Stephen Fry (August 24, 1957 - ..)
Born: 24th August, 1957
Nationality: British
Profession/Occupation: Comedian
Region: London, England, bipolar disorder
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Stephen Fry, in full Stephen John Fry, (born August 24, 1957, London, England), British actor, comedian, author, screenwriter, and director, known especially for his virtuosic command and comical manipulation of the English language--in both speech and writing. He is especially admired for his ability to desacralize even the most serious or taboo of topics.

Fry spent most of his childhood and youth at assorted boarding schools in England. At age seven he was sent far from his home in Norfolk to a boarding school where he soon earned a reputation as a troublemaker, which he retained--and, indeed, strengthened--as a teenager. As evidenced by his extensive record of violations, Fry was an inveterate liar, cheater, and thief, a perpetual liberator of change from his classmates' pockets and candy from any available source. He was also an inspired prankster, a mastermind of schemes such as resetting the stops on the organ in the school's chapel, both to confound the organist with unexpected sounds and to disrupt the solemnity of the service. He was ultimately expelled.

Throughout his youth, Fry had felt himself to be somewhat of an outsider. That he was an extraordinary intellect who read voluminously and disliked sports set him apart from mainstream society. Moreover, he was intermittently atheist, a Jew with a very English surname, and, as he jokingly recounted in his writings, gay from birth. All these characteristics, combined with his rebellious tendencies and, as he learned nearly two decades later, his bipolar disorder, made his teenage years tumultuous. He attempted suicide, and, when he was 18, he was imprisoned for three months for credit-card fraud. Despite such adversity, in 1977 he was awarded a scholarship to study English at Queens' College, Cambridge.

He began his study at Cambridge in 1978 and soon became involved with a number of campus dramatic clubs. After his first year he wrote his first play, Latin! or, Tobacco and Boys, a satirical tale of a pederastic prep-school teacher. The following year the play was performed (not without controversy) at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh, a venue that became a regular showcase for Fry's early creative activity. During his third year at Cambridge, he was recruited by fellow student Hugh Laurie--who later rose to celebrity as a comic actor--to join the Cambridge Footlights comedy revue, a century-old student-run organization that had spawned many of Britain's preeminent comedians. Fry and Laurie began to write together, for Footlights, in 1981, and their sketches were so successful that the group performed at various venues in the United Kingdom and took the revue on a three-month tour of Australia.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1982, Fry subsisted off of sporadic roles in television shows until 1984, when he was asked to revise the script of Noel Gay's 1937 musical Me and My Girl. The show was a hit, and the royalties made Fry a millionaire. Later in the 1980s, Fry played Lord Melchett and related characters in numerous episodes of the Blackadder comedy television series. Intermittently between 1987 and 1995 he again collaborated with Laurie to produce the popular television program A Bit of Fry and Laurie, in which the duo enacted a set of typically disconnected, although not always unrelated, comical sketches. Meanwhile, in 1990-93 the two comedians starred in the television series Jeeves and Wooster, with Laurie playing the wealthy but somewhat bumbling Bertie Wooster and Fry playing the resourceful valet, Reginald Jeeves, who always managed to extricate Wooster from unusual predicaments. In 2003 Fry hosted the television game show QI ("Quite Interesting"), which for some 10 years featured Fry delivering questions to a group of guest comedians who gained points for the cleverness--as opposed to the correctness--of their responses.

Aside from his television work, Fry appeared in more than two dozen films, most notably as the Irish writer Oscar Wilde in Wilde (1997). Fry made his directorial debut in 2003 with Bright Young Things, an adaptation of British writer Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies (1930), a novel centred on the reckless frivolity of a group of English socialites in the wake of World War I. Fry made his Broadway debut in 2013 playing Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Alongside his work for the stage and the screen, Fry cultivated a career as a novelist. In the 1990s three of his books--The Liar (1991), The Hippopotamus (1994), and Making History: A Novel (1996)--became best sellers. Although most of his earlier works were humorous fiction, he later published witty treatments of nonfiction topics, including Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary (2002) and The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (2005). Fry's autobiography is a multivolume work. The first installment, Moab Is My Washpot (1997), details the trials and tribulations of the first 20 years of his life, up to his acceptance to university. The second installment, The Fry Chronicles (2010), picks up with his years at Cambridge. More Fool Me (2014) details his early years of success in the entertainment industry and his simultaneous descent into addiction.

In 1995 Fry made national headlines when he abruptly abandoned his role in a play in the middle of its run in London and disappeared to Belgium without a trace. After the incident, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When he began to speak openly about the episode in the early 21st century, he embarked on a campaign to help raise awareness of the challenges of bipolar disorder and, more important, to remove its stigma in the eyes of the general public. His exploration of the disorder in the 2006 television documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive was part of that initiative. Fry was also outspoken about suicide following an attempt to kill himself in 2012.

Top 60 Stephen Fry quotes

When you've seen a nude infant doing a backward somersault you know why clothing exists.
Backward
Clothing
Doing
Exists
Infant
Know
Seen
Why
You
I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself.
About
Art
Destroys
I think
Oneself
Talking
Television
Think
Watch
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Full
Hard
Idea
Library
Must
Original
Original idea
Them
Too
As someone who worked hard for a Labour victory in the 90s, do I regret it? Not really. It was bound to happen. And it'll happen with the next government, and the one after it. Because all governments serve us. They serve the filth.
After
Because
Bound
Filth
Government
Governments
Happen
Hard
Labour
Next
Really
Regret
Serve
Someone
But happiness is no respecter of persons.
Happiness
Persons
But if one could go back in time, I'd love to have been directed by Howard Hawks, who's one of my great heroes. One of the greatest directors there ever was. He directed probably one of the greatest westerns of all time in 'Rio Bravo'.
All-time
Back
Been
Bravo
Could
Directed
Directors
Ever
Go
Great
Greatest
Hawks
He
Heroes
Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
Arrive
Better
Child
Christmas
First
Hopefully
Proof
Terrible
Than
Travel
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
Being
Being happy
Great
Happy
Having
Intellect
Path
Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day.
Acting
Actor
Been
Daft
Day
Directed
Extension
Felt
Go
Grave
Happen
Having
Knew
Long
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
Altar
Am
Freedom
I am
Language
Lover
Purity
Tolerance
Truth
Worshipper
I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
Age
Bladder
Me
Need
Remind
You
I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book.
Away
Birth
Book
Elephant
Get
Give
Go
Go away
Like
Pregnant
Urge
I have pushed the boat out as far as I should in terms of taking on too many things. I'm getting older and I just could not take it any more. I am now monitoring myself very closely and I'm just trying not to get into that sort of state again.
Again
Am
Any
As far as
Boat
Closely
Could
Far
Get
Getting
Getting older
I am
Just
Many
I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
Down
Home
Like
Myself
Occasionally
Shop
Smoking
Think
Wandering
Writing
I think my view is that whenever you project into the future you're never likely to be accurate in the details, or the paraphernalia and style. It's in the spirit of it.
Accurate
Details
Future
I think
Likely
Never
Project
Spirit
Style
Think
View
Whenever
You
I think we have all experienced passion that is not in any sense reasonable.
Any
Experienced
I think
Passion
Reasonable
Sense
Think
I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing.
Always
Because
Been
Children
Deeply
Drive
English
English literature
Forth
Insane
Kind
Literature
Love
Me
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
Cliche
Cliches
Like
Most
Then
True
Untrue
It was extremely important to show that Wilde's sexuality was not just some intellectual idea. It was real, and it was about the human body. To just have mentioned it and not shown it would have been, I think, peculiar and wrong.
About
Been
Body
Extremely
Human
Human body
I think
Idea
Important
Intellectual
Just
Mentioned
Peculiar
Real
Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave.
Eight
Five
Full
Love
Tones
Word
Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good.
Business
Does
Entering
Good
Journalism
Least
Many
More
People
Some
Than
Think
Us
Which
Moving from chair to chair, from coffee machine to coffee machine is the limit of my action in most films. But I enjoy being cast in them because I love watching them.
Action
Because
Being
Cast
Chair
Coffee
Enjoy
Films
I love
Limit
Love
Machine
Most
Moving
No, I love the idea that someone changes. As an actor it's always the thing that you look for. He is someone who starts off bright, cheerful and confident and then has everything taken away from him. It's a wonderful journey to take.
Actor
Always
Away
Bright
Changes
Cheerful
Confident
Everything
He
Him
I love
Idea
Journey
Look
Oh, it takes a lot for me to walk out of a film.
Film
Lot
Me
Oh
Out
Takes
Walk
Personally, I'd never seen a graphic novel. I knew they existed because friends of mine like Jonathan Ross collect them and some very literate and intelligent people really rate the graphic novel as a form.
Because
Collect
Existed
Form
Friends
Graphic
Intelligent
Intelligent people
Jonathan
Knew
Like
Literate
Mine
Never
That one can love another of the same gender, that is what the homophobe really cannot stand.
Another
Cannot
Gender
Love
Really
Same
Stand
There is so much we can learn from TV. It's a window on the world.
Learn
Much
Tv
Window
World
They are just 100 per cent bear, whereas human beings feel we're not 100 per cent human, that we're always letting ourselves down. We're constantly striving towards something, to some fulfilment.
Always
Bear
Beings
Cent
Constantly
Down
Feel
Human
Human beings
Just
Letting
Ourselves
Per
Some
When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.
Ahead
Awful
Blackness
Complete
Despair
Direction
Feel
Future
Get
Going
Impossible
Just
Looks
Place
You can't reason yourself back into cheerfulness any more than you can reason yourself into an extra six inches in height.
Any
Back
Cheerfulness
Extra
Height
Inches
More
Reason
Six
Than
You
Yourself
You don't sit down and write a wish list about the person you are going to fall violently in love with. It just doesn't work like that.
About
Down
Fall
Going
Just
Like
List
Love
Person
Sit
Violently
Wish
Wish list
Work
Old Professors never die, they just lose their faculties.
Die
Faculties
Just
Lose
Never
Old
Professors
I shouldn't be saying this - high treason, really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.
Accent
American
Brilliance
Fooled
High
May
Our
Really
Saying
Sometimes
Treason
Wonder
I think the fact that I'm so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman - I'll kiss a frog if you like.
Convincing
Difficult
Fact
Frog
Gay
I think
Kiss
Known
Like
Makes
Me
On-screen
Relationship
Screen
I've always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's animations.
Always
Because
Books
British
Eccentric
English
Generation
Great
Great respect
Grew
Had
He
Institution
Michael
It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.
American
Australians
Common
English
How
How much
Much
Only
Realise
Room
Takes
It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends.
Allow
Appear
Been
Bipolar
Describe
Ends
Gogh
Great
Great men
Grim
Has-been
Hemingway
Men
Men and women
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
Creation
Every
Experience
Fruit
Fully
Garden
Insult
Least
Once
Taste
Temperance
Tree
Wickedness
My father was all brain and little heart.
Brain
Father
Heart
Little
Generally, we admire the thing we are not.
Admire
Generally
Thing
To be human and to be adult means constantly to be in the grip of opposing emotions, to have daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite too.
Adore
Adult
Apparently
Cherish
Conflicting
Constantly
Daily
Emotions
Grip
Human
Means
Need
Opposing
Opposite
Happiness is no respecter of persons.
Happiness
Persons
It is exhausting knowing that most of the time the phone rings, most of the time there's an email, most of the time there's a letter, someone wants something of you.
Email
Exhausting
Knowing
Letter
Most
Phone
Rings
Someone
Something
Time
Wants
You
I feel I would love to close down for a number of years in some way and just be in the country making pork pies and chutneys and never have to poke my head out of the parapet.
Close
Country
Down
Feel
Head
I feel
Just
Just be
Love
Making
Never
Number
Out
Poke
I went to Cambridge and thought I would stay there. I thought I would quietly grow tweed in a corner somewhere and become a Don or something.
Become
Cambridge
Corner
Grow
Quietly
Something
Somewhere
Stay
Thought
Would
The point about manic depression or bipolar disorder, as it's now more commonly called, is that it's about mood swings. So, you have an elevated mood. When people think of manic depression, they only hear the word depression. They think one's a depressive. The point is, one's a manic-depressive.
About
Bipolar
Commonly
Depression
Depressive
Disorder
Elevated
Hear
Manic
Mood
Mood swings
More
Now
Only
Now, bipolar disorder, it goes on a spectrum. There's very severe conditions of it and there are milder ones. I'm lucky enough that it's reasonably mild in my case.
Bipolar
Case
Conditions
Disorder
Enough
Goes
Lucky
Mild
Now
Reasonably
Severe
Spectrum
Very
If you go looking for loonies and religious fanatics and dropouts and freaks, I dare say you'll find it.
Dare
Fanatics
Find
Freaks
Go
Looking
Religious
Say
You
There's no doubt that I do have extremes of mood that are greater than just about anybody else I know.
About
Anybody
Anybody else
Doubt
Else
Extremes
Greater
Just
Know
Mood
No doubt
Than
Somehow, as a writer, you tend to use words to paper over structural cracks.
Cracks
Over
Paper
Somehow
Structural
Tend
Use
Words
Writer
You

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