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Dátum narodenia: 27. október 1939
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John Marwood Cleese je britský herec, komik, spisovateľ a filmový producent.
Cleese sa narodil ako jediné dieťa Reginalda Francisa Cleeseho, poisťovacieho agenta a jeho ženy Muriel Evelyn . Navštevoval St Peter's Preparatory School, následne vyštudoval právo na Cambridge, kde sa pridal k známemu divadelnému študentskému súboru Footlights. Tu stretol Grahama Chapmana, s ktorým vytvoril pisateľskú dvojicu.
Úspech dosiahol na Edinburgh Festival Fringe ako scenárista televíznej šou The Frost Report, v ktorej aj sám účinkoval. V šesťdesiatych rokoch sa stal členom komediálnej skupiny Monty Python, zodpovednej za program Monty Python’s Flying Circus . Spoločne so skupinou, ktorú tvorili Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones a Michael Palin natočili ešte ďalšie štyri filmy.
Citáty John Cleese
„Mother told me once that some Westonians privately criticised Dad for retreating so soon. They apparently felt it would have been more dignified to have waited a week or so before running away. I think this view misses the essential point of running away, which is to do it the moment the idea has occurred to you. Only an obsessional procrastinator would cry, “Let’s run for our lives, but not till Wednesday afternoon.“
— John Cleese, So, Anyway...
„Solemnity, I don't know what it's for. I mean, what is the point of it? The two most beautiful memorial services that I've ever attended both had a lot of humor. It somehow freed us all and made the services inspiring and cathartic. But solemnity, it serves pomposity. The self important always know at some level of their consciousness that their egotism is going to be punctured by humor. That's why they see it as a threat! And so, dishonestly, they pretend that their deficiency makes their views more substantial.“
„I'm struck by how laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.“
— John Cleese
Context: I'm struck by how laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy. From The Human Face, BBC Television (2001)
„Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this. Now, what I'm suggesting is that we've advanced.“
— John Cleese
Context: Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this. Now, what I'm suggesting is that we've advanced. Defending the film Life of Brian on BBC chat show Friday Night Saturday Morning (9 November 1979)
— John Cleese
As quoted in Best New Games (2002) by Dale N. LeFevre, p. 9