John Cleese(1939-), Comedian and actor
Sitter in 9 portraits
Internationally admired as an outstanding writer and performer of comedy, Cleese rose to fame as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-74) and consolidated his status as a leader of British television comedy with Fawlty Towers (1975, 1978). His film appearances have included Clockwise (1986) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
Watch Paul Merton talking about John Cleese in the Media section below
by David Appleby
R-type colour print, 1982