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Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard, 2009
Born Robert Lawrence Leonard
February 28, 1969 (1969-02-28) (age 40)
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Gabriella Salick (2008-present)

Robert Sean Leonard (born February 28, 1969) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. James Wilson on the TV series House and for his role as Neil Perry in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society.


Life and career

Leonard was born Robert Lawrence Leonard in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Joyce P. (née Peterson), a nurse, and Robert Howard Leonard, a teacher of Spanish.[1][2] 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 and Continuing Education.[3] Because he shares his birth name with another actor, he uses the name of his brother Sean for his Screen Actors Guild membership.[4]

Leonard received rave reviews for his role in the 1997, Christopher Reeve-directed 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."[5]

He 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 also played Romeo Off Broadway in Romeo and Juliet at the Riverside Shakespeare Company in 1988.

As of 2004, he's played Dr. James Wilson, head of the oncology department, on the FOX TV series House. In 2007, Leonard appeared on Entertainment's Weekly's 100 list as "Dr. Underrated."[6]

Leonard maintains a good friendship with House co-star Hugh Laurie,[7] as well as childhood friend, Dead Poets Society and Tape co-star, Ethan Hawke[8] with whom he founded the Malaparte theater company, along with James Waterston, Steve Zahn and Frank Whaley.[9]

He and his wife, Gabriella Salick, have a daughter named Eleanor, who was born in January 2009.


Year Title Role Notes
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
Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
The Age of Innocence Ted Archer
1994 Safe Passage Alfred Singer
1996 The Boys Next Door Barry Klemper TV
Killer: A Journal of Murder Henry Lesser
I Love You, I Love You Not Angel of Death
1997 In the Gloaming Danny TV
1998 Standoff Jamie Doolin
The Last Days of Disco Tom Platt
Ground Control Cruise
2001 Tape Jon Salter
A Glimpse of Hell Lt. Dan Meyer TV
Driven Demille Bly
Chelsea Walls Terry Olsen
2003 The I Inside Peter Cable
A Painted House Jesse Chandler TV
2004-present House Dr. James Wilson TV series

Awards and nominations



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