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Frankie (Cat)

Breed: Main Coon

John Cleese had five pet cats, but sadly only has four as of January 2023, due to the passing of Frankie. Three of them are Maine Coons. Frankie, full name Francis Feline-Cleese, was the most famous of Cleese’s Maine Coon cat pack. This ginger Maine coon has almost 3,000 Twitter followers and once appeared with his human on the British T.V. show The Last Leg, in an obvious attempt to make Frankie famous. Frankie’s nickname is Old Green Eyes and weighed 7kg at one year old. Cleese had said he “will stop growing when he’s 37”.

Felix (Cat)

Breed: Maine Coon

Felix is John Cleese’s black Maine Coon cat. Felix once spent a very scary day at the vet, only to have his parents be told he just had an upset tummy. Apparently, the stomach ache cost Cleese $350 USD. Felix made an appearance once on The One Show. Cleese has said he’s gotten a DNA test for Felix and apparently he is “one sixteenth human being.”

Heaven (Cat)

Breed: Ragdoll

John and Jen Cleese’s Ragdoll cat Heaven apparently sometimes takes exception to the paparazzi. Heaven once accompanied John to a meet and greet with some school-aged children, who asked him how cat babies are made. Cleese replied, “Well, they’re made in cat factories. You know the cat factory down the road from here about 200 yards down on the right? It says ‘cat factory’ and that’s where they make the cats.” But then he burst out laughing, put his head in his hands, and said “I’m sorry!” So, it’s still a mystery as to where baby cats come from. Maybe one day John Cleese will tell us.

Teddy (Cat)

Breed: Maine Coon

Teddy is another one of the Cleese Maine Coon cats. He’s a big boy, and very outspoken to the press. Teddy regularly addresses the public and has been named the Official Press Secretary of the Cleese household. He’s outspoken on the issues of mice, saying “I don’t like em. F*ck em.”

Whitey (Cat)

Whitey is one of John Cleese’s cat, however, he’s not nearly in the public eye as much as the family’s other cats. When naming him, John tweeted “Advice please-Would it be racist if we called him ‘Whitey’? Naming him ‘a cat of minimal colour’ is a bit cumbersome”.

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October 27, 1939 (84)

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John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, writer and comedian. John Cleese is a known animal rights activist and has been outspoken on issues such as trophy hunting and fair treatment for animals in film. He’s known to love cats, and has a celebrity cat named Francis, who has no talent at all. Cleese is well known and famed for his role in comedy entertainment.

Through a career that has spanned over 50 years and still continues today, the 77 year old has earned an estimated net worth of $17 million. He is most famous for co-founding the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python and their sketch show in the 60s, followed up with their series of films. He has starred and co-starred in dozens of films, including 80s classics like A Fish Called Wanda with Jamie Lee Curtis and in more recent years as part of the cast of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter movies. He has also continued to tour as a comedian over the years.

John Cleese Pets

Cleese is also well known for his love of cats, which led to him making fun of Taylor Swift and her cats on The Graham Norton Show. He brought his cat Francis onto the show in order to make him a celebrity.

Animal Rights

John Cleese is not one to shy away from speaking his mind. On the subject of animal trophy hunting, he’s said “The excitement they experience when they murder an unarmed animal is entirely due to their deep feelings of inadequacy and impotence in ordinary life. So they try to compensate for this sense of inferiority by shooting something much stronger and braver than they are.” Cleese is also a proud vegan and speaks out for the rights of animal actors.