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09/12/2008 08:29 PM ID: 73349 Permalink   

Dr. House - Highest Paid Fake Doctor


British actor Hugh Laurie is about to become one of the highest paid actors on American TV. Laurie has agreed to continue to shoot House at least until the 2011-2012 season.

His new contract will see the actor receive a staggering $400,000 per episode; more than $9m per year. His salary still trails William Petersen of CSI who makes $600K an episode, and Kiefer Sutherland who makes around $500K an episode.

Last season the medical drama averaged 16.7m viewers making it the second highest rated scriped series on TV.

    WebReporter: ZCT Show Calling Card      
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I recently read a biography about Hugh Laurie and interestingly his father was a real doctor.

Hugh always found it amazing that he could make so much money playing a fake version of what his dad did for real.

More fun facts here:

Including the interesting fact that Hugh Laurie nearly got the roll of Arthur Dent in Hitchhikers Guide, but that was changed after the death of Douglas Adams.
  by: ZCT     09/12/2008 08:35 PM     
I love House!!! My favorite TV show of all time. :)
  by: pcXXXtreme   09/13/2008 08:39 AM     
There is something to be said about
good acting, and he can't fake that. He
could pretend to be a doctor all he
wants and not make a penny. People have
to want to watch him do it.
  by: promontorium   09/15/2008 12:44 AM     
Yeah, I've always liked the guy. He was a part of British TV for so many years, usually in comedic roles.

I am very pleased that he has found such a lucrative job, and does it so well. He deserves every penny. He's certainly worked for it.
  by: ZCT     09/15/2008 04:39 PM     
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