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Happy Birthday, John Cleese

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Posted by: Edward
October 27, 2008, 01:31 PM

Birthday wishes go out today to actor John Cleese, who portrays the character of Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington) in the Harry Potter films.  Please join us in wishing Mr. Cleese a very happy 69th birthday!  Cheers!

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27 Comments

Robbie Doyle

I missed Nearly Headless Nick from OOTP. I really enjoyed his scene with Harry during the end of the year feast in the book. The whole loss of Sirius makes my eyes water every time.

Posted by Robbie Doyle on October 27, 2008, 05:01 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

I agree Ben, the ghosts in the first 2 films really gave Hogwarths a sense that this aint no ordinary boarding school! I miss the ghosts too.

KB Prez, John Cleese wrote and produced that series and deliberately stopped at 12 episodes. He didnt want it to deteriorate and felt it was right to end it there despite the rocket high ratings. He is like today’s Ricky Gervais, they never run their ideas into the gutter and dont give in to pressure. Cleese was brilliant in his day. Fawlty Towers is my second all time favourite comedy series which I can never get bored of watching again and again.

Posted by Professor Potter on October 27, 2008, 05:13 PM report to moderator
evanna1

Happy Birthday John Cleese!

Posted by evanna1 on October 27, 2008, 05:48 PM report to moderator
emmy

Any Monty Python member is welcome to have a great birthday!

Posted by emmy on October 27, 2008, 06:06 PM report to moderator
Suze

Congratulation and salutations! I hope you’re getting lots of um… cake.
Many happy returns (and Colin the Lemur say “hi”)

Posted by Suze on October 27, 2008, 07:01 PM report to moderator
Iolanthe

Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin (same day as me!) May you have many more, or as many as you care to. We love you!

Posted by Iolanthe on October 27, 2008, 10:25 PM report to moderator
Dontez Davis

Happpy birthday nick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dontez Davis on October 28, 2008, 08:11 AM report to moderator
anne

@KBPrez, the reason why Faulty Towers is so excellent is because there are only 12 eps. They also had a very high standard of production, taking 6 weeks to film one episode! It is also one of my all time favourite comedies, and Monty Python are legend.

Posted by anne on October 28, 2008, 08:12 AM report to moderator
AlexaPython

Happy Birthday John!

Posted by AlexaPython on October 28, 2008, 11:30 AM report to moderator
Leif Longbottom

I’ve been a fan of Cleese for a long time. Things like Monty Python and Faulty Towers only get funnier as you get older.

If he wasn’t NHNick, he would’ve made a perfect Scrimgour. I think the whole Monty Python cast should’ve been in the movies. Terry Jones would’ve made a perfectly revolting Aunt Marge (or maybe Umbridge), Eric Idle would’ve been a memorable Peeves, Michael Palin would’ve been great as Sirius or a Gaunt(I’m thinking of him as the old hobo during Flying Circus credits), Graham Chapman (were he alive) would’ve made a fitting Fundge, and of course I’m of the opinion that Terry Gilliam should’ve directed the whole series.

I want to visit the alternate universe where Monty Python’s Harry Potter was filmed.

Posted by Leif Longbottom on October 28, 2008, 02:21 PM report to moderator
Mrs. de Mimsy-Porpington

My husband!

Ni! (as in… the Knights who say "Ni!)

Posted by Mrs. de Mimsy-Porpington on October 28, 2008, 04:16 PM report to moderator
Nusrat

Happy Birthday! Hope it was great. You are a good ghost :-)

Posted by Nusrat on October 30, 2008, 05:31 PM report to moderator
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