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JOHN CLEESE, who again brings his commanding voice to the role of The King of Far Far Away, first appeared on British television in "The Frost Report” in 1966 and 1967. During the same period, he appeared in "At Last the 1948 Show.” In 1969 he co-created "Monty Python's Flying Circus,” which produced three series. In 1975, he created the first series of "Fawlty Towers,” and followed this with the second series in 1979. In 1980, he played Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew” as part of the BBC's Shakespeare season. He also appeared as Lacrobat in "Whoops Apocalypse” for LWT in 1981.

Working with the Python team, he also produced four 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). In 1988, he starred in and co-wrote (with director Charles Crichton) "A Fish Called Wanda,” and received Golden Globe and Oscar® nominations for screenplay, won the Italian Oscar for screenplay, and also took home a BAFTA award for Best Film Actor. Using the same team of actors he made "Fierce Creatures” in 1996.

Some of Cleese's other credits as a film actor include "The Great Muppet Caper” (1980), "Time Bandits” (1980), "Privates on Parade” (1982), "Silverado” (1984), "Clockwise” (1986), Terry Jones' "Erik the Viking” (1988), Eric Idle's "Splitting Heirs” (1992), "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein” (1994), "The Jungle Book” (1995), "The Out-of-Towners” (1998) and "Rat Race” (2001).

Recent films include "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (as Nearly Headless Nick), the James Bond adventures "The World is Not Enough” and "Die Another Day” (in which he played Q), "Pinocchio,” "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,” "Man About Town,” "Valiant,” "Charlotte's Web” and "Shrek 2,” for which he first voiced The King.

In 1987, Cleese received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for "Cheers” and was also nominated for his work on "3rd Rock from the Sun.” More recently, he made several guest appearances on the hit comedy series "Will and Grace,” and was honored with another Emmy nomination. Cleese also wrote and presented the four-part Emmy-nominated documentary series "The Human Face,” which was featured in America on The Learning Channel in 2001.

Cleese also created and produced "The Secret Policeman's Ball” shows for Amnesty International.

In 1989, Cleese received the Jack Benny Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Entertainment at the University of California at Los Angeles.

In 1972, he co-founded Video Arts, which swiftly became the leading provider of business training programs on video. He sold the company in 1991, but still appears in their videos. In 1993, he set up a new company with Dr. Rob Buckman, Videos for Patients, to help improve communication between patients and doctors. There are currently 45 titles in this video series.

In 1983, he co-wrote Families and How To Survive Them with Dr. Robin Skynner, which was produced as a series for BBC Radio 4 in 1990. Their sequel, Life and How to Survive It was published in 1993.

In 1998, Cleese became a Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. In 1999, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Pomona University. And in 2002, he received the Anglo-American Gold Sovereign Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


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