5 Things You Should Know About Neil Patrick Harris

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He plays braggart Barney Stinson on ABC’s ‘How I Met Your Mother,” and in real life, actor Neil Patrick Harris has certainly got a lot to brag about. A recent award for his Twittering ways and the birth of twins with partner David Burtka mean that Harris has lots to celebrate both personally and professionally. With a private life that’s very much in the public eye, what else should fans know about Neil Patrick Harris?


Harris grew up outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was raised by his parents (Ron & Sheila) and had one brother (Brian). His birthday is June 15. His acting career began at a young age, and he was starring on “Doogie Howser, MD” as a teenager.

Private Life

After speculation about his personal life became public after early success of “How I Met Your Mother,” Harris chose to come out publicly as a homosexual in 2006. He’s credited with being one of the first openly gay television actors. His partner is fellow actor David Burtka, with whom he has a son and a daughter (twins) born in Oct. 2010.

Popular Roles

Harris is best known by children of the 1990s for his role as the title character in “Doogie Howser, MD.” The show ran from 1989-1993. Prior to playing the role of the child prodigy, Harris appeared in two feature films (“Clara’s Heart” and “Purple People Eater”). He also did several feature films and stage productions after the series and before landing the role of Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005.

Other Talents

In addition to acting, Harris has a great voice and has enjoyed singing since childhood. He’s starred in several musical productions (including a popular appearance in “Rent”), and has sung on “How I Met Your Mother.” He also sang while hosting the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in 2010.

Awards and Recognition

Harris won several Young Artist Awards during his stint as Doogie Howser. In addition, he’s been nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, winning an Emmy in 2010 for his guest appearance on “Glee.” His role on “How I Met Your Mother” continues to earn him both critical and popular acclaim.

Without a doubt, Neil Patrick Harris has become a staple of the industry. Recognized for who he is and what he does both personally and professionally, he raises the bar for many of today’s entertainers.