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John Cleese

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John Marwood Cleese ( KLEEZ; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Emerging from the Cambridge Footlights in the 1960s, he first achieved success at the 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Cleese has received more than 12,059,350 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia. John Cleese is the 350th most popular actor (down from 331st in 2019), the 477th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 479th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular British Actor.

John Cleese is most famous for his role as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers.

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  • 65

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  • 3.52

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  • 5.77

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Among actors, John Cleese ranks 350 out of 9,996Before him are Donald Pleasence, Dan Aykroyd, Maurice Chevalier, John Cazale, Bibi Andersson, and Carrie Fisher. After him are Sally Field, Heath Ledger, Nancy Reagan, Frances McDormand, Bela Lugosi, and Olivia Newton-John.

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Among people born in 1939, John Cleese ranks 29Before him are F. Murray Abraham, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Sonny Chiba, Clay Regazzoni, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, and Peter Grünberg. After him are Tzvetan Todorov, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Ricardo Bofill, Wes Craven, Jorge Sampaio, and Romano Prodi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Cleese ranks 477 out of 7,765Before him are Gregory Bateson (1904), Gustav Holst (1874), John Donne (1572), William Godwin (1756), Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473), and Edmund Ironside (993). After him are Peter Brook (1925), Austen Chamberlain (1863), Arthur Balfour (1848), Thomas Wolsey (1473), Eadwig (940), and Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, John Cleese ranks 53Before him are Robbie Coltrane (1950), Deborah Kerr (1921), Hugh Grant (1960), Kate Winslet (1975), Charles Dance (1946), and Donald Pleasence (1919). After him are Olivia Newton-John (1948), Albert Finney (1936), Emma Thompson (1959), Diana Rigg (1938), Desmond Llewelyn (1914), and Richard Griffiths (1947).

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