Neil Patrick Harris

Actor
A child actor who achieved popularity and critical acclaim at an early age, Neil Patrick Harris managed to avoid the typical fate of child stars who often slipped into obscurity after spinning out of control; instead he ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Filmography

Actor (140)

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

American Horror Story 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Good Dinosaur 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Foy (Actor)

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

Desi Collings (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 1989 - 1993, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 (Movie)

Steve (Voice)

Conan 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

The 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Out List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

Celebrity Dance-Off Host (Actor)

Blossom 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blowhole Strikes Back 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1989 - 1993, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1993, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League 1989 - 1993, 2001 - 2004, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Live! with Kelly 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nova 1989 - 1993, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beastly 2011 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Fashion's Night Out 2010 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

How I Met Your Mother 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Cameo

So You Think You Can Dance 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Video Game Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Best and the Brightest 2011 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Cameo)

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Patrick Winslow (Actor)

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS Fall Preview 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Lou (Actor)

Dr. Blowhole's Revenge 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Glee 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Steve (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

TV Land Awards 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 2008 World Magic Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The A-List Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef: Masters 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

2007 World Magic Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Brother 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2006 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Voice

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mesmerist 2002 (Movie)

Benjamin (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Ed 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stark Raving Mad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Will & Grace 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Proposition 1998 (Movie)

Roger Martin (Actor)

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

Carl Jenkins (Actor)

The Animal Room 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

A Family Torn Apart 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is MST3K 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Capitol Critters 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Stranger in the Family 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasies 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1991 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues For Buder 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Good to Be True 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Clara's Heart 1988 (Movie)

David Hart (Actor)

Purple People Eater 1988 (Movie)

Billy Johnson (Actor)

Cold Sassy Tree (TV Show)

Actor

Home Fires Burning (TV Show)

Actor

Joan of Arc (TV Show)

Actor

My Antonia (TV Show)

Actor

Not Our Son (TV Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

The Christmas Blessing (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Wish (TV Show)

Actor

The Man in the Attic (TV Show)

Actor

The Wedding Dress (TV Show)

Actor

Through a Dog's Eyes (TV Show)

Narrator

Too Good to Be True (Movie)

(Actor)

Yes, Virginia (TV Show)

Voice
Music (2)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (Song Performer)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("Deck The Halls") (Song)
Director (1)

The Goodwin Games 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

A child actor who achieved popularity and critical acclaim at an early age, Neil Patrick Harris managed to avoid the typical fate of child stars who often slipped into obscurity after spinning out of control; instead he thrived on stage, as well as in film and on television. Harris first emerged into the national spotlight as the titular character on "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC, 1989-1992), playing a child prodigy who works as a surgeon while still trying to cope with the struggles of an everyday teenager. For a long time after the series was cancelled, Harris was solely identified with the role, though he nonetheless continued to deliver strong performances in television movies and on stage. Following a few down years in the early 1990s, Harris re-emerged at the end of the decade with a revamped feature career, thanks to prominent roles in "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "The Next Best Thing" (2000). After delivering huge laughs with a parody of himself in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004), Harris made a triumphant return to regular series work, co-starring as the opinionated womanizer Barney Stinson, whose catchphrase "Suit up" helped propel "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005- ) into a ratings winner, allowing Harris to finally exorcise the ghosts of Doogie Howser. Despite playing the skirt-chasing Stinson, Harris came out in 2006; an admission many felt would harm his career. Instead, the public greeted the news with a collective shrug and the actor went on to enjoy even greater success. Because his resurgent stardom led to hosting gigs for the Emmys and Tony Awards, Harris was able to bask in his ever-growing fame while becoming one of Hollywood's most in-demand stars.

Relationships

Gideon

Son
Born Oct. 12, 2010 via a surrogate mother; twin of Harper Grace; father, David Burtka

Harper

Daughter
Born Oct. 12, 2010 via a surrogate mother; twin of Gideon Scott; father, David Burtka

David Burtka Actor

Husband
Began dating in 2004 Harris acknowledged they were dating in a 2006 People magazine cover story Announced their engagement after the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Bill in June 2011 Married in Italy with "How I Met Your Mother" director Pamela Fryman officiating.

Ron Harris

Father

Sheila Harris

Mother

EDUCATION

La Cueva High School

Albuquerque , New Mexico 1991
Graduated with honors; active in school plays and musicals

Milestones

2013

Returned to voice Steve the Monkey in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"

2013

Starred in "The Smurfs 2"

2012

Announced as the host and producer of the 66th Annual Tony Awards; also produced alongside Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss

2011

Co-starred in the 3D film "The Smurfs," based on the 1980s animated TV series

2011

Returned for "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"

2011

Featured in the film "Beastly," a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast

2011

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)

2010

Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"

2010

Guest starred as Bryan Ryan, a former high school show choir member on "Glee" (Fox)

2009

Hosted the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

2009

Voiced Steve the Monkey in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2009

Hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

2008

Once again played a parody of himself in "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"

2005

Cast as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother"

2004

Played a drug-crazed, lecherous parody of himself in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"

2004

Performed a dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins"

2003

Joined the cast of Broadway's "Cabaret" in the role of the Emcee

2001

Recreated role of Tobias in a San Francisco production of "Sweeney Todd" (aired on PBS)

2000

Featured in "The Next Best Thing" opposite Madonna and Rupert Everett

1999

Cast in NBC's "Stark Raving Mad" as a book editor assigned to work with an eccentric mystery writer

1999

Critically praised for his turn as Tobias Ragg in the Los Angeles production of "Sweeney Todd"

1999

Featured opposite Leelee Sobieski's "Joan of Arc" (CBS)

1998

Starred in the CBS holiday movie "The Christmas Wish"

1998

Starred as Romeo in San Diego production of "Romeo and Juliet"

1997

Featured in "Starship Troopers" as Colonel Carl Jenkins

1997

Joined the Los Angeles production of the musical "Rent" as the narrator Mark

1994

Starred in the fact-based TV-movie "Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story" (CBS)

1993

Made professional stage debut starring role in "Luck, Pluck & Virtue"

1993

Starred the NBC movie "A Family Torn Apart" as one of two adopted sons suspected of murdering their parents

1992

Voiced a young country mouse on the short-lived politically themed animated series "Capitol Critters"

1989

Breakthrough role as a child prodigy doctor on the ABC series "Doogie Howser, M.D."; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1988

Featured in the little-seen sci-fi comedy "Purple People Eater"

1988

Feature debut starring opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Clara's Heart"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1988

TV-movie debut in "Too Good to Be True" (NBC)

1979

First stage role at age six, playing Toto in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz"

Raised in Ruidoso, NM

Met playwright Mark Medoff (scripted "Clara's Heart") at a drama camp at New Mexico State University

Bonus Trivia

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"I did a TV show that was very good and my TV-IQ was very high. I had the opportunity then to do more TV and make a lot more money. I didn't want to do that, and I'm glad I didn't." – Harris to The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 1997

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"I'm trying to break free of wholesome, of 'smile, show your teeth, be a nice good boy' and try to be more mysterious, sexual, warped." – Harris to The New York Times, Nov. 2, 1997

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"The two biggest attributes I hold dear are creativity and authenticity." – Harris to The New York Times, Nov. 2, 1997

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"It'd be awesome if I could get people my age – the heroin chic generation who only think it's cool to go to the Skybar, to do little indie movies and brush shoulders with Ethan Hawke – to see how powerful musical theater can be if it's done right." – Harris quoted in Movieline, Dec. 1997/Jan. 1998

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"I'm glad I'm recognized for work that I'm proud of. You get some [heckling], but that's sort of the karmic equivalent to getting a good table at a restaurant. It's the yin and yang of it all." – Harris on being known as Doogie Howswer, quoted in People magazine, Dec. 7, 1998

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Harris showed an unexpected caustic wit, commenting on how he deals with questions regarding his child prodigy TV alter ego, seven years after the series' final episode: "That's what stun guns are for. Shuts people right up. You'd be surprised – it takes only, like, three seconds, but if you hold it there for seven or eight, they really clam up." – quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 8, 1999

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Harris ended mounting speculation about his sexuality by revealing he is gay. The actor published the following statement on People magazine's website in Nov. 2006: "Because of speculation and interest in my private life and relationships," he said, "[I] am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest."

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In August 2010, Harris and his longtime partner, chef David Burtka, announced they were going to be parents to twins – a boy and a girl – in October with the help of a surrogate.

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