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Creator: John Cleese

"John Cleese is very, very tall. He also has a very Silly Walk."
TeeVeePedia article on John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese (b. 1939) is a British actor. He is most famous for his work in Monty Python, where he played a lot of authority figures. His leaving the show before the fourth season is widely seen to be the moment when it Jumped the Shark. Beyond that, he, along with his then-wife Connie Booth, created and starred in Fawlty Towers, co-wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda, helped write a Superman Elseworld, made cameo appearances all over the place, and gave a rather famous eulogy to friend and fellow Pythonite Graham Chapman.

He is the straightest Straight Man possible, without having to resort to Asimo or attaching girders to one's back. Except when he's playing a raving lunatic. Although even then he manages to be the straightest raving lunatic you've ever encountered (see Basil Fawlty, and Tim the Enchanter).

Partial list of roles:

Tropes associated with him include:

  • Badass Mustache: It's something of a trademark of his in the post-Python years.
  • The Big Guy: One can simply quote from the Archaeology Sketch: "Because I am six-foot five, and I eat little twerps like you for breakfast!"
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Graham Chapman.
  • Precision F-Strike: Believes that profanity has its place, but it must be handled carefully or it loses its effect. He abhors works that use it simply for the sake of being vulgar.
  • Sad Clown: Like most comedians, he suffered from depression what with his failed marriages.
  • Type Casting: He's pretty much the same in every movie. He often says "Jolly good" and "Marvelous".
  • Write What You Know: He based Basil Fawlty on a very rude hotel manager called Donald Sinclair. The other Pythons left the hotel, but John chose to stay and study Donald's behavior.

Andrew 'Dice" ClayActorsKyle Russell Clements
Andrew 'Dice" ClayComic ActorsSacha Baron Cohen

alternative title(s): John Cleese
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