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A Fish Called Wanda Fun Features


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… the cast of Fish Called Wanda reunited for another comedy called Fierce Creatures.

… John Cleese's character name is Archie Leach which is the real name of Cary Grant. John Cleese and Cary Grant were born in the same town in England. To learn more visit our Tribute to Cary Grant

… John Cleese's real-life daughter played Archie Leach's daughter Portia in the film.

... You can read the screenplay for A Fish Called Wanda here.

... Did you find yourself laughing at Michael Palin stuttering and then did you feel badly because you were laughing at someone's affliction? We guess Michael Palin did too because after the movie he opened The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering in London.

... A Fish Called Wanda has the distinction of being the only movie we know of that killed someone with laughter. OLE BENTZEN (Danish physician, d.1989) An audiologist who specialized in developing hearing aids for underdeveloped countries, Bentzen went to see the film A Fish Called Wanda. During a scene featuring John Cleese, Bentzen began laughing so hard that his heartbeat accelerated to a rate of between 250 and 500 beats a minute and he was seized by a heart attack and died. Ole Bentzen is number nine on a list of people who died from laughing. We thought you might want to read about the other eight. Today there is a comedy festival held every year in Washington DC in Ole Bentzen's honor called the Bentzen Ball.




... John Cleese, the writer and star of A Fish Called Wanda wants to tell you why you are going to like this movie:




A Fish Called Wanda On Location


Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the star of Jamie Lee Curtis:

Jamie Lee Curtis
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6600 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA


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A Fish Called Wanda


Archie Leech ( John Cleese ):

"How very interesting. You're a true vulgarian aren't you."




What does Archie's wife inadvertently get of Wanda's?

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