In 1986, clean-cut American actor Robert Sean Leonard made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs and his film debut in [[Feature~V31292~The Manhattan Project~themanhattanproject]]. His first starring film role was as a high-school vampire in the '80s teen comedy [[Feature~V33990~My Best Friend Is a Vampire~mybestfriendisavampire]] (1988). But Leonard's chiseled features and dark brown eyes made him perfect for the role of Neil Perry, the sensitive prep-school student whose acting aspirations are crushed by his wealthy father in the much-loved drama [[Feature~V12714~Dead Poets Society~deadpoetssociety]] (1989). His next few films were period pieces: the Merchant-Ivory production [[Feature~V33588~Mr. & Mrs. Bridge~mrandmrsbridge]] (1990), [[Performer~P82784~Kenneth Branagh~kennethbranagh]]'s [[Feature~V33732~Much Ado About Nothing~muchadoaboutnothing]] (1993), and [[Performer~P110533~Martin Scorsese~martinscorsese]]'s [[Feature~V119008~The Age of Innocence~theageofinnocence]] (also 1993). Leonard also earned a Young Artist award for his performance in the WWII-era musical [[Feature~V48164~Swing Kids~swingkids]] in 1993 and earned his first Tony nomination that same year for a revival of Candida. Though he often chose the stage over the screen, his theatrical training directed him toward roles in the talky feature films [[Feature~V31556~Married to It~marriedtoit]] (1993), [[Feature~V133564~Safe Passage~safepassage]] (1994), and [[Feature~V162485~The Last Days of Disco~thelastdaysofdisco]] (1998). He also fared well in television adaptations of stage productions ([[Feature~V153039~The Boys Next Door~theboysnextdoor]] , [[Feature~V154929~In the Gloaming~inthegloaming]] ) and based-on-a-true-story docudramas ([[Feature~V135588~Killer: A Journal of Murder~killer:ajournalofmurder]] , [[Feature~V258531~A Glimpse of Hell~aglimpseofhell]] ).
In 2001, Leonard reunited with [[Feature~V12714~Dead Poets Society~deadpoetssociety]] co-star [[Performer~P31094~Ethan Hawke~ethanhawke]] to appear in the independent drama [[Feature~V246179~Chelsea Walls~chelseawalls]], [[Performer~P31094~Hawke~ethanhawke]]'s directorial debut. He also co-starred with [[Performer~P31094~Hawke~ethanhawke]] and [[Performer~P70905~Uma Thurman~umathurman]] in [[Performer~P99850~Richard Linklater~richardlinklater]]'s intensely talky drama [[Feature~V235123~Tape~tape]]. After spending most of his career on the stage, Leonard finally earned a Tony award for his portrayal of A.E. Houseman in [[Performer~P112918~Tom Stoppard~tomstoppard]]'s The Invention of Love. Also on Broadway, he could be seen in A Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Violet Hour. Though Leonard's 2004 projects would include the feature film [[Feature~V288379~The I Inside~theiinside]], based on the play Point of Death, it would soon become apparent that television was his true calling when, later that same year, he donned a white coat as Dr. James Wilson on the phenominally successful series House. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi