63 Facts About John Cleese

1. John Cleese has repeatedly sworn he'll never write new Fawlty Towers episodes without Connie Booth.

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2. John Cleese regularly gives advice on finding creative inspiration in business.

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3. In 1994 John Cleese portrayed characters removed form his usual comedic personae: Dr Waldeman in Frankenstein and Dr Plumford in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, a live action cinema version of the novel.

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4. John Cleese was the coauthor of the self-help books Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It (1992).

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5. John Cleese began writing and performing in comedy revues at Clifton College in Bristol, England, and was a member of the renowned Footlights Club while a law student at the University of Cambridge.

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6. John Cleese had better luck with other franchises, signing on in the James Bond film series as an assistant gadget expert in The World Is Not Enough.

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7. In 1997, John Cleese tried to recreate the success of A Fish Called Wanda in Fierce Creatures by reuniting the cast for a new comedy.

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8. John Cleese had another career breakthrough in 1988 with A Fish Called Wanda.

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9. John Cleese started working on a new television venture with Chapman, Idle, Palin, Jones, and Terry Gilliam.

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10. John Cleese displayed his comedic talents as a member of the famed Footlights Dramatic Club, which previously had featured the likes of Peter Cook and David Frost.

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11. John Cleese created a new TV series, Fawlty Towers, in 1975.

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12. John Cleese said something to the effect that comedy is about poking society.

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13. John Cleese said, "What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine.

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14. John Cleese has two grandchildren, Evan and Olivia, through his eldest daughter's marriage to Ed Solomon.

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15. John Cleese tweeted: "If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I'd vote to stay in.

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16. In 2016, John Cleese publicly supported Brexit in the referendum on the issue.

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17. In 2011, John Cleese declared his appreciation for Britain's coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, saying: "I think what's happening at the moment is rather interesting.

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18. John Cleese was an outspoken critic of Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying that "Michael Palin is no longer the funniest Palin".

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19. John Cleese was interviewed and appears as himself in filmmaker Gracie Otto's 2013 documentary film The Last Impresario, about Cleese's longtime friend and colleague Michael White.

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20. John Cleese had to quit just prior to filming due to heart trouble and was replaced by Patrick Stewart.

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21. John Cleese had a cameo appearance in the computer game Starship Titanic as "The Bomb", designed by Douglas Adams.

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22. In 2004, John Cleese was credited as co-writer of a DC Comics graphic novel titled Superman: True Brit.

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23. In 2002, John Cleese made a cameo appearance in the film The Adventures of Pluto Nash in which he played "James", a computerised chauffeur of a hover car stolen by the title character.

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24. John Cleese makes occasional well-received appearances on the Cornell campus.

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25. In 2004, John Cleese was featured as Q in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, featuring his likeness and voice.

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26. In 2002, when John Cleese reprised his role in Die Another Day, the character was promoted, making Cleese the new quartermaster of MI6.

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27. In 1999, John Cleese appeared in the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as "R".

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28. In 1996, John Cleese declined the British honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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29. John Cleese produced and acted in a number of successful business training films, including Meetings, Bloody Meetings, and More Bloody Meetings.

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30. John Cleese felt, too, that the show's scripts had declined in quality.

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31. John Cleese is seen as the opening announcer with the now famous line "And now for something completely different", although in its premiere in the sketch "Man with Three Buttocks", the phrase was spoken by Eric Idle.

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32. John Cleese portrayed the former as a series of announcers, TV show hosts, and government officials.

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33. John Cleese wrote extra material for the 1961 Footlights Revue I Thought I Saw It Move, and was Registrar for the Footlights Club during 1962.

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34. In 1976, John Cleese co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International.

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35. John Cleese achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.

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36. John Cleese has denied reports stating that he has retired from film acting.

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37. John Cleese has high hopes for his new comedy show.

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38. John Cleese tries his hand at being a radio DJ in a comedy that combines extracts from his diaries with new material.

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39. John Cleese played Q after the death of Desmond Llewelyn in 1999.

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40. John Cleese says "the planet is littered" with his former partners.

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41. In August 2012, John Cleese married English jewellery designer and former model Jennifer Wade in a ceremony on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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42. John Cleese met Connie Booth in the US and they married in 1968.

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43. In 2016, John Cleese publicly supported Brexit and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in the referendum on the issue.

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44. In 2008, John Cleese expressed support for Barack Obama and his presidential candidacy, offering his services as a speech writer.

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45. John Cleese has since appeared in broadcasts for the Liberal Democrats, in the 1997 general election and narrating a radio election broadcast for the party during the 2001 general election.

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46. John Cleese returned to the stage in Dubai in November 2013, where he performed to a sold-out theatre.

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47. In 2012, John Cleese was cast in Hunting Elephants, an upcoming heist comedy by Israeli filmmaker Reshef Levi.

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48. In October 2010, John Cleese was featured in the launch of an advertising campaign by The Automobile Association for a new home emergency response product.

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49. Towards the end of 2009 and into 2010, John Cleese appeared in a series of television adverts for the Norwegian electric goods shop chain, Elkjøp.

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50. John Cleese has hosted comedy galas at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2006, and again in 2009.

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51. John Cleese collaborated with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member William Kanengiser in 2008 on the text to the performance piece "The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha".

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52. John Cleese released the first episode of this series in April 2008 on his own website, headcast.

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53. In 2007, John Cleese appeared in ads for Titleist as a golf course designer named "Ian MacCallister", who represents "Golf Designers Against Distance".

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54. In 2006, John Cleese hosted a television special of football's greatest kicks, goals, saves, bloopers, plays, and penalties, as well as football's influence on culture, featuring interviews with pop culture icons Dave Stewart, Dennis Hopper, and Henry Kissinger, as well as eminent footballers including Pele, Mia Hamm, and Thierry Henry.

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55. John Cleese made a cameo appearance in their 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper.

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56. John Cleese was a fan of the show and co-wrote much of the episode.

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57. In December 1977, John Cleese appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show.

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58. John Cleese based Basil Fawlty on a real person, Donald Sinclair, whom he had encountered in 1970 while the Monty Python team were staying at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay while filming inserts for their television series.

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59. John Cleese achieved greater prominence in the United Kingdom as the neurotic hotel manager Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he co-wrote with his wife Connie Booth.

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60. John Cleese returned to the troupe to co-write and co-star in the Monty Python films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and participated in various live performances over the years.

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61. John Cleese was a scriptwriter, as well as a cast member, for the 1963 Footlights Revue A Clump of Plinths.

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62. John Cleese played cricket in the First XI and did well academically, passing 8 O-Levels and 3 A-Levels in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

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63. John Cleese was educated at St Peter's Preparatory School, where he received a prize for English and did well at cricket and boxing.

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