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Born: October 27, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Somerset, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Joined the Cambridge Footlights Revue, where he met his future writing partner Graham Chapman
1963:
Cast in the Footlights Revue "A Clump of Plinths"; later changed name to "Cambridge Circus" and performed in London's West End
1963:
Joined BBC Radio writing sketches for the "Dick Emery Show"
1964:
Performed in New York (on and off-Broadway) and on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS) with the Footlights Revue
1966:
Began writing (with Chapman) for the BBC show "The Frost Report"
1968:
First screen credit (with Chapman), "The Magic Christian"
1968:
Screen acting debut in "The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom"
1969:
Debuted the BBC's "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (aired in the U.S. on PBS)
1970:
Feature screenwriting debut (with Chapman), "The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer"; also acted in film
1971:
Formed Video Arts Ltd. to make industrial training films
1971:
Wrote (with Chapman) several episodes including the pilot of the British series "Doctor in the House"
1971:
First Monty Python film, "And Now for Something Completely Different"
1972:
Began making TV commercials
1975:
Re-teamed with the gang for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
1975:
Co-created, co-starred and co-wrote (with then wife Connie Booth) the TV series "Fawlty Towers" (BBC)
1979:
Offended all religions equally in "Monty Python's Life of Brian"
1979:
Starred in "The Secret Policeman's Ball" for Amnesty International (aired as a one-hour TV special, a full-length movie and two record albums)
1981:
Starred as Robin Hood in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
1983:
Re-teamed for "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life"
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Worked with Charles Crichton on 17 short films
1985:
Delivered a memorable turn as Sheriff Langston in "Silverado"; first collaboration with Kevin Kline
1986:
Played a school headmaster obsessed with punctuality in "Clockwise"
1987:
First American TV guest spot, "Cheers" (NBC)
1988:
First feature film as producer, "A Fish Called Wanda" (also co-starred and scripted); directed by Crichton; nominated for an Academy Award for his script; Kline co-starred in his Oscar winning performance
1991:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "An American Tail: Feivel Goes West"
1994:
Portrayed Professor Waldman, Frankenstein's tutor and colleague, in Kenneth Branagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
1995:
Re-teamed with the cast from "A Fish Called Wanda" for the less successful, "Fierce Creatures"
1997:
Voiced Ape, the mentor and father figure of Brendan Fraser's "George of the Jungle"
1999:
Played Mr. Mersault, the hotel manager in the remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
1999:
Appeared in the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" as Q's assistant, referred to by Bond as 'R'
1999:
Played a fictionalized version of Simon & Schuster head Dick Snyder in "Isn't She Great"
2001:
Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Rat Race," a throwback to the star-packed comedies of the 1960s
2001:
Played Nearly Headless Nick in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Cast as the owner of a TV network on the short-lived ABC comedy "Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)"
2002:
Returned as Nearly Headless Nick in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
2002:
Promoted to the role of Q in his next Bond outing "Die Another Day"
2003:
Cast as the father of Alex (Lucy Liu) in "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle"
2004:
Had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom, "Will and Grace," as the father of Lorraine Finster (Minnie Driver) and Karen's love interest; nominated for an Emmy Award
2004:
Voiced Fiona's Father, King Harold in the animated feature "Shrek 2"
2004:
Cast as The Balloon Man in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
2005:
Toured New Zealand with his one-man show "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot"
2006:
Voiced Samuel the sheep in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White
2007:
Reprised the role of King Harold for "Shrek the Third"
2008:
Lent his voice to the animated comedy "Igor"
2008:
Cast as Professor Barnhardt, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in the remake of the 1951 sci-fi movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
2009:
Voiced Professer Kripple in the animated sci-fi film "Planet 51"
2010:
Returned to voice King Harold in the animated feature "Shrek Forever After"
2011:
Narrated the animated family film "Winnie the Pooh"
2011:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

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