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She introduced him to his future comedy partner, Stephen Fry. In —81, his final year at university, besides rowing, Laurie was president of the Footlights, with Thompson as vice-president. He states that he did not graduate from Cambridge. It resulted in Laurie, Fry and Thompson being selected, along with Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane and Siobhan Redmond to write and appear in a new sketch comedy show for Granada Television, Alfresco , which ran for two series. Fry and Laurie went on to work together on various projects throughout the s and s.
Wodehouse's stories, in which Laurie played Jeeves's employer, the amiable twit Bertie Wooster. He and Fry worked together at various charity stage events, such as Hysteria!
They collaborated again on the film Peter's Friends and came together for a retrospective show in titled Fry and Laurie Reunited. This was a serious acting role, the film being dramatised from the letters home of Pilot Officer J. Laurie's later film appearances include Sense and Sensibility , adapted by and starring Emma Thompson; the Disney live-action film Dalmatians , where he played Jasper, one of the bumbling criminals hired to kidnap the puppies; Elton's adaptation of his novel Inconceivable , Maybe Baby ; Girl from Rio ; the remake of The Flight of the Phoenix'.
Since , Laurie has appeared in a range of British television dramas, guest-starring that year in two episodes of the first season of the spy thriller series Spooks on BBC One. In , he starred in and also directed ITV's comedy-drama series fortysomething in one episode of which Stephen Fry appears. Laurie voiced the character of Mr. Wolf in the cartoon Preston Pig. He was a panellist on the first episode of QI , alongside Fry as host.
Between and he starred as the acerbic physician specialising in diagnostic medicine, Dr. Gregory House in the popular Fox medical drama House. For his portrayal, Laurie assumed an American accent. Laurie was in Namibia filming Flight of the Phoenix and recorded the audition tape for the show in the bathroom of the hotel, the only place he could get enough light.
Laurie's American accent was so convincing that executive producer Bryan Singer, who was unaware at the time that Laurie was British, pointed to him as an example of just the kind of compelling American actor he had been looking for.
Laurie also adopted the accent between takes on the set of House , as well as during script read-throughs, although he used his native accent when directing the House episode "Lockdown". Laurie also served as director for the episode "The C-Word" of the show's final season. Laurie was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in House in Although he did not win, he did receive a Golden Globe in both and for his work on the series and the Screen Actors Guild award in and Laurie was not nominated for the Emmys, apparently to the outrage of Fox executives, but he still appeared in a scripted, pre-taped intro, where he parodied his House character by rapidly diagnosing host Conan O'Brien and then proceeded to grope him as the latter asked him for help to get to the Emmys on time.
He would later go on to speak in French while presenting an Emmy with Dame Helen Mirren, and has since been nominated in , , , , and Laurie was initially cast as Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet , in Singer's film Superman Returns but had to bow out of the project because of his involvement in House.
In July , Laurie appeared on Inside the Actors Studio , where he also performed one of his own comic songs, "Mystery", accompanying himself on the piano. He hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live , in which he appeared in drag in a sketch about a man Kenan Thompson with a broken leg who accuses his doctor of being dishonest. Laurie played the man's wife. He also hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time on the Christmas show in which he sang a medley of three-second Christmas songs to close his monologue.
On 8 February , Fox announced that season eight of House would be the last. On 13 June , the media announced that Laurie was in negotiations to play the villain in RoboCop , a remake of the original RoboCop film. These negotiations ultimately fell through and Laurie passed on the project. In , Laurie starred in an independent feature called The Oranges that had a limited release.
The New York Post felt that he was "less-than-ideally cast" in the role of a dad who has an affair with his neighbour's daughter, played by Leighton Meester.
The series started filming in spring and aired first on the BBC. He currently stars as Dr. He sings and plays piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone. Laurie co-wrote and performed the humorous blues song, "Sperm Test in the Morning", in the film Maybe Baby. His character has a Hammond B-3 organ in his home and on one episode performed the introduction to Procol Harum's classic "Whiter Shade of Pale". On 26 July , it was announced that Laurie would be releasing a blues album after signing a contract with Warner Bros. On 15 May , Laurie was the subject of the ITV series Perspectives , explaining his love for the music of New Orleans and playing music, from his album Let Them Talk , at studios and live venues in the city itself.
Writing In , Laurie's first novel, The Gun Seller , an intricate thriller laced with Wodehouseian humour, was published and became a best-seller. He has since been working on the screenplay for a film version.
Sort order. What a waste. What a terrible, terrible waste. How do you write about someone as interesting as Hugh Laurie and manage to make the book so horribly dull and lifeless? I don't know, but Anthony Bunko did it--give the man an award! Do yourself a favor--skip this book.
Instead, go to YouTube and type in 'hugh laurie interview' and hit enter. That's where literally every single quote from Mr Laurie came from anyway--interviews that are widely available on YouTube. I'd seen many of them and therefore What a waste. I'd seen many of them and therefore recognized the vast majority of the quotes. And as for the rest? The details you may not get from hearing Mr Laurie himself speak? Go to Wikipedia and read the article about him. It will be equally informative as this worthless book.
Honestly, did anyone even bother proofreading this thing? There are a ridiculous amount of typos and errors in here. Considering they had a lot of time to get the book ready as far as I know, there are no other Hugh Laurie biographies to compete with , they ought to be ashamed of themselves. I understand that nobody's perfect and that typos are going to happen even in professional publications as this one supposedly is , but this was just ridiculous, beyond insulting.
A fourth-grader could have done better, and a fourth-grader would've proofread it, because in fourth grade your teacher makes you. The editors ought to be fired immediately, because they clearly didn't even glance at this piece of trash. I honestly shouldn't be quite this furious, but I just hate wasting my time on books where it's pretty clear the author didn't even care about it. But I've decided that Mr Laurie's next and only biographer from now on should be Mr Fry, who's already written his own autobiography and made it pretty interesting, touching, and occasionally amusing.
Mr Laurie could interject comments now and then, arguing with what Mr Fry has said, and then the regular text could continue. It would epic. Even if they totally made up every detail, completely fictionalized his life, it would still be awesome and hugely epic. Dang, I want to read that book now So yeah. Don't bother with this one. View all 3 comments. Jan 19, Suzanne rated it it was ok.
Oh dear. I absolutely adore Hugh Laurie, i think he's a really lovely, interesting, complex man. But this book was awful.
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I don't think the author even met Laurie, it just read like a load of information which i could have gathered myself just by a few clicks from google. It get's 2 starts purely because i love Hugh Laurie and reading about him is always good.. And the proof-reader needs the sack, so many basic mistakes in there! Nov 19, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: biographies , entertainment-tv-movies-etc.
I could have written this book with Google and four hours to scan every article and video on line that contained an interview with Hugh Laurie. I don't think the author even met the man. Big waste of time and money. A perfectly serviceable biography; but, being a fan of Hugh Laurie in every incarnation, I hoped for more from this, somehow expecting a book with character and charm.
I have been left wondering what A perfectly serviceable biography; but, being a fan of Hugh Laurie in every incarnation, I hoped for more from this, somehow expecting a book with character and charm.
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I have been left wondering what a flat and soulless mess Bunko might make of a biography of someone less engaging than Hugh Laurie. This started dreadfully and I wondered whether it was an unauthorised cut and paste job. The author uses generous clods of filler at times giving us extensive biographies of the people Laurie has worked with, however that doesn't deny or overshadow Laurie's achievements.
I've no doubt Laurie is a genuinely humble man but, presuming he contributed to this book, a biography is sort of the antithesis of humble. Thou doth protest too much. Laurie's self-deprecation does become a little hard to take. That said, much of his work is the comedic screenplay of my life so the book becomes impossible to put down as actors and comedians and writers I have loved flaunt their genius alongside the co-star who always stole the show. By the end of the book Laurie is the star in 'House' and it is there his depression is lightly explored which left me with the uncomfortable but lingering feeling that Laurie is perhaps a bit of a troubled selfish loner.
A well-established multi-millionaire doesn't have to spend his life separated from his family. You sort of get the feeling he prefers it that way. Oct 29, Ruth Bradbury-Horton rated it it was ok. I was quite disappointed with this read. This was not a good biography at all, with pages and pages dedicated to talking about actors and a few select friends who Hugh Laurie has worked with, and been educated with. His father was mentioned, and I think I learnt more about the senior Mr Laurie, than I did his famous son.
This of course raises the question of what should be in a bio's content? Well no need down to minute detail, or sock size, but some kind of background and or reference to inspira I was quite disappointed with this read. Well no need down to minute detail, or sock size, but some kind of background and or reference to inspirational people etc. Such a shame as Hugh Laurie is a favourite of mine.
Hugh Laurie: The Biography Jun 14, Jane Chan rated it really liked it.
Loved the book, and getting to know more about the fantastic actor behind my favourite TV doctor was a moving ride from beginning to end. I discovered the House series only recently and had been hooked on ever since. The actor is surprisingly down-to-earth and self-deprecating as depicted in the book. And getting to know the o Loved the book, and getting to know more about the fantastic actor behind my favourite TV doctor was a moving ride from beginning to end.
And getting to know the one man behind these many faces, the choices he made, and his outlook in life despite his "accidental success", is just as fascinating. Oct 20, S. Tyson rated it it was amazing. But there are a few nuggets of material that might be new to some people, even the most diehard fans of Hugh. Regardless, if you are on any level an admirer of Hugh Laurie, it's a definite must-read.
Not as much about Hugh as I would have hoped, must be aimed at American audience as it concentrated so much on House, I got the feeling that the writer would much preferred to have been writing about Stephen Fry or about House.