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Born: 1959-06-11
Profession: Comedian
Nation: British
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I couldn't imagine what Fox thought they were doing, contemplating such a jagged protagonist for a prime-time drama. I only knew that I wanted the role very much.

Tags: Knew, Thought, Wanted

I didn't realize House would be the central character, more the bitter comic relief appearing occasionally. I relish his wounded nature - the lameness, the scarred Byronic hero.

Tags: Character, Hero, Nature

I don't have a single complete show or movie or anything else that I could look at and say, 'Nailed that one.' But endless dissatisfaction is, I suppose, what gets us out of bed in the morning.

Tags: Else, Morning, Single

I feel like a hostage to fortune. Not that I am complaining. I wanted to play the role. But in truth I didn't think the show would be such a success. OK, I thought it would fail. Not because it was bad. I was confident it was good, but plenty of good things just sort of wither on the vine.

Tags: Good, Success, Truth

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to simply walk down the street. In New York, I dashed in to buy a big pair of sunglasses to conceal myself, but the guy behind the counter shouted 'Hey! It's Dr. House.'

Tags: Big, Difficult, Walk

One of the principal goals in my life has been to avoid embarrassing my children by doing the job I do. I hope I've managed to do that, and I hope that, with the job I'm in now, they are, if not proud, at least unembarrassed by it. I must say, my three are most agreeable children, who do nothing but delight me.

Tags: Children, Hope, Life

Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway, is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work.

Tags: Business, Good, Work

Some people are drawn naturally - there are natural guitarists, and there are natural piano players, and I think guitar implies travel, a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town.

Tags: Guitar, Next, Travel

I run six-to-eight miles a day, plus weights and aerobics in the lunch hour. I also lie a lot, which keeps me thin.

Tags: Lie, Lunch, Run

As a real person, he wouldn't last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we've moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House's friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don't always like morally good people, do we?

Tags: Good, Happy, Hate

I get anxious about a lot of things, that's the trouble. I get anxious about everything. I just can't stop thinking about things all the time. And here's the really destructive part - it's always retrospective. I waste time thinking of what I should have said or done.

Tags: Done, Thinking, Time

Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly. Being House is like flying, too. You're free of the gravity of what people think.

Tags: Free, Morning, Off

I have been instrumental in banning bottled water on the set. It hasn't gone that well with the crew... so I replaced it with tequila.

Tags: Gone, Tequila, Water

People will survive, and they will find happiness. Happiness only comes when you're not looking for it.

Tags: Happiness, Looking, Survive

I am a coffee fanatic. Once you go to proper coffee, you can't go back. You cannot go back.

Tags: Cannot, Coffee, Once

I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy, I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things.

Tags: Good, Happiness, Someone

I personally believe that the iPod is a frankly corrosive device because it encourages you to surround yourself with your favorites. The whole idea of a playlist is to surround yourself with your favorite things, and the interesting thing is that when you do that, they cease to be your favorites.

Tags: Idea, Whole, Yourself

Believe it or not, perhaps I don't show it much, or well, but I think I like people.

Tags: Perhaps, Show

I feel like I'm working on an oil rig right now. I'm away from home a lot.

Tags: Away, Home, Working

I have resolved to pick one novel and just read it over and over again for the rest of my life, because I cannot remember anything anymore.

Tags: Cannot, Life, Remember

I never was someone who was at ease with happiness.

Tags: Ease, Happiness, Someone

Screenwriting is the most prized of all the cinematic arts. Actually, it isn't, but it should be.

Tags: Actually, Arts, Cinematic

You hope that your teenage self would like and forgive your 50-year-old self.

Tags: Forgive, Hope, Self
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I don't talk like House, or walk like him. I certainly don't think like him. I don't like to think for more than 15 minutes at a stretch actually; I am a fragile flower.

Tags: Flower, Him, Talk

I grew up with an impatience with the anti-scientific. So I'm a bit miffed with our current love affair with all things Eastern. If I sneeze on the set, 40 people hand me echinacea. But I'd no sooner take that than eat a pencil. Maybe that's why I took up boxing. It's my response to men in white pajamas feeling each other's chi.

Tags: Feeling, Love, Men

I do actually like Los Angeles. Partly because I was told I wouldn't.

Tags: Actually, Angeles, Los

I hate menus, I hate choosing food. I just want to be brought. Bring me dinner!

Tags: Bring, Food, Hate

My dad gave me my first bike at 16. I soon fell off and was in a wheelchair for weeks. I haven't fallen since.

Tags: Dad, Off, Since

To be a head boy, you have to be very clever, you have to be a scholar, and I was never a scholar in any shape or form.

Tags: Boy, Clever, Head

To be able to pretend to be something that I'm frankly not is very liberating and exciting.

Tags: Able, Exciting, Pretend

I just read an 800-page history of the Scottish Enlightenment and, honestly, I may as well just start it again now, because I cannot remember a single thing. I can barely remember where Scotland is.

Tags: History, May, Single

Celebrity is absolutely preposterous. Entertainment seems to be inflating. It used to be the punctuation to your life, a film or a novel or a play, a way of celebrating a good week or month. Now it feels as if it's all punctuation.

Tags: Good, Life, Used

I admit I can't shake the idea that there is virtue in suffering, that there is a sort of psychic economy, whereby if you embrace success, happiness and comfort, these things have to be paid for.

Tags: Happiness, Success, Suffering