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JOHN CLEESE (Dr. Glickenstein) first shot to fame in the British television series "The Frost Report,” in 1966 and in 1969 co-created the celebrated "Monty Python's Flying Circus.” The Monty Python team went on to conquer the world with three cult television series and four hugely successful films; AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, THE LIFE OF BRIAN and THE MEANING OF LIFE, as well as various international stage shows, before Cleese moved on to create the irrepressible Basil, the hotel manager from hell, in one of the most successful television series ever made – "Fawlty Towers.”

In addition to his work with Monty Python, Cleese has appeared in numerous memorable films, including THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN, JUNGLE BOOK, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and OUT OF TOWNERS. In 1988 Cleese co-wrote (with director Charles Crichton) and starred in, A FISH CALLED WANDA, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. The film was one of the most successful British films ever made, garnering Cleese numerous accolades, including Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations for screenplay and an Italian Oscar for screenplay and a BAFTA award for Best Film Actor. In 1996 Cleese reunited the cast for FIERCE CREATURES.

More recently Cleese has appeared in two James Bond films in the role of Q, 1999's THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and 2002's DIE ANOTHER DAY. He was also featured in the role of Nearly Headless Nick in two of the Harry Potter installments, THE SORCERER'S STONE and THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, and lent his voice to the role of King Harold in SHREK 2 and SHREK THE THIRD.

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, and "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 Pertruchio and "Whoops Apocalypse” (1981) for LWT. He has also appeared in roles on numerous television series including "Cheers,” "3rd. Rock From the Sun” and "Will and Grace.” Additionally, Cleese has made numerous appearances on "Saturday Night Live” and served as the narrator for Disney's "Mickey Mouse Works” and "House of Mouse” series.

In 1972, he co-founded Video Arts, which swiftly became the leading provider of business training programs on video. Videos for Patients was set up by Cleese with Dr Rob Buckman in 1993, to help improve communication between patients and doctors. There are currently 45 titles in the video series.

In 1983 Cleese published his first book, Families and How To Survive Them (co-written with Dr. Robin Skynner), which was produced as a series for BBC Radio 4 in 1990. Its sequel, Life and How to Survive It, also written with Dr. Robin Skynner was published in 1993.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Cleese has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cornell University, where in 1998 he was named a Professor-at-Large. He also received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Pomona University in 1999, and in 2002 received an Anglo-American Gold Sovereign Medal from the Smithsonian Institute.


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