John Cleese

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John Cleese (born October 27, 1939) is a British comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer. He was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. He was an original member of the comedy team Monty Python. Cleese and his first wife Connie Booth created the sitcom, Fawlty Towers, in which he played Basil Fawlty, a pedantic and crazed hotel owner. The character was based on a real life person who managed a hotel that the Monty Python crew stayed at during the making of one of their movies.


  • If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth. [1]