Neil Patrick Harris is a popular America based actor, producer, and comedian. He is also a magician and television host. He is very well known for his role of ‘Dr. Douglas “Doogie” Howser’ a teen physician on ‘ Doogie Howser, M.D.’. The show aired from 1989 to 1993. His role of ‘Barney Stinson‘ in sitcom series ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ is also considered as one of his best works. The series aired from 2005 to 2014, For his role as Barney, he was even nominated for Emmy Awards 4 times.
Some other remarkable roles he has done in other movies are as the title character in ‘ Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’, himself (Fictional) in Herald and Kumar which is a film series etc. He also made appearances in 1997’s Troopers, 2011’s Beastly, 2014’s Gone Girl etc.
Neil Patrick Harris was born on 15th June of 1973 Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born to parents Sheila Gail and Ronald Gene Harris. He was raised in Ruidoso, New Mexico along with his elder brother. His parents run a restaurant but they are also lawyers.
Neil Patrick Harris attended his high school in Albuquerque at La Cueva High School. He graduated from there in 1991 with high honors as he had very heavy involvement in the theater department.
As a child, Harris was discovered by Mark Medoff in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1998, he cast Harris in Clara’s Heart which is a drama film. At a very young age, Harris was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role.
As an actor
As an adult, he played the role of a teenager in Animal Room (1995). Later on, he played supportive roles in films like Starship Troopers, The Next Best Thing etc.
In 2004, he played the fictional and opposite version of himself in comedy film series ‘Harold and Kumar.
In 2005, he was cast in sitcom series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ where he starred alongside Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor.
Through the series, Harris earned the highest amount of money as compared to other actors until the show ended in 2014. He was also nominated continuously from 2007 to 2010 for the Emmy Awards.
In 2009, he also made an appearance on American Idol (Season 9) as a guest judge. In the same year, he also hosted the ‘ TV Land Awards’
From 2010, the actor acting voice in many cartoons and animated movies like Batman: Under the Red Hood as Dick Grayson and beagle Lou in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. In 2010, he also played the lead role of in comedy movie ‘ The Best and the Brightest’.
Later on, in 2014, Neil showed his serious side through movie Gine Girl. Gone Girl was directed by David Fincher and he played the role of Desi Collings.
Next year on 22nd February of 2015, Harris even hosted the 87th Academy Awards.
However, in September of the same year, a live variety series called ‘ Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris’ made a debut on NBC. Harris himself hosted the series but the show was folded after 8 episodes.
As a magician
At the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle, Neil Patrik Harris is a president. Harris is such a huge fan of magic, that many of his characters like Barney in ‘How I Met Your Mother’, in American Horror Story and appearance as a guest in Glee all perform magic tricks. In 2006, he also won ‘Tannen’s Magic Louis Award’ and in 11th October on 2008, he hosted the World Magic Awards.
Career on Stage
Neil Patrik Harris has worked in roles of both drama and musical on Broadway. In 2001, he played Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd (concert performance). He also performed in Proof in 2002.
He even directed a production of the rock musical Rent. It was in at the Hollywood Bowl. He cast Vanessa Hudgens in the production for the role of Mimi. He also directed ‘The Expert at the Card Table’ in 2010.
Neil Patrick Harris Married Life
In 4th November of 2006, Neil revealed that he is a gay. In September of 2007, he even attended the Emmy Awards with his now fiance David Burtka. Later he confirmed that they were in a relationship and that they were in a relationship since 2004. In addition, the duo also announced their engagement in 24th June of 2011 through Twitter. On 8th September of 2014, it was also announced they the duo got married in Italy. The duo also has twins from a surrogate mother now.
Neil Patrick Harris Net Worth
The estimated net worth of actor cum magician Neil Patrick Harris is $35 million. He earned the sum through his career in acting, magician, producing etc. He also earned $225 thousand for per episode of How I Met Your Mother.