Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, producer, singer, and director. He is best known for the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon's musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Harris was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011. Harris has also hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Early life

Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico. His parents, Sheila (Scott) and Ron Harris, ran a restaurant. He attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, where he acted in school plays and musicals. Harris graduated as an honors student in 1991.



Harris began his career as a child actor and was discovered by playwright Mark Medoff at a drama camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Medoff later cast him in his 1988 film Clara's Heart, a drama starring Whoopi Goldberg based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Olshan. Clara's Heart earned Harris a Golden Globe nomination. The same year, he starred in Purple People Eater, a children's fantasy.

His first film role as an adult was 1995's Animal Room, although he portrayed a teenager. His subsequent film work has included supporting roles in The Next Best Thing, Undercover Brother, and Starship Troopers. Harris plays a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold and Kumar stoner comedy films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

In 2010, he provided voice acting for the role of the adult Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, and the beagle Lou in the film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. The same year, he played the lead in the indie comedy The Best and the Brightest. On March 7, 2010, he made a surprise appearance at the 82nd Academy Awards, delivering the opening musical number. He starred in the movies The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013).


Harris has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. He played Tobias Ragg in the 2001 concert performances of Sweeney Todd. In 2002, he performed beside Anne Heche in Proof. In 2003, he took the role of the Emcee in Cabaret alongside Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley. As a result of his critically acclaimed performance in Cabaret, Harris was named the top-drawing headliner in the role of the Emcee by, topping fellow celebrity stars John Stamos and Alan Cumming. In 2004, he performed a dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway, in the musical revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. He also sang the role of Charles (first played by Anthony Perkins) on the Nonesuch recording of Sondheim's Evening Primrose, and has portrayed Mark Cohen in the touring company of the musical Rent, a role he mockingly reprised on the January 10, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, which he hosted.

In 2010, he directed a production of the rock musical Rent at the Hollywood Bowl; he cast his Beastly co-star Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi. In 2011, Harris played the lead role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company, with the New York Philharmonic in concert opposite Patti LuPone and others. The same year, he directed The Expert at the Card Table at Broad Stage's Edye in Santa Monica, California.

Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times including: the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009, 65th Tony Awards on June 12, 2011, the 66th Tony Awards on June 10, 2012, and the 67th Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Only Angela Lansbury, who hosted five ceremonies, has hosted the Tony Awards more times. Hosting the Tony Awards has earned him three Emmy Awards; on 2010, 2012 and 2013 for the 63rd, 65th and 66th respectively.

A week after hosting the Tonys, it was announced that Harris would portray the titular role in the first Broadway production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2014.


In 1989, Harris won the lead role in Doogie Howser, M.D., for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. After the show's four-season run ended in 1993, Harris played a number of guest roles on television series, including Murder She Wrote. From 1999 to 2000, Harris starred with Tony Shalhoub in the NBC sitcom Stark Raving Mad, which lasted 22 episodes. He has taken lead roles in a number of made-for-television features including Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story in 1994, My Ántonia in 1995, The Christmas Wish in 1998, Joan of Arc in 1999, The Wedding Dress in 2001, and The Christmas Blessing in 2005.

In 2008, he guest-starred on Sesame Street as the Sesame Street Fairy Shoe Person. In 2009, Harris hosted the 7th Annual TV Land Awards and appeared as a guest judge on Season 9 of American Idol.

He also hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20 of the same year. On August 21, 2010, he won two Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, one of which was for his guest performance in the television series Glee. Harris hosted the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2013, marking the second time he hosted the event.

After a preview at the San Diego Comic-Con, a musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, featuring Harris as the villainous Music Meister, premiered on October 23, 2009 on Cartoon Network. As a character who could make anyone do his bidding by singing, he spent most of the episode singing several original songs.

Since 2005, Harris has played Barney Stinson, a serial womanizer, in the CBS ensemble sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The role earned him Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations every year from 2007 to 2010.


Harris is a fan of magic, like his character on How I Met Your Mother. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle. Harris won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards on October 11, 2008. Additionally, Harris and Burtka were guests of honor for a Top Chef Masters episode which took place at the Magic Castle. Harris also performed magic in his Emmy-winning performance on Glee.

Other media

In 2007, Harris worked with Mike Nelson on an audio commentary for RiffTrax. The two "riffed" on the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Harris is a big fan of the cult TV series Nelson worked on, Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was interviewed for a 1992 Comedy Central special This Is MST3K hosted by Penn Jillette about the series and its fans. In 2008, Harris played the title role in Joss Whedon's musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog alongside Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. The first episode of the series debuted July 15, 2008. He has also provided his voice for the Disney California Adventure Park attraction California Screamin'.

On December 11, 2010, Harris hosted the Spike Video Game Awards.

In 2012, Harris starred in the web-series Neil's Puppet Dreams.

Personal life

Harris confirmed that he is gay in November 2006 by saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."

Harris attended the Emmy awards in September 2007 with his fiancé David Burtka, later confirming the relationship, which he said began in 2004, in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On August 14, 2010, Harris announced that he and Burtka were expecting twins via a surrogate mother. The fraternal twins Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl, were born in 2010.

Following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York on June 24, 2011, Harris and Burtka announced their engagement via Twitter, stating that they had proposed to each other five years earlier but kept the engagement secret until same-sex marriage became legal.

In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, a joke refers to his coming out. As his persona in the film is heterosexual and womanizing, he is presented as only pretending to be gay so that women will find him less intimidating at first. Burtka also played himself, as Harris's secret drug dealer.


Cast recordings

Year Album title Notes
2000 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 2000 New York Concert Cast
2001 Evening Primrose Studio Cast
2004 Assassins Revival Cast Recording
2006 Wall to Wall: Stephen Sondheim Concert Cast
2008 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Original Cast Recording
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold " Mayhem of the Music Meister Original Cast Recording


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Album
2010 "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit" 113 76 "? 50 "? "? How I Met Your Mother season 5
"Dream On" (featuring Matthew Morrison) 91 24 44 47 26 84,000 (US) Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Clara's Heart David Hart
1988 Too Good to Be True Danny Harland TV movie
1988 Purple People Eater Billy Johnson
1989 Cold Sassy Tree Will Tweedy/Narrator TV movie
1989 Home Fires Burning Lonnie Tibbits TV movie
1990 The Earth Day Special Doogie Howser TV movie
1991 Stranger in the Family Steve Thompson TV movie
1993 For Our Children: The Concert Himself (Presenter) TV movie
1993 ' Brian Hannigan TV movie
1994 Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story Jim Stolpa TV movie
1995 The Man in the Attic Edward Broder TV movie
1995 Animal Room Arnold Mosk
1995 Not Our Son Paul Kenneth Keller TV movie
1995 My Antonia Jimmy Burden TV movie
1995 Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story William Coit TV movie
1997 Starship Troopers Carl Jenkins
1998 The Proposition Roger Martin
1998 The Christmas Wish Will Martin TV movie
1999 Joan of Arc The Dauphin TV movie
2000 ' David
2001 The Wedding Dress Travis Cleveland TV movie
2001 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert Tobias Ragg TV movie
2002 The Mesmerist Benjamin
2002 Undercover Brother Lance
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Neil Patrick Harris
2005 ' Nathan Andrews TV movie
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Neil Patrick Harris
2008 Beyond All Boundaries 1st Lt. David Hettema Voice only
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Barry Allen/The Flash Voice only
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Steve Voice only
2009 Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special Ace Voice only; TV Movie
2009 Yes Virginia Dr. Philip O'Hanlon Voice only; TV Movie
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Lou the Beagle Voice only
2010 The Best and the Brightest Jeff
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Dick Grayson / Nightwing Voice only
2011 Beastly Will Fratalli
2011 ' Patrick Winslow
2011 ' Neil Patrick Harris
2011 The Muppets Himself Cameo
2012 American Reunion Celebrity Dance-Off Host Cameo
2013 The Smurfs 2 Patrick Winslow
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Steve the Monkey Voice only
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Foy Post-production
2014 Gone Girl Desi Collins Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame Lonnie Tibbetts Episode: "Home Fires Burning"
1989 B.L. Stryker Buder Campbell Episode: "Blues for Buder"
Doogie Howser, M.D. Douglas 'Doogie' Howser 97 Episodes
1991 Blossom The 'Charming' Derek Slade Episode: "Blossom " A Rockumentary"
1991 ' Himself as Bart Simpson Voice only; Episode: "Bart the Murderer"
1992 Roseanne Dr. Doogie Howser Episode: "Less Is More"
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Todd Andrews Voice only; Episode: "A Formula for Hate"
1992 Capitol Critters Max Voice only; 13 Episodes
1993 Quantum Leap Mike Hammond Episode: "Return of the Evil Leaper " October 8, 1956"
1993 Murder, She Wrote Tommy Remsen Episode: "Lone Witness"
1996 ' Howie Morrison Episode: "From Within"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Alan Schack Episode: "Valentine's Day"
Stark Raving Mad Henry McNeeley 22 Episodes
2000 Will & Grace Bill Episode: "Girls, Interrupted"
2001 Static Shock Johnny Morrow Voice only; Episode: "Replay"
2001 Son of the Beach Loverboy Episode: "Queefer Madness"
2001 ' Moyo Voice only; Episode: "Tarzan and the Challenger"
2001 Ed Joe Baxter Episode: "Replacements"
2002 Touched by an Angel Jonas Episode: "The Princeless Bride"
2002 Justice League Ray Thompson Voice only; 2 episodes
2003 Boomtown Peter Corman Episode: "Monster's Brawl"
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Peter Parker / Voice only; 13 Episodes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent John Tagman Episode: "Want"
2005 Numb3rs Ethan Burdick Episode: "Prime Suspect"
2005 Jack & Bobby Prof. Preston Phelps Episode: "Querida Grace"
How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson Main role
2006 Me, Eloise Voice only; Episode: "Eloise Goes to School"
Family Guy Barney Stinson Voice only; 2 episodes
2006 Big Brother 7 Himself
2008 Sesame Street The Fairy Shoeperson Episode: "Telly's New Shoes"
2008 Anytime with Bob Kushell Himself Guest star
2008 Million Dollar Password Himself Guest Star
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Neil Patrick Harris/ Taylor Swift"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Music Meister Episode: "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"
2009 Robot Chicken Various 2 episodes
2009 63rd Tony Awards Himself (host) TV special
2009 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special
2010 Glee Bryan Ryan Episode: "Dream On"
' Dr. Blowhole Voice only; 2 episodes
2011 Brain Games Narrator Season 1; 3 episodes
Adventure Time Prince Gumball Voice only; 2 episodes
2011 65th Tony Awards Himself (host) TV special
2012 66th Tony Awards Himself (host) TV special
2012 Robot Chicken Two-Face Voice only; Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Universe Special"
2013 67th Tony Awards Himself (host) TV special
2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special


Year Title Role Venue
1997 Rent Mark Cohen 2nd National Tour: LA, San Diego
1998 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
2001 Sweeney Todd Tobias Ragg San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concert version
2002 Proof Hal Broadway
2003 Cabaret Emcee Broadway
2004 ' Young Anton / Burt Sarris
2004 Assassins Lee Harvey Oswald / The Balladeer Broadway
2005 Tick, Tick... BOOM! Jon Menier Chocolate Factory, London
2006 All My Sons Chris Keller Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2006 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Hollywood Bowl
2010 Rent Live at the Hollywood Bowl Director Hollywood Bowl
2011 Company Robert New York Philharmonic Concert Version
2011 A Snow White Christmas The Magic Mirror El Portal Theater
2014 Nothing to Hide Director Off-Broadway; Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

Web television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Dr. Horrible/Billy
2008 Prop 8: The Musical A Very Smart Fellow
2012 Neil's Puppet Dreams Neil Patrick Harris
2012 Team Four Stars' Dragon Ball Z Abridged The Spirit Bomb YouTube, Episode 29

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Saints Row 2 Veteran Child Voice only
2009 Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard Wallace "Wally" Wellesley Voice only
2010 Rock of the Dead Unnamed character Voice only
2010 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Peter Parker / Voice only
2013 Saints Row IV Veteran Child Voice only


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result Title
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture " Drama Clara's Heart
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
1990 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Doogie Howser, M.D.
People's Choice Award Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series " Comedy/Musical
2007 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy How I Met Your Mother
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2008 People's Choice Award Favorite Scene Stealing Star
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Bravo A-List Award A-List Male Actor
Streamy Award Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
2009"2010 Golden Icon Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Television Series How I Met Your Mother
2010 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Glee
Outstanding Special Class Program 63rd Annual Tony Awards
Spike Video Game Award Best Performance by a Human Male Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
2011 People's Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actor How I Met Your Mother
Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Program 65th Tony Awards
2013 66th Tony Awards

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