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12.26.2013 | | Posted at 12:03 PM
By David Luhrssen
Hugh Laurie’s career falls into distinct phases. From 1990-1993 he was the foolish yet oddly sympathetic Bertie Wooster, the pop-eyed upper class twit in a stylish British TV adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse, “Jeeves and Wooster” (a PBS perennial for many years). His star rose higher from 2004-2012 in a considerably different role—the surly suffer-no-fools physician of th...
05.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Hugh Laurie plays the physician Paul Slippery in the British TV series �Fortysomething,� out now on DVD. The resemblance to his role in the popular American series �House� ends with careers in medicine. Gregory House is rude and razor sharp, puncturing the pretensions of foolish patients and colleagues with a quick jab of his tongue. He is irascible and indomitable. By contrast, Slippery...