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Hugh Laurie

Highest Rated:   98% Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Lowest Rated:   25% Hop (2011)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Tomorrowland
  • David Nix
2015
47% Mr. Pip
  • Mr. Watts
2014
86% Bayou Maharajah
  • Actor
2013
34% The Oranges
  • David
2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Steve
2011
25% Hop
  • E.B.'s Dad
2011
No Score Yet Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space
  • Actor
2009
72% Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Dr. Cockroach
2009
No Score Yet B.O.B.'S Big Break
  • Dr. Cockroach P.H.D.
2009
36% Street Kings
  • Captain James Biggs
2008
No Score Yet Alfresco
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle & Mr. Jeremy Fisher & Other Stories
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet All or Nothing At All
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
  • Mr. Frederick Little
2006
31% Valiant
  • Gutsy
2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Ian
2004
No Score Yet The Young Visiters
  • Lord Bernard Clark
2003
81% Stuart Little 2
  • Mr. Frederick 'Dad' Little
2002
No Score Yet Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Girl From Rio
  • Raymond
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
46% Maybe Baby
  • Sam Bell
2000
No Score Yet Carnivale
  • Cenzo Cenzo (voice)
2000
66% 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
36% Spice World
  • Poirot
1998
No Score Yet Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Actor
1997
38% 101 Dalmatians
  • Jasper
1996
No Score Yet Wind in the Willows
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Snow Queen's Revenge
  • 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
90% Veep
2012
  • Tom James
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Bertie Wooster
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Appearing
  • Guest
92% The Night Manager
2016
  • Richard Onslow Roper
78% Chance
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Eldon Chance
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Dr. Gregory House Dr. Greg House
  • Director
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • Host

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