The Info List - John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese (/kliːz/; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus and the four Monty Python
Monty Python
films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, with Cleese receiving the 1980 BAFTA
for Best Entertainment Performance. Later, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and former Python colleague Michael Palin
Michael Palin
in A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda
and Fierce Creatures, both of which he also wrote. He also starred in Clockwise and has appeared in many other films, including two James Bond
James Bond
films as R and Q, two Harry Potter films, and the last three Shrek films. With Yes Minister
Yes Minister
writer Antony Jay, he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films. In 1976, Cleese co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball
The Secret Policeman's Ball
benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Pre-Python 2.2 Monty Python

2.2.1 Partnership with Graham Chapman

2.3 Post-Python activities

2.3.1 Fawlty Towers

2.4 1980s and 1990s 2.5 2000s and 2010s 2.6 Admiration for black humour

3 Politics 4 Personal life 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television 5.3 Video games 5.4 Radio credits 5.5 Stage 5.6 Television advertisements

6 Honours and tributes 7 Bibliography

7.1 Dialogues

8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 Published works 12 External links

Early life Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Reginald Francis Cleese (1893–1972), an insurance salesman, and his wife Muriel Evelyn (née Cross; 1899–2000).[1] His family's surname was originally Cheese, but his father had thought it was embarrassing and changed it when he enlisted in the Army during the First World War.[2] As a child, Cleese supported Bristol City FC and Somerset County Cricket Club.[3][4] Cleese was educated at St Peter's Preparatory School, where he received a prize for English and did well at cricket and boxing. When he was 13, he was awarded an exhibition at Clifton College, an English public school
English public school
in Bristol. He was already more than 6 feet (1.83 m) tall by then. Cleese allegedly defaced the school grounds, as a prank, by painting footprints to suggest that the statue of Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Earl Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the toilet.[5] Cleese played cricket in the First XI and did well academically, passing 8 O-Levels and 3 A-Levels in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.[6][7] In his autobiography So, Anyway, he says that discovering, aged 17, he had not been made a house prefect by his housemaster affected his outlook: "It was not fair and therefore it was unworthy of my respect... I believe that this moment changed my perspective on the world." He could not go straight to Cambridge, as the ending of National Service meant there were twice the usual number of applicants for places, so he returned to his prep school for two years[8] to teach science, English, geography, history, and Latin[9] (he drew on his Latin teaching experience later for a scene in Life of Brian, in which he corrects Brian's badly written Latin graffiti).[10] He then took up a place he had won at Downing College, Cambridge, to read Law. He also joined the Cambridge
Footlights. He recalled that he went to the Cambridge
Guildhall, where each university society had a stall, and went up to the Footlights
stall where he was asked if he could sing or dance. He replied "no" as he was not allowed to sing at his school because he was so bad, and if there was anything worse than his singing, it was his dancing. He was then asked "Well, what do you do?" to which he replied, "I make people laugh."[8] At the Footlights
theatrical club, he spent a lot of time with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie
Bill Oddie
and met his future writing partner Graham Chapman.[8] Cleese wrote extra material for the 1961 Footlights
Revue I Thought I Saw It Move,[8][11] and was Registrar for the Footlights Club during 1962. He was also in the cast of the 1962 Footlights
Revue Double Take![8][11] Cleese graduated from Cambridge
in 1963 with a 2:1. Despite his successes on The Frost Report, his father would send him cuttings from The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
offering management jobs in places like Marks and Spencer.[12] Career Pre-Python Cleese was a scriptwriter, as well as a cast member, for the 1963 Footlights
Revue A Clump of Plinths.[8][11] The revue was so successful at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
that it was renamed Cambridge
Circus and taken to the West End in London and then on a tour of New Zealand and Broadway, with the cast also appearing in some of the revue's sketches on The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
in October 1964.[8] After Cambridge
Circus, Cleese briefly stayed in America, performing on and off-Broadway. While performing in the musical Half a Sixpence,[8] Cleese met future Python Terry Gilliam, as well as American actress Connie Booth, whom he married on 20 February 1968.[8] At their wedding at a Unitarian Church in Manhattan, the couple attempted to ensure an absence of any theistic language. "The only moment of disappointment," Cleese recalled, "came at the very end of the service when I discovered that I'd failed to excise one particular mention of the word 'God.'"[13] Later Booth would become a writing partner. He was soon offered work as a writer with BBC
Radio, where he worked on several programmes, most notably as a sketch writer for The Dick Emery Show. The success of the Footlights
Revue led to the recording of a short series of half-hour radio programmes, called I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, which were so popular that the BBC
commissioned a regular series with the same title that ran from 1965 to 1974. Cleese returned to Britain and joined the cast.[8] In many episodes, he is credited as "John Otto Cleese" (according to Jem Roberts, this may have been due to the embarrassment of his actual middle name Marwood).[14] Also in 1965, Cleese and Chapman began writing on The Frost Report. The writing staff chosen for The Frost Report
The Frost Report
consisted of a number of writers and performers who would go on to make names for themselves in comedy. They included co-performers from I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again and future Goodies Bill Oddie
Bill Oddie
and Tim Brooke-Taylor, and also Frank Muir, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh and future Python members Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. While working on The Frost Report, the future Pythons developed the writing styles that would make their collaboration significant. Cleese's and Chapman's sketches often involved authority figures, some of whom were performed by Cleese, while Jones and Palin were both infatuated with filmed scenes that opened with idyllic countryside panoramas. Idle was one of those charged with writing David Frost's monologue. During this period Cleese met and befriended influential British comedian Peter Cook. It was as a performer on The Frost Report
The Frost Report
that Cleese achieved his breakthrough on British television as a comedy actor, appearing as the tall, patrician figure in the classic class sketch, contrasting comically in a line-up with the shorter, middle class Ronnie Barker and the even shorter, working class Ronnie Corbett. This series was so popular that in 1966 Cleese and Chapman were invited to work as writers and performers with Brooke-Taylor and Feldman on At Last the 1948 Show,[8] during which time the Four Yorkshiremen sketch was written by all four writers/performers (the Four Yorkshiremen sketch is now better known as a Monty Python
Monty Python
sketch).[15] Cleese and Chapman also wrote episodes for the first series of Doctor in the House (and later Cleese wrote six episodes of Doctor at Large on his own in 1971). These series were successful, and in 1969 Cleese and Chapman were offered their very own series. However, owing to Chapman's alcoholism, Cleese found himself bearing an increasing workload in the partnership and was, therefore, unenthusiastic about doing a series with just the two of them. He had found working with Palin on The Frost Report an enjoyable experience and invited him to join the series. Palin had previously been working on Do Not Adjust Your Set with Idle and Jones, with Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
creating the animations. The four of them had, on the back of the success of Do Not Adjust Your Set, been offered a series for Thames Television, which they were waiting to begin when Cleese's offer arrived. Palin agreed to work with Cleese and Chapman in the meantime, bringing with him Gilliam, Jones, and Idle. Monty Python Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus
ran for four seasons from October 1969 to December 1974 on BBC
Television, though Cleese quit the show after the third. Cleese's two primary characterisations were as a sophisticated and a stressed-out loony. He portrayed the former as a series of announcers, TV show hosts, and government officials (for example, "The Ministry of Silly Walks"). The latter is perhaps best represented in the "Cheese Shop" and by Cleese's Mr Praline character, the man with a dead Norwegian Blue parrot and a menagerie of other animals all named "Eric". He was also known for his working class "Sergeant Major" character, who worked as a Police Sergeant, Roman Centurion, etc. He is also seen as the opening announcer with the now famous line "And now for something completely different", although in its premiere in the sketch "Man with Three Buttocks", the phrase was spoken by Eric Idle. Partnership with Graham Chapman Along with Gilliam's animations, Cleese's work with Graham Chapman provided Python with its darkest and angriest moments, and many of his characters display the seething suppressed rage that later characterised his portrayal of Basil Fawlty. Unlike Palin and Jones, Cleese and Chapman wrote together in the same room; Cleese claims that their writing partnership involved Cleese doing most of the work, while Chapman sat back, not speaking for long periods before suddenly coming out with an idea that often elevated the sketch to a new level. A classic example of this is the "Dead Parrot sketch", envisaged by Cleese as a satire on poor customer service, which was originally to have involved a broken toaster and later a broken car (this version was actually performed and broadcast on the pre-Python special How to Irritate People). It was Chapman's suggestion to change the faulty item into a dead parrot, and he also suggested that the parrot be specifically a "Norwegian Blue", giving the sketch a surreal air which made it far more memorable. Their humour often involved ordinary people in ordinary situations behaving absurdly for no obvious reason. Like Chapman, Cleese's poker face, clipped middle class accent, and intimidating height allowed him to appear convincingly as a variety of authority figures, such as policemen, detectives, Nazi officers or government officials—which he would then proceed to undermine. Most famously, in the "Ministry of Silly Walks" sketch (actually written by Palin and Jones), Cleese exploits his stature as the crane-legged civil servant performing a grotesquely elaborate walk to his office. Chapman and Cleese also specialised in sketches where two characters would conduct highly articulate arguments over completely arbitrary subjects, such as in the "cheese shop", the "dead parrot" sketch and "Argument Clinic", where Cleese plays a stone-faced bureaucrat employed to sit behind a desk and engage people in pointless, trivial bickering. All of these roles were opposite Palin (who Cleese often claims is his favourite Python to work with)—the comic contrast between the towering Cleese's crazed aggression and the shorter Palin's shuffling inoffensiveness is a common feature in the series. Occasionally, the typical Cleese–Palin dynamic is reversed, as in "Fish Licence", wherein Palin plays the bureaucrat with whom Cleese is trying to work. Though the programme lasted four series, by the start of series 3, Cleese was growing tired of dealing with Chapman's alcoholism. He felt, too, that the show's scripts had declined in quality. For these reasons, he became restless and decided to move on. Though he stayed for the third series, he officially left the group before the fourth season. Despite this, he remained friendly with the group, and all six began writing Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail; Cleese received a credit on three episodes of the fourth series which used material from these sessions, though he was officially unconnected with the fourth series. Cleese returned to the troupe to co-write and co-star in the Monty Python
Monty Python
films Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian
Life of Brian
and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and participated in various live performances over the years. Post-Python activities From 1970 to 1973, Cleese served as rector of the University of St Andrews.[16] His election proved a milestone for the university, revolutionising and modernising the post. For instance, the rector was traditionally entitled to appoint an "Assessor", a deputy to sit in his place at important meetings in his absence. Cleese changed this into a position for a student, elected across campus by the student body, resulting in direct access and representation for the student body.[17] Around this time, Cleese worked with comedian Les Dawson
Les Dawson
on his sketch/stand-up show Sez Les. The differences between the two physically (the tall, lean Cleese and the short, stout Dawson) and socially (the public school, and then Cambridge-educated Cleese and the working class, self-educated Mancunian Dawson) were marked, but both worked well together from series 8 onwards until the series ended in 1976.[18][19] Fawlty Towers Main article: Fawlty Towers Cleese achieved greater prominence in the United Kingdom as the neurotic hotel manager Basil Fawlty
Basil Fawlty
in Fawlty Towers, which he co-wrote with his wife Connie Booth. The series won three BAFTA
awards when produced and in 2000, it topped the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. The series also featured Prunella Scales
Prunella Scales
as Basil's acerbic wife Sybil, Andrew Sachs as the much abused Spanish waiter Manuel ("... he's from Barcelona"), and Booth as waitress Polly, the series' voice of sanity. Cleese based Basil Fawlty
Basil Fawlty
on a real person, Donald Sinclair, whom he had encountered in 1970 while the Monty Python
Monty Python
team were staying at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay
while filming inserts for their television series. Reportedly, Cleese was inspired by Sinclair's mantra, "I could run this hotel just fine if it weren't for the guests." He later described Sinclair as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met," although Sinclair's widow has said her husband was totally misrepresented in the series. During the Pythons' stay, Sinclair allegedly threw Idle's briefcase out of the hotel "in case it contained a bomb," complained about Gilliam's "American" table manners, and threw a bus timetable at another guest after they dared to ask the time of the next bus to town. The first series was screened from 19 September 1975 on BBC
2, initially to poor reviews,[20] but gained momentum when repeated on BBC
1 the following year. Despite this, a second series did not air until 1979, by which time Cleese's marriage to Booth had ended, but they revived their collaboration for the second series. Fawlty Towers consisted of only twelve episodes; Cleese and Booth both maintain that this was to avoid compromising the quality of the series. In December 1977, Cleese appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show.[21] Cleese was a fan of the show and co-wrote much of the episode.[22] Cleese also made a cameo appearance in their 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper. Cleese won the TV Times
TV Times
award for Funniest Man on TV – 1978–79.[23] 1980s and 1990s During the 1980s and 1990s, Cleese focused on film, though he did work with Peter Cook
Peter Cook
in his one-off TV special Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Co. in 1980. In the same year, Cleese played Petruchio, in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in the BBC Television
BBC Television
Shakespeare series. In 1981 he starred with Sean Connery
Sean Connery
and Michael Palin
Michael Palin
in the Terry Gilliam-directed Time Bandits
Time Bandits
as Robin Hood. He also participated in Monty Python
Monty Python
Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) and starred in The Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International. In 1985, Cleese had a small dramatic role as a sheriff in Silverado, which had an all-star cast that included Kevin Kline, with whom he would star in A Fish Called Wanda three years later. In 1986, he starred in Clockwise as an uptight school headmaster obsessed with punctuality and constantly getting into trouble during a journey to speak at the Headmasters' Conference.

Cleese at the 1989 Academy Awards

Timed with the 1987 UK elections, he appeared in a video promoting proportional representation.[24] In 1988, he wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda
as the lead, Archie Leach, along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Wanda was a commercial and critical success, and Cleese was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for his script. Cynthia Cleese
Cynthia Cleese
starred as Leach's daughter. Graham Chapman
Graham Chapman
was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1989; Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook, and Chapman's partner David Sherlock, witnessed Chapman's death. Chapman's death occurred a day before the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Flying Circus, with Jones commenting, "the worst case of party-pooping in all history." Cleese's eulogy at Chapman's memorial service—in which he "became the first person ever at a British memorial service to say 'fuck'"—has since become legendary.[25] Cleese would later play a supporting role in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein alongside Branagh himself and Robert De Niro. He also produced and acted in a number of successful business training films, including Meetings, Bloody Meetings, and More Bloody Meetings. These were produced by his company Video Arts. With Robin Skynner, the group analyst and family therapist, Cleese wrote two books on relationships: Families and How to Survive Them, and Life and How to Survive It. The books are presented as a dialogue between Skynner and Cleese. In 1996, Cleese declined the British honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). The follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures—which again starred Cleese alongside Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin—was also released that year, but was greeted with mixed reception by critics and audiences. Cleese has since often stated that making the second film had been a mistake. When asked by his friend, director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, what he would do differently if he could live his life again, Cleese responded, "I wouldn't have married Alyce Faye Eichelberger and I wouldn't have made Fierce Creatures."[26] In 1999, Cleese appeared in the James Bond
James Bond
film, The World Is Not Enough as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as "R". In 2002, when Cleese reprised his role in Die Another Day, the character was promoted, making Cleese the new quartermaster (Q) of MI6. In 2004, Cleese was featured as Q in the video game James Bond
James Bond
007: Everything or Nothing, featuring his likeness and voice. Cleese did not appear in the subsequent Bond films, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace
and Skyfall; in the latter film, Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
was cast in the role of Q. 2000s and 2010s Cleese is Provost's Visiting Professor at Cornell University, after having been Andrew D. White
Andrew D. White
Professor-at-Large from 1999 to 2006. He makes occasional well-received appearances on the Cornell campus. In 2001, Cleese was cast in the comedy Rat Race as the eccentric hotel owner Donald P. Sinclair, the name of the Torquay
hotel owner on whom he had based the character of Basil Fawlty. In 2002, Cleese made a cameo appearance in the film The Adventures of Pluto Nash
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
in which he played "James", a computerised chauffeur of a hover car stolen by the title character (played by Eddie Murphy). The vehicle is subsequently destroyed in a chase, leaving the chauffeur stranded in a remote place on the moon. In 2003, Cleese appeared as Lyle Finster on the US sitcom Will & Grace. His character's daughter, Lorraine, was played by Minnie Driver. In the series, Lyle Finster briefly marries Karen Walker (Megan Mullally). In 2004, Cleese was credited as co-writer of a DC Comics
DC Comics
graphic novel titled Superman: True Brit.[27] Part of DC's "Elseworlds" line of imaginary stories, True Brit, mostly written by Kim Howard Johnson, suggests what might have happened had Superman's rocket ship landed in Britain, not America. From 10 November to 9 December 2005, Cleese toured New Zealand with his stage show, John Cleese—His Life, Times and Current Medical Problems. Cleese described it as "a one-man show with several people in it, which pushes the envelope of acceptable behaviour in new and disgusting ways." The show was developed in New York
City with William Goldman and includes Cleese's daughter Camilla as a writer and actor (the shows were directed by Australian Bille Brown). His assistant of many years, Garry Scott-Irvine, also appeared and was listed as a co-producer. The show then played in universities in California and Arizona
from 10 January to 25 March 2006 under the title "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot".[28] His voice can be downloaded for directional guidance purposes as a downloadable option on some personal GPS-navigation device models by company TomTom. In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders, The Comedians' Comedian, Cleese was voted second only to Peter Cook. Also in 2005, a long-standing piece of Internet humour, "The Revocation of Independence of the United States", was wrongly attributed to Cleese. In 2006, Cleese hosted a television special of football's greatest kicks, goals, saves, bloopers, plays, and penalties, as well as football's influence on culture (including the famous Monty Python sketch "Philosophy Football"), featuring interviews with pop culture icons Dave Stewart, Dennis Hopper, and Henry Kissinger, as well as eminent footballers including Pelé, Mia Hamm, and Thierry Henry. The Art of Soccer with John Cleese[29] was released in North America on DVD in January 2009 by BFS Entertainment & Multimedia. Also in 2006, Cleese released the song "Don't Mention the World Cup". Cleese lent his voice to the BioWare
video game Jade Empire. His role was that of an "outlander" named Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard, stranded in the Imperial City of the Jade Empire. His character is essentially a British colonialist stereotype who refers to the people of the Jade Empire
Jade Empire
as "savages in need of enlightenment". His armour has the design of a fork stuck in a piece of cheese. He also had a cameo appearance in the computer game Starship Titanic
Starship Titanic
as "The Bomb" (credited as "Kim Bread"), designed by Douglas Adams. In 2007, Cleese appeared in ads for Titleist as a golf course designer named "Ian MacCallister", who represents "Golf Designers Against Distance". Also in 2007, he started filming the sequel to The Pink Panther, titled The Pink Panther 2, with Steve Martin
Steve Martin
and Aishwarya Rai. On 27 September 2007, Cleese announced he was to produce a series of video podcasts called HEADCAST. Cleese released the first episode of this series in April 2008 on his own website, headcast.co.uk. Cleese collaborated with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member William Kanengiser in 2008 on the text to the performance piece "The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha". Cleese, as narrator, and the LAGQ premiered the work in Santa Barbara. 2008 also saw reports of Cleese working on a musical version of A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda
with his daughter Camilla. At the end of March 2009, Cleese published his first article as 'Contributing Editor' to The Spectator: "The real reason I had to join The Spectator".[30] Cleese has also hosted comedy galas at the Montreal
Just for Laughs
Just for Laughs
comedy festival in 2006, and again in 2009. Towards the end of 2009 and into 2010, Cleese appeared in a series of television adverts for the Norwegian electric goods shop chain, Elkjøp.[31] In March 2010 it was announced that Cleese would be playing Jasper in the video game Fable III.[32] In 2009 and 2010, Cleese toured Scandinavia
and the US with his Alimony Tour Year One and Year Two. In May 2010, it was announced that this tour would extend to the UK (his first tour in the UK), set for May 2011. The show is dubbed the "Alimony Tour" in reference to the financial implications of Cleese's divorce. The UK tour started in Cambridge
on 3 May, visiting Birmingham, Nottingham, Salford, York, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol and Bath (the Alimony Tour DVD was recorded on 2 July, the final Bath date).[33] Later in 2011 John took his Alimony Tour to South Africa. He played Cape Town
Cape Town
on the 21 & 22 October before moving over to Johannesburg
where he played from 25 to 30 October. In January 2012 he took his one-man show to Australia, starting in Perth on 22 Jan and throughout the next 4 months visited Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, New South Wales, Melbourne, Sydney, and finished up during April in Canberra. In October 2010, Cleese was featured in the launch of an advertising campaign by The Automobile Association
The Automobile Association
for a new home emergency response product.[34] He appeared as a man who believed the AA could not help him during a series of disasters, including water pouring through his ceiling, with the line "The AA? For faulty showers?" During 2010, Cleese appeared in a series of radio advertisements for the Canadian insurance company Pacific Blue Cross, in which he plays a character called "Dr. Nigel Bilkington, Chief of Medicine for American General Hospital".[35][36] In May 2012 he did a week run of shows in Dubai
in the United Arab Emirates. Entitled 'An Evening with John Cleese' he was at the Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. In 2012, Cleese was cast in Hunting Elephants, an upcoming heist comedy by Israeli filmmaker Reshef Levi. Cleese had to quit just prior to filming due to heart trouble and was replaced by Patrick Stewart.[37][38][39] Between September and October 2013, Cleese embarked on his first ever cross-Canada comedy tour. Entitled 'John Cleese: Last Time to See Me Before I Die tour', he visited Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and finished in Vancouver, performing to mostly sold-out venues.[40] Cleese returned to the stage in Dubai
in November 2013, where he performed to a sold-out theatre.[41] Cleese was interviewed and appears as himself in filmmaker Gracie Otto's 2013 documentary film The Last Impresario, about Cleese's longtime friend and colleague Michael White. White produced Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Cleese's pre-Python comedy production Cambridge
Circus.[42] At a comic press conference in November 2013, Cleese and other surviving members of the Monty Python
Monty Python
comedy group announced a reuniting performance to be held in July 2014.[43] In a Reddit
Ask Me Anything interview, Cleese expressed regret that he had turned down the role played by Robin Williams
Robin Williams
in The Birdcage, the butler in The Remains of the Day, and the clergyman played by Peter Cook in The Princess Bride.[44] Admiration for black humour In his Alimony Tour Cleese explained the origin of his fondness for black humour, the only thing that he inherited from his mother. Examples of it are the Dead Parrot sketch, "The Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers, his clip for the 1992 BBC2 mockumentary "A Question of Taste", the Undertakers sketch, the Mr Creosote
Mr Creosote
character in The Meaning of Life, and his eulogy at Graham Chapman's memorial service. Cleese blamed his mother, who lived to the age of 101, for his problems in relationships with women, saying: "It cannot be a coincidence that I spent such a large part of my life in some form of therapy and that the vast majority of the problems I was dealing with involved relationships with women."[45] Politics A long-running supporter of the Liberal Democrats[46] having previously being a Labour party voter, Cleese switched to the SDP after their formation in 1981, and during the 1987 general election, Cleese recorded a nine-minute party political broadcast for the SDP–Liberal Alliance, which spoke about the similarities and failures of the other two parties in a more humorous tone than standard political broadcasts. Cleese has since appeared in broadcasts for the Liberal Democrats, in the 1997 general election and narrating a radio election broadcast for the party during the 2001 general election.[47] In 2008, Cleese expressed support for Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and his presidential candidacy, offering his services as a speech writer.[48] He was an outspoken critic of Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying that " Michael Palin
Michael Palin
is no longer the funniest Palin".[49] The same year, he wrote a satirical poem about Fox News commentator Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity
for Countdown with Keith Olbermann.[50] In 2011, Cleese declared his appreciation for Britain's coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, saying: "I think what's happening at the moment is rather interesting. The Coalition has made everything a little more courteous and a little more flexible. I think it was quite good that the Liberal Democrats had to compromise a bit with the Tories." He also criticised the previous Labour government, commenting: "Although my inclinations are slightly left-of-centre, I was terribly disappointed with the last Labour government. Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
lacked emotional intelligence and was never a leader." Cleese also declared his support for proportional representation.[51] In April 2011, Cleese revealed that he had declined a life peerage for political services in 1999. Outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown, had put forward the suggestion shortly before he stepped down, with the idea that Cleese would take the party whip and sit as a working peer, but the actor quipped that he "realised this involved being in England in the winter and I thought that was too much of a price to pay."[52] In an interview with The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
in 2014, Cleese expressed political interest with regard to the UK Independence Party, saying that although he was in doubt as to whether he was prepared to vote for them, he was attracted to its challenge to the established political order and the radicalism of its policies with regard to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. He expressed support for immigration but also concern about the integration of immigrants into British culture.[53] Talking to Der Spiegel
Der Spiegel
in 2015, Cleese expressed a critical view on what he saw as a plutocracy that was unhealthily developing control of the governance of the First World's societies, stating that he had reached a point when he "saw that our existence here is absolutely hopeless. I see the rich have got a stranglehold on us. If somebody had said that to me when I was 20, I would have regarded him as a left-wing loony."[54] In 2016, Cleese publicly supported the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
European Union
in the referendum on the issue.[55] During then-Republican nominee Donald Trump's run for the US Presidency in 2016, Cleese described Trump as "a narcissist, with no attention span, who doesn't have clear ideas about anything and makes it all up as he goes along".[56] He had previously described the leadership of the Republican Party as "the most cynical, most disgracefully immoral people I've ever come across in a Western civilisation".[53] Personal life Cleese met Connie Booth
Connie Booth
in the US and they married in 1968.[20] In 1971, Booth gave birth to Cynthia Cleese, their only child. With Booth, Cleese wrote the scripts for and co-starred in both series of Fawlty Towers, even though the two were actually divorced before the second series was finished and aired. Cleese and Booth are said to have remained close friends since. Cleese has two grandchildren, Evan and Olivia, through his eldest daughter's marriage to Ed Solomon. Cleese married American actress Barbara Trentham in 1981.[57] Their daughter Camilla, Cleese's second child, was born in 1984. He and Trentham divorced in 1990. During this time, Cleese moved to Los Angeles. In 1992, he married American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger. They divorced in 2008. The divorce settlement left Eichelberger with £12 million in finance and assets, including £600,000 a year for seven years. Cleese said, "What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine ... I got off lightly. Think what I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship – such as children, or a conversation."[58] Less than a year later, he returned to the UK, where he has property in London and a home on the Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent
in Bath, Somerset.[59][60] In August 2012, Cleese married English jewellery designer and former model Jennifer Wade in a ceremony in the Caribbean.[61] In March 2015, in an interview with Der Spiegel, he was asked if he was religious. Cleese stated that he didn't think much of organised religion and said he was not committed to "anything except the vague feeling that there is something more going on than the materialist reductionist people think".[54] Cleese has a passion for lemurs.[62][63] Following the 1997 comedy film Fierce Creatures, in which the ring-tailed lemur played a key role, he hosted the 1998 BBC
documentary In the Wild: Operation Lemur with John Cleese, which tracked the progress of a reintroduction of black-and-white ruffed lemurs back into the Betampona Reserve
Betampona Reserve
in Madagascar. The project had been partly funded by Cleese's donation of the proceeds from the London premier of Fierce Creatures.[63][64] Cleese is quoted as saying, "I adore lemurs. They're extremely gentle, well-mannered, pretty and yet great fun ... I should have married one."[62] The Bemaraha woolly lemur
Bemaraha woolly lemur
(Avahi cleesei), also known as Cleese's woolly lemur, is native to western Madagascar. The scientist who discovered the species named it after Cleese, mainly because of Cleese's fondness for lemurs and his efforts at protecting and preserving them. The species was first discovered in 1990 by a team of scientists from Zurich University led by Urs Thalmann, but was not formally described as a species until 11 November 2005.[65] Filmography Film

Year Title Role Notes

1968 Interlude TV Publicist

1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Post office clerk

1969 Magic Christian, TheThe Magic Christian Mr. Dougdale (director in Sotheby's)

1969 Best House in London, TheThe Best House in London Jones Uncredited

1970 Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, TheThe Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Pummer Also writer

1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Various roles Also writer

1971 The Statue Harry

1974 Romance with a Double Bass Musician Smychkov Also writer

1975 Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail Various roles Also writer

1977 Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It, TheThe Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It Arthur Sherlock Holmes Also writer

1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Various roles Also writer

1981 Great Muppet Caper, TheThe Great Muppet Caper Neville Cameo

1981 Time Bandits Gormless Robin Hood

1982 Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack

1982 Monty Python
Monty Python
Live at the Hollywood Bowl Various roles Concert film; also writer

1983 Yellowbeard Harvey 'Blind' Pew

1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Various roles Also writer

1985 Silverado Langston

1986 Clockwise Mr. Stimpson Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
Award for Comedy

1988 Fish Called Wanda, AA Fish Called Wanda Barrister Archie Leach Also writer and executive producer BAFTA
Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated— Academy Award
Academy Award
For Best Original Screenplay Nominated— BAFTA
Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

1989 Erik the Viking Halfdan the Black

1989 The Big Picture Bartender Cameo

1990 Bullseye! Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese Cameo

1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Cat R. Waul Voice

1993 Splitting Heirs Raoul P. Shadgrind

1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Professor Waldman

1994 The Jungle Book Dr. Julius Plumford

1994 Swan Princess, TheThe Swan Princess Jean-Bob Voice

1996 Wind in the Willows, TheThe Wind in the Willows Mr. Toad's Lawyer Cameo

1997 Fierce Creatures Rollo Lee Also writer and producer

1997 George of the Jungle An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice

1998 In the Wild: Operation Lemur
with John Cleese Narrator Documentary

1999 Out-of-Towners, TheThe Out-of-Towners Mr. Mersault

1999 World Is Not Enough, TheThe World Is Not Enough R

2000 Isn't She Great Henry Marcus

2000 The Magic Pudding Albert The Magic Pudding Voice

2001 Quantum Project Alexander Pentcho

2001 Here's Looking at You: The Evolution of the Human Face Narrator Documentary

2001 Rat Race Donald P. Sinclair

2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nearly Headless Nick

2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nearly Headless Nick

2002 Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Talking Crickett English dub

2002 Die Another Day Q

2002 Adventures of Pluto Nash, TheThe Adventures of Pluto Nash James

2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mr. Munday

2003 Scorched Charles Merchant

2003 George of the Jungle 2 An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice

2004 Shrek 2 King Harold Voice

2004 Around the World in 80 Days Grizzled Sergeant

2005 Valiant Mercury Voice

2006 Charlotte's Web Samuel the Sheep Voice

2006 Man About Town Dr. Primkin

2007 Shrek the Third King Harold Voice

2008 Igor Dr. Glickenstein Voice

2008 Day the Earth Stood Still, TheThe Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Barnhardt

2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 Chief-Inspector Charles Dreyfus

2009 Planet 51 Professor Kipple Voice

2010 Spud The Guv

2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Ghost Voice

2010 Shrek Forever After King Harold Voice

2011 Beethoven's Christmas Adventure Narrator Voice

2011 The Big Year Historical Montage Narrator Voice

2011 Winnie the Pooh Narrator Voice

2012 God Loves Caviar McCormick

2012 A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman David Frost
David Frost
/ Various roles Voices

2013 The Last Impresario Himself Documentary

2013 The Croods

Story credit

2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues The Guv

2013 Planes Bulldog Voice

2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly The Guv

2015 Absolutely Anything Chief Alien Voice

2016 Get Squirrely Mr. Bellwood Voice

2016 Trolls King Gristle Sr. Voice

2017 Charming The Fairy Godmother Voice

2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad Doc Walrus Voice


Year Title Role Notes

1962–1963 That Was the Week That Was


1966–1967 The Frost Report Various roles 28 episodes; also writer

1967 At Last the 1948 Show Various roles 2 seasons; also writer

1968 How to Irritate People Various roles Television film; also writer

1968 The Avengers Marcus Rugman Episode: "Look – (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers..."

1969–1974 Monty Python's Flying Circus Various roles 40 episodes; also co-creator and writer Nominated— BAFTA
Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1970–1971)

1971, 1974 Sez Les Various roles 18 episodes

1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus Various roles 2 episodes; also co-creator and writer

1973 The Goodies The Genie Episode: " The Goodies
The Goodies
and the Beanstalk"

1973 Comedy Playhouse Sherlock Holmes Episode: "Elementary, My Dear Watson"

1975, 1979 Fawlty Towers Basil Fawlty 12 episodes; also co-creator and writer Nominated— BAFTA
Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1976, 1980)

1977 The Muppet Show Himself Episode: "John Cleese"

1979 Ripping Yarns Passer-by Episode: Golden Gordon

1979 Doctor Who Art Lover Episode: "City of Death"

1980 The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio Television film

1980 Secret Policeman's Ball, TheThe Secret Policeman's Ball Himself (host) Television special

1982 Whoops Apocalypse Lacrobat 3 episodes

1987 Cheers Dr. Simon Finch-Royce Episode: "Simon Says" Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

1988 True Stories: Peace in our Time? Neville Chamberlain Television film

1992 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Narrator (voice) Television special

1993 Last of the Summer Wine Neighbour Episode: "Welcome to Earth"

1998, 2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Liam Neesam 4 episodes Nominated— Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

1999 Casper & Mandrilaftalen Various roles Episode #2.2

2001 The Human Face Himself (host) 4 episodes; also writer Nominated— Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special

2002 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) Red Lansing 12 episodes

2002 Disney's House of Mouse Narrator (voice) 4 episodes

2003–2004 Will & Grace Lyle Finster Uncredited 6 episodes Nominated— Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2004 Wine for the Confused Himself (host) Documentary; also writer

2008 Batteries Not Included Himself (host) 6 episodes

2008 We Are Most Amused Himself (host) Television special

2010 Entourage Himself Episode: "Lose Yourself"

2012–2013 Whitney Dr. Grant 2 episodes

2014 Over the Garden Wall Quincy Endicott / Adelaide
(voices) 2 episodes

2018 Hold the Sunset[note 1][67] Phil 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes

1994 Storybook Weaver Narrator Voice

1998 Starship Titanic The Bomb Voice Credited as Kim Bread

2000 007
Racing R Voice

2000 007: The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough
(N64) R Voice

2000 007: The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough
(PS1) R Voice

2003 James Bond
James Bond
007: Everything or Nothing Q Voice

2004 Time Troopers Special
Agent Wormold Voice

2004 Trivial Pursuit: Unhinged History Voice

2005 Jade Empire Sir Roderick Voice

2007 Shrek the Third King Harold Voice

2010 Fable III Jasper Voice

2012 Smart As The Narrator[68] Voice

2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Sir Cadwell Voice

2016 Payday 2 The Butler (Aldstone)[69] Voice

Radio credits

Year Title

1964–1973 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again

1972 I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue


Year Title Role Notes

2005–2011 Spamalot God Voice

2014 Monty Python
Monty Python
Live (Mostly) Various roles Also writer

Television advertisements

Year Title Role

1970s Royal Mail Pirate / Sir Betty

1975 Texaco Himself

1978 Accurist Himself

1980–82 Sony Himself

1981 Giroblauw (Netherlands) Interviewer

1982 Postbank (Netherlands) Himself

1982 EAC Multilist (Australia) Estate agent

1982 American Express Himself

1980s Compaq Himself

1980s Planters
Pretzels (Australia) Himself

1986 Maxwell House Himself

1988 Talking Pages Man who wants to marry Princess

1990–91 Schweppes Himself

1991–94 Magnavox Himself

1992–93 Talking Pages Colin

1993 Nestlé Milk Chocolate (Australia) Himself

1993 Cellnet Woman

1993–95 Health Education Authority (Smoking Quitline) Himself

1996 Norwich Union
Norwich Union
Direct Himself

1996 Tele Danmark (Denmark) Himself

1998 Tostitos French chef

1998 Lexus Himself, voice only

1998–99 Sainsbury's Himself

1999 Melba toast Himself

1999 Artistdirect.com Himself

2001 007: Agent Under Fire R

2001–08 Titleist Ian MacCallister

2002 Little Tikes Himself

2002 Heineken Himself

2003 Westinghouse Unplugged vacuum cleaner Himself

2005 Intel Himself

2006 TBS Himself

2006 TV Spielfilm (Germany) Himself

2006–08 Kaupþing
(Iceland) Himself

2008 Bank Zachodni WBK
Bank Zachodni WBK
(Poland) Himself

2009 Elgiganten
(Sweden) Himself

2009 Hashahar Ha'oleh (Israel) Western general

2009 Accurist Himself

2010 William Hill (Austria) Himself

2010–11 AA Himself

2011 Dogtober (Australia) Himself, voice only

2012 Czech Olympic Team (Czech Republic) Himself

2012 DirecTV Himself

2012 Canadian Club
Canadian Club
(Australia) Himself, voice only

2015 Specsavers Basil Fawlty

Honours and tributes

A species of lemur, the Bemaraha woolly lemur
Bemaraha woolly lemur
(Avahi cleesei), has been named in his honour. John Cleese
John Cleese
has mentioned this in television interviews. Also there is mention of this honour in "New Scientist"—and John Cleese's response to the honour.[70] An asteroid, 9618 Johncleese, is named in his honour. Cleese declined a CBE
(Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996. There is a municipal rubbish heap of 45 metres (148 ft) in altitude that has been named Mt Cleese at the Awapuni landfill just outside Palmerston North
Palmerston North
after he dubbed the city "suicide capital of New Zealand" after a stay there in 2005.[71][72] "The Universal Language" skit from All in the Timing, a collection of short plays by David Ives, centres around a fictional language (Unamunda) in which the word for the English language is "johncleese". The post-hardcore rock band I Set My Friends on Fire
I Set My Friends on Fire
has a song on their You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
album titled "Reese's Pieces, I Don't Know Who John Cleese
John Cleese


The Rectorial Address of John Cleese, Epam, 1971, 8 pages Cleese Encounters: The Unauthorized Biography of Monty Python
Monty Python
Veteran John Cleese, Jonathan Margolis, St. Martin's Press, 1992, ISBN 0-312-08162-6 The Human Face
The Human Face
(with Brian Bates) (DK Publishing Inc., 2001, ISBN 978-0-7894-7836-8) Foreword for Time and the Soul, Jacob Needleman, 2003, ISBN 1-57675-251-8 (paperback) Superman: True Brit, DC Comics, 2004, ISBN 9781845760120 So, Anyway..., 2014, Crown Archetype, ISBN 038534824X


Families and How to Survive Them, w/Robin Skynner, 1983  ISBN 0-413-52640-2 (hardc.), ISBN 0-19-520466-2 (p/back) Life and How to Survive It, w/Robin Skynner 1993  ISBN 0-413-66030-3 (hardcover), ISBN 0-393-31472-3 (paperback)

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^ Previously named Edith[66]


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Published works

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Marlon Brando
Foreign (1953) Kenneth More
Kenneth More
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1954) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
British, Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Foreign (1955) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, François Périer
François Périer
Foreign (1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
British, Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Foreign (1957) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
British, Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
Foreign (1958) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1959) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1960) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Foreign (1961) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
British, Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Foreign (1962) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1963) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1964) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
Foreign (1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1966) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1967)


Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1969) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1970) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1971) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1972) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1976) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
/ Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) Nigel Hawthorne (1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman

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TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance

Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1970-1971) Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker
& Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett
(1972) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1973-1974) Stanley Baxter (1975) Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker
(1976) Penelope Keith (1977) Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker
(1978-1979) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1980) Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
(1981) Nigel Hawthorne (1982-1983) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1984) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1985) Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood
(1986) Nigel Hawthorne (1987-1988) Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood
(1989) Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
(1990) David Jason (1991) Richard Wilson (1992) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(1993) Richard Wilson (1994) Rory Bremner
Rory Bremner
(1995-1996) John Bird & John Fortune (1997) Paul Whitehouse (1998) Michael Parkinson (1999) Graham Norton
Graham Norton
(2000-2001-2002) Paul Merton
Paul Merton
(2003) Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
(2004) Paul O'Grady
Paul O'Grady
(2005) Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
(2006-2007) Harry Hill
Harry Hill
(2008-2009) Anthony McPartlin
Anthony McPartlin
& Declan Donnelly
Declan Donnelly
(2010) Graham Norton
Graham Norton
(2011-2012) Alan Carr
Alan Carr
(2013) Anthony McPartlin
Anthony McPartlin
& Declan Donnelly
Declan Donnelly
(2014-2015) Leigh Francis (2016) Michael McIntyre
Michael McIntyre

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Roscoe Lee Browne
Roscoe Lee Browne
(1986) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1987) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1989) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1990) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1991) No Award (1992) David Clennon (1993) Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
(1994) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(1995) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1996) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1997) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1998) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1999) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(2000) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2001) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(2002) Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(2003) John Turturro
John Turturro
(2004) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2005) Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan
(2006) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(2007) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(2008) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2009) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2010) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2011) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2012) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2013) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2014) Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford
(2015) Peter Scolari (2016) Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

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