John Cleese
Biographical Information
Born October 27th, 1939
Weston-Super-Mare, England
Productions Half a Sixpence as Young Walsingham
At Last the 1948 Show as Various Roles
Monty Python's Flying Circus as Various Roles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail as Sir Lancelot/Various Roles
Fawlty Towers as Basil Fawlty
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl as Various Role
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life as Various Roles
Privates on Parade as Major Giles Flack
George of the Jungle as An Ape Named Ape
Will & Grace as Lyle Finster
Recordings Half a Sixpence (original cast recording)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (film soundtrack)
Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
George of the Jungle (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone

John Cleese is an English actor and comedian.


Born in Weston-Super-Mare, Cleese studied at Cambridge and was a member of the Footlights where he worked with a number of future comedians, before making a number of classic comedy appearances on I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again and The Frost Report before the formation of Monty Python and their first appearance in Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Though he appeared in many iconic sketches, Cleese would cement his position in comedy as the writer and star of Fawlty Towers. He also became a prominent film actor, playing Archie Leach in A Fish Called Wanda (for which he won a BAFTA), and having a recurring role as R (later Q) in the James Bond series.


Cleese has sang in several works, frequently in comic songs such as singing "The Ferret Song" on At Last the 1948 Show and playing a Mountie in "The Lumberjack Song" on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Cleese also sang in several straight roles, originating the role of Young Walsingham in Half a Sixpence, playing Major Giles Flack in the film Privates on Parade and singing "My Way" in George of the Jungle as the voice of an Ape Named Ape.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)Edit

  • Knights of the Round Table

Monty Python's Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)Edit

  • The Lumberjack Song

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)Edit

  • Oh Lord, Please Don't Burn Us

Privates on Parade (1983)Edit

  • The Prince Of Peace (solo)
  • Privates On Parade
  • Sunnyside Lane (Reprise)

George of the Jungle (1997)Edit

  • My Way (solo)


At Last the 1948 Show (1967)Edit

  • The Ferret Song (contains solo lines)

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)Edit

  • The Lumberjack Song
  • For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
  • Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema)

Fawlty Towers (1979)Edit

  • De Camptown Races/My Way (solo)

Will & Grace (2004)Edit

  • Something Good (duet)


Half a Sixpence (1963)(originated the role)Edit

  • A Proper Gentleman (reprise)(contains solo lines)


Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album (1980)Edit

  • Sit on My Face
  • Henry Kissinger
  • String (duet)
  • Bookshop (duet)
  • Bells (duet)
  • All Things Dull and Ugly

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