It started with a few television commercials before he shot to fame with fellow actor Stephen Fry on the comedy skit show Fry & Laurie before pursuing more serious movie roles.
Check out some videos from the early years of his careers.
One of his first and most popular roles was opposite his friend, Steph Fry. In the clip Fry and Hugh Laurie perform a hilarious short comedy sketch in a police station.
He starred in an amusing Poloroid advert in the 80's
The actor stared in a cigar advert with Steph Fry
In a car advert
On Friends opposite Jennifer Aniston
Shows off his singing talent in a skit