement. I would say the executives don't have ANY idea what they're doing. But they don't have any idea that they have no idea, so they're blundering around. They're trying to control everything without having a clue what's really going on. And that's very sad because if somebody put me in charge of BBC comedy, I could resurrect it in six months. At the moment, the people there are just very poor.
75 [on the BBC in 2013] The people who became executives [in the Sixties and Seventies] had produced or directed a great deal of comedy. Now there seems to be an executive class and they have never written and never directed.
76 (On Fawlty Towers (1975)) There is a famous note which I have a copy of, I think it's framed. What happened was, Connie and I wrote that first episode and we sent it in to Jimmy Gilbert (James Gilbert). And first of all the fellow whose job it was to assess the quality of the writing said, and I can quote it fairly accurately, 'This is full of clichéd situations and stereotypical characters and I cannot see it as being anything other than a disaster'. And Jimmy himself said 'You're going to have to get them out of the hotel, John, you can't do the whole thing in the hotel'. Whereas, of course, it's in the hotel that the whole pressure cooker builds up.
77 (On British television) I don't think the writers work as hard as they used to, and I think they may lack experience because I don't think the writing is as good as it used to be. But I do proudly say that in the 60s, 70s and 80s we did have the least bad television in the world, and that's quite a claim. I think the main problem now is it's run on the basis of money.
78 I'm in a very strange situation. Because of the tax situation in the UK and because I have to pay this enormous alimony every year of one million dollars, I discovered that if I live in London, which I was intending to do, I have to make two million dollars before I keep a penny. That's quite a lot. So I'm not going to be living in London. The result of that for at least a year, I'm hardly allowed to go back there at all. (On why he has to avoid living in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics)
79 Someone telephonically knowledgeable and I had a bit of an argument about that. He said that telephone booths didn't work because they were vandalized. I said they were vandalized because they didn't work.
80 It's the people who try desperately to put a measured surface over secret anger seething away underneath who give you the sense of most violence. (quoted in Penelope Gilliatt, _To Wit: Skin and Bones of Comedy_, 1990)
81 Although my inclinations are slightly left-of-center, I was terribly disappointed with the last Labour government. Gordon Brown lacked emotional intelligence and was never a leader.
82 Some people ask me to do ads and I think, I don't really want to sell potato crisps.
83 I was asked to do a reality show a few months ago. I forget which one it was, it might have been the jungle one or perhaps Celebrity Root Canal. I just laughed, then asked how much they were offering out of curiosity. It was £200,000, but I would never agree to one of those shows. That would mean the collapse of western civilization. There is always a filter when it comes to accepting work. I call it the EQ - the embarrassment quota. I will only do embarrassing things if there is a lot of money involved and people won't really know about it.
84 When I was growing up, we had the best television in the world. Now it's as bad as it is everywhere else, and I don't particularly want to participate in that. I don't really watch TV these days, except live sport. There's nothing much that appeals to me and I would rather read a book.
85 The divorce settlement absolutely affects every decision I make professionally. I have to earn $1 million a year before I even get to keep a penny and I have to build my professional choices around that fact. It annoys me that in my seventies I am having to live in a way I don't choose to live. Imagine how much I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship - such as children or a conversation.
86 If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
87 I always felt attracted by Austrian and German culture in a certain way. I've always liked Vienna. I never saw so much theatre and music and so many museums anywhere else. I like the city's velocity and the food. It doesn't have the tackiness of other big cities. I considered renting a small flat in Switzerland. I love being in Lyon, Strasbourg, Munich and Milan in four hours from there.
88 England changed much more than I did. We used to have some sort of middle class culture with an adequate amount of respect for education. It was a bit racist - not in a mean way though, but still racist. Some things have changed for the better. But it's not a middle class culture anymore, but a yob culture, a rowdy culture.
89 I don't miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.
90 I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.
91 Most of the bad taste I've been accused of has been generic bad taste; it's been making fun of an idea as opposed to a person. Oddly enough, the one or two jokes I really regret on Python are the more personal ones. We did have this thing about David Hemmings ... something about him being played by a piece of wood. At the end there was a voice-over saying: "David Hemmings appeared by permission of the Forestry Commission." Afterwards, I felt just a little bit guilty.
92 In the early days of my career, I'd have these moments of utter delight: at the age of 21, I discovered Buster Keaton; at 24 it was Harold Lloyd; then W.C. Fields. Just occasionally, one discovers someone new for oneself. I thought Bill Hicks was a genius, Eddie Izzard too. I don't want to be mean but there are several highly regarded shows around right now - and I'm not talking about Ricky Gervais, because I think he's excellent - that I don't much care for. So basically I keep my mouth shut. At this stage of my life I have to accept that I'm not likely to come across anything as startlingly good as Buster Keaton.
93 I think that phone call was astoundingly tasteless. Apparently Russell Brand had actually slept with the girl, who works in a slightly raunchy club. Oh yes, a burlesque club. Anyway ... I can't imagine why they would ring Andrew (Andrew Sachs) up. It was, as I say, very tasteless. I thought that was extraordinary, especially as I've met Jonathan Ross and liked him; it's very hard to see why he would have done it.
94 Why anyone who has not committed a punishable offense would listen to country and western music is beyond me.
95 [on making commercials to support himself and then-wife Connie Booth while writing Fawlty Towers (1975)] I have to thank the advertising industry for making this possible. Connie and I used to spend six weeks writing each episode and we didn't make a lot of money out of it. If it hadn't been for the commercials I wouldn't have been able to afford to spend so much time on the script.
96 I'm uneasy about censorship so I think that it's important to hire people who have good enough taste to censor themselves. I've always thought that Jonathan Ross would have fallen into this category. (On BBC presenter Jonathan Ross's obscene phone calls to his Fawlty Towers (1975) co-star Andrew Sachs in 2008)
97 When I got divorced from Connie Booth, with whom I had dinner on Sunday, and when I got divorced from Barbara Trentham, I didn't need lawyers on either occasion, because I just sort of said, 'Why don't I give you this?' And they said, 'That's very fair, very generous. Thank you.' End of story. This woman [Alyce Faye Eichelberger] now was asking my old St John's Wood accountants for 60 boxes of documents, so many documents that they had to send people out from California to go through them.
98 We broke up in the marital therapist's office. We'd been seeing them for a couple of years. And we agreed to break up and three weeks later I heard about the lawyer that she was using and I rang her up and said, 'Do you know this lawyer's reputation?' And she said, 'I hear that yours can be pretty nasty, too.' And I said, 'OK, here's an offer. You get rid of yours. I'll get rid of mine. I'll appoint someone you're comfortable with, you appoint someone I'm comfortable with and it could be fairly easy.' And she said, 'No, I'm not interested. I would like to stay with the present situation.'
99 [on his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger]: I feel angry sometimes. But my anger is not so much about sharing the property but having to go on working hard to provide alimony for someone who's already going to have at least $10 million worth of property, and who's getting £1 million this year. At some point you say, 'Well, what did I do wrong? You know, I was the breadwinner.' The system is insane.
100 It's very important for me that my friends have a sense of humour. To me it's the kind of touchstone of communication. Alyce Faye Eichelberger's sense of humour was not very European, because she was from Oklahoma and I used to joke that the Oklahoma Sense of Irony is one of the world's short books.
101 On his divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger: This is the happiest I have ever been and I feel that at 68 now I want as many years as I can get.
102 I had a very, very difficult relationship with my mother, who was supremely self-centred. She was hilariously self-centred. She did not really take interest in anything that didn't immediately affect her."
103 I don't want to have to start being unselfish again. The great thing about being on your own is you do what you damn well like.
104 I think marriage should be like dog licences. I think you should have to renew marriage licences every five years, unless you have children. And I think before you have children you should have to go and pass various tests and get a licence to have a child. Because it's the most transformative and difficult thing of your life. Far more important [than work]. People don't understand this, and some people who are highly motivated by work, but when I worked I was always motivated, funnily enough, by the fear of being bad. Because it is so humiliating to make a joke and have no one laugh.
105 When (third wife) Alyce Faye Eichelberger had her hip replacement I realised that there was a chance for a little humour and I sent a bunch of flowers to her lawyer's office saying, 'Would you please inspect these flowers and see whether they are acceptable and would you please vet the greetings card that comes with these and see whether that is also legitimate. And if you are satisfied that both of them are not harmful, would you be good enough to send them on to my wife as soon as possible?' To which the lawyer replied: 'As the trade papers say, he's not as funny as he was.' The sort of leaden, nasty - what's the word? - black-hearted response to a little conceit.
106 Filming is like a long air journey: there's so much hanging around and boredom that they keep giving you food.
107 [from the eulogy he gave at Graham Chapman's memorial service] And I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, a man of such capability and kindness, of such unusual intelligence, should now, so suddenly, be spirited away at the age of only 48, before he'd achieved many of the things which he was capable and before he'd had enough fun. Well, I feel that I should say "Nonsense!" Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard, I hope he fries.
108 When people say "I'm not a prude, but..." what they mean is "I am a prude, and..."
109 I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
110 You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.
111 If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.
112 I don't think anyone should be educated sexually. There's far too many people on the planet. If we could hush it up for a few years, that would help.
113 My mum died about three years ago at the age of 101, and just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy, she did actually stop trying to tell me what to do most of the time.
114 When I was a child and I was upset about something, my mother was not capable of containing that emotion, of letting me be upset but reassuring me, of just being with me in a calming way. She always got in a flap, so I not only had my own baby panics, fears and terrors to deal with, but I had to cope with hers, too. Eventually I taught myself to remain calm when I was panicked, in order not to upset her. In a way, she had managed to put me in charge of her. At 18 months old, I was doing the parenting.
115 I'm probably the worst singer in Europe. I won't compete for North America.
116 [about his move from England to California] At my age, I want to wake up and see sunshine pouring in through the windows every day.
117 In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both.
118 I never enjoyed The Meaning of Life (1983). I always regarded that entire film as a bit of a cockup.
119 It's lovely that Harry Potter and the Bond movies are still shot in England - that's a great pleasure, but it's true that most of the well-paid work is in America.
120 [in 2001] You go in and meet the head of BBC One and get an assurance about not dumbing down. And then, of course a few months later, he's been replaced by someone you haven't met.
121 [in 2001] I think there's much more fear now than there used to be, much more fear of failure.

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