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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. He can currently be seen in the stand-out role on the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother, which has garnered him rave reviews. Harris plays Barney, who has endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and foolproof ways to pick up women. In December 2005, he headlined the Network's top-rated movie for television of the year The Christmas Blessing. He also starred in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Geffen Playhouse during his summer hiatus in 2006.

No stranger to theater, he previously starred in three consecutive Broadway productions; including the dual roles of The Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald in the Sondheim/Weidman Tony Award-winning musical Assassins at famed Studio 54. The show tells the story of several historical presidential assassinations in America. He has also assumed the role of Anne Heche's unexpected suitor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Proof, as well as that of the exuberant emcee who comments on the story of the Kit Kat Klub in the musical Cabaret. Post-Broadway, Harris starred in the London Chocolate Factory production of Jonathan Larson's musical ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!"

A sampling of Harris' film work includes the New Line Cinema comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, in which he actually portrays himself and steals virtually every scene in the process. Additionally, he has appeared as the token White guy in Imagine/Universal's hit urban comedy Undercover Brother with Eddie Griffin, in Starship Troopers alongside his Undercover Brother co-star, Denise Richards; The Next Best Thing with Rupert Everett and Madonna; The Proposition with Madeline Stowe and Kenneth Brannagh, and his feature debut in the warmly-received coming-of-age story, Clara's Heart starring opposite Whoopi Goldberg which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination.

Harris continues his work on the small screen since his early days as the adored title character in Doogie Howser, M.D. From the NBC comedy series Stark Raving Mad opposite Tony Shaloub, the CBS mini-series Joan of Arc with Leelee Sobieski and the acclaimed Peter O'Toole, to Anne Archer's young lover in Showtime's The Man in the Attic, the classic TNT telefilm Cold Sassy Tree opposite Faye Dunaway, and the top-rated CBS film, The Wedding Dress with Tyne Daly. He's also made notable guest appearances on such shows as Will & Grace, Ed and Boomtown.

The multi-talented Harris also enjoys a busy schedule in the world of voice-over, lending his pipes to the likes of The Simpsons, Justice League and the duo role: Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the top-rated MTV animated series. His voice work includes creating character voices for numerous books on tape, some of which are Slake's Limbo, Ribsy and the award winning children's book, Henry Huggins.

Rounding out his accomplishments are Harris' additional theater credits, including critically acclaimed performances in the Los Angeles production of Rent, Romeo & Juliet at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, and the concert production of Reprise! Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center in New York.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Harris currently resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Neil Patrick Harris Facts

BirthdayJune 15, 1973 (50)
BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Selected Filmography

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