Date of Birth: October 27th 1939
John Cleese was studying law in the early 1960s at Cambridge University when he was sidetracked, and joined the Cambridge University Footlights Revue, a performing group. The group played in London's West End, and in 1964, Cleese went with their stage show, "Cambridge Circus," to the U.S. and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. He stayed on in New York for a year, appearing on Broadway in a small role in the musical Half a Sixpence.
Among Cleese's memorable television performances were an appearance on The Muppet Show in 1976, and guest appearances on Third Rock from the Sun and Will and Grace, for which he won the Emmy Award for his appearance as Lyle Finster.
Born October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, Cleese has been married and divorced three times, to Connie Booth, Barbara Trentham, and Alyce Faye Eichelberger. He has two daughters. Cleese has also co-written the books Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It, and has made a series of training films for the workplace.