Robert Sean Leonard
|Robert Sean Leonard|
Robert Sean Leonard, 2007
|Born||Robert Lawrence Leonard
February 28, 1969
Westwood, New Jersey, U.S.
Robert Sean Leonard (born Robert Lawrence Leonard; February 28, 1969) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Dr. James Wilson on the television series House, M.D. and Neil Perry in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. He regularly stars in Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Life and career
Leonard was born in Westwood, New Jersey, the son of Joyce P. (née Peterson), a nurse, and Robert Howard Leonard, a teacher of Spanish. He grew up in Ridgewood, where he attended Ridgewood High School before moving on to Fordham University and later Columbia University School of General Studies (GS). Because he shares his birth name with another actor, he uses the name of his brother Sean for his Screen Actors Guild membership.
Leonard is a three-time Tony Award nominee (1993, 2001 and 2003), winning in 2001 (Best Actor – Featured Play) for his role as A. E. Housman in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love. He had a prior association with Stoppard's work, creating the role of Valentine in the New York premiere of Arcadia at Lincoln Center in 1995. His 2003 Tony nomination was for his portrayal of Edmund Tyrone in a well-received revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night that co-starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brian Dennehy. Leonard has also appeared in Broadway musical productions, in 2001 replacing Craig Bierko as the lead performer in a successful revival of The Music Man. On February 8, 2011, it was announced that Leonard would co-star as Paul Verrall in the 2011 Broadway revival of Born Yesterday beginning in March.
In 1997 Leonard received rave reviews for his role in the Christopher Reeve-directed television film, In the Gloaming. Entertainment Weekly said that, in the film, Leonard "does a first-rate job of juggling Danny's mixture of despair, neediness, and mordant jokiness."
From 2004 he played Dr. James Wilson, head of the oncology department, on the FOX TV series House, M.D., until the series ended in 2012. In 2007 Leonard appeared on Entertainment's Weekly's 100 list as "Dr. Underrated."
Leonard maintains a good friendship with House, M.D. co-star Hugh Laurie, as well as childhood friend, Dead Poets Society and Tape co-star, Ethan Hawke, with whom he founded the Malaparte theater company, along with James Waterston, Steve Zahn, and Frank Whaley.
Leonard has two daughters, Eleanor and Claudia, with his wife, Gabriella.
Film and television
|1986||The Manhattan Project||Max|
|1988||My Best Friend Is a Vampire||Jeremy Capello|
|1989||Dead Poets Society||Neil Perry|
|1990||Mr. & Mrs. Bridge||Douglas Bridge|
|1991||Married to It||Chuck Bishop|
|1993||Swing Kids||Peter Müller|
|1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Claudio|
|1993||The Age of Innocence||Ted Archer|
|1994||Safe Passage||Alfred Singer|
|1996||The Boys Next Door||Barry Klemper|
|1996||Killer: A Journal of Murder||Henry Lesser|
|1996||I Love You, I Love You Not||Angel of Death|
|1997||In the Gloaming||Danny|
|1998||The Last Days of Disco||Tom Platt|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Robby Archer||Season 6, Episode 20|
|2001||A Glimpse of Hell||Lieutenant Dan Meyer|
|2001||Chelsea Walls||Terry Olsen|
|2003||The I Inside||Peter Cable|
|2003||A Painted House||Jesse Chandler|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Agent||Season 5, Episode 12|
|2004–2012||House, M.D.||Dr. James Wilson|
|2013||Falling Skies||Dr. Roger Kadar|
|1986||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Eugene Jerome|
|1987–1988||Breaking the Code||Christopher Morcom|
|1991||The Speed of Darkness||Eddie|
|1994||Philadelphia, Here I Come!||Gareth O'Donnell in Private|
|1999||The Iceman Cometh||Don Parritt|
|2000–2001||The Music Man||Harold Hill|
|2001||The Invention of Love||A. E. Housman|
|2003||Long Day's Journey into Night||Edmund Tyrone|
|2003||The Violet Hour||John Pace Seavering|
|2011–2012||Born Yesterday||Paul Verrall|
|2013||To Kill a Mockingbird||Atticus Finch|
Awards and nominations
- 1993: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Candida
- 2003: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Long Day's Journey into Night
- 2011: People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Doctor – House, M.D.
- Robert Sean Leonard Biography (1969–). Filmreference.com (1969-02-28). Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- STAGE TO SCREENS: Robert Sean Leonard, David Javerbaum, Plus a Look at Fall TV. Playbill.com (2008-06-02). Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- Alvin Klein (5 January 1986). "For Stage Novice, 'Acting Is It'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- "Robert Sean Leonard, David Javerbaum, Plus a Look at Fall TV". Playbill. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- Born Yesterday :: Home. Bornyesterdayonbroadway.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- Tucker, Ken (April 18, 1997), "Classy comes home". Entertainment Weekly. (375):53
- Snierson, Dan (June 29, 2007), "Robert Sean Leonard". Entertainment Weekly. (941/942):69
- The Rod Ryan Show: Interview with Robert Sean Leonard. None. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- Warren Curry HALLOWED HALLS: An interview with Chelsea Walls star Robert Sean Leonard. douban.com. 4/18/02
- Biography for Robert Sean Leonard
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