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John Cleese

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 50 films, with $7,540,590,628 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #88)
Best-known acting roles: King Harold (Shrek 2), King Harold (Shrek the Third), King (Shrek Forever After), Nearly Headless Nick (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), King Gristle Sr. (Trolls)
Best-known technical roles: The Croods (Story Creator)
Most productive collaborators: Chris Sanders, Mike Mitchell, Chris Columbus, Daniel Radcliffe, Nicolas Cage

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting15$2,090,509,422$3,279,988,635$5,370,498,057
Lead Ensemble Member3$76,615,916$31,354,154$107,970,070
Narrator2$33,896,984$23,933,147$57,830,131
Leading2$19,533,704$11,484,747$31,018,451
Cameo1$261,987,880$616,991,754$878,979,634
(Unclassified)27$612,906,964$481,387,321$1,094,294,285
In Technical RolesStory Creator1$187,168,425$385,900,000$573,068,425

Career Trend

This graph shows John Cleese’s score on our annual analysis of leading stars at the box office. The Star Score represents points assigned to each of the leading stars of the top 100 movies (based on box office) in the current year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on..

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,179 $96,149,620
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office 81 $2,090,509,422
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office 89 $2,018,056,838
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office 95 $261,987,880
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office 75 $3,095,450,870
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,685 $42,838,901
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office 85 $3,279,988,635
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office 62 $3,405,184,668
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the International Box Office 34 $616,991,754
Top Stars at the International Box Office 88 $4,445,139,758
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,418 $138,988,521
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 80 $5,370,498,057
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office 67 $5,423,241,506
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 47 $878,979,634
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office 88 $7,540,590,628
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 246 $187,168,425
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 159 $385,900,000
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 175 $573,068,425

See the Acting Credits tab for all Acting Box Office Records and the Technical Credits tab for all Technical Box Office Records.


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All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad Doc Walrus  $0 $0 $0
4/20/2018 Charming   $0 $2,125,029 $2,125,029
10/12/2016 Trolls King Gristle Sr.   $153,707,064 $190,820,361 $344,527,425
4/14/2016 A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown Mr. Bellwood  $0 $1,354,154 $1,354,154
8/9/2013 Disney Planes Bulldog  $90,282,580 $147,776,989 $238,059,569
11/2/2012 A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue S… Himself  $5,102 $0 $5,102
10/14/2011 The Big Year Historical Montage Narrator  $7,204,138 $480,386 $7,684,524
7/15/2011 Winnie the Pooh Narrator  $26,692,846 $23,452,761 $50,145,607
5/21/2010 Shrek Forever After King  $238,736,787 $517,507,886 $756,244,673
11/20/2009 Planet 51   $42,194,060 $66,802,053 $108,996,113
2/6/2009 The Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus  $35,922,978 $34,100,000 $70,022,978
12/12/2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Professor Barnhardt  $79,366,978 $153,700,000 $233,066,978
9/19/2008 Igor Dr. Glickenstein  $19,528,602 $11,484,747 $31,013,349
5/17/2007 Shrek the Third King Harold  $322,719,944 $484,610,992 $807,330,936
2/13/2007 Man About Town Dr. Primkin  $0 $0 $0
12/15/2006 Charlotte's Web Samuel the Sheep  $82,985,708 $61,000,000 $143,985,708
8/19/2005 Valiant Mercury  $19,478,106 $44,710,281 $64,188,387
6/16/2004 Around the World in 80 Days Grizzled Sergeant  $24,004,159 $48,000,000 $72,004,159
5/19/2004 Shrek 2 King Harold  $441,226,247 $495,781,885 $937,008,132
11/14/2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Waiter  $20,950,820 $33,589,842 $54,540,662
6/27/2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Alex's Father  $100,814,328 $126,385,672 $227,200,000
12/25/2002 Pinocchio (voice - US version)  $3,681,811 $28,000,000 $31,681,811
11/22/2002 Die Another Day $160,942,139 $271,000,000 $431,942,139
11/15/2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nearly Headless Nick  $261,987,880 $616,991,754 $878,979,634
8/16/2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash James  $4,411,102 $2,683,893 $7,094,995
11/15/2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Nearly Headless Nick  $317,575,550 $657,179,821 $974,755,371
8/17/2001 Rat Race Donald Sinclair  $56,607,223 $30,000,000 $86,607,223
1/28/2000 Isn't She Great Henry Marcus  $2,954,405 $0 $2,954,405
11/19/1999 The World is Not Enough $126,930,660 $234,800,000 $361,730,660
4/2/1999 The Out-of-Towners Mr. Mersault  $28,544,120 $0 $28,544,120
10/31/1997 The Wind in the Willows Mr. Toad's Lawyer  $72,844 $0 $72,844
7/16/1997 George Of The Jungle An Ape Named 'Ape'  $105,263,257 $69,200,000 $174,463,257
1/24/1997 Fierce Creatures Rollo Lee  $9,254,184 $0 $9,254,184
12/25/1994 The Jungle Book Dr. Plumford  $44,342,956 $0 $44,342,956
11/18/1994 The Swan Princess Jean-Bob (voice)  $9,771,658 $0 $9,771,658
11/4/1994 Frankenstein Mentor, Dr. Waldeman  $22,006,296 $90,000,000 $112,006,296
4/30/1993 Splitting Heirs Raoul P. Shadgrind  $3,246,063 $0 $3,246,063
11/22/1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Cat R. Waul  $20,218,664 $0 $20,218,664
9/22/1989 Erik the Viking Halfdan the Black  $1,932,642 $0 $1,932,642
9/15/1989 The Big Picture Bartender Frankie  $117,463 $0 $117,463
7/15/1988 A Fish Called Wanda Archibald 'Archie' Leech  $63,493,000 $0 $63,493,000
10/10/1986 Clockwise Brian Stimpson  $1,476,356 $0 $1,476,356
7/10/1985 Silverado Sheriff John Langston  $33,200,000 $0 $33,200,000
6/24/1983 Yellowbeard Harvey "Blind" Pew  $4,300,000 $0 $4,300,000
3/31/1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Various roles  $14,929,552 $0 $14,929,552
6/25/1982 Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl Various Roles  $327,958 $0 $327,958
11/6/1981 Time Bandits Robin Hood  $37,400,000 $0 $37,400,000
6/26/1981 The Great Muppet Caper Nevil  $31,206,251 $0 $31,206,251
8/17/1979 Life of Brian Various Roles  $20,008,693 $0 $20,008,693
5/10/1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Various roles  $3,427,696 $1,601,252 $5,028,948
Movies: 50Totals:$3,095,450,870$4,445,139,758$7,540,590,628
  Averages:$61,909,017$88,902,795$150,811,813

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/14/2016 A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown $0 0 $0 $1,354,154 0.0%
11/2/2012 A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue S… $5,102 4 $5,102 $5,102 100.0%
9/19/2008 Igor $7,803,347 2,341 $19,528,602 $31,013,349 63.0%
8/17/2001 Rat Race $11,662,094 2,551 $56,607,223 $86,607,223 65.4%
8/17/1979 Life of Brian $140,044 28 $20,008,693 $20,008,693 100.0%
Movies: 5Totals:  $96,149,620$138,988,521 
 Averages:$3,922,117985$19,229,924$27,797,70465.7%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/20/2018 Charming $0 0 $0 $2,125,029 0.0%
10/12/2016 Trolls $46,581,142 4,066 $153,707,064 $344,527,425 44.6%
8/9/2013 Disney Planes $22,232,291 3,716 $90,282,580 $238,059,569 37.9%
5/21/2010 Shrek Forever After $70,838,207 4,386 $238,736,787 $756,244,673 31.6%
2/6/2009 The Pink Panther 2 $11,588,150 3,245 $35,922,978 $70,022,978 51.3%
12/12/2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still $30,480,153 3,560 $79,366,978 $233,066,978 34.1%
5/17/2007 Shrek the Third $121,629,270 4,172 $322,719,944 $807,330,936 40.0%
12/15/2006 Charlotte's Web $11,457,353 3,745 $82,985,708 $143,985,708 57.6%
6/16/2004 Around the World in 80 Days $7,576,132 2,801 $24,004,159 $72,004,159 33.3%
5/19/2004 Shrek 2 $108,037,878 4,223 $441,226,247 $937,008,132 47.1%
6/27/2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle $37,634,221 3,485 $100,814,328 $227,200,000 44.4%
11/22/2002 Die Another Day $47,072,040 3,377 $160,942,139 $431,942,139 37.3%
11/15/2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $90,294,621 3,672 $317,575,550 $974,755,371 32.6%
11/4/1994 Frankenstein $11,212,889 2,177 $22,006,296 $112,006,296 19.6%
11/22/1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West $3,435,625 1,698 $20,218,664 $20,218,664 100.0%
Movies: 15Totals:  $2,090,509,422$5,370,498,057 
 Averages:$41,337,9983,222$139,367,295$358,033,20440.8%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,179 $96,149,620
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office 81 $2,090,509,422
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 390 $1,406,995,391
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office 89 $2,018,056,838
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,821 $368,808,131
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office 95 $261,987,880
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office 75 $3,095,450,870
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,685 $42,838,901
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office 85 $3,279,988,635
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 418 $1,819,042,533
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office 62 $3,405,184,668
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,207 $512,983,022
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the International Box Office 34 $616,991,754
Top Stars at the International Box Office 88 $4,445,139,758
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,418 $138,988,521
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 80 $5,370,498,057
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 378 $3,226,037,924
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office 67 $5,423,241,506
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,923 $881,791,153
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 47 $878,979,634
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office 88 $7,540,590,628
Highest Grossing Stars of 1980 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 137 64
Highest Grossing Stars of 1981 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 107 64
Highest Grossing Stars of 2001 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 156 58
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 160 58
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 179 58
Highest Grossing Stars of 2001 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 170 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 175 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 190 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2001 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 158 55
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 168 55
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 187 55
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 689 $96,149,620
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,053 $42,838,901
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 801-900) 859 $138,988,521
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,079 $76,615,916
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Digital Animation Movies (Rank 301-400) 355 $19,533,704
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,581 $30,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Digital Animation Movies (Rank 401-500) 411 $12,838,901
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,277 $106,615,916
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Digital Animation Movies (Rank 301-400) 372 $32,372,605
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 801-900) 804 $56,607,223
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 502 $19,528,602
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 420 $20,013,795
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 983 $30,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 516 $12,838,901
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 904 $86,607,223
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 502 $32,367,503
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 558 $20,013,795
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 801-900) 859 $19,528,602
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 301-400) 364 $76,621,018
Top International Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 801-900) 898 $12,838,901
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 401-500) 479 $30,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 913 $32,367,503
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 301-400) 392 $106,621,018
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 701-800) 782 $56,607,223
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,014 $20,013,795
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 801-900) 825 $19,528,602
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 801-900) 893 $30,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 701-800) 736 $12,838,901
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 801-900) 854 $86,607,223
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,249 $20,013,795
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 801-900) 816 $32,367,503
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 645 $20,008,693
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 286 $56,607,223
Top Domestic Leading Stars for MGM Movies 96 $19,528,602
Top International Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 312 $30,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for MGM Movies 68 $11,484,747
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 693 $20,008,693
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 318 $86,607,223
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for MGM Movies 86 $31,013,349

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
3/15/2013 The Croods Story Creator $187,168,425 $385,900,000 $573,068,425
Movies: 1Totals:$187,168,425$385,900,000$573,068,425
  Averages:$187,168,425$385,900,000$573,068,425


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