Gregory House, M.D. — typically referred to simply as House — is a title character and the protagonist of the American television series House (2004-2012). He is played by Hugh Laurie. House is the Chief of Diagnostic Medicine at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, where he leads a team of diagnosticians. House's character has been described as a misanthrope, cynic, narcissist, and curmudgeon. He is the only character to appear in all 177 episodes. The season 6 premiere is the only episode in which House is the only regular character to appear, besides Wilson (briefly).
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House was born on June 11, 1958 (according to his hospital admission bracelet in No Reason- by the way, this is the real day of birth of Hugh Laurie!) or May 15, 1959 (according to his Driver License in Two Stories ), the product of an affair between and unknown male and his mother Blythe House, a housewife who was married to John House, a Marine pilot who was away on active duty overseas when House was conceived. At the same time, Blythe was also having an affair with Thomas Bell who House mistakenly believed was his biological father as they share certain physical characteristics.
As his father served on active duty through most of House's childhood and adolescence, House has lived in a variety of countries where his father was stationed, several of which, such as Egypt, the Philippines and Japan, have been identified in the series. As a result, House is fluent in several languages including Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi, and has a working knowledge of several others.
House was obviously a bright child, a mixed blessing as his harshly demanding father and loving mother obviously had high hopes for him. He cultivated a variety of interests, such as chemistry and playing the piano and guitar. However, it appears that his isolation from people his age and his poor relationship with his parents led House to become something of a loner. It is intimated that he frequently rebelled against his father and was punished as a result with both intense physical discomfort and emotional isolation.
At the age of 12, using his knowledge that his father had been away during his conception and relying on genetic characteristics that his father did not share, House confronted John about not being his biological son. As a result, they stopped speaking to each other for an entire summer, communicating by passing notes to each other. However, their relationship returned to what passes as 'normal' in their repressed family after that. Despite this there is every indication that his father mistreated House for not being his biological son and, that he treated House harshly. John House was a cold and controlling person with limited affection or understanding of House.House himself hated his father. In the episode where a patient has been raped he admits to her that his father was cruel to him. He reports abuse, which reflects the fragile relationship. House is wounded by these primary relationships, his mother's dishonesty and his father's hostility. His colleagues acknowledge that this is the source of House's deep unhappiness, his fear of intimacy and cynicism.
It was during his visit to a Japanese hospital in his early teens that House met up with a disheveled man who appeared to be a janitor who was, nevertheless, the person with the most medical knowledge in the hospital. He later discovered the man was a buraku, a member of an "untouchable" caste who did not even try to fit in with the rest of the doctors. The incident convinced the young House to become a doctor as, despite their distaste for him, all the personnel in the hospital listened to the buraku when they needed to. This would tend to indicate that the young House, although knowledgeable in his youth, was often ignored by those in authority who thought they knew better.
In his later teens, House went to a prep school in the United States where in addition to keeping up very good grades, he was actively involved with music and played varsity lacrosse.
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