History Creator / JohnCleese

20th Apr '16 6:04:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''John Marwood Cleese''' (October 27, 1939-) is a British actor. He is most famous for his work in ''Creator/MontyPython'', where he often played authority figures and yelled a lot. His leaving the show before the fourth season is widely seen to be the moment when it JumpedTheShark. Beyond that, he, along with his then-wife Connie Booth, created and starred in ''Series/FawltyTowers'', co-wrote and starred in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', helped write a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Film/{{Elseworld}}, [[HeyItsThatGuy made cameo appearances all over the place]], and gave a [[PrecisionFStrike rather famous]] eulogy to friend and fellow Pythonite Creator/GrahamChapman.

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'''John Marwood Cleese''' (October 27, 1939-) is a British actor. He is most famous for his work in ''Creator/MontyPython'', where he often played authority figures and yelled a lot. His leaving the show before the fourth season is widely seen to be the moment when it JumpedTheShark. Beyond that, he, along with his then-wife Connie Booth, created and starred in ''Series/FawltyTowers'', co-wrote and starred in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', helped write a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Film/{{Elseworld}}, [[HeyItsThatGuy made cameo appearances all over the place]], place, and gave a [[PrecisionFStrike rather famous]] eulogy to friend and fellow Pythonite Creator/GrahamChapman.
1st Mar '16 1:19:00 PM Andre
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* ''Disney/Planes'': Bulldog (voice)

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* ''Disney/Planes'': ''Disney/{{Planes}}'': Bulldog (voice)
1st Mar '16 1:17:55 PM Andre
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* ''Disney/Planes'': Bulldog (voice)
13th Feb '16 9:26:39 AM SvartiKotturinn
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* ProductionPosse: He enjoys working with Michael Palin and often goes out of his way to try and include Palin in his projects (which is why Monty Python was formed). He also enjoyed working with the cast of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' so much that he reunited them to work together on ''Film/FierceCreatures''.
31st Oct '15 10:39:51 PM BigBertha
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' (1996): The frog.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' (1996): The frog.Jean-Bob (voice).
16th Sep '15 8:04:29 PM Coketastic
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Long established career aside, millenials likely know of him simply for portraying Nearly Headless Nick in the [[Harry Potter]] films.

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Long established career aside, millenials likely know of him simply for portraying Nearly Headless Nick in the [[Harry Potter]] ''Film/HarryPotter'' films.
16th Sep '15 7:58:48 PM Coketastic
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Long established career aside, millenials likely know of him simply for portraying Nearly Headless Nick in the [[Harry Potter]] films.
5th Aug '15 7:46:01 PM Kalmbach
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cleese has a reputation for being very intent on earning money. Creator/EricIdle complained a lot about this, especially because Cleese only wanted to do the post-Python projects (like the movies) if they brought in a lot of cash. Many of the films and TV sitcom appearances Cleese has done in the later years of his life have been criticized as this too. Ironically, Idle himself has gone the same route the last twenty years.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cleese has a reputation for being very intent on earning money. (His divorce settlement was very expensive and pretty much forced him to do a lot more work than most actors of his age and recognition.) Creator/EricIdle complained a lot about this, especially because Cleese only wanted to do the post-Python projects (like the movies) if they brought in a lot of cash. Many of the films and TV sitcom appearances Cleese has done in the later years of his life have been criticized as this too. Ironically, Idle himself has gone the same route the last twenty years.


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--> "I'd like to be the first person, at a British memorial service, to say 'fuck'."
3rd Apr '15 2:52:04 AM Patachou
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'''John Marwood Cleese''' (October 27, 1939-) is a British actor. He is most famous for his work in ''Creator/MontyPython'', where he often played authority figures and yelled a lot. His leaving the show before the fourth season is widely seen to be the moment when it JumpedTheShark. Beyond that, he, along with his then-wife Connie Booth, created and starred in ''Series/FawltyTowers'', co-wrote and starred in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', helped write a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' {{Elseworld}}, [[HeyItsThatGuy made cameo appearances all over the place]], and gave a [[PrecisionFStrike rather famous]] eulogy to friend and fellow Pythonite Creator/GrahamChapman.

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'''John Marwood Cleese''' (October 27, 1939-) is a British actor. He is most famous for his work in ''Creator/MontyPython'', where he often played authority figures and yelled a lot. His leaving the show before the fourth season is widely seen to be the moment when it JumpedTheShark. Beyond that, he, along with his then-wife Connie Booth, created and starred in ''Series/FawltyTowers'', co-wrote and starred in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', helped write a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' {{Elseworld}}, Film/{{Elseworld}}, [[HeyItsThatGuy made cameo appearances all over the place]], and gave a [[PrecisionFStrike rather famous]] eulogy to friend and fellow Pythonite Creator/GrahamChapman.



* ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show''
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': Many characters, but most memorably the "And now for something completely different..." guy.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': A lot of characters, but chiefly known for Sir Lancelot, The BlackKnight, the taunting French Knight, and Tim the Enchanter.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Basil Fawlty.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Most notably the Centurion.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''
* ''Film/TimeBandits'': RobinHood.
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'': Archie Leach.
* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'': The Bomb.
* ''Film/RatRace'': Donald Sinclair.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'': Cat R. Waul (voice).

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'''Live Action TV'''
* ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show''
''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas'' (1962-1963)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'' (1967-1968)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' (1969) (1970) (1971) (1972-1973) (1974):
Many characters, but most memorably the "And now for something completely different..." guy.
presenter in black costume.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': A lot of characters, but chiefly known for ''Series/FawltyTowers'' (1975) (1979): Basil Fawlty.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Appeared as himself in the episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath''.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Appeared as himself in one episode.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Dr. Simon Finch-Royce in one episode
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Appeared as Dr. Liam Neesam in one episode

'''Films'''
* ''Literature/RomanceWithADoubleBass'' (1968)
* ''Film/TheMagicChristian'' (1969): Art expert
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (1975):
Sir Lancelot, The BlackKnight, Black Knight, the taunting French Knight, and Tim the Enchanter.
Enchanter and various minor roles.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Basil Fawlty.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Most notably
''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' (1979): One of the Centurion.
three wise men, the Roman centurion and the head of the People's Front Of Judea.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''
* ''Film/TimeBandits'':
''Film/TimeBandits'' (1981): RobinHood.
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'': ''Film.TheGreatMuppetCaper'' (1981): Has a cameo as a stuffy British man.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' (1983): One of the doctors in the "Birth" and "Liver Transplant" segment, the Sex Education teacher, a French waiter
* ''Film/{{Clockwise}}'' (1983): The teacher
* ''Film/{{Silverado}}'' (1985): Sheriff Langston.
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' (1988):
Archie Leach.
* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'': The Bomb.
* ''Film/RatRace'': Donald Sinclair.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail:
''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail (1991): Fievel Goes West'': Cat R. Waul (voice).(voice).
* ''Film/SplittingHeirs'' (1993): Shadgrind
* ''Film/FierceCreatures'' (1995): Dr. Rollo Lee
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' (1996): The frog.



* ''Film/JamesBond'': R (''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''), Q (''Film/DieAnotherDay'') (same character, he just got promoted between films).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}}'': King Harold (voice).

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* ''Film/JamesBond'': R (''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''), (''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' (1999)), Q (''Film/DieAnotherDay'') (''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (2002)) (same character, he just got promoted between films).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}}'': ''Film/HarryPotter'' (2001-2011): Nearly Headless Nick.
* ''Film/RatRace'' (2002): Donald Sinclair.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}} (2004)'':
King Harold (voice).



* ''VideoGame/FableIII'': Jasper (voice).
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Nearly Headless Nick.



* ''Film/{{Silverado}}'': Sheriff Langston.

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* ''Film/{{Silverado}}'': Sheriff Langston.''Film/TheBigYear'' (2011): Narrator.

'''Video Games'''
* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'': The Bomb.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard.
* ''VideoGame/FableIII'': Jasper (voice).

'''Literature'''



'''Radio Shows'''
* ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' (1965-1973)

'''Discography'''
* ''AudioPlay/AnotherMontyPythonRecord'' (1971)
* ''AudioPlay/TheMontyPythonMatchingTieAndHandkerchief'' (1973)
* ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonLiveAtDruryLane'' (1974)
* ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum'' (1980)




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* AbsenteeActor: The fourth season of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' was done without his participation. Cleese had grown tired of the show and left to do other things. In his own opinion he felt they were repeating themselves and he was always pitted to write together with Creator/GrahamChapman who still suffered from alcoholism in those days. He tried to change the system of working with different people within the group, but the others weren't keen on that.
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' an MPFC LP played by Cleese had this as the basis for a sketch IIRC.
--> '': Gentlemen, our MP saw the PM this AM and the PM wants more LSD from the PIB by tomorrow AM or PM at the latest. I told the PM's PPS that AM was NBG so tomorrow PM it is for the PM nem. con.''



* BritishStuffiness: He has performed these kind of characters in many of his comedies, most notably Archie in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda''.
* TheComicallySerious: Basil Fawlty himself was designed with this trope in mind. Creator/JohnCleese has mentioned in interviews that the guiding principle he had when designing Fawlty was that someone having something embarrassing happen to them isn't funny; someone having something embarrassing happen to them and trying to press on as though everything is normal is hilarious.



* DrillSergeantNasty: Due to his imposing length Cleese is often cast as a military officer, a teacher, a principal, a manager or any kind of person with power. It allows him to command orders and shout at people, with hilarious results. He played these kind of characters a lot in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', for instance in the "Self Defense Against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
* TheFunInFuneral: Both InUniverse as well as in reality. The "Undertaker" sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has Cleese going to an undertaker with his mother's corpse in a bag and being convinced to eat her. In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' a hotel guest dies and needs to be smuggled out of the hotel in all discretion, which naturally goes completely wrong. When Creator/GrahamChapman died in 1989 Cleese livened up the funeral by saying at the eulogy: "Good riddance, the free loading bastard. I hope he fries!", explaining that Chapman loved a little controversy and would have been saddened if it didn't happen at his funeral.



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cleese has a reputation for being very intent on earning money. Creator/EricIdle complained a lot about this, especially because Cleese only wanted to do the post-Python projects (like the movies) if they brought in a lot of cash. Many of the films and TV sitcom appearances Cleese has done in the later years of his life have been criticized as this too.

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* MeaningfulRename: His actual last name is "Cheese", but his father changed this to avoid other pupils laughing at him as he had experienced in his own youth. It didn't help anyway, because the others still laughed at him. Interestingly enough Cleese is very fond of his actual last name and has often referred to cheese in a lot of his comedy, including the "Cheese Shop" sketch.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cleese has a reputation for being very intent on earning money. Creator/EricIdle complained a lot about this, especially because Cleese only wanted to do the post-Python projects (like the movies) if they brought in a lot of cash. Many of the films and TV sitcom appearances Cleese has done in the later years of his life have been criticized as this too. Ironically, Idle himself has gone the same route the last twenty years.
** BegoneBribe: Eric Idle on John Cleese in "The Pythons Autobiography":
--> ''He once told me, and he won't deny this, "I'll do anything for money." So I offered him a pound to shut up, and he took it.''
* PopCulturalOsmosis: In the USA he is best remembered for his roles in Creator/MontyPython, while in Europe probably more people recognize him as Basil Fawlty in ''Series/FawltyTowers''.



* SadClown: Like most comedians, he suffered from depression with his failed marriages. His conversations with psychiatrist Robin Skynner led to the popular books ''Families and How To Survive Them'' and ''Life And How To Survive It''.

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* SadClown: Like most comedians, he suffered from depression with his failed marriages. He also got tired of the Creator/MontyPython format quickly and left after three seasons. His conversations with psychiatrist Robin Skynner led to the popular books ''Families and How To Survive Them'' and ''Life And How To Survive It''.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' Cleese often portrays characters who use very out of the ordinary words in their every day speech.
--> ''"Frankly, I'm against people who give vent to their loquacity by extraneous bombastic circumlocution." ''


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* WorkingWithTheEx: In ''Series/FawltyTowers'' Cleese plays Basil, while his then wife Connie Booth plays Polly the maid. In the first series they were still together. In the second they were divorced. Still, they did get along fine, seeing that she also co-wrote the scripts.
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