Neil Patrick Harris
|Neil Patrick Harris|
Harris at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. September 2011.
June 15, 1973 |
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director, singer|
Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, producer, singer and director. He is best known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014), for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards. He has also played the title characters in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993) and Joss Whedon's musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), and a fictional version of himself in the Harold & Kumar film series (2004–2011). He has also appeared in the films Starship Troopers (1997), Beastly (2011), The Smurfs (2011), and The Smurfs 2 (2013). 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. He has also hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, for which he won several special class Emmy Awards. In 2014, he starred as the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, for which he won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in the town of Ruidoso. His parents, Sheila (Scott) and Ron Harris, ran a restaurant. He attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, graduating 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 GuestStarCasting.com, 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, which he did from March through August 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.
In 2014, Harris turned down the chance to replace David Letterman as host of the Late Show on CBS, stating that he feared he would get bored of the repetition hosting the show entails. He also rejected the suggestion of replacing Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on the same grounds.
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 partner David 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.
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'.
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 children—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. In the film, he plays a caricatured version of himself as a womanizer who is only pretending to be gay so he can get women to let their guard down and sleep with him. Burtka also played himself in the film, as Harris' secret drug dealer.
|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|
|2014||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Original Broadway 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|
|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||Family Torn Apart, AA Family Torn Apart||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||Next Best Thing, TheThe Next Best Thing||David|
|2001||The Wedding Dress||Travis Cleveland||TV movie|
|2001||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert||Tobias Ragg||TV movie|
|2004||Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Neil Patrick Harris|
|2005||Christmas Blessing, TheThe Christmas Blessing||Nathan Andrews||TV movie|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Neil Patrick Harris|
|2008||Beyond All Boundaries||1st Lt. David Hettema (voice)|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Barry Allen/The Flash (voice)|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Steve (voice)|
|2009||Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special||Ace (voice)||TV Movie|
|2009||Yes Virginia||Dr. Philip O'Hanlon (voice)||TV Movie|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Lou the Beagle (voice)|
|2010||The Best and the Brightest||Jeff|
|2010||Batman: Under the Red Hood||Dick Grayson/Nightwing (voice)|||
|2011||Smurfs, TheThe Smurfs||Patrick Winslow|
|2011||Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Neil Patrick Harris|
|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)|
|2014||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Foy|
|2014||Gone Girl||Desi Collings||Post-production|
|2015||The Good Dinosaur||Cliff (voice)||Post-production|
|1989||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Lonnie Tibbetts||Episode: "Home Fires Burning"|
|1989||B.L. Stryker||Buder Campbell||Episode: "Blues for Buder"|
|1989–1993||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Douglas 'Doogie' Howser||97 Episodes|
|1991||Blossom||The 'Charming' Derek Slade||Episode: "Blossom – A Rockumentary"|
|1991||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Himself as Bart Simpson (voice)||Episode: "Bart the Murderer"|
|1992||Roseanne||Dr. Doogie Howser||Episode: "Less Is More"|
|1992||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Todd Andrews (voice)||Episode: "A Formula for Hate"|
|1992||Capitol Critters||Max (voice)||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||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Howie Morrison||Episode: "From Within"|
|1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Alan Schack||Episode: "Valentine's Day"|
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Henry McNeeley||22 Episodes|
|2000||Will & Grace||Bill||Episode: "Girls, Interrupted"|
|2001||Static Shock||Johnny Morrow (voice)||Episode: "Replay"|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Loverboy||Episode: "Queefer Madness"|
|2001||Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan||Moyo (voice)||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)||2 episodes|
|2003||Boomtown||Peter Corman||Episode: "Monster's Brawl"|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Peter Parker/Spider-Man (voice)||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"|
|2005–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Barney Stinson||208 Episodes|
|2006||Me, Eloise||(voice)||Episode: "Eloise Goes to School"|
|2007–2009||Family Guy||Barney Stinson (voice)||2 episodes|
|2008||Sesame Street||The Fairy Shoeperson||Episode: "Telly's New Shoes"|
|2009||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Neil Patrick Harris/ Taylor Swift"|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||The Music Meister (voice)||Episode: "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"|
|2009||Robot Chicken||Various roles (voice)||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"|
|2010–2013||Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar||Dr. Blowhole (voice)||3 episodes|
|2010||2010 Spike Video Game Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2011||Brain Games||Narrator (voice)||3 episodes|
|2011-2013||Adventure Time||Prince Gumball (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011||65th Tony Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2012||66th Tony Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Two-Face (voice)||Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Universe Special"|
|2013||67th Tony Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2013||65th Primetime Emmy Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2013||Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself (guest judge)||Episode 10: Drag My Wedding|
|1997||Rent||Mark Cohen||National Tour|
|1998||Romeo and Juliet||Romeo Montague||Old Globe Theatre|
|2001||Sweeney Todd||Tobias Ragg||San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concert version|
|2002||Proof||Hal||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2003||Cabaret||Emcee||Stephen Sondheim Theatre|
|2004||Paris Letter, TheThe Paris Letter||Young Anton / Burt Sarris||Roundabout Theatre|
|2004||Assassins||Lee Harvey Oswald / The Balladeer||Roundabout Theatre|
|2005||Tick, Tick... BOOM!||Jon||Menier Chocolate Factory|
|2006||All My Sons||Chris Keller||Geffen Playhouse|
|2006||Amadeus||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||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
Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
|2014||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig||Belasco Theatre|
|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|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Veteran Child (voice)|
|2009||Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard||Wallace "Wally" Wellesley (voice)|
|2010||Rock of the Dead||Unnamed character (voice)|
|2010||Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions||Peter Parker/Spider-Man (voice)|
|2013||Saints Row IV||Veteran Child (voice)|
Awards and nominations
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- "The 2010 Time 100". Time. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Schneieder, Michael (June 17, 2010). "Oprah, Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey to get Hollywood Walk of Fame stars". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer (June 10, 2013). "Neil Patrick Harris once again proves a Tony Awards host with 'fantastic instincts'". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- Keveney, Bill (September 13, 2009). "Host Neil Patrick Harris gives Emmys a bit of awesomeness". USA Today. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
- Alpha Chi Omega | Greek Life | University of Arkansas
- Belcher, David (April 18, 2004). "Killer parts: Albuquerque's Neil Patrick Harris is back on Broadway with two roles in controversial 'Assassins'", Albuquerque Journal. p. F1.
- "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Neil Patrick Harris". Anytime with Bob Kushell. Season 1. Episode 3. January 1, 2009.
- "Neil Patrick Harris Lands Two Film Roles". TV Guide. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- Preston Scott Reed (September 2, 2005). "Neil Patrick Harris and John Stamos Lead Emcee Rankings". Dime-Co. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
- Wada, Karen (April 9, 2010). "Vanessa Hudgens to star in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl this summer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
- "Rialto Chatter: Patti LuPone to Join Neil Patrick Harris in NY Philharmonic's Company in April?". January 13, 2011.
- McNulty, Charles (July 17, 2011). "Theater review: The Expert at the Card Table at the Broad Stage's Edye". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- Littleton, Cynthia (July 1, 2009). "Neil Patrick Harris Lands Hopping to Emmys". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
- "Neil Patrick Harris Returning As Tony Awards Host". NY1. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- Keveney, Bill (September 20, 2013). "Neil Patrick Harris is happy to host the Emmys". USA TODAY.
- "Neil Patrick Harris to Star in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 17, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- Jensen, Michael (July 21, 2008). "TCA Weekend Update: Neil Patrick Harris, "The Starter Wife" and more!". Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "Sesame Street Enters 39th Season". Sesame Workshop. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- Graham, Mark (July 23, 2008). "NPH Sweeps The Clouds Away As The Shoe Fairy On Sesame Street". Defamer. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
- Martin, Denise (August 25, 2009). "Neil Patrick Harris signs on to guest judge American Idol". Los Angeles Times blogs. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- "Dream On". Glee. Series 1. Episode 19. May 18, 2010. Fox. http://www.fox.com/watch/glee/86300729001. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- "Emmy Awards, The: 65th Primetime (2013)". Archive of American Television.
- "Emmys: Neil Patrick Harris Explains In Memoriam Changes". Access Hollywood. September 20, 2013.
- Christopher said... (October 23, 2009). "Neil Patrick Harris is on Batman tonight (and he sings!)". TV Squad. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Randee Dawn (May 15, 2014). "Neil Patrick Harris turned down 'Late Show' job, fearing boredom". Today Show. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- "The Academy of Magical Arts Board of Directors and Board of Trustees". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". RiffTrax. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Joss Whedon Interview: The Web Has Been Wonderful For "Horrible"". Tubefilter. July 15, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
- "Hey, That Sounds Like Neil Patrick Harris". Disney Parks Blog.
- "Neil Patrick Harris To Host Spike TV’s 2010 "Video Game Awards"". Spike Press Center. December 20, 2010.
- "Exclusive: Neil Patrick Harris tells People He is Gay". People. November 3, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Thomson, Katherine (September 13, 2007). "Watch: Neil Patrick Harris Tells Ellen About Going To The Emmys Since Coming Out". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall. We're super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy... Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter. August 16, 2010 . Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Hartenstein, Meena (August 15, 2010). "Neil Patrick Harris to be dad to twins with fiancé David Burtka, actor announces on Twitter". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- Babies!! On 10/12, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace entered the Burtka-Harris fold. All of us are happy, healthy, tired, and a little pukey. October 15, 2010 on Twitter.
- "Neil Patrick Harris Welcomes 'Happy, Healthy' Twins". People. October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date. June 25, 2011 on Twitter. March 4, 2012.
- "Neil Patrick Harris announces secret engagement". Digital Spy. June 25, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- New York Post http://nypost.com/2013/09/05/neil-patrick-harris-and-fiance-purchase-stunning-fifth-ave-townhouse/
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- Caulfield, Keith (May 26, 2010). "'Glee' Stops the Show at No. 1, Stones Come in Second On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
- A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Page 125
- "New Batman DVD to peek out from 'Under the Red Hood'". Latimes. February 9, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- Champion, Lindsay. "Magic Extravaganza Nothing to Hide Headed Off-Broadway, Directed by Neil Patrick Harris". Broadway.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
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|Host of Tonys
|Host of Tonys
2011, 2012, 2013
Vanessa L. Williams
|Host of TV Land Awards
|No single host||Host of Spike Video Game Awards
|Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man