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JOHN CLEESE (Henry Marcus) first shot to fame in The Frost Report in 1966, and in 1969 co-created Monty Python's Flying Circus. The team went on to conquer the world with three cult TV series and four hugely-successful films: And Now For Something Completely Different (1971); Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974); The Life of Brian (1979); and The Meaning of Life (1983); as well as various international stage shows.

Cleese then moved on to create the irrepressible Basil, the hotel manager from hell, in one of the most successful TV series ever made -Fawlty Towers (1974 and 1979), all 12 episodes of which have been repeated on the BBC network many times.

Outside of his work with Monty Python, Cleese's film credits as an actor include: The Great Muppet Caper (1980); Time Bandits (1980); Privates on Parade (1982); Silverado (1984); Clockwise (1986); Terry Jones' Erik the Viking; Eric Idle's Splitting Heirs (1992); Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994); The Jungle Book (1995); and The Wind In The Willows (1996).

In 1988 he starred in and co-wrote (with director Charles Crichton) one of the most successful British films of all time -A Fish Called Wanda. Nine years later, the sequel to the film Fierce Creatures was released. Cleese produced the film with Michael Shamberg and wrote the screenplay with Iain Johnstone.

Cleese's writing, directing and acting credits for stage and television also include: The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979), which he directed for Amnesty International; The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1981), which he co-directed for both stage and film; the BBC's production of Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew (1980) in which he played Petruchio; and Whoops Apocalypse (1981) for LWT.

In 1983 he published his first book, Families & How To Survive Them (co-written with Dr. Robin Skynner), which was produced as a series for BBC Radio 4 in 1990. The book remains a huge best seller and its sequel Life & How To Survive It also written with Dr. Robin Skynner was published in 1993.


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