Hugh Laurie

Lowest Rated: 10% Holmes and Watson (2018)
Birthday: Jun 11, 1959
Birthplace: Oxford, England
British comedian Hugh Laurie could have easily taken another career track rather than that of well-known performer. As a secondary and college student, he was also a world-class oarsman. He wasn't the only one in the family to have a passion for the sport, however. His father won a gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics as part of the British national team. The youngest of four children, Laurie went to Eton College, perhaps Britain's best-known preparatory school. During his time there, he became involved in rowing. He quickly became one of the nation's best, and in 1977, he became one half of the national junior champion coxed pair. In the world junior championships held in Finland that year, he and his teammate finished fourth in the world.The following year, Laurie entered Cambridge University, with the intention of studying archeology and anthropology. He was also intent on joining the prestigious rowing team, which he had little problem doing. He reportedly became ill during his first year, however, and was forced to withdraw from the rowing competitions. While regaining his health, Laurie had his first experiences as a performer by getting involved with "the Footlights Club," a famed undergraduate comedy revue group. In his last year at Cambridge, Laurie was elected president of the club, with fellow Footlighter Emma Thompson acting as vice president.Traditionally, at the end of the year, the Footlights take their act on the road throughout the nation. While on these tours, Laurie met, via Thompson, a young playwright named Stephen Fry. They collaborated on a sketch called "The Cellar Tapes," which they entered in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1981. They were awarded "Pick of the Fringe," enabling the duo, along with the other Footlight performers (including Thompson) to go on tour throughout England and, eventually, Australia. Soon thereafter, Laurie, Fry, Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, and Ben Elton formed the television sketch program Alfresco, eventually leading Laurie to the famous (in Britain, at least) Black Adder series, headed by Rowan Atkinson, and also to the Jeeves & Wooster series with Fry. It wasn't long after these successes that he began appearing in films. In 1992, he appeared alongside fellow comedians Fry and Thompson, as well as Kenneth Branagh and Rita Rudner, in the ensemble comedy Peter's Friends. He subsequently did outstanding work as a character actor in such films as Sense and Sensibility (1995) and 101 Dalmatians (1996). In 1999, he took the lead in the adaptation of E.B. White's Stuart Little, playing the adopted father to a walking, talking, fully dressed mouse, a role he'd reprise in the film's 2002 sequel Stuart Little 2.After a two-year absence from the big screen, Laurie returned to the multiplexes in 2004 with a supporting role in Flight of the Phoenix, a remake of the 1965 James Stewart action-adventure film about a group of plane-crash survivors who attempt to build a new plane from the wreckage. That same year, Laurie essayed the titular role as the cynical but brilliant Dr. Gregory House in the prime-time Fox medical drama House, for which he would win a number of Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a TV Series Drama.Laurie is also a musician of note, performing as a keyboardist with the rock band Poor White Trash. He added yet another profession to his lengthy list of accomplishments when, in 1996, he published his first novel, The Gun Seller. Married since 1989, he has three children with his wife, Jo.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
10% Holmes and Watson Mycroft 2018
50% Tomorrowland David Nix $71.6M 2015
44% Mr. Pip Mr. Watts 2014
86% Bayou Maharajah Actor 2013
33% The Oranges David $0.3M 2012
92% Arthur Christmas Steve $46.5M 2011
25% Hop E.B.'s Dad $108.1M 2011
No Score Yet Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space Actor 2009
73% Monsters vs. Aliens Dr. Cockroach $198.4M 2009
No Score Yet B.O.B.'S Big Break Dr. Cockroach P.H.D. 2009
36% Street Kings Captain James Biggs $26.4M 2008
No Score Yet Alfresco Actor 2008
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out Actor 2007
No Score Yet Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Mr. Frederick Little 2006
32% Valiant Gutsy $19.4M 2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix Ian $21M 2004
No Score Yet The Young Visiters Lord Bernard Clark 2003
81% Stuart Little 2 Mr. Frederick 'Dad' Little $64.8M 2002
No Score Yet Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter Actor 2001
No Score Yet Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Vincente Minnelli 2001
No Score Yet Second Star to the Left Archie the Bunny 2001
No Score Yet Girl From Rio Raymond 2001
50% Maybe Baby Sam Bell 2000
No Score Yet Carnivale Cenzo Cenzo (voice) 2000
67% Stuart Little Mr. Little 1999
No Score Yet Blackadder Back & Forth Actor 1999
41% Cousin Bette Hector Hulot 1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask King's Advisor 1998
73% The Borrowers Officer Steady 1998
35% Spice World Poirot 1998
No Score Yet Treasure Island Actor 1997
39% 101 Dalmatians Jasper 1996
No Score Yet The Snow Queen's Revenge Actor 1996
No Score Yet Wind in the Willows Actor 1996
98% Sense and Sensibility Mr. Palmer 1995
No Score Yet The Snow Queen Actor 1995
No Score Yet A Pin for the Butterfly Actor 1994
No Score Yet All or Nothing at All Leo Hopkins 1993
71% Peter's Friends Roger 1992
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball Actor 1989
57% Strapless Colin 1989
No Score Yet Blackadder's Christmas Carol Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Third Ball Actor 1987
57% Plenty Michael 1985

TV

CREDIT
82% Chance
2016-2017
Executive Producer Eldon Chance
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
91% Veep
2012-2017
Tom James
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
90% The Night Manager
2016
Richard Onslow Roper
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
92% House
2004-2012
Executive Producer Dr. Gregory House Dr. Greg House Producer Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer Host
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2009
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Host
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Guest Bertie Wooster
  • 2007
  • 1992
No Score Yet Jeeves and Wooster
1993
Bertram `Bertie' Wooster
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1996
83% Blackadder the Third
1987
George, Prince Regent
  • 1987
No Score Yet A Bit of Fry and Laurie
1989-1995
Performer Appearing
100% Blackadder Goes Forth
1989
Lieutenant George
100% Blackadder II
1986
George Simon Partridge
No Score Yet Catch-22
2019
Major de Coverley
57% The Black Adder
1983
George

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