Fierce Creatures: About The Cast

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In addition to starring in Fierce Creatures as Rollo Lee, JOHN CLEESE also produced the film with Michael Shambcrg and wrote the screenplay with Iain Johnstone.

Cleese first shot to fame in The Frosi Report in 1966, and in 1969 co-created Monty Python 's Flying Circus. The team went on to conquer the world with three cult TV scries and four hugely successful films, And Now For Something Completely Different (1971), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), The Life of Brian (1979), and The Meaning of Life (1983), as well as various international stage shows before Cleese movcd on to create the irrepressible Basil, the hotel manager from hell, in one of the most successful TV series ever made-Fawlty Towers (1974 and 1979), all 12 episodes of which have been repeated by popular demand on the BBC many times.

As well as his work with Monty Python, Cleese's film credits as an actor include The Great Muppet Caper (1980), Time Bandits (1980), Privates on Parade (1982), Silverado (1984), Clockwise (1986), Terry Jones' Erik the Viking, Eric Idle's Splitting Heirs (1992), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Jungle Book (1995) and The Wind In The Willows (1996).

In 1988 he, of course, starred in and co-wrote (with director Charles Crichton) one of the most successful British films of all time-A Fish Called Wanda.

Cleese's writing, directing and acting credits for stage and television also include: The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979), which he directed for Amnesty International, and The Secret Policenian 's Other Ball (1981), which he co-directed for both stage and film, the BBC's production of Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew (1980) in which he played Petruchio and Whoops Apocalypse (1981) for LWT.

In 1983 he published his first book, Families & How To Survive Them (co-written with Dr. Robin Skynner), which was produced as a series for BBC Radio 4 in 1990. The book remains a huge best seller and its sequel Life & How To Survive It also written with Dr. Robin Skynner was published in 1993.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS (Willa Weston) has demonstrated her versatility as a film actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as the blockbuster True Lies for which she earned a Golden Globe Award, Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, for which she earned a British Film Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress; and memorable leading role performances in A Fish Called Wanda, Dominick and Eugene, Blue Steel, My Girl, Love Letters, Forever Young and Mother 's Boys.

Curtis was most recently seen in the comedy House Arrest. Last year, viewers saw her in The Heidi Chronicles on Turner Network Television for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

In television, Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the acclaimed sitcom Anything But Love, which earned her a Golden Globe Award and a People's Choice Award.

Curtis began her Hollywood career in 1977 when she signed on as a contract player with Universal Studios. She was a regular on the television series Operation Petticoat when she was cast in the film role that brought her to the attention of audiences worldwide, the 1978 release of Halloween. The critically acclaimed John Carpenter film led to starring roles in such films as Prom Night, Terror Train, The Fog and Halloween II.

Curtis has completed her second children's book, entitled Tell Me Again Ahout the Night I Was Born. Her first book, called When J Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir ofHer Youth, was published in 1993. Both books are published by Harper Collins.

Curtis has just been signed to star in Universal Pictures' science fiction technothriller Virus, to be produced by Gale Anne Hurd and directed by John Bruno, which is scheduled to start production in late January.

Academy Award® winner KEVIN KLINE (Vince/Rod McCain) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father owned a record store. Brought up in a house where there was always music, he inevitably became a music major at Indiana University. But midway through college he joined an acting class and the die was cast. Afier graduation he was accepted at the Julliard School of Drama and became a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company.

For four years he toured the States playing lead roles in Sheridan, Ibsen, Chekhov, Congreve and Shakespeare plays before making his Broadway debut in 1978 in the Hal Prince musical On the Twentieth Century. As Madeline Kahn's beau, the outrageously vain movie idol Bruce Granit, his bravura comic performance and pleasant singing voice won him a Drama Desk Award and the first of two Tony Awards.

Two years later he starred as the Pirate King in Joseph Papp's re-working of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. The show transferred to Broadway and brought further acclaim for Kline who again picked up the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as best actor in a musical comedy.

The screen version marked the beginning of his career as a movie actor and simultaneously Alan J. Pakula met with Kline and cast him opposite Meryl Streep in Sophie 's Choice. His performance was nominated for both BAFTA and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globe) awards.

His long relationship with director Lawrence Kasdan began in 1983 with The Big (:hill, a serio-comedic look at a group of ex-college friends who get together afier many years and take stock of their lives. The partnership was renewed with the sprawling ensemble Western Silverado and continued with J Love You to Death and most recently French Kiss.

Following Jack Fisk's film Violets Are Blue, in which Kline portrayed a small town newspaper journalist seeking to rekindle an old love affair with high school sweetheart Sissy Spacek, Kline returned to the Circle in the Square on Broadway, where he won rave reviews for his Captain Bluntschli in Shaw's Arms and the Man, directed by fellow actor John Malkovich.

In keeping with a lifestyle which refuses to stand still, Violets Are Blue was released at the same time as he was on stage playing Hamlet-a performance which won him an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in the theatre. A few months later he was on his way to Zimbabwe to portray the crusading South African newspaper editor Donald Woods in Richard Attenborough's anti-apartheid plea Cry Freedom.

And straight from this somber subject he joined JoIm Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda. The film became the highest grossing British film ever (only toppled from its perch by Working Title's Four Weddings and a Funeral seven years later). For his Manic Otto West, Kline won the 1988 Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actor.

He continued to commute between stage and screen, receiving the Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre. His production of Hamlet at New York's Public Theatre in 1992 received no less than five Drama Desk nominations, including two for Kline as director and lead actor.

Kline, who served as Associate Producer for the New York Shakespeare Festival, went on to co-direct a highly acclaimed version of the production for the PBS Great Performances series.

He picked up yet another Golden Globe nomination for his work in Ivan Reitman's with Sigourney Weaver Dave and before joining Meg Ryan in the comedy French Kiss, he was back in Britain making Princess Caraboo with his actress wife Phoebe Cates, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent and John Lithgow. Kline was recently heard as the debonair Phoebus in Disney's animated feature The Hunchback ofNotre Dame.

Next up for Kline is a starring role in Ang Lee's Ice Storm opposite stars Bruce Davison, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci, scheduled for release in the fall.

Kline is presently in production on the comedy Jn & Out, a story about a teacher whose sexuality is put into question.

MICHAEL PALIN (Adrian "Bugsy" Malone) gained a degree in history from Oxford University before going into television and becoming a founding member of the Monty Python team.

He has written and performed in numerous successful films and television series, including The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, and more recently American Friends and GBH.

Michael's globe-trotting exploits include traveling from London to the Kyle of Lochalsh and from Derry to Kerry for the two BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World series, following in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg for Around the World in 80 Days and, most recently, tackling the trip from North Pole to South Pole.

In addition to the best-selling Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, he has written many books, notably Ripping Yarns and Dr Feggs Encyclopedia (sic) of All World Knowledge with Terry Jones and a number of children's books, including The Mirrorstone, Limericks, the Cyril stories and Small Harry and the Toothache Pills.

Michael's first stage play, The Weekend, opened in Guildford on March 14, 1994 and, after a six week regional tour, moved to the West End at the beginning of May. His first novel, Hemingway 's Chair was published by Methuen in April 1995.

His love of travel continues. A few days after completing the initial principal photography on Fierce Creatures, Palin set off for a nine-month trip around the Pacific Rim for a future book project as well as a further series of his popular BBC Television travel programs.

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