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John Cleese

Author of The Pythons' Autobiography

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About the Author

John Cleese, October 27, 1939 - John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England to Reginald Cleese, and insurance salesman, and Muriel Cross. He attended Cambridge University beginning in 1960 and joined the Footlights Club in his second term. In 1963, a Footlights show more production called "A Clump of Plinths" became so popular that the production spawned Cambridge Circus and ran in London's West End. He eventually earned his law degree from Cambridge. In 1964, the show traveled first to New Zealand and then to America for 24 performances on Broadway. By the late 60's, Cleese was established as an actor and a writer. In 1969, the BBC, looking for a new show to fill an empty time slot, coupled Cleese and pal Graham Chapman with three graduates from Oxford, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, as well as Terry Gilliam to create Monty Python's Flying Circus. The BBC produced 45 episodes which have been run and rerun over 30 years. Flying Circus became a cult classic and spawned yet another television show, "Fawlty Towers" as well as books and feature films such as "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Cleese then came down with a debilitating flu-like illness which his doctor suggested might be psychosomatic. After working with a therapist, Cleese returned with no signs of the illness and even joined the doctor in writing two books, "Families and How to Survive Them" and "Life and How to Survive It." He went on to create training films for corporations through his company called Video Arts. These videos enabled training to be fun as well as informative. Through all of this, Cleese has demonstrated his ability to perform in all walks of life and has made a name for himself doing what he loves best. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by John Cleese

The Pythons' Autobiography (2003) 1,306 copies
Monty Python and the Holy Grail [1975 film] (1975) — Screenwriter/Actor — 1,267 copies
So, Anyway... (2014) 1,072 copies
The Complete Fawlty Towers (1977) — Author — 667 copies
Monty Python's Life of Brian [1979 film] (1979) — Screenwriter & Actor — 624 copies
Families and How to Survive Them (1983) — Author — 499 copies
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life [1983 film] (1983) — Screenwriter & Actor — 460 copies
The Brand New Monty Python Papperbok (1974) — Author — 411 copies
A Fish Called Wanda [1988 film] (1988) — Actor/Screenwriter — 373 copies
Monty Python's Big Red Book (1971) 352 copies
Life and How to Survive It (1993) — Author — 331 copies
The Croods [2013 film] (2013) — Writer — 294 copies
Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection (1998) — Scriptwriter — 273 copies
Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Box Set (1999) — Writer & Actor — 206 copies
And Now for Something Completely Different [1971 film] (1971) — Screenwriter and Actor — 146 copies
Superman: True Brit (2004) 132 copies
The Human Face (2001) 89 copies
A Fish Called Wanda [screenplay] (1988) — Author — 60 copies
Fawlty Towers: Book 1 (1977) 44 copies
Fawlty Towers (1986) — Author — 27 copies
Fawlty Towers: Book 2 (1979) — Author — 22 copies
Fawlty Towers: Series 2 (2001) — Actor; Writer — 20 copies
Fawlty Towers: Series 1 — Writer — 13 copies
Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 2 (2019) 12 copies
Trolls 7 copies
Montys Enzyklo Pythonia — Author — 1 copy
Rumi & the Sufi Path of Love [video recording] (2012) — Series Host — 1 copy
The Art of Living & Dying [video recording] (2013) — Series Host — 1 copy
In two minds 1 copy
The Mystical Experience [video recording] (2012) — Host — 1 copy
David Copperfield (1995) 1 copy
Goon Show Classics (1995) 1 copy
Het beste uit Rainbow : een Bijenkorf selectie (1994) — Contributor — 1 copy
Say Cleese! 1 copy

Associated Works

The Screwtape Letters (1941) — Narrator, some editions — 7,820 copies
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 2,305 copies
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 1,939 copies
Shrek 2 [2004 Film] (2004) — Voice — 1,002 copies
Shrek the Third [2007 film] (2007) — Voice — 609 copies
Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (2011) — Actor — 523 copies
Die Another Day [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 501 copies
Charlotte's Web [2006 film] (2006) 410 copies
Time Bandits [1981 film] (1981) — Actor — 398 copies
The World Is Not Enough [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 302 copies
Planes [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 283 copies
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle [2003 film] (2003) — Actor — 282 copies
The Day the Earth Stood Still [2008 film] (2008) — Actor — 239 copies
Rat Race [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 210 copies
Silverado [1985 film] (1985) — Actor — 190 copies
The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 184 copies
The Muppet Show: The Complete Second Season (1977) — Guest Star — 174 copies
An American Tail [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 164 copies
Planet 51 [2009 Animated film] (2009) — Actor — 163 copies
Winnie the Pooh [2011 film] (2011) — Narrator — 162 copies
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [1994 film] (1994) — Actor — 148 copies
The Swan Princess [1994 film] (1994) — Actor — 145 copies
The Great Muppet Caper [1981 film] (1993) — Actor — 138 copies
George of the Jungle [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 134 copies
Valiant [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 110 copies
Shrek: The Whole Story [4 DVD Box Set] (2001) — Actor — 100 copies
The Jungle Book [1994 film] (1994) — Actor — 93 copies
Igor [2008 animated film] (2008) — Actor — 72 copies
Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday: My Life with Brian (2008) — Foreword — 56 copies
Doctor Who: City of Death [TV serial] (1979) — Actor — 55 copies
George of the Jungle 2 [2003 film] (2003) — Actor — 40 copies
Clockwise [1986 film] (1986) 37 copies
Mickey's House of Villains [2002 film] (2002) — Narrator — 36 copies
Erik the Viking [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 31 copies
Clifford the Big Red Dog [2021 film] (2021) — Actor — 31 copies
The Out-Of-Towners [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 17 copies
Absolutely Anything [2015 Film] (2015) — Voice — 15 copies
Triple Feature: The Swan Princess — Actor — 14 copies
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites (2006) — Narrator, some editions — 13 copies
Man About Town [2006 film] (2008) — Actor — 10 copies
The Magic Pudding [2000 film] — Actor — 5 copies
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2017) — Actor — 4 copies
Parting Shots [1998 film] (2004) — Actor — 2 copies
Splitting Heirs [1993 film] — Actor — 1 copy

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ritaer | 4 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
A companion book of some sort to Monty Python's Flying Circus, published in 1971. There's a lot of familiar stuff in here: the Upper-Class Twit of the Year competition, silly walks (in the form of a series of still photos), Dinsdale and his hedgehog, etc. There are also lots of very silly ads, naughty pictures, a bunch of forewords consisting entirely of people complaining about not being invited to write the foreword... Basically lot of the kind of silliness you expect from Python. The result is random, surreal, and ridiculous. So, pretty much exactly like the experience of watching an episode of the show, only without having the actual Pythons to watch, so not quite as good.

Still. I paid 50 cents for this at my local library sale, and I got at least a dollar's worth of laughs out of it, so I'm happy.
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bragan | 1 other review | Jan 8, 2024 |
Everything teaching should be

The most important lesson in this very entertaining collection is that great teaching should connect with personal experience. Virtually every point Cleese makes is illustrated with something he's done, a person he's met, a conversation he's been part of. That's really hard to do when you're measured 'teaching to the test'.

The other strength of the book is the breadth of each 'lecture'. There might be a central trunk, but each has side branches, and possible twigs. Great fun.

The only reason the book doesn't get 5 stars is that the final chapter is a little repetitive. If you were a new student in Cornell the material would have been new too. But as a reader, much of the material has been covered in previous chapters.

But it's still a very entertaining, enlightening read. Highly recommended.
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Laura Esquivel Contributor
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Luigi Pirandello Contributor
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Hazel Pethig costume design
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