Robert Sean Leonard

Actor
A Tony Award-winning stage and film actor with a boyish charm, Robert Sean Leonard first caught the attention of Hollywood with his touching portrayal of a prep school student with theatrical aspirations in Peter Weir's ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1969 in Westwood, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Falling Skies 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blacklist 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Masters: Andy Warhol 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

John Grisham's A Painted House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

DeMille Bly (Actor)

Tape 2001 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Ground Control 1998 (Movie)

Cruise (Actor)

StandOff 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

Young Nazi Officer (Actor)

Killer: A Journal of Murder 1996 (Movie)

Henry Lesser (Actor)

Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

Alfred Singer (Actor)

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

Chuck Bishop (Actor)

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Claudio--of Florence (Actor)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Ted Archer (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

Douglas Bridge (Actor)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Neil Perry (Actor)

My Best Friend Is a Vampire 1988 (Movie)

Jeremy Capello (Actor)

A Glimpse of Hell (TV Show)

Actor

A Painted House (Movie)

Jesse Chandler (Actor)

Bluffing It (TV Show)

Actor

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Actor

Normandy: The Great Crusade (TV Show)

Voice

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A Tony Award-winning stage and film actor with a boyish charm, Robert Sean Leonard first caught the attention of Hollywood with his touching portrayal of a prep school student with theatrical aspirations in Peter Weir's modern film classic, "Dead Poet's Society" (1989). A stage-trained actor from the age of 12, Leonard became known for his earnest and touching dramatic performances throughout his career. Dividing his time equally between stage and screen, Leonard managed to maintain success in both mediums, starring opposite some of the business' most acclaimed actors, including Paul Newman, Glenn Close and Kenneth Branagh. Making the shift to series television in 2004, Leonard joined the cast of the hit medical drama, "House" (Fox, 2004- ), and as Dr. James Wilson, enjoyed the most high profile success in his career to date.

Relationships

Gabriella

Companion
met while attending Columbia University dating as of 1998

Sean Robert Leonard

Brother

Robert Leonard

Father

Joy Leonard

Mother

Gwyneth Paltrow Actor

Companion
Were briefly romantically linked No longer together

EDUCATION

Ridgewood High School

Ridgewood , New Jersey

Columbia University

New York , New York
attending as of 1997

Fordham University

New York , New York

studied voice with Margaret Leary

HB Studio

New York , New York

trained for the stage with Marty Winkler

Milestones

2004

Cast as Dr. James Wilson on Fox's medical drama "House"

2003

Appeared in the Broadway production of "The Violet Hour"

2001

Stepped into the title role of the hit revival of the Broadway musical "The Music Man" (August)

2001

Had villainous role in "Driven"

2001

Cast as a naval investigator in the fact-based drama "A Glimpse of Hell" (FX Channel)

2001

Portrayed the young incarnation of A E Housman in Tom Stoppard's play "The Invention of Love"; earned Tony Award

1999

Played pivotal role of Don Parritt in acclaimed Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"

1998

Had featured role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"

1997

Appeared as Tom Wingfield in Baltimore production of "The Glass Menagerie"

1997

Played a young man dying of AIDS who returns home in Christopher Reeve's directorial debut, "In the Gloaming" (HBO)

1997

Revisited Nazi era, this time as a young Nazi officer, in Billy Hopkins' "I Love You, I Love You Not"

1996

Portrayed sympathetic prison guard Henry Lesser who encourages 1920s serial killer Carl Panzram to write about his life in "Killer: A Journal of Murder"

1996

Appeared in CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" adaptation of Off-Broadway play "The Boys Next Door"

1995

Had featured role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"

1994

Acted in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"

1993

Earned Tony nomination for his performance in the Roundabout Theatre revival of "Candida"

1993

Starred as jazz-obsessed German youth who must come to terms with rise of fascism in Nazi-era "Swing Kids" (met Kenneth Branagh)

1993

Played Claudio (of Florence) in Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing"

1990

Appeared as Douglas Bridge, son of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, in Merchant-Ivory's "Mr & Mrs Bridge"

1989

Delivered sensitive performance as the would-be actor driven to suicide by his father in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society"

1988

First lead role in a feature, "My Best Friend Is a Vampire"

1987

Portrayed Christopher Morcum in Broadway production of "Breaking the Code"

1986

Feature acting debut, "The Manhattan Project"

1986

Starred in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in Ogunquit, Maine at age 17; made Broadway acting debut, reprising role as Eugene in "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

1986

Made stage musical debut in Playwrights Horizons workshop production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (date approximate)

1985

Appeared Off-Broadway in "Sally's Gone, She Left Her Name"; credited as Robert Leonard

1981

Made stage debut at age 12 as Artful Dodger in "Oliver!" at New Players Summerstock Theatre, New Jersey

Formed Malaparte. Theater Company (NYC) with, among others, "Dead Poets" pal Ethan Hawke

Understudied three roles in Alberto Innaurato's "Coming of Age in Soho" at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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About working with Kenneth Branagh (who was casting "Much Ado About Nothing") on "Swing Kids": "I'd had all these ideas about playing Claudio, so I made it clear I was interested. He leaned over at one point, and said, 'You're shameless, shameless.' The day he left, there was a script in my hotel mailbox, with a note saying, 'See you on the set.'" --Robert Sean Leonard, TIME OUT NEW YORK, April 17-24, 1997

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"I'm attracted to work that doesn't get a lot of attention or sell a lot of tickets." --Leonard quoted in NEW YORK POST, June 17, 1998

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