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Mini biography of John Cleese

John Cleese was born on 27 October 1939, England. He attended Cambridge and devoted himself to the university's Footlights group, writing and performing in comedy reviews (Cambridge Circus). When Cleese graduated, he went on to write for the BBC, and then rejoined Cambridge Circus in 1964, which toured New Zealand and America.

He remained in America where he met Terry Gilliam. Eventually, the writers themselves starred in their own "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969), displaying a strange blend of low farce and high-concept absurdist humor. Cleese left the show after three seasons, but still worked with the other Pythons frequently in other projects, as well as in the Python movies – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982), and The Meaning of Life (1983).

He continues to act prolifically in movies, including the hit comedy A Fish Called Wanda (1988), in the Harry Potter series, and in the James Bond series as the new Q, starting with The World Is Not Enough (1999), in Charlie's Angels (2003) and The Pink Panther 2 (2009), to name a few.

He considers education and learning very important elements - he was Rector of the University of Saint Andrew's from 1973 until 1976, and still is a professor-at-large of Cornell University in New York.