Hugh Laurie: (in response to Rolling Stone reporter Neil Strauss March 21, 2007 when asked what actors or comedians he admired when he was young) Peter Cook, Peter Sellers and Michael Palin. I had a hankering to follow in Peter Ustinov's footsteps. He projected the aura of a gentleman amateur. He was fantastically accomplished. He could write a book or act or direct. He made them look like enjoyable pastimes instead of backbreaking work.