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Also Known As: Stephen John Fry Died:
Born: August 24, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, playwright, novelist

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Although his comic persona was often smug, occasionally overbearing and sometimes even mannered, the multi-talented Stephen Fry exuded an easy charm and rapier wit while successfully mining numerous mediums - film, television, theatre, novels and even Twitter. Fry first made a name for himself alongside fellow Cambridge chum Hugh Laurie on popular British comedies like "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), while also co-starring opposite Rowan Atkinson in the "Blackadder" series. Following another hit with Laurie, "Jeeves & Wooster" (BBC, 1990-93), Fry became a frequent presence on films in both his native England and in America, including an acclaimed portrayal of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde in "Wilde" (1997). He next logged an appearance in "A Civil Action" (1998) before delivering a finely tuned comic turn in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (2001). After making his directorial debut with the well-received seriocomedy "Bright Young Things" (2003), Fry was the subject of the documentary "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" (2006), which detailed his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, while garnering praise for his hit series "Stephen Fry in America" (BBC1, 2008)....

Although his comic persona was often smug, occasionally overbearing and sometimes even mannered, the multi-talented Stephen Fry exuded an easy charm and rapier wit while successfully mining numerous mediums - film, television, theatre, novels and even Twitter. Fry first made a name for himself alongside fellow Cambridge chum Hugh Laurie on popular British comedies like "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), while also co-starring opposite Rowan Atkinson in the "Blackadder" series. Following another hit with Laurie, "Jeeves & Wooster" (BBC, 1990-93), Fry became a frequent presence on films in both his native England and in America, including an acclaimed portrayal of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde in "Wilde" (1997). He next logged an appearance in "A Civil Action" (1998) before delivering a finely tuned comic turn in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (2001). After making his directorial debut with the well-received seriocomedy "Bright Young Things" (2003), Fry was the subject of the documentary "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" (2006), which detailed his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, while garnering praise for his hit series "Stephen Fry in America" (BBC1, 2008). By the time he was seen in "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "Sherlock Holmes 2" (2011), there was no doubt that the multifaceted Fry had become an audience favorite on both sides of the Atlantic.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bright Young Things (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Wagner & Me (2012)
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 House of Boys (2011)
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 Borrowers, The (2011)
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 Animals United (2010)
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 Eichmann (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
Penned his first play "Latin" while at Cambridge
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Joined the Footlights theater group at Cambridge and met future comedy collaborator Hugh Laurie
1981:
First appeared on TV with the Cambridge Footlights Revue in "The Cellar Tapes"; also joined by Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson
1983:
Appeared on two seasons of the British comedy series "Alfresco"; again teamed with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson
1983:
Feature writing debut, "Gossip"
1984:
Acted in the stage production of "Forty Years On"
1984:
Adapted the successful musical "Me and My Girl," starring Emma Thompson; production later transferred to Broadway without Thompson; earned a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical
1986:
Played Lord Melchett in "Blackadder II" for the BBC
1986:
Made his feature acting debut in "The Good Father"
1986:
With Laurie, performed sketches on the comedy show "Saturday Live"
1986:
Co-wrote and co-starred (with Hugh Laurie) the sketch comedy show "A Bit of Fry and Laurie"
1988:
Originated the role of philosopher Humphry in the London production of Simon Gray's "The Common Pursuit"
1988:
Was a regular contestant on the improvisational comedy radio show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"; only appeared a few times when the show was moved to television
1989:
Reprised role of Melchett in "Blackadder Goes Forth" (BBC)
1990:
Starred as Jeeves (alongside Hugh Laurie's Bertie Wooster) in the PBS/BBC presentation of P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves and Wooster"
1991:
Published first novel, <i>The Liar</i>
1992:
Reprised the role of Humphry in the BBC/PBS version of Simon Gray's "The Common Pursuit"
1992:
Played the title character in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"
1993:
Portrayed Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde in an episode of the CBS series, "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times"
1994:
Cast as James Moreland in the romantic comedy "I.Q."
1995:
While appearing in Simon Gray's West End play, "Cell Mates," he suffered nervous breakdown and retreated from public view for several days
1997:
Returned to features in the title role of "Wilde"
1997:
Released his second novel <i>Making History</i>
2000:
Played the role of Professor Bellgrove in BBC's "Gormenghast," a four-episode television serial based on the Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake
2000:
Published his memoirs <i>Moab Is My Washpot: An Autobiography</i>
2000:
Began starring as Charles Prentiss in the Radio 4 comedy "Absolute Power"
2001:
Played the detective in Robert Altman's period drama "Gosford Park"
2003:
Made directorial debut with "Bright Young Things"; also adapted the script from Evelyn Waugh's <i>Vile Bodies</i>
2003:
Hosted the British television quiz show "QI"
2004:
Appeared in HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," starring Geoffrey Rush in the title role
2005:
Served as the narrator for the film version of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
2005:
Appeared in the British comedy "A Cock and Bull Story"
2006:
Co-starred in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta" with Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving
2006:
Featured in the two-part television documentary "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive"
2006:
Played the role of gadget-master Smithers in "Stormbreaker"
2007:
Cast in a recurring guest role as psychiatrist Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the Fox drama "Bones"
2007:
Starred in and executive produced the British legal drama "Kingdom"
2008:
Hosted the six-part travel series "Stephen Fry in America" on the BBC
2008:
Hosted the three-part series on BBC Radio 4 "Fry's English Delight"
2009:
Released the 12-part series "The Dongle of Donald Trefusis"; Fry wrote and read the material (a mixture of podcast, audio book and radio monologue)
2010:
Played the Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"
2011:
Cast as the title character's brother opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
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Education

Norfolk College of Arts and Technology: -
City College Norwich: -
Uppingham School: -
Paston School: -
University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England - 1978 - 1981

Notes

Fry and Laurie have been doing British TV commercials for some years, including spots for Alliance & Leicester (a building society) and Heineken.

His 1995 disappearance inspired Brazilian musician Zeca Baleiro to record "Por Onde Andara Stephen Fry?/Where Is Stephen Fry?" which became a hit in Brazil.

"At home, Stephen was cheerful, affectionate, kind, bouncy and full of more insatiable curiosity than an elephant's child. He soaked up information, then demanded more." --Marianne Fry, the actor's mother, quoted by The Daily Telegraph, September 20, 1997.

"It was easy enough for a Jewish nancy boy like me to draw solace from Wilde the outcast, Wilde the secual renegade, Wilde the Irishman, Wilde the mocker and baiter of the imperial values that still hung in the air above the parade ground like Crimean cannon smoke. Had I, by the tiniest genetic alteration, been good at rugby and stirred by girls, would I then have been able to see the real point of Wilde? Or would I, like so many of my countrymen, have thought of him (if at all) as not much more than a brittle, wueeny wag with crimped hair, a possible source of inspiration when trawling the dictionary of quotations for a best man's speech, but of no more meaning and no more importance ... ." --Fry writing on playing Oscar Wilde in The New Yorker, June 16, 1997.

"If you are British, voiced like an old wireless set, approaching 40 at dangerous speed, well over six feet in height, amply padded to the point of minor obesity and endowed with a complexion not unlike that of freshly applied window putty, there are few leading roles for which you are suited." --Stephen Fry, c. 1996

" ... like most actors and comedians, I'm far more excited to meet sportsmen and pop stars than I am by people in my own profession. Sportsmen are overjoyed to meet a comedian. I imagine politicians would rather meet Jim Carrey than they would the President of France, because that's just another fucking politician." --Fry quoted in Neon, November 1997.

"I just happen to love New York. There's a kind of fabulous, energetic, uncaring quality about it. You walk fast; you don't have to stop and say stupid, polite things all the time. It's so much bigger and more impersonal than any other city I've been to, but you feel like you belong to it within a couple of days. It's like a machine; I think of huge iron rivets and noise." --Stephen Fry in Time Out New York, April 30-May 7, 1998.

On the importance of laughter: "It's a uniting force, a moment of recognition which bonds you closer to the person next to you. Comedy doesn't have to plan to change the world; it's its own excuse." --Fry quoted in a 1996 interview.

"It's a very odd thing. People will always assume the opinion of a character in a book is the opinion of the writer--and it is rarely so." --Fry responding to a query about the similarities between himself and his characters, in The Glasgow University Guardian, December 11, 1996.

"I actually fear a life without wobbles. If a mid-life crisis means anything, it means you're on a tightrope and look down and just suddenly go, 'Whoa.' I saw my life ahead of me; I'd do a movie, write a book or screenplay and then do a play. But I'd done them all, and they hadn't brought me complete happiness. Of course, there's no reason they should. What I hadn't realized was that fulfillment lies elsewhere. It's not in work; it's in personal happiness. I realized I was a bit lonely. I neede a balance." --Fry commenting on his 1995 disappearance in W, May 1998.

"For a gay man, I'm the most laddish person I know. I love darts, poker, snooker. I like them more than most straight men I know." --Fry quoted in W, May 1998.

"Stephen Fry has made a comic career out of English snobbery and embarrassment--in his clever affable best-selling novels ... and in his acting career, in which he has played his fair share of awkward, gormless, stiff-upper-lipped tyoes, some of whom have sat behind wooden desks, talking nonsense, in a way that has made it easy to think of Fry as the heir to one of his great heroes, John Cleese." --Ian Parker writing in The New York Times Magazine, May 3, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alan Fry. Inventor, physicist.
mother:
Marianne Fry. Of Austrian Jewish extraction.
brother:
Roger Fry. Older.
sister:
Jo Fry. Personal assistant. Younger; worked for Fry.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Liar" Mandarin
"Paperweight"
"The Hippopotamus" Random House
"Moab Is My Washpot"
"Making History" Random House
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