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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2003 8:29 am | Updated: 2:18 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

John Cleese will give an April Fool's Day lecture at Cornell University on the life and works of W.C. Fields.

Cleese was named a professor-at-large at Cornell in 1999. The school said the actor-comedian has titled his talk: "W.C. Fields: A Comedian for Politically Incorrect Times."

He will be joined by James Curtis, author of the new biography, "W.C. Fields: A Biography."

Cleese, who also will participate in several classes, said he decided to lecture on Fields because he has been neglected and forgotten.

Cleese, 63, starred in the TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "Fawlty Towers." His films include "A Fish Called Wanda" "Die Another Day" and the upcoming "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

Professors-at-large make periodic visits to the Cornell campus during their six-year terms; they are considered full members of the faculty.

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