JOHN CLEESE, ENGLAND, JULY, 1985
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David Steen: “John was filming Clockwise and I was up against the problem of trying to avoid any aspect of the movie itself in the photograph. The scenes, the lighting, the drama has been perfected by somebody else; for me to borrow some of that is a bit of a cheat. Knowing John Cleese has a great sense of humour, knowing he won’t object to looking absurd on a haystack, I went for the fun shot. He’s a great clown.”
John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s he became a member of Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
In the mid 1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. Later, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He also starred in Clockwise and has appeared in many other films, including two James Bond films as R/Q, two Harry Potter films and three Shrek films.
With Yes Minister writer Antony Jay he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films.Acquire This Print