Laurie Doubled As His Doctor Dad
HOUSE star Hugh Laurie developed his skills as a fake doctor by taking calls from his medic father's desperate patients.
As a teen, the British actor sounded just like his doctor dad, and so callers to his home used to mistake Laurie for his father.
He recalls, "Before I could say, 'This isn't the doctor,' they would jump in and say, 'Doctor, thank God! It's all exploded. I can't stop it.'
"I'd reassure them. You're an adolescent. You're craving stimulation. 'Well it sounds like you're doing the right thing there,' I'd say. Or, 'Oh yes, it will probably be all right. Call back if the swelling worsens.'
"As far as I remember, I never lost any patients."