John Cleese, of Monty Python, intends to be The Pen Of Obama
The British artist John Cleese, one of the authors of the cult series Monty Python, announced that he would propose his pen to Barack Obama to write speeches if he wins the Democratic primary in the American presidential.
The British actor, who now lives in California, said in an interview published Tuesday by the Western Daily Press that his style tinged with humor, put at the service of Democrat Senator, could play a key role in the conquest of the White House.
"I must return to Europe in November (next) but I may be held if Barack Obama accepts my proposal to be the editor of his speeches," said the British 68 years in the regional newspaper in western England.
"I settled in California for health reasons because I had terrible lung infections in passing the winter in Britain," he says.
John Cleese has already made inroads in the field of politics. In 1987, he recorded a video in support of the British third party, the SDP-Liberal Alliance, training centre-left now the Liberal Democratic Party.
It was during his studies at Cambridge that John Cleese finds his vocation: he began writing sketches for the BBC in 1963 and began on the stage in the musical Half a Sixpence.
At the same time, he developed his unconventional and absurd style that will be his trademark. In 1969, he founded the comedy troupe Monty Python that first started on television, then produced movies.
His greatest success in movies remains A Fish Called Wanda, a comedy he wrote, produced and where he holds a key role.
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Cleese is an English award-winning actor, comedian, writer, film producer and singer.
He was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England in october 1939. His family's surname was previously "Cheese", but his father, an insurance salesman, changed his surname to "Cleese" upon joining the army in 1915.
Cleese has always been involved in funny and weird situations.
He was kicked out of school for defacing school grounds: he used painted footsteps to suggest that the school's statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the toilet.
Cleeve was a law student at Downing College, Cambridge, where he joined the Cambridge Footlights Revue and met Graham Chapman, his future writing partner.
Cleeve took part in the 1963 Footlights Revue cast, A clump of Plinths. The great success it met made it change its name to Cambridge circus and went on tour in New Zealand and Broadway.
After Cambridge Circus, cleese decided to sat in America and performed on and off Broadway. That is also where he played in the musical Half a Sixpence. It was during this time that he met the future Python Terry Gilliam and his future wife, Connie Booth, american actress.
As Cleese's comic reputation grew, he was soon offered a position as a writer with BBC Radio, where he worked on several programs, most notably as a sketch writer for The Dick Emery Show.
In 1965, Cleese and Chapman began writing on The Frost Report. The writing staff chosen for The Frost Report consisted of a number of writers and performers who would go on to make names for themselves in comedy.
It was while working on The Frost Report, in fact, that the future Pythons developed the writing styles that would make their collaboration significant.
It was during this period that Cleese met and befriended influential British comedian Peter Cook.
Such was the popularity of the series that in 1966 Cleese and Chapman were invited to work as writers and performers with Brooke-Taylor and Feldman on At Last the 1948 Show, during which time the Four Yorkshiremen sketch was written by all four writers/performers (the Four Yorkshiremen sketch is now better known as a Monty Python sketch). John Cleese and Graham Chapman also wrote episodes of Doctor in the House. These
Monty Python's Flying Circus ran for four series from October 1969 to December 1974 on BBC. His two primary characterizations were as a sophisticate and a stressed-out loony. He portrayed the former as a series of announcers, TV show hosts, government officials (qv. "The Ministry of Silly Walks"), et al. The latter is perhaps best represented in the "Cheese Shop", and by Cleese's Mr Praline character, the man with a dead Norwegian Blue parrot and a menagerie of other animals all named "Eric." He was also known for his working-class "Sergeant Major" character, which worked as a Police Sergeant, Roman Centurion, etc.
His filmography is very long, he could be actor as well as producer or directo rand sometimes offered his voice for cartoons as in Shreck.
* Interlude (1968)
* The Magic Christian (1969) (had written w/ Chapman an earlier version of the script, of which only the scenes they appear in survived)
* The Best House in London (1969)
* The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970) (writer and actor)
* And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) (writer and actor)
* Romance with a Double Bass (1974) (writer and actor)
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) (writer and actor: Sir Lancelot, Tim the Enchanter, swallow obsessed guard #2, Peasant #1, the Black Knight, French Taunter, body cart customer)
* Meetings, Bloody Meetings (1976) (a humorous business-oriented training video)
* The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977) (Arthur Sherlock Holmes, a descendant of the original)
* Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) (writer and actor: various roles including Reg)
* The Secret Policeman's Ball (1980)
* The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
* Time Bandits (1981) (as a gormless Robin Hood)
* Privates on Parade (1982) (Major Giles Flack)
* Yellowbeard (1983) (Blind Pew)
* Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) (writer and actor) (various roles)
* Silverado (1985) (plays Langston an English sheriff in a town in the western USA. His first line, as he walks in to a bar to break up a brawl, is, "What's all this, then?")
* Clockwise (1986) (as Mr. Stimpson, a school headmaster)
* A Fish Called Wanda (1988) (writer and actor) (as lawyer Archie Leach (Cary Grant's real name))
* Erik the Viking (1989) (as Halfdan the Black)
* Bullseye! (1990) (as Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese)
* An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) (Cat R. Waul)
* Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1992) (Narrator
* Splitting Heirs (1993) (Raoul P. Shadgrind)
* Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
* Disney's Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) (Dr. Julien Plumford)
* The Swan Princess (1994) (Jean-Bob)
* The Wind in the Willows (1996) (as Mr. Toad's lawyer)
* Fierce Creatures (1996) (as Rollo Lee, manager of an English zoo; the novelization suggests that he is actually the twin brother of Archie Leach from A Fish Called Wanda, with a slight change of surname)
* George of the Jungle (1997) (as the voice of an ape named Ape)
* The Out-of-Towners (1999 film) (1999) (as Mr. Mersault, the hotel manager)
* The World Is Not Enough (1999) (a James Bond film) (as Q's assistant, nicknamed R by Bond)
* Isn't She Great (2000)
* Quantum Project (2001) (as father of Stephen Dorff's character)
* Here's Looking at You: The Evolution of the Human Face narrator
* Rat Race (2001) (as eccentric millionaire Donald P. Sinclair)
* Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) ("Nearly Headless Nick")
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) ("Nearly Headless Nick")
* Die Another Day (2002) (second appearance in a James Bond film; replaces Desmond Llewelyn as Q in the series)
* Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) (Father of Alex)
* Scorched (2003) (Local Millionaire)
* George of the Jungle 2 (2003) (as the voice of an ape named Ape)
* Shrek 2 (2004) (voice of Princess Fiona's father, King Harold)
* Around the World in 80 Days (2004) (Grizzled Sergeant)
* Valiant (2005) (voice of captured pigeon, Mercury)
* Charlotte's Web (2006) (voice of Samuel the sheep)
* Man About Town (2006) (Dr. Primkin)
* Shrek the Third (2007) (King Harold)
* Igor (2008) (Dr. Glickenstein) (voice)
* The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (Dr. Barnhardt)
* Crood Awakening (2008) (Alvan) Voice (also writer)
* The Pink Panther Deux (2009) (Inspector Charles Dreyfus)
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