"Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy for his one-episode stint as an embittered former 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."
Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973), occasionally nicknamed NPH, got his first big break as the title character of Doogie Howser, M.D.
when he was a teenager. He managed to establish himself in theater (Rent
, Toby in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
) after that, as well as taking roles in films such as Starship Troopers
and Undercover Brother
. He took his career to the big screen again in 2004, playing... Neil Patrick Harris
, a crude Jerkass
womanizer in Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle
(pretty much an Up to Eleven
version of the Former Child Star
stereotype). He then went on to play the part of the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother
. Shortly afterwards, he came out as gay, and proceeded to play a singing shoe fairy in a Sesame Street
Of course, in Internet circles, he's probably most famous for his leading role in Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
. He later used his musical talent to play The Music Meister
in the Musical Episode
of Batman: The Brave and the Bold
and plays Nightwing
in Batman: Under the Red Hood
, and again used his musical talent as Doctor Blowhole in The Penguins of Madagascar
. He worked alongside Mike Nelson on the RiffTrax
of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
. An episode of Adventure Time
featured him as Prince Gumball, the gender flipped
version of Princess Bubblegum
. He's done some voice acting, lending his voice to Spider-Man in both the 2003 series
and Amazing Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
. He is currently president of the Academy of Magical Arts (the famous "Magic Castle" in Hollywood, California). He is also the star of new Nerdist
web show, Neil's Puppet Dreams.
On August 21, 2010 he won his first Emmy awards thanks to his stellar guest appearance on Glee
and awesome hosting of last year's Tony Awards. After four years hosting the Tony's, on June 8, 2014 Neil took it up to eleven
by 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 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
NPH has been in a relationship with David Burtka since 2004. In January 2010 he was voted "Gay Man of the Decade" after a fierce Twitter war
against John Barrowman
. 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 daddies to twins.
Not to be confused with Christopher Masterson
(the actor who played older brother Francis on Malcolm in the Middle
), who looks very similar to him.
Some roles Neil has played includes:
This actor provides examples of: