ISN'T SHE GREAT
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
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
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
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