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JOHN CLEESE (Chief Inspector Dreyfus) has long been one of the industry's most innovative and influential comedic talents. Today's audiences know him for his appearances on the big screen as the new Q in the James Bond movie Die Another Day – having been promoted from R in The World is Not Enough – and as Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter series. He voiced the role of King Harold in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. His recent role as Lyle Finster on the NBC television sitcom "Will & Grace” earned him his third Emmy nomination (having already won an Emmy for his guest role on "Cheers,” and having been nominated for guest appearance on "3rd Rock from the Sun”). He most recently appeared in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Cleese was born in England and first found fame in the groundbreaking comedy classic "Monty Python's Flying Circus,” in which starred and co-wrote. The series first aired on the BBC in 1969, became a cult hit in Europe and gained an equally loyal following when it landed on American shores in 1972. The show also spawned the feature film comedies Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. There have also been subsequent Monty Python videos, CDs and specials. 

In 1988, Cleese co-wrote, executive produced and starred in the comedy hit A Fish Called Wanda, for which he earned Oscar® and BAFTA nominations for Best Original Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He also co-wrote, produced and starred in the sequel Fierce Creatures. His additional film acting credits include Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Out-of-Towners, Rat Race, The Jungle Book, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Silverado, Clockwise, Time Bandits and The Great Muppet Caper. 

Cleese co-wrote, and starred in "Fawlty Towers,” the television comedy set in a seaside resort in England (where he played the eponymous hotelier, Basil Fawlty), for which he won a BAFTA Award. "Fawlty Towers” regularly appears on the list of top ten comedy shows of all time. In his spare time John raises chickens, and is trying to save the planet.


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