Dr. Gregory House

Played by Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the title character of the television series "House, " is the Chief of Diagnostic Medicine at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. There he heads a team of diagnosticians which currently consists of Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), and Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson). Also at the hospital is his best friend, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), who is one of the only people who House will open up to. Dr. House is a brilliant physician, and, much like Sherlock Holmes enjoys mysterious and challenging cases. His love of such medical cases, though, sometimes means that he neglects his other doctorial duties - most notably, skipping out on clinic hours that his boss Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) assigns to him.

Gregory House (often just called, 'House') was an army brat, and got a love for mystery when he briefly lived in Egypt and garnered a fascination with archeology. House claims to love his mother, but constantly speaks ill of his father, who physically beat and abused him throughout his younger years. After escaping from his father's abuse, House attended John Hopkins University, and later John Hopkins Medical School. While at Hopkins Medical, he got caught cheating and had to transfer to the University of Michigan, where he finished his medical degree. It was also while at the University of Michigan that House not only first met his main love interest Lisa Cuddy, but the two of them also spent a romantic evening together.

About 16 years ago, House was forced to self-diagnose an infraction in his leg after three other doctors misdiagnosed him. The infraction was caused by an aneurism in his thigh, and the clotting eventually caused a large portion of his leg muscle to be necrotic. Though House wanted to have a painful and extremely risky procedure performed in order to save his leg, his then-girlfriend, Stacy Warner (Sela Ward) opted for a much safer procedure to be done to him once he was put into a medically induced coma. When House woke up and realized what Stacy had done to him he snapped, and the two would eventually split up due to his unrelenting resentment of her and her decision.

Because of his medical procedure, House lives with constant pain in his leg, and he has to utilize a cane at almost all times just to get through day-to-day life. His pain was treated for a long time by self-prescribed Vicodin, but after struggling with addiction, and eventually a mental breakdown (which saw him admitted to an asylum after suffering from delusions), House gave up the drug and opted instead to use non-prescription medicine. He struggles daily with relapsing into using Vicodin and other pain-killers, but has so far remained clean and sober. The closest he has come to going back to Vicodin happened after he lost a patient in a building collapse; however, he was saved from himself by Lisa, who came to his apartment just before he opened a bottle of the pain medicine, and told House that she was in love with him.

Dr. Gregory House is, as critic Tom Shales once said, "a fascinating and cantankerous enigma, " and he loves stepping on people's toes just as much as he loves saving their lives when they're in need. House sees himself as being better and bigger than most of the people around him, and often berates and chastises his colleagues and co-workers for their inferiority. Through all of his downfalls, he has had moments of unwavering kindness, and shown patients amazing amounts of generosity and compassion. House's mood has recently been at an all time high since starting a romantic relationship with Lisa, though it is clear that the two of them have a long way to go before they have a perfect balance between their personal and professional lives.

Memorable Quotes:

"I am the doctor who's trying to save your son's life. You're the mother who's letting him die. Clarification it's a beautiful thing."

"You can think I'm wrong, but that's no reason to quit thinking."