Neil Patrick Harris, born June 15, 1973, is an American actor, singer and writer. He is known for his role on Doogie Howser, M.D., and as Barney Stinson on How I Met You Mother, and guest starred on Glee as the character Bryan Ryan.

Personal Life

Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico[1] to Sheila Scott and Ron Harris[2], and grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico.[1] He has a brother, Brian.[2] Harris attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, where he acted in school plays and musicals. Harris graduated as an honors student in 1991. [1]

He confirmed he was gay in November 2006[3], and Harris has been in a relationship with chef and actor, David Burtka, since 2004. They became engaged in 2006, it was announced in 2011.[1] He and Burtka married in Septemebr 2014.[4]

He and Burtka had fraternal twins, via a surrogate mother, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace on October 12, 2010.[5]

Harris was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010.[6]


Harris was on Broadway in "Luck, Pluck, and Virtue" in 1995, "Cabaret" in 1998, "Sweeney Todd" in 1999/2000, "Proof" in 2000, "Assassins" in 2001/2004, in "tick, tick... BOOM!", and "Children And Art" in 2005.[7] He is set to return to Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in spring of 2014.[8]

Harris was the title role on Doogie Howser, M.D. for three and a half years till its cancellation in 1993. He voiced a role on Capitol Critters for thirteen episodes till 1995, was on Stark Raving Mad for twenty-two episodes till its cancellation in 2000, and voiced on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series for thirteen episodes till its cancellation in 2003.

He had a main role on How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014, appeared in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas as a fictionalized version of himself, and guest-starred on Glee in 2010

Harris was in The Smurfs in 2011, and its the sequel, The Smurfs 2, in 2013, with his former Glee co-star Jayma Mays.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011[9], and he has also hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013.[10]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his recent return to Broadway, became an instant success. Earning Neil a tony award for his performance. Also, he performed one of the numbers at the Tony Awards.

Harris's memoir, Choose Your Own Autobiography, was released in October 2014.[11]

Harris was announced in October 2014 that he would host the new variety show on NBC, based on the long-running British series “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,"[12] and the 2015 Oscars.[13]

Harris was announced, in October 2014, to be a guest-star on American Horror Story: Freak Show; Burtka is also set to guest-star. Harris will appear in two episodes, while Burtka in one.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Clara's Heart David Hart
Too Good To Be True Danny Harland TV movie
Purple People Eater Billy Johnson
1989 Cold Sassy Tree Will Tweedy/Narrator TV movie
Home Fires Burning Lonnie Tibbits TV movie
B.L. Stryker Buder ("Blues for Buder")
Doogie Howser, M.D. Dr. Doogie Howser 1989 - 1993 (97 episodes)
1990 The Earth Day Special Doogie Howser TV movie
1991 Stranger in the family Steve Thompson TV movie
Blossom The 'Charming' Derek Slade ("Blossom - A Rockumentary")
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Todd Andrews voice ("A Formula for Hate")
Roseanne Dr. Doogie Howser uncredited ("Less Is More")
Capitol Critters Max 1992 - 1995 (13 episodes)
1993 For Our Children: The Concert Himself/ Presenter TV movie
A Family Torn Apart Brian Hannigan TV movie
Murder, She Wrote Tommy Remsen ("Lone Witness")
Quantum Leap Mike Hammond ("Return of the Evil Leaper - October 8, 1956")
1994 A Family Torn Apart Brian Hannigan TV movie
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Show Jim Stolpa TV movie
1995 The Man in the Attic Edward Broder TV movie
Animal Room Arnold Mosk
Not Our Son Paul Kenneth Keller TV movie
My Antonia Jimmy Burden TV movie
Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story William Coit TV movie
1996 The Outer Limits Howie Morrison ("From Within")
1997 Starship Troopers Carl Jenkins
Homicide: Life on the Street Alan Schack ("Valentine's Day")
1998 The Proposition Roger Martin
The Christmas Wish Will Martin TV movie
1999 Joan of Arc The Dauphin TV movie
Stark Raving Mad Henry McNeeley 1991 - 2000 (22 episodes)
2000 The Next Best Thing David
Will & Grace Bill ("Girls, Interrupted")
2001 Ed Joe Baxter ("Replacements")
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert Tobias Ragg TV movie
The Wedding Dress Travis Cleveland TV movie
The Legend of Tarzan Moyo voice ("Tarzan and the Challenger")
As Told by Ginger Ned ("The Summer of Camp Caprice")
Son of the Beach Loverboy ("Queefer Madness")
Static Shock Johnny Morrow/Replay voice ("Replay")
2002 The Mesmerist Benjamin
Undercover Brother Lance
Justice League Ray Thompson voice ("Legends", "Legends: Part II")
Touched by an Angel Jonas ("The Princeless Bride")
2003 Spider-Man Peter Parker/Spider-Man (13 episodes)
Boomtown Peter Corman ("Monster's Brawl")
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Neil Patrick Harris
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series) John Tagman ("Want")
2005 The Christmas Blessing Nathan Andrews TV move
The Golden Blaze The Comic Shop Owner voice and video
Jack & Bobby Prof. Preston Phelps ("Querida Grace")
Numb3rs Ethan Burdick ("Prime Suspect")
How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson/Dr. John Stangel 2005 - 2014 (208 episodes)
2006 Me, Eloise voice ("Eloise Goes to School, "Eloise in Springtime")
2007 Family Guy Barney Stinson voice; 2007 - 2009 ("No Chris Left Behind","Peter's Progress")
2008 Prop 8: The Musical A Very Smart Fellow short
Saints Row 2 DJ Veteran Child voice and video game
Sesame Street The Fairy Shoeperson ("Telly's New Shoes")
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Billy (Dr. Horrible) ("Act I", Act II", "Act III")
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Neil Patrick Harris
Justice League: The New Frontier Barry Allen/The Flash video and voice
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Steve voice
Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special Ace voice and TV Movie
Yes Virginia Dr. Philip O'Hanlon voice and TV Movie
Beyond All Boundaries 1st Lt. David Hettema / Sgt. William Manchester voice and short
Robot Chicken Two-Face/Executive/Husband voice ("President Hu Forbids It", "The Ramblings of Maurice")
Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Music Meister voice ("Mayhem of the Music Meister!")
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard Wallace 'Wally' Wellesly voice and video game
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Lou the Beagle Voice only
The Best and the Brightest Jeff
Batman: Under the Red Hood Dick Grayson / Nightwing voice
Glee Bryan Ryan ("Dream On")
Dracula's Daughters vs. the Space Brains Dan short
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Amazing Spider-Man voice and video game
2011 Beastly Will Fratalli
The Smurfs Patrick Winslow
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Neil Patrick Harris
The Muppets Himself Cameo
Adventure Time Prince Gumball/Additional Voices 2011 - 2013 ("Fionna and Cake","Bad Little Boy")
2012 American Reunion Celebrity Dance-Off Host Cameo
Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special Two-Face/Black Manta voice and TV movie
2013 The Smurfs 2 Patrick Winslow
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Steve the Monkey
Saints Row IV DJ Veteran Child voice and video game
Rien ne bat un astronaute Man short
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Foy
Gone Girl Desi Collings
2015 The Good Dinosaur Cliff voice and in-production
American Horror Story: Freak Show Chester Creb ("Magical Thinking" and "Show Stoppers")




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