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Comedian John Cleese is most famous for his work with the comedy group Monty Python, and for the popular British television series Fawlty Towers.
Described by his website thejohncleese.com as "British writer, actor and tall person", John Cleese is one of the most iconic figures of British comedy and has always exhibited a unique take on the world.
John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 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 and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and the Meaning of Life.
In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. Later, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin in a Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He also starred in Clockwise, and has appeared in many other films including two James Bong films, two Harry Potter films and the last three Shrek films.
Alongside Yes Minister writer Antony Jay he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films. In 1976, Cleese co-founded The Secret Policeman’s Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International.