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John Cleese

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height, having reached a... See full bio »
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 2018 I am Khama (announced)
Sir Henry Loch
 2017 Charming (filming)
Fairy Godmother (voice)
 2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (filming)
General Eeder
 2015 Get Squirrely
Mr. Bellwood (voice)
 2014 Over the Garden Wall (TV Mini-Series)
Adelaide / Quincy Endicott
- Chapter 6: Lullaby in Frogland (2014) ... Adelaide (voice)
- Chapter 5: Mad Love (2014) ... Quincy Endicott (voice)
 2011-2014 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (TV Series short)
- Roo and Lumpy (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
- House at Pooh Corner (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
- Kanga and Roo Move In (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
- Piglet's Party (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
- Roo Goes Swimming (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
 2014 Elder Scrolls Online (Video Game)
Sir Cadwell (voice)
 2013 Planes
Bulldog (voice)
 2012-2013 Whitney (TV Series)
Dr. Grant
- Space Invaders (2013) ... Dr. Grant
- Mind Games (2012) ... Dr. Grant
 2012 Smart As (Video Game)
 2012 God Loves Caviar
 2011 Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (Video)
The Narrator
 2011 The Big Year
Historical Montage Narrator (voice)
 2011 Winnie the Pooh
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Change for the Oceans (Video short) (voice)
 2010 Fable III (Video Game)
Jasper (voice)
 2010 Entourage (TV Series)
John Cleese
- Lose Yourself (2010) ... John Cleese
 2010 Shrek Forever After
King (voice)
 2009 Planet 51
Professor Kipple (voice)
 2009 The Day the Earth Was Green (Video short)
 2008 Igor
Dr. Glickenstein (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third (Video Game)
Narrator / King Harold (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
King (voice)
 2006 L'entente cordiale
Lord Conrad
 2006 Man About Town
Dr. Primkin
 2005 Complete Guide to Guys
Noted Behavioral Scientist / Noted Doctor / Leading Social Scientist / ...
 2005 Jade Empire (Video Game)
Sir Roderick (voice)
 2005 Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Valiant
Mercury (voice)
 2004 Around the World in 80 Days
Grizzled Sergeant
 2004 Shrek 2
King (voice)
 2003-2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Lyle Finster
- Flip-Flop: Part 2 (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- Flip-Flop: Part 1 (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
- The Accidental Tsuris (2004) ... Lyle Finster (uncredited)
 2004 Time Troopers (Video Game)
Special Agent Wormold / Various Characters
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
Q (voice)
 2003 Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (Video short)
Prof. Dik Bonkers / Dr. Ken Enron Chaney
 2003 George of the Jungle 2 (Video)
Ape (voice)
 2003/I Scorched
Charles Merchant
 2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') / Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') / Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') / ...
- Pete's Christmas Caper (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') (voice)
- Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Around the World in 80 Days') (voice)
- House of Genius (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)
- House of Scrooge (2002) ... Narrator (segment 'Midsummer Night's Dream') (voice)
 2002 Pinocchio
The Talking Crickett (English version, voice)
 2001 Mickey's House of Villains (Video)
Narrator (segment 'Mickey's Mechanical House') (voice)
 2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (Video)
Narrator (segment 'The Nutcracker') (voice)
 2001 H.M.O. (TV Movie)
Dr. Larry King
 2000 Rockstar (Short)
Interviewer in lounge
 2000 The Magic Pudding
Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
 2000 007 Racing (Video Game)
R (voice)
 2000 Quantum Project (Short)
Alexander Pentcho
 2000 Isn't She Great
Henry Marcus
 1999 Casper & Mandrilaftalen (TV Series)
Purple Gun Rack of Love Repair Man / Fake Bosse Bo Johansson / Sita-ta Columbus
- Episode #2.2 (1999) ... Purple Gun Rack of Love Repair Man / Fake Bosse Bo Johansson / Sita-ta Columbus
 1999 The Out-of-Towners
Mr. Mersault
 1998 Starship Titanic (Video Game)
The Bomb (as Kim Bread)
 1997 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Video Game)
 1996 Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (Video Game)
Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / Large man with dead body / The Black Knight / ...
 1996 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Mr. Toad's Lawyer
 1995 Look at the State We're In! (TV Mini-Series)
- Local Government (1995) ... Minister
 1994 The Swan Princess
Jean-Bob (voice)
 1993 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
- Welcome to Earth (1993) ... Neighbour
 1991 Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
Actor on TV (uncredited)
 1989 The Big Picture
 1987 Baby Quark (TV Short)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1987 Dragonslayer Quark (TV Short) (English version, voice)
 1987 Quark and the Highway Robber (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1985 Silverado
Sheriff Langston
 1984 Budgeting (Video short)
Julian Carruthers
 1983 Privates on Parade
Major Giles Flack
 1981 Giroblauw met John Cleese (TV Short)
 1979 To Norway, Home of Giants (TV Short)
Norman Fearless
 1979 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Art Gallery Visitor
- City of Death: Part Four (1979) ... Art Gallery Visitor
 1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
a Passer-by
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... a Passer-by
 1979 Life of Brian
Wise Man #1 / Reg / Jewish Official / ...
 1979 I'd Like a Word with You (Video short)
Ethelred the Unready / Ivan the Terrible / William the Silent
 1977 Three Piece Suite (TV Series)
Kevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
- Little Things... That Go Bump in the Night/Every Day in Every Way/Walking the Dog (1977) ... Kevin (segment "Every Day in Every Way")
 1977 The Fortune Teller (Short)
 1976 Meetings, Bloody Meetings (Video short)
 1975 Who Sold You This, Then? (Video short)
 1973 Golf Etiquette
A Golfer
 1973 The Goodies (TV Series)
The genie
- The Goodies and the Beanstalk (1973) ... The genie
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Sherlock Holmes
- Elementary My Dear Watson (1973) ... Sherlock Holmes
 1969-1973 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series)
Announcer / Various / The Announcer / ...
- A Book at Bedtime (1973) ... Second Reader / Captain / 'Penguins' Presenter / ...
- Dennis Moore (1973) ... Announcer / Dennis Moore / Lord Kinwoodie / ...
- E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease (1972) ... Announcer / Roger Last / Dr. E. Henry Thripshaw / ...
- The Nude Man (1972) ... Second Airline Pilot / Announcer / First Radio Voice / ...
 1973 Anyone for Sex?
Contraceptives Lecturer
 1973 Is This a Record? (Short)
 1971 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (TV Movie)
Professor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / ...
 1971 And Now for Something Completely Different
Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / self - Defence Teacher / ...
 1971 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Mr. Partridge
- Regina Versus Sagittarius (1971) ... Mr. Partridge
 1971 Monty Python's Montreux Special (TV Movie)
Various Roles
 1971 The Statue
 1969 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Various
 1969 The Magic Christian
Director in Sotheby's
 1969 The Best House in London
Jones (uncredited)
 1968 Interlude
TV Publicist
 1966-1967 The Frost Report (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Special: Frost Over Christmas (1967) ... Various Roles
- Showbusiness (1967) ... Various Roles
- Youth (1967) ... Various Roles
- Europe (1967) ... Various Roles
- Crime (1967) ... Various Roles
 1967 At Last the 1948 Show (TV Series)
Sidney Lotterby from Manchester / Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / ...
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... Sidney Lotterby from Manchester
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... Dr.Gilbert / Head of Secret Service / Reptile Keeper / ...
Show Show Writer (64 credits)
Show Show Producer (42 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
Show Show Self (223 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (56 credits)

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Alternate Names:

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


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(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. See more »


Cleese made many popular commercials for American TV including Kronenbourg beer, Sony, Compaq computers, Magnavox TV, and Schweppes. See more »


Usually plays uptight or overbearing comic characters. See more »



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