John Cleese
Bullying Survivor
Male | Santa Barbara, CA   United States
Kids called him cheese
Bullying Type: Emotional
Posted By: ukactor
4/24/12 2:05 PM
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John Cleese was bullied at school because his surname was cheese.

The 72-year-old actor was born with a different moniker to his stage name which resulted in him being mercilessly teased during his time in private education in the UK.

He said: 'I went to a private school, my parents didn't have much money and they spent what they did on giving me a private education.

'I can still remember walking up the stairs to the matron's room upstairs where I had to have a sort of basic medical examination and I can still remember the boys shouting, 'Cheese, cheese, cheese,' after me.'

His surname was not the only thing John - who is famous for roles in 'A Fish Called Wanda' and 'Monty Python' - was mocked for; bullies were also interested in the state of his manhood.

He added to Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper: 'I remember on the stairs down to the changing room the boys asking me whether I was a Cavalier or a Roundhead and I had no idea what they were talking about, because I had never heard of the civil war, and then I realised they were asking me if I was circ*mcised or not.'

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Posted By: Indirectly | 4/25/12 4:13 PM
Getting bullied must have gave him his sense of humor because this John Cleese is hilarious.
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Age: 82
Country: United States
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