Fast Facts

  • Began acting in summer stock at age 12, making his stage debut as the Artful Dodger in a New Jersey production of Oliver!
  • Made Broadway debut in 1986 as a replacement in the role of Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs.
  • Breakthrough movie role was as sensitive student Neil Perry in 1989's Dead Poets Society.
  • Best known as oncologist James Wilson on FOX's medical drama House, a role he has played since 2004.


  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2001, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2003, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee


  • Gabriella Salick — Wife
  • Robert Howard Leonard — Father
  • Sean Robert Leonard — Brother
  • Joy Leonard — Mother
  • Gwyneth Paltrow — Ex-significant Other
  • Kimberly Leonard — Sister


  • Attended Columbia University, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Robert Lawrence Leonard
  • Birth Place: Westwood, NJ
  • Profession: Actor

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