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Friday, October 31, 2008

Eugene Levy

Date of Birth
17 December 1946, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


5' 10" (1.78 m)

Deborah Divine (1977 - present) 2 children

Trade Mark

His thick eyebrows.


He was part of the group Northern Lights, which sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough," which was on the "We are the World" benefit album.

Attended Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Part of the original, groundbreaking cast of "Second City TV" (1976)--otherwise known as SCTV. The Canadian TV Series was an comedic smash hit in the early 1980s and started the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, and the late John Candy just to name a few. He played many roles but was probably best known as earnest but dimwitted Melonville news broadcaster Earl Camembert and schlock Las Vegas lounge comic Bobby Bittman.

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film New York Minute (2004/I). However, he failed to receive a nomination. The very next year, though, he got a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Nomination for his roles in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) and The Man (2005).

Read for the part of Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing" (1999), but Richard Schiff eventually got the roll. According to producers, Levy came very close to getting the role, but they decided to cast Schiff for the part instead.

Has worked with actor Steve Martin on four different films--Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).

Was supposed to host "Saturday Night Live" with John Candy back in 1985 (he, Candy and Billy Crystal did a promo for it on SNL the week before it was supposed to have been aired), but that episode never happened, due to a writer's strike shortly after the promo was aired.

He is the only actor to be in all six American Pie Movies.

Is portrayed by Patrick Fischler in Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002) (TV).

His son, Daniel Levy, is a host on MTV Canada.

Personal Quotes

I can't do comedy that is cutting and vicious. If I knew I'd said something that was going to make someone feel bad, well, that supersedes everything.



  1. Astro Boy (2009) (filming) [Actor .... Orrin] (voice)
  2. Punctured (2008) (filming) [Actor .... Rabbi Gould] (rumored)
  3. Taking Woodstock (2009) (post-production) [Actor .... Yasgur]
  4. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) (post-production) [Actor .... Einstein]
  5. Gooby (2008) (completed) [Actor .... Mr. Nerdlinger]

  6. American Pie Presents Beta House (2007) (V) [Actor .... Noah Levenstein]
  7. Canada's Walk of Fame (2007) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Host]
  8. "Film '72: (2007-02-05)" (2007) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  9. American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) (V) [Actor .... Mr. Noah Levenstein]
    ... aka American Pie 5: The Naked Mile (USA: informal title)
    ... aka American Pie presents The Naked Mile (Australia: DVD box title)
  10. Meet the Cast of 'Over the Hedge' (2006) (V) [Actor .... Himself]
  11. "MTV News: (2006-09-11)" (2006) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  12. For Your Consideration (2006) [Actor .... Morley Orfkin] [Writer] (written by) [Soundtrack] (writer: "The Purim Song", "You Were Never There for Me") [Composer]
    Next US airings:
    Thur. Nov. 138:30 AMHBO
  13. "HBO First Look: Over the Hedge: Off the Strip & Onto the Screen (#13.6)" (2006) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  14. Over the Hedge (2006) [Actor .... Lou] (voice)
  15. Curious George (2006) [Actor .... Clovis] (voice)
  16. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) [Actor .... Jimmy Murtaugh]
  17. American Pie Presents Band Camp (2005) (V) [Actor .... Mr. Levenstein]
  18. "Getaway: (#14.37)" (2005) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  19. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien: (2005-09-09)" (2005) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  20. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee: (2005-09-09)" (2005) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  21. The Man (2005) [Actor .... Andy Fiddler]
    ... aka Cool & Fool - Mein Partner mit der großen Schnauze (Germany: DVD title)
  22. "Fox NFL Sunday: Super Bowl XXXIX Pregame Show" (2005) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Vaughn - Professor of Physics]
  23. Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) (TV) [Actor .... Dr. Vaughn]
  24. Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2005) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  25. New York Minute (2004/I) [Actor .... Max Lomax]
  26. Making a 'Splash' (2004) (V) [Actor .... Himself - 'Dr. Walter Kornbluth'] [thanks]
  27. The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Performer: 'A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow] (as Mitch & Mickey) [Soundtrack] (performer: "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow")
  28. "Channel 4 News: (2004-02-09)" (2004/I) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  29. "Fox News: (2004-02-08)" (2004) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  30. Live from the Red Carpet: The 2004 Grammy Awards (2004) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  31. "The Terry and Gaby Show: (#2.9)" (2004) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  32. "Richard & Judy: (2004-01-21)" (2004) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  33. Comedy Central Presents: The Commies (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  34. "Late Show with David Letterman: (2003-07-29)" (2003) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  35. American Wedding (2003) [Actor .... Jim's Dad]
    ... aka American Pie: The Wedding (Australia) (Europe: English title) (Singapore: English title) (South Africa: English title) (UK)
    ... aka American Pie - Jetzt wird geheiratet (Germany)
  36. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) [Actor .... Principal Collins]
  37. "CBS News Sunday Morning: (2003-04-13)" (2003) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  38. "The View: (2003-04-10)" (2003) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  39. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien: (2003-04-08)" (2003) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  40. A Mighty Wind (2003) [Actor .... Mitch Cohen] [Writer] (written by) [Soundtrack] (writer: "When You're Next to Me", "One More Time", "A Mighty Wind", "The Ballad Of Bobby And June") (performer: "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow", "When You're Next to Me", "One More Time", "A Mighty Wind", "The Ballad Of Bobby And June", "Killington Hill")
  41. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!: (#1.33)" (2003) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  42. Bringing Down the House (2003) [Actor .... Howie Rottman]
  43. Reel Comedy: Bringing Down the House (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  44. Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  45. "Off Centre: P.P. Doc II: The Examination Continues (#2.4)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Barry Wasserman]
  46. "Greg the Bunny: Dottie Heat (#1.11)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  47. "Greg the Bunny: Blah Bawls (#1.10)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  48. Like Mike (2002) [Actor .... Frank Bernard]
  49. "VH-1 Behind the Movie: American Pie (#1.4)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  50. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  51. "Greg the Bunny: Father and Son Reunion (#1.8)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  52. "Greg the Bunny: Surprise! (#1.7)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  53. "Greg the Bunny: Piddler on the Roof (#1.9)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  54. Gilda Radner's Greatest Moments (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  55. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: (2002-04-25)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  56. "Greg the Bunny: Rabbit Redux (#1.6)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  57. "Off Centre: The Unkindest Cut (#1.20)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Barry Wasserman]
  58. "Greg the Bunny: The Singing Mailman (#1.5)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  59. "Greg the Bunny: Greg Gets Puppish (#1.4)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  60. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show: (2002-04-10)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  61. "Greg the Bunny: Jewel Heist (#1.3)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  62. "Greg the Bunny: SK-2.0 (#1.2)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  63. "Greg the Bunny: Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction (#1.1)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  64. "Life and Times: The Making of Ivan Reitman (#6.13)" (2002) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  65. Good Times with Cast and Crew of 'American Pie 2' (2002) (V) [Actor .... Himself]
  66. Repli-Kate (2002) [Actor .... Jonas Fromer/Repli-Jonas]
    ... aka National Lampoon's Repli-Kate (USA: complete title)
  67. The Kid (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Father] (voice)
    ... aka Gahan Wilson's The Kid (USA: complete title)
  68. Serendipity (2001) [Actor .... Bloomingdale's Salesman]
    Next US airings:
    Fri. Nov. 73:30 PMBRAVO
    Sat. Nov. 81:00 AMBRAVO
  69. American Pie 2 (2001) [Actor .... Jim's Dad]
  70. "Primetime Glick: Eugene Levy/Conan O'Brien (#1.7)" (2001) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  71. Josie and the Pussycats (2001) [Actor .... Himself] (uncredited)
  72. "Committed" (2001) TV series [Actor .... Joe Larsen] (voice)
  73. Down to Earth (2001) [Actor .... Keyes]
    ... aka Einmal Himmel und zurück (Germany)
  74. The Sports Pages (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Mr. White (segment The Heidi Bowl)]
  75. The 2nd Annual Canadian Comedy Awards (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (Pretty Funny Male Performance)]
  76. Club Land (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Philly Green] (uncredited)
  77. The Ladies Man (2000) [Actor .... Bucky Kent]
    ... aka The Ladies' Man (UK)
    Next US airings:
    Sun. Nov. 93:30 PMCOMEDY
    Mon. Nov. 108:00 AMCOMEDY
  78. "Showbiz Today: (2000-09-27)" (2000) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  79. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien: (2000-09-12)" (2000) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  80. Best in Show (2000) [Actor .... Gerry Fleck] [Writer] (written by) [Soundtrack] (writer: "God Loves A Terrier", "Terrier Style") (performer: "God Loves A Terrier", "Terrier Style")
  81. Inside TV Land: The Andy Griffith Show (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  82. "Dilbert: The Return (#2.11)" (2000) TV Episode [Actor .... Comp-U-Comp's Guard] (voice)
  83. The Mark Twain Prize: Jonathan Winters (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  84. Silver Man (2000) [Actor .... Leon]

  85. "The Martin Short Show: (#1.10)" (1999) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  86. "Nyhetsmorgon: Filmen 'American Pie'/Nyheter och väder" (1999) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  87. American Pie (1999) [Actor .... Jim's Dad]
  88. Dogmatic (1999) [Actor .... Larry]
  89. The Secret Life of Girls (1999) [Actor .... Hugh Sanford]
  90. D.O.A. (1999) (TV) [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  91. Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Bobby Bittman]
  92. "Hercules: Hercules and the Golden Touch (#1.31)" (1998) TV Episode [Actor .... King Midas] (voice)
  93. Ri¢hie Ri¢h's Christmas Wish (1998) (V) [Actor .... Professor Keanbean]
    ... aka Richie Rich'$ Christmas Wish (USA: promotional title)
    ... aka Richie Rich: A Christmas Story
  94. Holy Man (1998) [Actor .... Guy on Background T.V.] (uncredited)
  95. Almost Heroes (1998) [Actor .... Guy Fontenot]
  96. "Mad About You: Nat & Arley (#6.22)" (1998) TV Episode [Actor .... Doctor]
  97. "The Drew Carey Show: The Engagement (#3.17)" (1998) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Rider]
  98. Akbar's Adventure Tours (1998) [Actor .... Stanford Wharton]
    ... aka Akbar's Adventure Ride
  99. "E! True Hollywood Story: Gilda Radner" (1997) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  100. "Hiller and Diller" (1997) TV series [Actor .... Gordon Schermerhorn]
  101. "Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Bev Takes a Holiday (#4.12)" (1997) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Craig Ehrlich] (voice)
  102. Waiting for Guffman (1996) [Actor .... Dr. Allan Pearl] [Writer] (written by) [Soundtrack] (performer: "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair", "Camptown Races", "Swanee River") ("My Bubba Made a Kishka")
  103. Multiplicity (1996) [Actor .... Vic]
    Next US airings:
    Sat. Nov. 86:00 AMMAX
  104. "Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: They Craved Duckman's Brain! (#3.15)" (1996) TV Episode [Actor .... Dr. Craig Ehrlich] (voice)
  105. "Road to Avonlea: King of the Great White Way (#7.6)" (1996) TV Episode [Actor .... Rudy Blaine]
  106. Creature Crunch (1996) (VG) [Actor] (voice)
  107. Father of the Bride Part II (1995) [Actor .... Mr. Habib]
  108. Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV) [Actor .... President McCloskey]
    ... aka Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
  109. The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show (1995) (TV) [Director]
  110. "The Martin Short Show" (1994) TV series [Director]
  111. Sodbusters (1994) (TV) [Writer] (writer) [Director] [executive producer]
  112. I Love Trouble (1994) [Actor .... Ray, Justice of the Peace]
  113. "Maniac Mansion: Freddie Had a Little Lamb (#3.17)" (1993) TV Episode [Actor .... Doc Ellis]
  114. For Goodness Sake (1993) [Actor .... Good Samaritan]
  115. Friends of Gilda (1993) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  116. Partners 'n Love (1992) (TV) [Actor .... David Grodin] [Director]
  117. Stay Tuned (1992) [Actor .... Crowley]
  118. Once Upon a Crime... (1992) [Actor .... Casino Cashier] (uncredited) [Director]
    ... aka 7 Gauner und ein Dackel (Germany)
    ... aka Es war einmal ein Mord (Germany)
  119. Father of the Bride (1991) [Actor .... Singer at Audition]
    Next US airings:
    Sun. Nov. 212:30 PMSHOW
    Sat. Nov. 88:00 AMSHOW
  120. "Maniac Mansion: The Cliffhanger (#1.22)" (1991) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  121. "Maniac Mansion" (1990) TV series [Writer] (creator) (writer) [Director] (3 episodes)

  122. Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Audience Member] (uncredited)
  123. "Camp Candy" (1989) TV series [Actor] (voice)
  124. Speed Zone! (1989) [Actor .... Leo Ross]
    ... aka Cannonball Fever
  125. I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood (1989) (TV) [Actor .... Studio Head] (voice) [Director]
  126. The Best of SCTV (1988) (TV) [Writer] (writer)
  127. "The Ray Bradbury Theater: Skeleton (#2.2)" (1988) TV Episode [Actor .... Bert Harris]
  128. Biographies: The Enigma of Bobby Bittman (1988) (TV) [Actor .... Bobby Bittman] [Writer] (writer)
  129. The Second City Toronto 15th Anniversary (1988) (TV) [Actor .... Himself/Bertrand] [Director] [producer]
  130. Bride of Boogedy (1987) (TV) [Actor .... Tom Lynch]
  131. Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Lost Minutes (1987) (TV) [Actor .... Morty Arnold]
    ... aka The Lost Minutes of Billy Crystal (USA)
  132. Eugene Levy Discovers Home Safety (1987) [Actor]
  133. Armed and Dangerous (1986) [Actor .... Norman Kane]
  134. "Late Night with David Letterman: (1986-08-13)" (1986) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  135. Club Paradise (1986) [Actor .... Barry Steinberg]
  136. Comic Relief (1986/I) (TV) [Actor .... Josh Shmenge]
  137. Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Billy Crystal Special (1986) (TV) [Actor .... Morty Arnold]
    ... aka On Location: Billy Crystal - Don't Get Me Started (USA: series title)
  138. Tears Are Not Enough (1985) [Actor .... Himself]
  139. "George Burns Comedy Week: Home for Christmas (#1.2)" (1985) TV Episode [Actor .... Robert]
  140. "George Burns Comedy Week: Home for Dinner" (1985) TV Episode [Actor]
  141. The Last Polka (1985) (TV) [Actor .... Stan Shmenge/Ma Shmenge] [Writer] (writer) [executive producer]
  142. "Saturday Night Live: Billy Crystal/The SNL Film Festival (#10.15)" (1985) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself] (uncredited)
  143. The Canadian Conspiracy (1985) (TV) [Actor .... Various]
  144. Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (1985) (TV) [Actor .... Stupid Eddie/Buddy] (voice)
  145. "SCTV Channel: Pledge Week/The Steve Bashekis Story (#1.18)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  146. "SCTV Channel: You're On/Happy Hour (#1.17)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  147. "SCTV Channel: Celebrity Fairie Tayles/Canadian Gaffes and Practical Amusements (#1.16)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  148. "SCTV Channel: Jackie Rogers Jr for President/Happy Hour (#1.15)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  149. "SCTV Channel: Half Wits/Save the World Parade (#1.14)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  150. "SCTV Channel: 2009, Jupiter and Beyond (#1.13)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  151. "SCTV Channel: Oliver Grimley (#1.12)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  152. "SCTV Channel: Allenscam (#1.11)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  153. "SCTV Channel: Youth, Do They Give a Damn or What?/Happy Hour (#1.10)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  154. "SCTV Channel: Just for Fun/Black Like Vic (#1.9)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  155. Splash (1984) [Actor .... Walter Kornbluth]
  156. "SCTV Channel: Diary of a Female Person/Happy Hour (#1.8)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  157. "SCTV Channel: Stalag SCTV (#1.7)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  158. "SCTV Channel: Stars in One: Bob Hope/Happy Hour (#1.6)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  159. "SCTV Channel: You're On/Das Boobs (#1.5)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  160. "SCTV Channel: Date Debate, The/Scary Previews (#1.4)" (1984) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  161. "SCTV Channel: It's a Wonderful Film (#1.3)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  162. "SCTV Channel: Gimme Jackie/Australia (#1.2)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  163. "SCTV Channel: Maudlin O' the Night (#1.1)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  164. Going Berserk (1983) [Actor .... Sal DiPasquale]
  165. Vacation (1983) [Actor .... Car Salesman]
    ... aka National Lampoon's Vacation (UK) (USA: complete title)
    ... aka American Vacation (Europe: English title: video title)
  166. "SCTV Network 90: Midnight Cowboy II (#2.14)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  167. "SCTV Network 90: South Sea Sinner (#2.13)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  168. "SCTV Network 90: Sweeps Week (#2.12)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  169. "SCTV Network 90: Bobby Bittman's Retirement (#2.11)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  170. "SCTV Network 90: SCTV Classifieds/Vic Arpeggio (#2.10)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  171. "SCTV Network 90: A Star Is Born (#2.9)" (1983) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  172. The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears (1983) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  173. "SCTV Network 90: Christmas 1982 (#2.8)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  174. "SCTV Network 90: Towering Inferno (#2.7)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  175. "SCTV Network 90: Jane Eyrehead (#2.6)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  176. "SCTV Network 90: Melonvote (#2.5)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  177. "SCTV Network 90: Indecent Exposure (#2.4)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  178. "SCTV Network 90: Sammy Maudlin Show 23rd Anniversary/CBC (#2.3)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  179. "SCTV Network 90: Days of the Week, The/Street Beef (#2.2)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  180. "SCTV Network 90: Rome, Italian Style (#2.1)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  181. "Second City TV: Rome, Italian Style with Jimmy Buffett (#4.8)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Enio Petrie]
  182. "SCTV Network 90: Battle of the PBS Stars (#1.25)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  183. "SCTV Network 90: Chariots of Eggs (#1.24)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  184. "SCTV Network 90: Pet Peeves/The Happy Wanderers (#1.23)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  185. "SCTV Network 90: 3D Stake from the Heart (#1.22)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  186. "SCTV Network 90: People's Global Golden Choice Awards (#1.21)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  187. "SCTV Network 90: Pre-Teen World Telethon (#1.20)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  188. "SCTV Network 90: The Great White North Palace (#1.19)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  189. "SCTV Network 90: Midnight Video Special (#1.18)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  190. "SCTV Network 90: Teacher's Pet (#1.17)" (1982) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  191. "SCTV Network 90: SCTV Staff Christmas Party (#1.16)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  192. "SCTV Network 90: The Godfather (#1.15)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  193. "SCTV Network 90: Doorway to Hell (#1.14)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  194. "SCTV Network 90: Walter Cronkite's Brain (#1.13)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  195. "SCTV Network 90: Zontar (#1.12)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  196. "SCTV Network 90: I'm Taking My Own Head... (#1.11)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  197. "SCTV Network 90: CCCP 1 (#1.10)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  198. "SCTV Network 90: The Great White North (#1.9)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] (also archive footage) [Writer] (writer)
  199. Heavy Metal (1981) [Actor .... Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn")/Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")/Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")] (voice)
  200. "SCTV Network 90: Bouncin' Back to You with the Tubes (#1.8)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  201. "SCTV Network 90: Pledge Week (#1.7)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  202. "SCTV Network 90: Moral Majority (#1.6)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... (Various)] [Writer] (writer)
  203. "SCTV Network 90: Lunchtime Street Beef (#1.5)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] (also archive footage) [Writer] (writer)
  204. "SCTV Network 90: Compilation (#1.4)" (1981) TV Episode [Writer] (writer)
  205. "SCTV Network 90: Southside Fracas (#1.3)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] (also archive footage) [Writer] (writer)
  206. "SCTV Network 90: Polynesiantown (#1.2)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  207. "SCTV Network 90: One on the Town (#1.1)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] (also archive footage) [Writer] (writer)
  208. "Second City TV: The Best of Season 3 (#3.26)" (1981) TV Episode [Writer] (writer)
  209. "Second City TV: The Cisco Kid (#3.25)" (1981) TV Episode [Writer] (writer) [Actor .... Himself] (credit only)
  210. "Second City TV: Dick Cavett (#3.24)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Bobby Bittman] [Writer] (writer)
  211. "SCTV Network 90: MacArthur Park (#3.10)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor] [Writer] (writer)
  212. "Second City TV: Mel's Rock Pile: Richard Harris (#3.23)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Rockin' Mel Slirrup] [Writer] (writer)
  213. "Second City TV: Gene Shalit's America (#3.22)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  214. "Second City TV: The Mating Game (#3.21)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  215. "Second City TV: Cookery Crock/Cartoon Coroner (#3.20)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Ralph's friend] [Writer] (writer)
  216. "Second City TV: Midnight Express Special (#3.19)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Bud Abbott] [Writer] (writer)
  217. "Second City TV: Alpha Channel (#3.18)" (1981) TV Episode [Writer] (writer) [Actor .... Himself] (credit only)
  218. "Second City TV: Two Way TV/Pit Bulls (#3.17)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Earl Camembert] [Writer] (writer)
  219. "Second City TV: 1984: Big Brother (#3.16)" (1981) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  220. "Second City TV: The Irwin Allen Show (#3.15)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Raoul Wilson] [Writer] (writer)
  221. "Second City TV: Hollywood Salutes Its Extras (#3.14)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  222. "Second City TV: Star Wars (#3.13)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  223. "Second City TV: Hugh Betcha's Night Gallery (#3.12)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Earl Camembert] [Writer] (writer)
  224. "Second City TV: The Sammy Maudlin Show: Bob Hope in China (#3.11)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Bobby Bittman] [Writer] (writer)
  225. "Second City TV: Mel's Rock Pile (#3.10)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Mel Slirrup] [Writer] (writer)
  226. "Second City TV: Man's Ability to Imitate (#3.9)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Earl Camembert] [Writer] (writer)
  227. "Second City TV: Gaslight (#3.8)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Raoul Wilson] [Writer] (writer)
  228. "Second City TV: Play It Again, Bob (#3.7)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Earl Camembert] [Writer] (writer)
  229. "Second City TV: The Lone Ranger Show (#3.6)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Earl Camembert] [Writer] (writer)
  230. "Second City TV: Death Motel (#3.5)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Woody Tobias Jr.] [Writer] (writer)
  231. "Second City TV: My Factory, My Self (#3.4)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Brian Johns] [Writer] (writer)
  232. "Second City TV: Death of a Salesman (#3.3)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  233. "Second City TV: Thursday Night Live (#3.2)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  234. "Second City TV: Lee A. Iacocca's Rock Concert (#3.1)" (1980) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  235. Nothing Personal (1980) [Actor .... Marty]
  236. Double Negative (1980) [Actor .... Matt]
    ... aka Deadly Companion

  237. Running (1979) [Actor .... Ritchie Rosenberg]
    ... aka Vainqueur, Le (Canada: French title)
  238. "Second City TV: The Best of Season 2: Part 2 (#2.26)" (1979) TV Episode [Writer] (writer)
  239. "Second City TV: The Best of Season 2: Part 1 (#2.25)" (1979) TV Episode [Writer] (writer)
  240. "Second City TV: The Flaming Turkey (#2.24)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  241. "Second City TV: Relaxing with Raoul/Dining with LaRue (#2.23)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  242. "Second City TV: Consumer Action Line (#2.22)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  243. "Second City TV: Pipeline (#2.21)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  244. "Second City TV: SCTV Disco (#2.20)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  245. "Second City TV: On the Waterfront Again (#2.19)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Bobby Bittman] [Writer] (writer)
  246. "Second City TV: Fantasy Island (#2.18)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  247. "Second City TV: Rock Concert (#2.17)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  248. "King of Kensington: Home Is Where the Heartburn Is (#5.4)" (1979) TV Episode [Actor .... Bernie]
  249. "Second City TV: Death Takes No Holiday (#2.16)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  250. "Second City TV: Fighting Air Dogs (#2.15)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  251. "Second City TV: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (#2.14)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  252. "Second City TV: Bad Acting in Hollywood (#2.13)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  253. "Second City TV: Whispers of the Wolf/The Occult (#2.12)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  254. "Second City TV: SCTV 30th Anniversary Show (#2.11)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  255. "Second City TV: Edith Prickley, Station Manager (#2.10)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  256. "Second City TV: Undersea World (#2.9)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  257. "Second City TV: Mirthmakers/Happy Endings (#2.8)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  258. "Second City TV: Farm Film Report/Arabs (#2.7)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  259. "Second City TV: Municipal Election (#2.6)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  260. "Second City TV: Writer's Strike (#2.5)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  261. "Second City TV: SCTV Solid Gold Telethon (#2.4)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  262. "Second City TV: Kidnapping of Moe Green (#2.3)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  263. "Second City TV: Bob Hope Desert Classic (#2.2)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  264. "Second City TV: Season 2 Premiere (#2.1)" (1978) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  265. "Second City TV: Lust for Paint (#1.26)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  266. "Second City TV: The Man Who Would Be King of the Popes (#1.25)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  267. "Second City TV: Officer Friendly (#1.24)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  268. "Second City TV: The Grapes of Mud (#1.23)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  269. "Second City TV: World at War (#1.22)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  270. "Second City TV: The Sammy Maudlin Show (#1.21)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  271. "Second City TV: Dr. Tongue's House of Wax/SCTV Boogie (#1.20)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  272. "Second City TV: The $129,000 Question (#1.19)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  273. "Second City TV: Madame Blitzman (#1.18)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  274. "Second City TV: Galaxy 66 (#1.17)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  275. "Second City TV: Goodbye America (#1.16)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  276. "Second City TV: Leave It to Beaver (#1.15)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  277. "Second City TV: The Hefty Neil Story (#1.14)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  278. "Second City TV: Ben Hur (#1.13)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  279. "Second City TV: The Taxidermist (#1.12)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  280. "Second City TV: Broads Behind Bars (#1.11)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  281. "Second City TV: Therese et Joe (#1.10)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  282. "Second City TV: Philosophy Street (#1.9)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  283. "Second City TV: Shock Theatre (#1.8)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  284. "Second City TV: Dialing for Dollars (#1.7)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  285. "Second City TV: Memoirs of Anton Chekhov (#1.6)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  286. "Second City TV: Match Unto My Feet (#1.5)" (1977) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  287. "Second City TV: Crosswords (#1.4)" (1976) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  288. "Second City TV: Ethnic Humour (#1.3)" (1976) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  289. "Second City TV: Murder at SCTV (#1.2)" (1976) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  290. "Stay Tuned" (1976) TV series [Actor .... Regular]
  291. "Second City TV: Backstage (#1.1)" (1976) TV Episode [Actor .... Various] [Writer] (writer)
  292. "The Sunshine Hour" (1976) TV series [Actor .... Regular]
  293. "King of Kensington: Half-Way Home (#1.7)" (1975) TV Episode [Actor .... Freddie Cohen]
  294. Cannibal Girls (1973) [Actor .... Clifford Sturges]
    ... aka Des filles cannibales (Canada: French title)
  295. Foxy Lady (1971) [Actor] [production assistant]

  296. The Columbus of Sex (1969) [Cinematographer]

  297. "Distinguished Artists: Eugene Levy (#3.1)" (????) TV Episode [Actor .... Himself]
  298. "Greg the Bunny: Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy (#1.13)" (????) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]
  299. "Greg the Bunny: Sock Like Me (#1.12)" (????) TV Episode [Actor .... Gil Bender]

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

John Cleese


Date of Birth
27 October 1939, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK

Birth Name
John Marwood Cleese

6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Biography

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman, but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height, having reached a height of six feet by the age of twelve, and eventually discovered that being humorous could deflect aggressive behavior in others. He loved humor in and of itself, collected jokes, and, like many young Britons who would grow up to be comedians, was devoted to the radio comedy show, "The Goon Show," starring the legendary Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe.

Cleese did well in both sports and academics, but his real love was comedy. He attended Cambridge to read (study) Law, but devoted a great deal of time to the university's legendary Footlights group, writing and performing in comedy reviews, often in collaboration with future fellow Python Graham Chapman. Several of these comedy reviews met with great success, including one in particular which toured under the name "Cambridge Circus." When Cleese graduated, he went on to write for the BBC, then rejoined Cambridge Circus in 1964, which toured New Zealand and America. He remained in America after leaving Cambridge Circus, performing and doing a little journalism, and here met Terry Gilliam, another future Python.

Returning to England, he began appearing in a BBC radio series, "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again", based on Cambridge Circus. It ran for several years and also starred future 'Goodies' Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden. He also appeared, briefly, with Brooke-Taylor, Chapman & Marty Feldman in "At Last the 1948 Show" (1967), for television, and a series of collaborations with some of the finest comedy-writing talent in England at the time, some of whom - Eric Idle, Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman - eventually joined him in Monty Python. These programs included "The Frost Report" (1966) and Marty Feldman's program _"Marty" (1966)_. Eventually, however, the writers were themselves collected to be the talent for their own program, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969), which was originally to be a vehicle for Cleese but soon showed itself to be an ensemble program. Monty Python displayed a strange and completely absorbing blend of low farce and high-concept absurdist humor, and remains influential to this day.

After three seasons of the intensity of Monty Python, Cleese left the show, though he collaborated with one or more of the other Pythons for decades to come, including the Python movies released in the mid-70s to early 80s - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982), and The Meaning of Life (1983). Cleese and then-wife Connie Booth collaborated in the legendary television series "Fawlty Towers" (1975), as the sharp-tongued, rude, bumbling yet somehow lovable proprietor of a rundown English seaside hotel. Cleese apparently based this character on a proprietor he had met while staying with the other Pythons at a hotel in England. Only a dozen episodes were made, but each was truly hilarious, and he is still closely associated with this program to this day.

Meanwhile Cleese had established a production company, Video Arts, for clever business training videos in which he generally starred, which were and continue to be enormously successful in the English-speaking world. He continues to act prolifically in movies, including in the hit comedy A Fish Called Wanda (1988), in the Harry Potter series, and in the James Bond series as the new Q, starting with The World Is Not Enough (1999), in which he began as R before graduating to Q. Cleese also supplies his voice to numerous animated and video projects, and frequently does commercials.

Besides the infamous Basil Fawlty character, Cleese's other well-known trademark is his rendition of an English upper-class toff. He has a daughter with Booth and a daughter with his second wife, Barbara Trentham. He is currently married to Alyce Faye Eichelberger. Education and learning are important elements of his life - he was Rector of the University of Saint Andrews from 1973 until 1976, and continues to be a professor at large of Cornell University in New York. Cleese lives in Santa Barbara, California.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115

Alyce Faye Eichelberger (28 December 1992 - present) (filed for divorce)
Barbara Trentham (15 February 1981 - 1990) (divorced) 1 child
Connie Booth (20 February 1968 - 1978) (divorced) 1 daughter

Trade Mark

Often played imposing, bullying characters on Monty Python


Member of the comedy group "Monty Python".

Father of Cynthia Cleese.

Holds a law degree from Cambridge University.

Co-wrote several episodes of "Doctor in the House" (1969) and its sequels with Graham Chapman, and also wrote some later episodes as sole author.

He was a cast member of the highly successful radio show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". His fellow cast members were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Hatch and Jo Kendall. It was during this radio show that Cleese's famous 'Ferret Song' (later sung on the television series, "At Last the 1948 Show" (1967)) was first heard.

Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club.

Went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" (1948).

When he had to join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1989, for his third appearance on American TV, none of the staff at the AFTRA office recognized him, or had any idea who he was.

Ever since one of his most famous Monty Python sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks, he has found himself continually pestered by admirers to do silly walks for them.

Who's Who lists his recreations as "gluttony, sloth."

Rector of University of St Andrews from 1970-1973.

According to Brian Henson, when Cleese guest-starred on "The Muppet Show" (1976), he enjoyed the show very much and became very close with the writers because he wanted to get involved in the writing. When he did get involved with the writing, he and the other writers came up with a concept where Cleese was being held against his will on the show and would try to get off the show while the Muppets were trying to get him to do his scheduled bits. Of course, in this case, life did not imitate art, as a few years later, Cleese appeared again with the Muppets in the film The Great Muppet Caper (1981).

Is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

Co-owns the Christine Schell Fine Objects antique shop in Montecito, CA.

John's father's name was Reg Cleese but his grandfather was named John Edwin Cheese. He changed his name when he joined the British army in 1915.

Daughter, Camilla, born 1984 (with second wife Barbara Trentham)

Reached adult height of 6' 4 3/4" by the age of 13.

Said he was to be the first person to say the F-word at a memorial service when he spoke at Graham Chapman's.

His mother, Muriel Cleese (b. Cross, 5 October 1899 - 5 October 2000) died on her 101st birthday.

The inspiration for "Fawlty Towers" (1975) came from a hotel stay he had with the other Pythons in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England. The hotel manager was called Donald Sinclair, someone Cleese considered to be the rudest man he had ever encountered. He later played a character by the name of Donald P. Sinclair in Rat Race (2001).

When he left the Monty Python team, he was approached by the BBC to do something else, and together with Booth, created "Fawlty Towers (1975)" based on their experiences in a Torquay hotel.

In the late nineties he appeared in German TV commercials for a lottery service. He actually spoke German in some of these spots (while some had no dialogue and others where dubbed later on).

When the Globe Theatre was rebuilt in London, a service was offered whereby you could have your name on a tile in the courtyard, for a donation to the project. Cleese and fellow python Michael Palin both signed up for tiles, but Palin's was spelled wrong. Cleese paid extra to ensure it would be spelled "Pallin."

Was the tallest member of Monty Python, having been about 2 inches taller than Graham Chapman.

Father-in-law of Ed Solomon.

He allegedly refused the British Honour of the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 108-109. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

He has played the character of the "Black Knight" on two occasions, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and the episode "Mary Loves Scoochie" on the show "3rd Rock from The Sun (1996)".

Appeared in a series of educational short subjects produced by Video Arts [gb] designed to teach management and trainees how to handle stress and unusual situations. Cleese took advantage of his comic talents and portrayed events as absurd situations so that audiences would better remember their training.

In 2002, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), with Maggie Smith, and in Die Another Day (2002), opposite her son, Toby Stephens.

Terry Gilliam noted among his Monty Python co-stars that there seemed to be a division between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men (Cleese, Graham Chapman, & Eric Idle) and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men (Michael Palin & Terry Jones), the latter of which the American Gilliam found himself closer to. Gilliam considered Cleese the most "Cambridge" of the group, being the tallest and most "aggressive" member of Monty Python.

Voiced Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he's a prince, in The Swan Princess (1994), then went on to voice a king who used to be a frog in Shrek 2 (2004).

Has played the father of two of the Charlie's Angels. First he played Lucy Liu's father in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The next year he played Cameron Diaz's father in Shrek 2 (2004).

Has resided for many years in the prestigious Chicago North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Former supporter of the Liberal Democrat political party.

Has said that Cornell University is set in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

In 2005, offered a part of his colon, removed due to diverticulitis, for sale on his official website. The proceeds are reportedly to be divided between Cleese himself and his surgeon.

Father Reg Cleese was an insurance salesman.

As a child loved the radio comedy show "The Goon Show".

When he guest starred on "The Muppet Show" (1976), there is a skit in which he plays a pirate, complete with a nagging parrot/possible wife. Shortly before the end of the skit, he asks, "Do you want to be an EX-parrot?" and fires off his gun, missing the parrot. This is a reference to the infamous Parrot Sketch from Cleese's Monty Python's Flying Circus.

A newly discovered species of lemur, avahi cleesei, was named after him in honor of his love of the endangered primates, which figure prominently in his movie, Fierce Creatures (1997).

He and Terry Gilliam are the only members of 'Monty Python' to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.

Campaigned long, hard but unsuccessfully to win the role of Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) because he wanted to expand his range in his first substantial film role, but the rest of the group favored the late Graham Chapman, and eventually the group persuaded Cleese that Chapman was better suited to the part of Brian and Cleese stepped aside.

Just to see if anyone would notice, during the early 1970s Cleese added one obviously fake film per year to his annual filmography listing in Who's Who. For the record, these fake films were "The Bonar Law Story" (1971), "Abbott & Costello Meet Sir Michael Swann" (1972), "The Young Anthony Barber" (1973) and "Confessions of a Programme Planner" (1974). Although Cleese confessed to the gag in the 1980s, mentions of these bogus films still appear from time to time in scholarly works on Cleese, including the entry in the Encyclopedia of Television, 1st ed. (1996) edited by Horace Newcomb.

One of his favorite TV shows is Disney's Dave The Barbarian.

Is a vegetarian.

Before becoming an actor, Cleese studied to be a lawyer. He went on to play a lawyer in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Splitting Heirs (1993).

Was invited to the party Steve Martin was throwing that turned out to be his wedding.

When he first started acting his original goal was to be a classically trained Shakespearean actor.

The role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (1991) was written with him in mind, and no other actor was considered for the role. But he still turned it down.

Member of Monty Python along with Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

Offered to write speeches for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Personal Quotes

"I think there's much more fear now than there used to be, much more fear of failure." (Speaking in 2001)

"You go in and meet the head of BBC One and get an assurance about not dumbing down. And then, of course a few months later, he's been replaced by someone you haven't met." (Speaking in 2001)

"It's lovely that Harry Potter and the Bond movies are still shot in England - that's a great pleasure, but it's true that most of the well-paid work is in America."

I never enjoyed The Meaning of Life (1983). I always regarded that entire film as a bit of a cockup.

"In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both."

"At my age, I want to wake up and see sunshine pouring in through the windows every day." - about his move from England to California.

"I'm probably the worst singer in Europe. I won't compete for North America."

"When I was a child and I was upset about something, my mother was not capable of containing that emotion, of letting me be upset but reassuring me, of just being with me in a calming way. She always got in a flap, so I not only had my own baby panics, fears and terrors to deal with, but I had to cope with hers, too. Eventually I taught myself to remain calm when I was panicked, in order not to upset her. In a way, she had managed to put me in charge of her. At 18 months old, I was doing the parenting."

"My mum died about three years ago at the age of 101, and just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy, she did actually stop trying to tell me what to do most of the time."

I don't think anyone should be educated sexually. There's far too many people on the planet. If we could hush it up for a few years, that would help.

"If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick."

"You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change."

"I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me."

When people say "I'm not a prude, but..." what they mean is "I am a prude, and..."

[from the eulogy he gave at Graham Chapman's memorial service] And I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, a man of such capability and kindness, of such unusual intelligence, should now, so suddenly, be spirited away at the age of only 48, before he'd achieved many of the things which he was capable and before he'd had enough fun. Well, I feel that I should say "Nonsense!" Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard, I hope he fries.

Filming is like a long air journey: there's so much hanging around and boredom that they keep giving you food.

Where Are They Now

(February 2005) Provided recorded voice of God for the Broadway musical "Monty Python's Spamalot."

(November 2005) Currently touring New Zealand with his new stage show "John Cleese, His Life and His Current Medical Conditions" (or something very similar)

(June 2006) He lives in Montecito, California.

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