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John Cleese was an actor who appeared in the episode Simon Says as Dr. Simon Finch-Royce.



Year Title Role Notes
1961 Tokyo Knights The Shogun
Splendor in the Grass Tim Marshall
West Side Story Leonard Stephen
The Comancheros Paul Stuart
1962 Dr. No R
The Manchurian Candidate Boogey
1963 Irma la Douce General Bert
1964 My Fair Lady Yang
1965 Doctor Zhivago Wallace
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Timmy
1968 Interlude TV Publicist
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Post office clerk
1969 The Magic Christian (film) Mr. Dougdale (director in Sotheby's)
The Best House in London Jones Uncredited
1970 M*A*S*H R.J. Soldier
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Pummer Also writer
1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Various roles
The Statue Harry
1973 Anyone For Sex? Role of Sex Therapist
Westworld Baker
1974 Zardoz Wizard
Romance with a Double Bass Musician Smychkov Also writer
The Towering Inferno Alan
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Various roles Also writer
Nashville Randall
1976 Rocky Sylvester
1977 The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It Arthur Sherlock Holmes Also writer
1979 Mad Max Testa
Rocky II Sylvester
Monty Python's Life of Brian Various roles Also writer
1981 Excalibur Miles
The Great Muppet Caper Neville Cameo
Dragonslayer Hallam
Time Bandits Gormless Robin Hood
Mad Max 2 Testa Also known as The Road Warrior
1982 Rocky III Sylvester
Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Various roles Concert film; also writer
1983 Yellowbeard Harvey "Blind" Pew
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Various roles Also writer
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Michael
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Hanks
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Testa
Silverado Langston
Rocky IV Sylvester
1986 Clockwise Mr. Stimpson Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
The Great Mouse Detective Bouche Voice
Sid and Nancy Testa
1987 Spaceballs Caan
1988 Killer Klowns from Outer Space Stava
A Fish Called Wanda Barrister Archie Leach Also writer and executive producer
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Wayne
Erik the Viking Halfdan the Black
The Big Picture Bartender Cameo
1990 Bullseye! Man on the Beach in Barbados Who Looks Like John Cleese
Rocky V Sylvester
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Cat R. Waul Voice
The Last Boy Scout Roddy
1992 Wayne's World Liam
1993 Splitting Heirs Raoul P. Shadgrind
Tombstone Rance
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Professor Waldman
Airheads Bridges
The Jungle Book Dr. Julius Plumford
The Swan Princess Jean-Bob Voice
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Nesson
1996 Broken Arrow Dr. Plum
The Wind in the Willows Mr. Toad's Lawyer Cameo
1997 Fierce Creatures Rollo Lee Also writer and producer
George of the Jungle An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice
The Full Monty Keith
1998 In the Wild: Operation Lemur with John Cleese Narrator Documentary
Soldier Tom
1999 The Out-of-Towners Mr. Mersault
The World Is Not Enough R
2000 Isn't She Great Henry Marcus
The Magic Pudding Albert The Magic Pudding Voice
Dude, Where's My Car? Henry Marcus
2001 Quantum Project Alexander Pentcho
Here's Looking at You: The Evolution of the Human Face Narrator Documentary
Rat Race Donald P. Sinclair
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nearly Headless Nick
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nearly Headless Nick
Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Talking Cricket English dub
Die Another Day Q
The Adventures of Pluto Nash James
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mr. Munday
Scorched Charles Merchant
George of the Jungle 2 An Ape Named 'Ape' Voice
2004 Shrek 2 King Harold
Around the World in 80 Days Grizzled Sergeant
2005 Hitch Britt
Valiant Mercury Voice
V for Vendetta Cube
2006 Blood Diamond Brad
Charlotte's Web Samuel the Sheep Voice
Rocky Balboa Sylvester
Man About Town Dr. Primkin
2007 Shrek the Third King Harold Voice
I Am Legend Brown
2008 Speed Racer Square
Igor Dr. Glickenstein Voice
The Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Barnhardt
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Chief-Inspector Charles Dreyfus
Planet 51 Professor Kipple Voice
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Stewie English dub
2010 Spud The Guv
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Ghost Voice
Shrek Forever After King Harold
Knight and Day Smith
2011 Beethoven's Christmas Adventure Narrator Voice
The Big Year Historical Montage Narrator
Winnie the Pooh Narrator
2012 God Loves Caviar McCormick
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman David Frost / Various roles Voices
2013 The Last Impresario Himself Documentary
The Croods The King Voice, Story credit
Spud 2: The Madness Continues The Guv
Planes Bulldog Voice
2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly The Guv
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Testa
Absolutely Anything Chief Alien Voice
Creed Sylvester
2016 Get Squirrely Mr. Bellwood Voice
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Will
[[[Trolls (film)|Trolls]] King Gristle Sr. Voice
2018 Charming The Fairy Godmother
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer Donner
2019 The Naked Wanderer Brian King
Arctic Dogs Doc Walrus Voice
2020 The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee John
2021 Father Christmas Is Back John Christmas[1]
Clifford the Big Red Dog Mr. Bridwell
2022 The Martini Shot Dr. Auyeung Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1962–1963 That Was the Week That Was Writer
1966–1967 The Frost Report Various roles 28 episodes; also writer
1967 At Last the 1948 Show 2 seasons; also writer
1968 How to Irritate People Television film; also writer
The Avengers Marcus Rugman Episode: "Look – (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers..."
1969–1974 Monty Python's Flying Circus Various roles 40 episodes; also co-creator and writer
Nominated—BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1970–1971)
1971, 1974 Sez Les 18 episodes
1972 Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus 2 episodes; also co-creator and writer
1973 The Goodies The Genie Episode: "The Goodies and the Beanstalk"
Comedy Playhouse Sherlock Holmes Episode: "Elementary, My Dear Watson"
1975–1979 Fawlty Towers Basil Fawlty 12 episodes; also co-creator and writer
Nominated—BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance (1976, 1980)
1977 The Muppet Show Himself Episode: "John Cleese"
1979 Ripping Yarns Passer-by Episode: Golden Gordon
To Norway, Home of Giants Norman Fearless Television film
Doctor Who Art Lover Episode: "City of Death"
1980 The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio Television film
The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself (host) Television special
1982 Whoops Apocalypse Lacrobat 3 episodes
1987 Cheers Dr. Simon Finch-Royce Episode: "Simon Says"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1988 True Stories: Peace in our Time? Neville Chamberlain Television film
1992 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Narrator (voice) Television special
1993 Last of the Summer Wine Neighbour Episode: "Welcome to Earth"
1998, 2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Liam Neesam 4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1999 Casper & Mandrilaftalen Various roles Episode #2.2
2001 The Human Face Himself (host) 4 episodes; also writer
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special
2002 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) Red Lansing 12 episodes
Disney's House of Mouse Narrator (voice) 4 episodes
2003–2004 Will & Grace Lyle Finster Uncredited
6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2004 Wine for the Confused Himself (host) Documentary; also writer
2008 Batteries Not Included 6 episodes
We Are Most Amused Television special
2010 Entourage Himself Episode: "Lose Yourself"
2012–2013 Whitney Dr. Grant 2 episodes
2014 Over the Garden Wall Quincy Endicott / Adelaide (voices)
2018 Hold the SunsetTemplate:Refn[2] Phil 6 episodes
Speechless Martin 2 episodes

Video games[]

Year Title Voice role Notes
1994 Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time Performer Video
Storybook Weaver Narrator
1996 Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy Grail Performer Video
1997 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
1998 Starship Titanic The Bomb Credited as Kim Bread
2000 007 Racing R
007: The World Is Not Enough (N64)
007: The World Is Not Enough (PS1)
2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing Q
2004 Time Troopers Special Agent Wormold
Trivial Pursuit: Unhinged History
2005 Jade Empire Sir Roderick
2007 Shrek the Third King Harold
2010 Fable III Jasper
2012 Smart As The Narrator[3]
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Sir Cadwell
2016 Payday 2 The Butler (Aldstone)[4]
2017 Raid: World War II Control

Radio credits[]

Year Title
1964–1973 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
1972 I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue


Year Title Role Notes
2005–2011 Spamalot God (voice)
2014 Monty Python Live (Mostly) Various roles Also writer

Television advertisements[]

Year Title Role
1970s Royal Mail Pirate / Sir Betty
1975 Texaco Himself
1978 Accurist
1980–82 Sony
1981 Giroblauw (Netherlands) Interviewer
1982 Postbank (Netherlands) Himself
EAC Multilist (Australia) Estate agent
American Express Himself
1980s Compaq
Planters Pretzels (Australia)
1986 Maxwell House
1988 Talking Pages Man who wants to marry Princess
1990–91 Schweppes Himself
1991–94 Magnavox
1992–93 Talking Pages Colin
1993 Nestlé Milk Chocolate (Australia) Himself
Cellnet Woman
1993–95 Health Education Authority (Smoking Quitline) Himself
1996 Norwich Union Direct
Tele Danmark (Denmark)
1998 Tostitos French chef
Lexus Himself, voice only
1998–99 Sainsbury's Himself
1999 Melba toast
2001 007: Agent Under Fire R
2001–08 Titleist Ian MacCallister
2002 Little Tikes Himself
2003 Westinghouse Unplugged vacuum cleaner
2005 Intel
2006 TBS
TV Spielfilm (Germany)
2006–08 Kaupþing (Iceland)
2008 Bank Zachodni WBK (Poland)
2009 Elgiganten (Sweden)
Hashahar Ha'oleh (Israel) Western general
Accurist Himself
2010 William Hill (Austria)
2010–11 AA
2011 Dogtober (Australia) Himself, voice only
2012 Czech Olympic Team (Czech Republic) Himself
Canadian Club (Australia) Himself, voice only
2015 Specsavers Basil Fawlty
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