John Cleese, information about my favourite comedian
Welcome to my page about John Cleese!
Ok, this is the story, I put together this linkpage in '94, mostly
just for my own sake, and left it like that.
Much later, like the spring '97, I was redecorating my startpage and mentioned that I had
abandon this page...and the result was that I immediatly got many
visitors here, and mails about the links didn't work etcetera...
So it seems like the world needs a page like this anyway, so I'll at update it once (or maybe twice) in a while...
We can start with a very,very,very, incredible not-large-at-all ("No 3. The Larch. T-h-e L-a-r-c-h") biography about the man:
John Marwood Cleese was born on the 27th of October 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, son of Reg Cleese and Muriel Cross. The birth place was more exactly Number 6 Ellesmere road, which nowadays belongs to Stuart Harvey (who happens to be brother to Kevin Harvey, none of them famous for anything as far as I know....if you wonder where I get all these useless information, my main sources are the backsides of milk cartons and little notes I find in other peoples garbage cans).
John Cleese is about 195 cm tall, but was probably somewhat smaller at birth.
Regs father was John Edwin Cheese, but when Reg joined the army 1915 he changed his last name to Cleese. One cannot help but wonder if the cheese-sketch
was inspired by Johns grandfathers last name.
John is probably pleased that his father changed the last name since one of his best friends in the youth
had the last name "Butter". Some useless fact is that in the 20s Reg Cleese was in India and lived in the same house as the brother to the author P.G. Wodehouse.
His first months John lived at the address Ellesmere Road 6. In school cricket was his favourite sport and he was captain for the school team. 1953 died his grandfather John Edwin Cheese, and the family moved to his house, East Shrubbery 2, next to the police station in Bristol. ("You must bring a ...shrubbery!").
Google Streetview of East Shrubbery 2
When he was about 13 he started to organize jokes he liked, and write them down. His favourite radio show at that age was "The Goon Show". One of Johns teacher in history had difficulties pronouncing "r". (See the sketch about Pontius Pilatus in "Life of Brian" and you'll see what I mean)
When John Cleese started at Cambridge in October 1960 he decided to join the group "The Footlights Club", in the second term he got into the club.
In 1972 he formed the company Video Arts together with three friends. The company was doing business training videos, and this company made John Cleese his fortune. The company was sold in 1989 for 50 million british pounds, 7 of them got to Mr. Cleese. Even though he is not owning the company anymore, he is still working with them, since he likes the people there "As I get older, it seems even nicer to work with friends". For the 30 year anniversary he has done two videos "Messing Up A Meeting" and "Meeting Menaces" together with Video Arts (released in September 2002).
Nowadays Cleese rarely gives interviews, if he does, it is to plug some new movie or products. He is spending much time in America to be close to his daugther from his second marriage. He is now into his third marriage, being married to the American psychologist Alyce Faye Eichelberger.
Some more vital information, John Cleese got artwork by Po Shun
Long. (How the hell do I know?! Simple; One of the old links from '94
was about that artist, unfortunatly that page has ceased to exist, but
I thought the world should know that piece of information...I hope you
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And now for something completly different, the Links. T-h-e L-i-n-k-s:|