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Most-Watched Leading Man on Television Announces He Plans to End His 30-Year TV Career

Nov 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The actor who was named the most-watched leading man on television by the Guinness Book of Records has revealed that he plans to quit television, the U.K.’s Daily Record reports.

"House" star Hugh Laurie, 52, told the publication that he will leave the television industry after the drama series ends.

The Guinness Book, in anointing Laurie, estimates that at its peak, “House” was watched by 81.8 million people in 66 countries, the story reports.

"I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect," Laurie said, according to the article. "I find the whole field of it fascinating. And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it, and I wouldn’t go looking for lightning to strike twice."

Laurie has been successful in both television and film, appearing in three "Stuart Little" movies, as well as on British TV comedy classics such as "Blackadder" and "A Bit of Fry & Laurie," the story notes.

While "House" has given him a "huge amount of experience," Laurie noted the strain that the job has put on his family, as his wife and three children live in London, the article notes. "House" is currently airing its eighth season on Fox.

Laurie has been a fixture on British television since 1981, when he appeared on the sketch show “The Cellar Tapes.”

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