Hugh Laurie Says He's Finished With Television After His Tenure on HOUSE
Published: November 30, 2011 - 8:53am
Hugh Laurie, star of Fox's hit series HOUSE, has stated that after the series ends, he is done with starring on television, ending his 30 year career. However, that doesn't mean he is finished working in the television industry entirely.
DR. GREGORY HOUSE (Laurie), devoid of bedside manner and dealing with his own constant physical pain, uses a cane that punctuates his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. His behavior often borders on antisocial, but House is a brilliant diagnostician whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts afford him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he thrives on the challenge of solving medical puzzles in order to save lives.
In 1982, Hugh Laurie began acting in England's The Cellar Tapes, a sketch special. Over the next few years, Laurie stared in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Alfresco, Black-Adder II, and other sketch shows. Eventually landing the title role in House and becoming the highest paid actor in a television drama and the most watched leading man on TV, according to the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records.
Whenever House, currently in it's eighth season, draws to a close though, Laurie plans on dropping from sight on the small screen. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. ... I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."
The end of Laurie's run in front of the camera might not signal the end of his career in television, however. "I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect. I find the whole field of it fascinating," Laurie said. He already has some experience as a writer including parts for A Bit of Fry & Laurie, The Laughing Prisoner, and Alfresco. He has also filled the director's chair for Fortysomething and an episode of House.
House stars Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, and Robert Sean Leonard. Created by David Shore. Executive producers are Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Bryan Singer, Thomas L. Moran, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Greg Yaitanes; as well as series star Hugh Laurie. House season eight airs exclusively on FOX, Mondays at 9/8 c.