Hugh Laurie on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hugh Laurie receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

HUGH Laurie has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 57-year-old actor couldn't help but squirm with embarrassment as he was showered with praise by his longtime collaborator Stephen Fry when he received his golden accolade on the Hollywood Boulevard, California, on Tuesday.

As he stood in front of an audience outside the Pig'n Whistle British pub on Hollywood Boulevard, Stephen honoured his "repulsively handsome" friend for his "preposterously talent" and mocked his "knock-knees" and wide-spread nipples.

He added: "While he may not be the first wise and kind star to be set in a paving slab in old Hollywood, I venture to suggest no star was ever wiser or kinder. I can say like Doctor Watson of his friend Holmes, the kindest and wisest friend I ever knew."

Hugh and Stephen met at Cambridge University while performing comedy after an acute bout of glandular fever cut short his ambitions to go into Olympic rowing - like his father.

They later penned the 1981 Cambridge Footlights annual revue 'The Cellar Tapes' together, which led to them landing a role in London's West End.

They then went on to star in a number of hit television shows including 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie', 'Blackadder', and 'Jeeves and Wooster'.

However, Hugh's talents spread further than just his collaborative work with Stephen as he won consecutive Golden Globe gongs in 2006 and 2007 for his role as Doctor Gregory House in the American series 'House'.

He's also been nominated for seven Emmy awards, although he's never won.

Hugh - who was once the highest paid actor on television - has carved out a career in directing and producing and has become a part-time blues and jazz musician.

The handsome star - who has three grown-up children Rebecca, 23, Charles, 27, and William, 25, with his wife Jo Green - said: "This is not a fair world. I'm 57 now and I've lived a life of extraordinary good fortune from start to finish, so much so I'm anticipating a piano falling on my head to redress the balance. I've been incredibly lucky. I'm going to bask in this extraordinary honour and my extraordinary good luck and I'll set to work first thing tomorrow on the global unfairness problem."

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