Laurie, 57, was already well-known in Britain in the late
1980s for his role in the comedy series 'Blackadder', and 'A Bit
of Fry and Laurie' with his friend and former comedy partner
He crossed the Atlantic in 2004 to play Gregory House in the
eight-year Fox TV series, twice winning the Golden Globe award
for best actor in a TV drama.
"I have lost count of the number of times, the number of young
people I've met who are either studying or practising medicine
because they saw 'House'," Laurie said at the ceremony in Los
"There are physicians today saving lives, delivering babies and
lancing boils because their imagination was ignited by stories
and ideas and possibilities that they might not otherwise have
considered," he said.
Laurie currently stars in Hulu's thriller TV series 'Chance',
playing a forensic neuropsychiatrist.
Fry, who met Laurie while studying at the University of
Cambridge in England, poked fun at his friend during the
"It is the tradition in this marvelous town to reward stars by
bringing them down to earth, so far down to earth that now Hugh
will spend eternity having chewing gum and dog poo trodden into
him and very likely worse," Fry told the crowd.
"The world was at its feet and now the world's feet are at him,"
The Hollywood Walk of Fame said on its website that Laurie
received the 2,593rd star on the renowned Hollywood Boulevard.
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Yiming Woo; Editing
by Darren Schuettler)
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