John Cleese Biography

John Marwood Cleese is a well-known English actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, Cleese is the only child of Reginald Francis Cleese, an insurance salesman, and Muriel Evelyn Cross. He co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers with his first wife, Connie Booth, in the mid-1970s. Cleese has also written and acted in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, both co-starring Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and his former Python colleague Michael Palin. Additionally, he starred in Clockwise and has appeared in several popular films, including two James Bond films, two Harry Potter films, and the last three Shrek films.

After gaining recognition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a writer and performer on The Frost Report, he co-founded Monty Python, a comedy troupe that created the popular sketch show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and four films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.

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