John Cleese

1939 - Today

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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 10,609,212 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). John Cleese is the 331st most popular actor (down from 316th in 2019), the 479th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 52nd most popular British Actor.

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

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Among actors, John Cleese ranks 331 out of 10,030Before him are Heath Ledger, Ali MacGraw, Robert Mitchum, Emma Thompson, Matt Damon, and Wentworth Miller. After him are Sophie Marceau, John Malkovich, Joan Crawford, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman, and Hattie McDaniel.

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Among people born in 1939, John Cleese ranks 29Before him are Jackie Stewart, Peter Grünberg, Joel Schumacher, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, F. Murray Abraham, and Ali MacGraw. After him are Tzvetan Todorov, Clay Regazzoni, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Ratko Janev, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, and Valeriy Lobanovskyi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Cleese ranks 479 out of 6,924Before him are William Baffin (1584), Harthacnut (1018), Gustav Holst (1874), Emma Thompson (1959), James Callaghan (1912), and Wentworth Miller (1972). After him are Vivienne Westwood (1941), James Hutton (1726), Thomas Harriot (1560), Peter Brook (1925), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), and Thomas Savery (1650).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, John Cleese ranks 52Before him are Olivia Newton-John (1948), Deborah Kerr (1921), Donald Pleasence (1919), Sam Neill (1947), Emma Thompson (1959), and Wentworth Miller (1972). After him are Daniel Craig (1968), Kate Winslet (1975), Bob Hoskins (1942), Charles Laughton (1899), Charles Dance (1946), and Jonathan Pryce (1947).

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