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Born on Oct. 27, 1939, in Somerset, England, John Cleese is one of Britain's most acclaimed comic actors and writers.

A founder of the groundbreaking 1970s comedy sketch series "Monty Python's Flying Circus," Cleese wrote and acted along with other regulars Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. The team went on to create three satirical films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Cleese also created and acted in the popular TV series "Fawlty Towers."

In 1988, Cleese wrote, produced and starred in the hit film A Fish Called Wanda, for which he earned a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. He's portrayed the ghost Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies and voiced King Harold in Shrek 2. Other notable films include The Great Muppet Caper, Silverado and The World Is Not Enough.

John Cleese in Trolls

Trolls

2016 PG

Inspired by the beloved troll dolls that have entertained kids for decades, this animated tale follows the always-happy Princess Poppy and her grouchy survivalist companion Branch as they embark on a journey that takes them into an unfamiliar world.

  • John Cleese in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • John Cleese in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • John Cleese in Planes Planes
  • John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • John Cleese in Die Another Day Die Another Day
  • John Cleese in Time Bandits Time Bandits
  • John Cleese in Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web
  • John Cleese in Shrek Forever After Shrek Forever After
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's Life of Brian Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • John Cleese in Shrek 2 Shrek 2
  • John Cleese in Planet 51 Planet 51
  • John Cleese in And Now for Something Completely Different And Now for Something Completely Different
  • John Cleese in Yellowbeard Yellowbeard
  • John Cleese in Silverado Silverado
  • John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda A Fish Called Wanda
  • John Cleese in The Great Muppet Caper The Great Muppet Caper
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • John Cleese in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • John Cleese in Shrek the Third Shrek the Third
  • John Cleese in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • John Cleese in George of the Jungle George of the Jungle
  • John Cleese in Around the World in 80 Days Around the World in 80 Days
  • John Cleese in The Big Picture The Big Picture
  • John Cleese in The Pink Panther 2 The Pink Panther 2
  • John Cleese in The Swan Princess The Swan Princess
  • John Cleese in Doctor Who: The City of Death Doctor Who: The City of Death
  • John Cleese in Fierce Creatures Fierce Creatures
  • John Cleese in The Day the Earth Stood Still The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: Terry Gilliam's Best Monty Python: Terry Gilliam's Best
  • John Cleese in Erik the Viking Erik the Viking
  • John Cleese in Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: Graham Chapman's Best Monty Python: Graham Chapman's Best
  • John Cleese in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
  • John Cleese in The Adventures of Pluto Nash The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's Almost the Truth Monty Python's Almost the Truth
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: Michael Palin's Best Monty Python: Michael Palin's Best
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's Flying Circus Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • John Cleese in Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers
  • John Cleese in The Taming of the Shrew - BBC The Taming of the Shrew - BBC
  • John Cleese in Splitting Heirs Splitting Heirs
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: The Life of Python Monty Python: The Life of Python
  • John Cleese in John Cleese's Wine for the Confused John Cleese's Wine for the Confused
  • John Cleese in Igor Igor
  • John Cleese in The Art of Soccer with John Cleese The Art of Soccer with John Cleese
  • John Cleese in John Cleese on How to Irritate People John Cleese on How to Irritate People
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: Eric Idle's Best Monty Python: Eric Idle's Best
  • John Cleese in Monty Python: Terry Jones' Best Monty Python: Terry Jones' Best
  • John Cleese in The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News
  • John Cleese in The Secret Policeman's Balls The Secret Policeman's Balls
  • John Cleese in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
  • John Cleese in Isn't She Great Isn't She Great
  • John Cleese in Before the Flying Circus Before the Flying Circus
  • John Cleese in Monty Python Live! Monty Python Live!
  • John Cleese in Mickey's House of Villains Mickey's House of Villains
  • John Cleese in Scorched Scorched
  • John Cleese in Romance with a Double Bass Romance with a Double Bass
  • John Cleese in Stupidity Stupidity
  • John Cleese in Valiant Valiant
  • John Cleese in Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys
  • John Cleese in Time Troopers DVD Game Time Troopers DVD Game
  • John Cleese in Man About Town Man About Town
  • John Cleese in Beethoven's Christmas Adventure Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
  • John Cleese in A Liar's Autobiography A Liar's Autobiography
  • John Cleese in Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go