Neil Patrick Harris was born on June 15, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before his beginnings as a child actor, he began acting in school plays, after following his brother to an audition when he was a fourth grader. His stint as a student of La Cueva High School was marked with more roles in different school plays and musicals. Before he graduated in 1991, however, he became active in Hollywood. He made his screen debut in 1988, when he starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the drama Clara’s Heart. His role as the young child David earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1989, Harris became more known to audience when he snagged the lead in the sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D. The comedy saw him play a child prodigy who becomes the youngest practicing physician in the country, while dealing with the problems of a normal teenager. He earned another Golden Globe nomination for the role in 1992. When the show’s four-year run ended in 1993, Harris played several guest roles in different television shows, and also played notable roles in television movies and stage productions.
His next major project came in 1999, when he starred opposite Tony Shalhoub in the short-lived comedy Stark Raving Mad. Despite its truncated run, it was an audience favorite, and his portrayal of reluctant editor Henry McNeeley won the hearts of viewers. At the end of the show’s run, he returned on the guest circuit, and also made the rounds of different Broadway productions. Notable appearances include those for Sweeney Todd, Proof, Assassins and his critically-acclaimed performance as the Emcee in Cabaret. He also provided the voice of Peter Parker in the 2003 animated version of Spider-Man, and played a fictionalized version of himself in the two Harold & Kumar movies.
One other famed project for the openly-gay actor is How I Met Your Mother, where he plays notorious womanizer Barney Stinson. He did not expect to get the role, and thought that he was invited to audition only because he is friends with the show’s casting director Megan Branman. He nevertheless got the role, and has since been nominated twice for an Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actor.
In 2008, Harris became known for his role as Dr. Horrible in the Joss Whedon musical web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. He later appeared on Sesame Street, playing the Sesame Street Shoe Fairy.
Most recently, Harris was cast in movies such as A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, The Smurfs and
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
In 2010, Time Magazine named Harris one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World.
He loves Red Bull.
He has been in a relationship with stage and screen actor David Burtka since 2004.
From 1990-1992, NPH won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series
for his work on Doogie Howser, M.D.
In 1990, he also won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series.
In 2010, he shared an Emmy award with producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss for Outstanding Special Class Programs for The 63rd Annual Tony Awards.
In 2010, he also won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Glee for the episode "Dream On."
1988 - Clara's Heart as David Hart
1988 - Too Good to Be True as Danny Harland
1988 - Purple People Eater as Billy Johnson
1989 - Cold Sassy Tree as Will Tweedy/Narrator
1991 - Stranger in the Family as Steve Thompson
1993 - For Our Children: The Concert as Himself
1993 - A Family Torn Apart as Brian Hannigan
1994 - Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story as Jim Stolpa
1995 - The Man in the Attic as Edward Broder
1995 - Animal Room as Arnold Mosk
1995 - Not Our Son as Paul Kenneth Keller
1995 - My Antonia as Jimmy Burden
1995 - Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story as William Coit
1997 - Starship Troopers as Carl Jenkins
1998 - The Proposition as Roger Martin
1998 - The Christmas Wish as Will Martin
1999 - Joan of Arc as The Dauphin
2000 - The Next Best Thing as David
2001 - The Wedding Dress as Travis Cleveland
2001 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert as Tobias Ragg
2002 - The Mesmerist as Benjamin
2002 - Undercover Brother as Lance
2004 - Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle as Neil Patrick Harris
2005 - The Christmas Blessing as Nathan Andrews
2008 - Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as Neil Patrick Harris
2008 - Beyond All Boundaries as 1st Lt. David Hettema
2008 - Justice League: The New Frontier as Barry Allen/The Flash
2009 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as Steve
2010 - Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore as Lou the Beagle
2010 - The Best and the Brightest as Jeff
2010 - Batman: Under the Red Hood as Dick Grayson/Nightwing
2011 - A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas as Neil Patrick Harris
2011 - The Smurfs as Patrick Winslow
2011 - Beastly as Will Fratalli
-People Magazine, November 3, 2006: "Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, 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 playing Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004): "I heard through the grapevine that they'd written this movie and that I was in it, and that I had to call my attorneys and make it stop -- that it was a bad thing, and I read it and thought it was hilarious. A friend was auditioning for a different part in the movie and said, 'do you know about this movie that you're in?'"