Robert Sean Leonard
|Robert Sean Leonard|
Robert Sean Leonard, 2007
|Born||Robert Lawrence Leonard
February 28, 1969
Westwood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gabriella Salick (2008–present)|
Robert Lawrence Leonard (born February 28, 1969), better known by his stage name Robert Sean Leonard, is an American actor, best known for his performance as Dr. James Wilson in the television series House, M.D. (2004-2012) and as Neil Perry in the Academy Award-winning film Dead Poets Society. Leonard won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The Invention of Love in 2001. He was also nominated for his leading role in Candida in 1993 and for his work opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Long Day's Journey Into Night in 2003. Leonard's other Broadway credits include Breaking the Code, The Speed of Darkness, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Arcadia, The Music Man, Born Yesterday and To Kill a Mockingbird. As of 2013, Leonard has been playing a recurring role as Dr. Roger Kadar on the television series Falling Skies.
Leonard was born in Westwood, New Jersey, the son of Joyce Patricia (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).
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, playing 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, Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave. 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.
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 Daniel P. 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||Main Cast|
|2013-||Falling Skies||Dr. Roger Kadar||Recurring|
|2013||The Blacklist||Frederick Barnes||Episode 7|
|2014||The Good Wife||Del Paul||Season 6, Episode 3|
|2015||Law & Order: SVU||ADA Kenneth O'Dwyer||Season 16 Episode 21|
|2015||Battle Creek||Brock||Season 1 Episode 13|
|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|
|2013||Pygmalion||Professor Henry Higgins|
Awards and nominations
- 1990: Chicago Film Critics Association for Most Promising Actor – Dead Poets Society
- 1993: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Candida
- 1997: Online Film & Television Association for Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries – In the Gloaming
- 2003: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Long Day's Journey into Night
- 2009: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – House, M.D.
- 2011: People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Doctor – House, M.D.
- Robert Sean Leonard Biography (1969–). Filmreference.com (February 28, 1969). Retrieved on December 3, 2011.
- STAGE TO SCREENS: Robert Sean Leonard, David Javerbaum, Plus a Look at Fall TV. Playbill.com (June 2, 2008). Retrieved on December 3, 2011.
- Alvin Klein (January 5, 1986). "For Stage Novice, 'Acting Is It'". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
- "Robert Sean Leonard, David Javerbaum, Plus a Look at Fall TV". Playbill. June 1, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
- Born Yesterday :: Home. Bornyesterdayonbroadway.com. Retrieved on December 3, 2011.
- 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 December 3, 2011.
- Warren Curry HALLOWED HALLS: An interview with Chelsea Walls star Robert Sean Leonard. douban.com. 4/18/02
- Biography for Robert Sean Leonard
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Robert Sean Leonard.|
- Robert Sean Leonard at the Internet Broadway Database
- Robert Sean Leonard at the Internet Movie Database
- Robert Sean Leonard at the Internet Off-Broadway Database