Neil Patrick Harris Biography

(American Actor Who is Mainly Known for his Comedic Television Roles and Dramatic and Musical Stage Roles)

Birthday: June 15, 1973 (Gemini)

Born In: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, singer, and magician. He was bitten by the acting bug early in his life. Without procrastinating his desire to act, he started his acting career right after graduating from school. He landed a role in the movie ‘Clara’s Heart’ after being spotted by playwright Mark Medoff. His brilliant acting skills earned him numerous other roles in several films and TV series. He became a household name in the US when he played the title role in ‘ABC’ network’s ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ Subsequently, he was bombarded with offers to play prominent roles in numerous films and television series. He was seen acting in ‘The Next Best Thing,’ ‘Undercover Brother,’ and ‘Starship Troopers.’ Apart from establishing himself as a television and film actor, Harris also became a successful theatre artist, appearing in numerous Broadway stage plays and musicals. Over the course of his career, he has tried his hand at direction. He has also voiced several characters in various animated films. Thanks to his exceptional acting skills and talent, he was awarded a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ on September 2011.
Quick Facts

Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: David Burtka (m. 2014)

father: Ronald Gene Harris

mother: Sheila Gail (née Scott; born 1946)

siblings: Brian Harris

children: Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Neil Patrick Harris Actors

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

U.S. State: New Mexico

Notable Alumni: La Cueva High School

City: Albuquerque, New Mexico

More Facts

education: La Cueva High School

  • 1

    Is Neil Patrick Harris a magician in real life?

    Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is an accomplished magician and has been practicing magic since he was a child.
  • 2

    Has Neil Patrick Harris ever performed on Broadway?

    Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is well-known for his Broadway performances, including his Tony Award-winning role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
  • 3

    Does Neil Patrick Harris have a YouTube channel?

    Yes, Neil Patrick Harris has a YouTube channel where he shares various videos, including magic tricks, behind-the-scenes footage, and vlogs.
  • 4

    Has Neil Patrick Harris written any books?

    Yes, Neil Patrick Harris has authored several books, including a popular series of children's books called "The Magic Misfits."
  • 5

    Is Neil Patrick Harris involved in any philanthropic work?

    Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is involved in various charitable endeavors and has supported organizations such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Trevor Project.
Childhood & Early Life
Neil Patrick Harris was born on June 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, to Sheila and Ron Harris. He was raised in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
He attended ‘La Cueva High School’ in Albuquerque where he developed interest in acting and films. He was an active participant in plays and musicals. He played ‘Toto’ in the school production of ‘Wizard of Oz.’
He graduated in 1991 with an honors degree.
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His career started at the age of 15 when he was spotted by playwright Mark Medoff who offered him a role in the movie adaptation of the novel ‘Clara’s Heart.’ His performance in the movie earned him a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination.
After an impressive start to his career, he was featured in a children fantasy tale titled ‘Purple People Eater’ which released in 1988.
His career continued to flourish as he landed the lead role in ABC’s ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ The show was a major hit and cemented his place in the industry. It also made him famous among TV viewers.
Running for four seasons, ‘Doogie Howser, M.D’ earned him two ‘Golden Globe’ nominations. Following the success of ‘Doogie Howser, M.D,’ he was offered a number of roles in several television series.
His first major film as an adult was the 1995 thriller drama ‘Animal Room’ in which he played a teenager. Subsequently, he was seen in movies, such as ‘The Next Best Thing,’ ‘Undercover Brother,’ and ‘Starship Troopers.’
Though he became successful as a film actor, he did not give up on television. From 1999 to 2000, he was seen alongside Tony Shalhoub in the ‘NBC’ sitcom ‘Stark Raving Mad.’
He also appeared in made-for-television films, such as ‘Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story,’ ‘My Antonia,’ ‘The Christmas Wish,’ ‘Joan of Arc,’ ‘The Wedding Dress,’ and ‘The Christmas Blessing.’
He also explored stage acting, appearing in Broadway musicals. His first ever tryst with stage acting was in the year 1997 when he played ‘Mark Cohen’ in a rock musical titled ‘Rent.’ In 2001, he played ‘Tobias Ragg’ in the popular musical ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’
The following year, he performed alongside Anne Heche in ‘Proof.’ In 2003, he became part of the famous musical ‘Cabaret,’ and shared the stage with the likes of Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley. It was his top-notch performance that earned him critical acclaim.
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The same year, he appeared on the big screen, playing a fictionalized version of himself in ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.’ He went on to reprise his role in the film’s sequels, ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ (2008) and ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ (2011).
In 2005, he was seen playing the role of ‘Barney Stinson,’ a womanizer, in the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ He continued to play the character till 2014. He earned a nomination at the 2008 ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.’
In 2009, the musical episode of ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ was premiered. In the episode, he was seen playing the villainous character of ‘Music Meister.’ His character required him to sing and he recorded many songs while playing the role.
In 2010, he voiced ‘Dick Grayson’ in the animated film ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood.’ He also voiced ‘Lou’ in the film ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.’ The same year, he played the role of the protagonist in the comedy film ‘The Best and the Brightest.’
In 2010, he directed the rock musical ‘Rent’ at the ‘Hollywood Bowl.’ The following year, he was the lead actor in Stephen Sondheim's stage show ‘Company.’ In 2011, he also directed ‘The Expert at the Card Table’ at ‘Broad Stage's Edye’ in California.
The same year, he was cast to play ‘Patrick Winslow’ in the computer-animated comedy film ‘The Smurfs.’ He went on to reprise his role as ‘Patrick Winslow’ in the film’s sequel ‘The Smurf 2.’
In 2013, he voiced ‘Steve the Monkey’ in ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.’ The following year, he appeared in films, such as ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ and ‘Gone Girl.’
In 2015, he was the host as well as the executive producer of the live television variety series ‘Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.’
Neil was cast in the television adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ which was aired from 2017 to 2019
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Awards & Achievements
For his exceptional acting skills, he has been felicitated with numerous awards and honors, including ‘Young Artists Award,’ ‘People’s Choice Award,’ ‘Bravo A List Award,’ ‘Streamy Award,’ ‘Golden Icon Award,’ and ‘Spike Video Game Award.’
He has won the prestigious ‘Emmy Award’ thrice, twice under the category of ‘Outstanding Special Class Program’ and once for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.’
In 2010, he was named among the ‘100 most influential people’ by ‘Time’ magazine. The following year, he received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’
Personal Life & Legacy
On November 2006, he discussed his sexual orientation and came out as gay.
In 2004, he started a relationship with David Burtka. In 2010, he announced of having twin children via surrogacy; the couple has a son named Gideon Scott and a daughter named Harper Grace. Neil and David got married on September 8, 2014.
Facts About Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is an accomplished magician and has a passion for performing magic tricks.
He is an avid collector of puppets and has an impressive puppet collection.
Neil Patrick Harris has a talent for ventriloquism and can throw his voice with impressive skill.
He is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys experimenting with cooking and trying new culinary experiences.
Neil Patrick Harris is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights and has been actively involved in supporting the community for many years.

Neil Patrick Harris Movies

1. Gone Girl (2014)

  (Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama)

2. Starship Troopers (1997)

  (Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure, Action)

3. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

  (Comedy, Adventure)

4. The Muppets (2011)

  (Adventure, Family, Musical, Comedy)

5. American Reunion (2012)


6. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

7. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

  (Comedy, Adventure)

8. Clara's Heart (1988)


9. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

  (Western, Romance, Comedy)

10. The Proposition (1998)

  (Drama, Romance)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 Outstanding Special Class Program The 67th Annual Tony Awards (2013)
2013 Outstanding Special Class Programs The 66th Annual Tony Awards (2012)
2012 Outstanding Special Class Programs The 65th Annual Tony Awards (2011)
2010 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Glee (2009)
2010 Outstanding Special Class Programs The 63rd Annual Tony Awards (2009)
People's Choice Awards
2012 Favorite TV Comedy Actor Winner
2011 Favorite TV Comedy Actor Winner
1990 Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series Winner

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