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Robert Sean Leonard



In 1986, clean-cut American actor Robert Sean Leonard made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs and his film debut in The Manhattan Project. His first starring film role was as a high-school vampire in the '80s teen comedy My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1988). But Leonard's chiseled features and dark brown eyes made him perfect for the role of Neil Perry, the sensitive prep-school student whose acting aspirations are crushed by his wealthy father in the much-loved drama Dead Poets Society (1989). His next few films were period pieces: the Merchant-Ivory production Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (also 1993). Leonard also earned a Young Artist award for his performance in the WWII-era musical Swing Kids in 1993 and earned his first Tony nomination that same year for a revival of Candida. Though he often chose the stage over the screen, his theatrical training directed him toward roles in the talky feature films Married to It (1993), Safe Passage (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). He also fared well in television adaptations of stage productions (The Boys Next Door [1996], In the Gloaming [1997]) and based-on-a-true-story docudramas (Killer: A Journal of Murder [1995], A Glimpse of Hell [2001]).



In 2001, Leonard reunited with Dead Poets Society co-star Ethan Hawke to appear in the independent drama Chelsea Walls, Hawke's directorial debut. He also co-starred with Hawke and Uma Thurman in Richard Linklater's intensely talky drama Tape. After spending most of his career on the stage, Leonard finally earned a Tony award for his portrayal of A.E. Houseman in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love. Also on Broadway, he could be seen in A Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Violet Hour. Though Leonard's 2004 projects would include the feature film The I Inside, based on the play Point of Death, it would soon become apparent that television was his true calling when, later that same year, he donned a white coat as Dr. James Wilson on the phenominally successful series House.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
  • Actor
2006
43% The I Inside
  • Peter Cable
2005
No Score Yet A Painted House
  • Jesse Chandler
2003
No Score Yet Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi
  • Francis
2003
78% Tape
  • Jon
2001
26% Chelsea Walls
  • Terry
2001
14% Driven
  • DeMille Bly
2001
33% A Glimpse of Hell
  • Dan Meyer
2001
No Score Yet Ground Control
  • Cruise
1998
72% Last Days of Disco
  • Tom
1998
No Score Yet Standoff
  • Jamie Doolin
1998
40% I Love You, I Love You Not
  • Angel of Death
1997
No Score Yet In the Gloaming
  • Danny
1997
No Score Yet Stand Off
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder
  • Henry Lesser
1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door
  • Barry Klemper
1996
54% Safe Passage
  • Alfred
1995
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Ted Archer
1993
91% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Claudio
1993
33% Married to It
  • Chuck
1993
38% Swing Kids
  • Peter Müller
1993
55% Wind
  • Mooney
1992
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Adult Douglas Bridge
1990
85% Dead Poets Society
  • Neil Perry
1989
No Score Yet My Best Friend Is a Vampire
  • Jeremy Capello
1988
No Score Yet Bluffing It
  • Rusty Duggan
1987
47% The Manhattan Project
  • Max
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Dr. James Wilson
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • Voice
85% Falling Skies
2011-2015
  • Actor
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Del Paul
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Kenneth O'Dwyer ADA Kenneth O'Dwyer
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Brock
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Frederick Barnes

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