They have been the closest of friends ever since they met at university over three decades ago, so it seems fitting that Stephen Fry was there to support Hugh Laurie as he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Paying tribute to Laurie, Fry said: "We come here to epicentre of the entertainment capital of the world, the very eye of the galaxy, where it is tradition in this marvellous town to reward stars by bringing them right down to earth – so far down to earth now Hugh will spend eternity having chewing gum and dog poo trodden into him, and very likely worse.
"While he may not be the first wise and kind star to be set in a paving slab in old Hollywood, I venture to suggest no star was ever wiser or kinder. I can say like Doctor Watson of his friend Holmes, the kindest and wisest friend I ever knew."
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Stephen Fry paid tribute to Hugh Laurie as he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Meanwhile, Hugh, 57, confessed he felt "incredibly lucky" after being awarded with the prestigious star at the famous landmark. He told the crowd: "This is not a fair world. I'm 57 now and I've lived a life of extraordinary good fortune from start to finish, so much so I'm anticipating a piano falling on my head to redress the balance.
"I've been incredibly lucky. I'm going to bask in this extraordinary honour and my extraordinary good luck and I'll set to work first thing tomorrow on the global unfairness problem."
"The kindest and wisest friend I ever knew," he said
The British actor is perhaps best known to many across the globe for his portrayal of Dr Gregory House in the hit medical drama series House, from which he starred in from 2004 to 2012. He has also starred in several well-know films, including 2005's Sense and Sensibility, Spice World and Stuart Little. The father-of-three has also made appearances in Friends, The Bill and Spooks.
Stephen and Hugh became friends while they were both studying at Cambridge, the pair went on to collaborate in various projects, including Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and BBC series A Bit Of Fry and Laurie. Stephen, 59, was also the best man at Laurie's wedding and is godfather to all three of his children.