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Python star Cleese to write his memoirs

MONTY Python star John Cleese has signed a deal to publish his first memoir, half a century after launching his entertainment career.

The 72-year-old star, who recently married for the fourth time, has struck a deal with Random House for his autobiography.

The publisher said the book "like the man himself, promises to be both hilariously frank and frankly hilarious".

Cleese (pictured) found his first success in the early 1960s as a TV comedy scriptwriter -- after making a name for himself with the Cambridge Footlights -- before appearing on The Frost Report and founding the Monty Python's Flying Circus team.

Hollywood success followed later with his lead role in A Fish Called Wanda, and he also had a stint in the James Bond movies, first as R and then as Q.