John Cleese first shot to fame in The Frost Report in 1966 and in 1969 co-created Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The team went on to conquer the world with three cult TV series and four hugely successful films, And Now For Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life, as well as various international stage shows. Cleese then went on to create the irrepressible Basil, the hotel manager from Hell, in one of the most successful TV series ever madeBFawlty Towers all 12 episodes have been repeated by popular demand on the BBC many times.
As well as his work with Monty Python, Cleese‘s film credits as an actor include The Great Muppet Caper, Time Bandits, Privates on Parade, Silverado, Clockwise, Terry Jones’ Erik the Viking, Eric Idle’s Splitting Heirs, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Jungle Book, and The Wind in the Willows.
In 1986 John Cleese starred in and co-wrote (with director Charles Crichton) one of the most successful British films of all time, A Fish Called Wanda, with Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis, and Eric Idle. Cleese reunited the four stars of Wanda in 1996 to make Fierce Creatures.
Cleese‘s writing, directing, and acting credits for stage and television also include: The Secret Policeman’s Ball, which he directed for Amnesty International, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball, which he co-directed for both stage and film, the BBC’s production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, in which he played Petruchio, and Whoops Apocalypse for LWT.
In 1972,John co-founded Video Arts, which swiftly became the leading provider of business training programmes on video. Video for Patients was set up with by John Cleese with Dr. Rob Buckman in 1993 to help improve communications between patients and doctors. There are currently 45 titles in the video series, each focusing on one medical condition and explaining the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
In 1983, he published his first book, Families and How to Survive Them (co-written with Dr. Robin Skynner), which was produced as a series for BBC Radio 4 in 1990. The book remains a huge bestseller and its sequel, Life and How to Survive It, also written with Dr. Skynner, was published in 1993.