Acerbic “Dr. House” is really quite a droll, funny Englishman.
Or at least that’s the story of the real-life actor who gained American fame on the hit TV medical drama after years as half of the intellectually comedic duo Fry and Laurie in the UK.
Seven-time Emmy-nominated actor Hugh Laurie will receive the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, six days after the premiere of his Hulu psychological thriller “Chance.”
Laurie’s former comedic partner Stephen Fry is set to join him in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Pig ‘N Whistle British pub on Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony will be streamed live on walkoffame.com.
Born June 11, 1959, in Oxford, England, Laurie was a British national junior champion rower. When mononucleosis knocked him out of rowing while a student at Cambridge University, he joined the university’s dramatic club, the Cambridge Footlights, where he met Emma Thompson.
Thompson introduced him to Fry. The two principally wrote the club’s annual revue, “The Cellar Tapes,” which propelled them to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning its Perrier Comedy Award, London’s West End, and a television version, broadcast in 1982.
Laurie and Fry went on to star in such groundbreaking British television shows as “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” “Blackadder” and “Jeeves and Wooster.” They brought to the small screen one of the best versions of P.G. Wodehouse’s ridiculous take on upper-crust nonsense as Bertie and Jeeves.
Laurie first became known to American television audiences as the acerbic Dr. Gregory House on the 2004-2012 Fox drama, “House, M.D.” which brought him six Emmy nominations as outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
Laurie also received a nomination for a best supporting actor’s Emmy in a limited series or movie for his work in the AMC miniseries,”The Night Manager.”
In “Chance,” Laurie stars as San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance, who reluctantly becomes sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.
Laurie’s film credits include “Tomorrowland,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “The Man in the Iron Mask,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Stuart Little” and its sequel, “Stuart Little 2.”
Laurie is also an accomplished singer and musician, releasing the New Orleans blues albums “Let Them Talk” and “Didn’t It Rain,” and touring extensively with his group, “The Copper Bottom Band.”
—City News Service
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