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Neil Patrick Harris

June 15, 1973 (1973-06-15) (age 48)
Years active 1979 — present
Spouse(s) David Burtka (m. 2014-present)
Children Son and daughter
Neil Patrick Harris with Emily Expo
Neil Patrick Harris interviewed by Emily Expo at the Calgary Expo 2015
Neil Patrick Harris by Gage Skidmore
Harris at the 2008 Comic Con in San Diego, California
Harris with his husband David Burtka at his ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 15, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor. Notable roles in his career include the title character of Doogie Howser, M.D., Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, Col. Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, Dr. Horrible of the web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and as a fictionalized version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

Harris is openly gay. He confirmed this 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." On September 8, 2014, Harris announced on his Twitter page that David Burtka and he were married over the weekend. Harris has twins, Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris and Harper Grace Burtka-Harris.



  • Doogie Howser, M.D. as Doogie Howser
  • Stark Raving Mad as Henry McNeeley
  • How I Met Your Mother as Barney Stinson


  • Purple People Eater (1988)
  • Clara's Heart (1988) as David Hart
  • Stranger in the Family (1991) as Steve Thompson
  • The Man in The Attic (1995) Edward
  • Not Our Son (1995) as Paul Kenneth Keller
  • Animal Room (1995) as Arnold Mosk
  • Starship Troopers (1997) as Colonel Carl Jenkins
  • The Christmas Wish (1998) as Will
  • The Proposition (1998)
  • The Next Best Thing (2000) as David
  • Undercover Brother (2002) as Lance
  • The Mesmerist (2002) as Benjamin
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) as "Neil Patrick Harris"
  • The Golden Blaze (2005) as Comic Shop Owner
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) as "Neil Patrick Harris"
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) as Lou (voice)
  • Smurfs (2011) as "Patrick Winslow"


  • Rent (1997) 2nd National Tour-LA, San Diego Mark Cohen
  • Romeo and Juliet (1998) Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Romeo Montague
  • Sweeney Todd (2001) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concert version Tobias Ragg
  • Proof (2002) Broadway, Hal
  • Cabaret (2003) Broadway, Emcee
  • Assassins (2004) Broadway Balladeer; Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Tick, Tick... BOOM! Jon (2005) Menier Chocolate Factory, London
  • All My Sons (2006) Chris Keller, Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
  • Amadeus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, July 20, 2006 at the Hollywood Bowl


  • Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) Flash
  • Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003) Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Capitol Critters (1992) Max
  • The Simpsons (1991 episode "Bart the Murderer"), as himself playing the title role in the made-for-TV movie Blood on the Blackboard: The Bart Simpson Story
  • Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010) Dick Greyson/Nightwing

Video games

  • Saints Row 2 (2008) as DJ Veteran Child
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard as Wally Wellesly


  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) as Billy/Dr. Horrible
  • Prop 8 - The Musical (2008) as A Very Smart Fellow

Audio Books

  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  • Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary
  • Socks by Beverly Cleary
  • Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
  • A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan
  • Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Notes
1989 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated Clara's Heart
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
1990 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Won Doogie Howser, M.D.
1991 Won
1992 Won
1992 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated How I Met Your Mother
Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Scene Stealing Star Nominated
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
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