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Born: August 24, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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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.

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