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[[caption-width-right:350:'''[[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Kumar]]''': Where will you go now?\\
'''Neil Patrick Harris''': ...[[MissionFromGod wherever God takes me.]]]]

->''"Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy for his one-episode stint as an embittered former Series/{{glee}} rival of Will's; something I didn't even know you could win an Emmy for but I guess when you are Neil Patrick Harris all things are possible."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheIdiotsLantern'''

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973 in UsefulNotes/{{Albuquerque}}, UsefulNotes/NewMexico), occasionally nicknamed [=NPH=], got his first big break as the title character of ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' when he was a teenager. He managed to establish himself in theater (''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Toby in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'') after that, as well as taking roles in films such as ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' and ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. He took his career to the big screen again in 2004, playing... [[AsHimself Neil Patrick Harris]], a crude {{Jerkass}} womanizer in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' (pretty much an UpToEleven version of the FormerChildStar stereotype). He then went on to play the part of the womanizing Barney Stinson in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Shortly afterwards, he came out as gay, and proceeded to play a singing shoe fairy in a ''Series/SesameStreet'' cameo.

Of course, in Internet circles, he's probably most famous for his leading role in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. He later used his musical talent to play TheMusicMeister in the MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and plays ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', and again used his musical talent as Doctor Blowhole in ''WebVideo/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. He worked alongside Mike Nelson on the Podcast/RiffTrax of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' featured him as Prince Gumball, the {{gender flip}}ped version of Princess Bubblegum. He's done some voice acting, lending his voice to Franchise/SpiderMan in both [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries the 2003 series]] and Amazing Spider-Man in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''. He is currently president of the Academy of Magical Arts (the famous "Magic Castle" in Hollywood, California). He is also the star of new ''Series/{{Nerdist}}'' web show, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl4T6p7km9dbx0o8J35KjWAwaiEo5tV7G Neil's Puppet Dreams.]]'' For the 2015 TV season, he's hosting an American adaptation of [[Creator/AntAndDec Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway]], called ''Best Time Ever'' on Creator/{{NBC}}.

On August 21, 2010 he won his first Emmy awards thanks to his stellar guest appearance on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and awesome hosting of last year's Tony Awards. After four years hosting the Tony's, on June 8, 2014 Neil [[UpToEleven took it up to eleven]] by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome winning the Best Actor in a Musical Tony]] for his performance in the title role of a botched-sex-change transgender glam-rock goddess in ''Theatre/HedwigAndTheAngryInch''. He hosted the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]] in 2015 and promptly declared, afterwards, that it would be his only time.

NPH has been in a relationship with David Burtka since 2004. In January 2010 he was voted "Gay Man of the Decade" after [[MundaneMadeAwesome a fierce Twitter war]] against Creator/JohnBarrowman. It was once said of NPH that "Neil Patrick Harris is so manly, only another man could possibly satisfy him." And in the fall of 2010, Neil and David became [[HasTwoMommies daddies to twins.]]

Not to be confused with Christopher Masterson (the actor who played older brother Francis on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''), who [[http://totallylookslike.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/08/20/christopher-masterson-neil-patrick-harris/ looks very similar to him.]]

!Some roles Neil has played includes:

* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': [[SpearCounterpart Prince Gumball]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'': Chester Creb
* ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'': The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': TheMusicMeister
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'': ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}
* ''California Screamin' at Paradise Pier in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney California Adventure]]'': PA/Safety announcer
* ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'': Max
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': Todd Andrews (You may know him better as the victim from the AIDS episode)
* ''WesternAmimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Steve
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Billy/Dr. Horrible
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': Doogie Howser
* ''VideoGame/EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'': Wallace "Wally" Wellesley
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Bryan Ryan
* ''Literature/GoneGirl'': Desi Collings
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': [[AsHimself Neil Patrick Harris]]
* ''Theatre/HedwigAndTheAngryInch'': Hedwig
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney Stinson
* ''WesternAnimstion/JusticeLeague'': Ray Thompson
* ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'': [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]
* ''WebVideo/NeilsPuppetDreams'': Neil Patrick Harris.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'': Mark Cohen
* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': Romeo Montague
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'': DJ Veteran Child
* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017'': Count Olaf
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': The Fairy Shoeperson
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'': Patrick Winslow
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'': Amazing Franchise/SpiderMan
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'': Spider-Man
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'': Henry [=McNeeley=]
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'': Carl Jenkins
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'': Johnny Morrow
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Toby
* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': Dr. Blowhole
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'': [[TokenWhite Lance]]
* ''[[Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017 Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events]]'': as [[BigBad Count Olaf]]

!This actor provides examples of:

* AsHimself / AdamWesting:
** Spoofed in the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', where he's credited "Neil Patrick Harris as Neil Patrick Harris". He had himself credited like this so people wouldn't think the way he acts in the film is how he acts in real life.
** Also in ''Neil's Puppet Dreams''.
* TheCastShowOff:
** Directors are quick to notice his beautiful voice with impressive range.
** He's also a magician and has showed off his talents on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* ChewingTheScenery: He regularly plays LargeHam characters, and tends to do them UpToEleven.
* ForeheadOfDoom: A minor example.
* FormerChildStar: Notably averted. And hilariously subverted in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Doing his Spider-Man bit behind Angela Lansbury and Ted Chapin at the 2012 Tony Awards, Harris [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F6LiV8lVan4 appears to get stuck.]]
-->'''Ted''': Thank you for your undivided attention!
* IconicOutfit: Thanks to [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Barney Stinson]], he became heavily associated with [[SharpDressedMan suits]].
* SesameStreetCred: He was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDaszN9ByxM the Sesame Street Fairy Shoe Person.]]
** He's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxdPYMRSg5A&feature=relmfu friends with Elmo.]]
* ShakespeareanActors: An acclaimed theater actor, he played the titular Romeo in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' during a 1998 event.
* SitcomArchNemesis: There is tension to be had whenever he and Creator/HughJackman share the stage and screen.
* VillainSong: Has [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome rocked]] quite a few, notably "[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Slipping]]", "[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Brand New Day]]", "[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Drives Us Bats]]", [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold I'm The Music Meister]] "[[Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017 I'm The Count]]" and "[[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar Brand New Plan]]".