John Cleese - Ottawa Comiccon


John Cleese

Fawlty Towers
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
A Fish Called Wanda (1989)


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John Cleese is an English comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer best known for the Monty Python sketch shows and theatrical films.

Cleese first achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Along with his Python co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese starred in Monty Python films, which include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983).

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and first wife Connie Booth co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers, and he starred in it as Basil Fawlty. The series resulted in Cleese's receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and in 2000 the show topped the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.

Cleese co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda (1989) and Fierce Creatures (1997), both of which he also wrote. For A Fish Called Wanda he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has also starred in Time Bandits (1981) and Rat Race (2001). He has also been featured in Silverado (1985), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), two James Bond films, The World is Not Enough (1999) as R and Die Another Day (2002) as Q, the first two Harry Potter films as Nearly Headless Nick, Trolls (2016) as King Gristle Sr. and the last three Shrek films as Harold.