Neil Patrick Harris Biography

Neil Patrick Harris is a multi-talented American actor, writer, producer, singer, and magician. With a passion for acting from a young age, he wasted no time in pursuing his dreams after graduating from school. His breakthrough came with a role in the movie ‘Clara’s Heart,’ and from there, he quickly became a household name in the US through his iconic role in ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ Since then, Harris has continued to impress audiences with his versatile performances in films, TV series, and on Broadway. His exceptional talent has earned him a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: David Burtka (m. 2014), father: Ronald Gene Harris, mother: Sheila Gail (née Scott; born 1946), siblings: Brian Harris, children: Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris
  • Born Country: United States
  • Quotes By Neil Patrick Harris
  • Actors
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm), 6’0″ Males
  • U.S. State: New Mexico
  • Notable Alumni: La Cueva High School
  • City: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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  • Education: La Cueva High School

Childhood & Early Life

Neil Patrick Harris was born on June 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, to Sheila and Ron Harris. He was raised in Ruidoso, New Mexico. He attended ‘La Cueva High School’ in Albuquerque where he developed an interest in acting and films. He was an active participant in plays and musicals, even playing ‘Toto’ in the school production of ‘Wizard of Oz.’ He graduated in 1991 with an honors degree.


Neil Patrick Harris’ career started at the age of 15 when he was spotted by playwright Mark Medoff, who offered him a role in the movie adaptation of the novel ‘Clara’s Heart.’ His performance in the movie earned him a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination. After an impressive start to his career, he was featured in a children’s fantasy tale titled ‘Purple People Eater’ in 1988.

His career continued to flourish as he landed the lead role in ABC’s ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ The show was a major hit and cemented his place in the industry, making him famous among TV viewers. Running for four seasons, ‘Doogie Howser, M.D’ earned him two ‘Golden Globe’ nominations. Following the success of ‘Doogie Howser, M.D,’ he was offered a number of roles in several television series.

His first major film as an adult was the 1995 thriller drama ‘Animal Room’ in which he played a teenager. Subsequently, he was seen in movies such as ‘The Next Best Thing,’ ‘Undercover Brother,’ and ‘Starship Troopers.’ Though he became successful as a film actor, he did not give up on television. From 1999 to 2000, he was seen alongside Tony Shalhoub in the ‘NBC’ sitcom ‘Stark Raving Mad.’ He also appeared in made-for-television films.

He also explored stage acting, appearing in Broadway musicals. His first ever tryst with stage acting was in the year 1997 when he played ‘Mark Cohen’ in a rock musical titled ‘Rent.’ In 2001, he played ‘Tobias Ragg’ in the popular musical ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’ The following year, he performed alongside Anne Heche in ‘Proof.’ In 2003, he became part of the famous musical ‘Cabaret,’ and shared the stage with the likes of Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley. It was his top-notch performance that earned him critical acclaim.

The same year, he appeared on the big screen, playing a fictionalized version of himself in ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.’ He went on to reprise his role in the film’s sequels, ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ (2008) and ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ (2011). In 2005, he was seen playing the role of ‘Barney Stinson,’ a womanizer, in the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ He continued to play the character till 2014.

In 2015, he was the host as well as the executive producer of the live television variety series ‘Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.’ Neil was cast in the television adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ which was aired from 2017 to 2019.

Awards & Achievements

For his exceptional acting skills, Neil Patrick Harris has been felicitated with numerous awards and honors, including ‘Young Artists Award,’ ‘People’s Choice Award,’ ‘Bravo A List Award,’ ‘Streamy Award,’ ‘Golden Icon Award,’ and ‘Spike Video Game Award.’ He has won the prestigious ‘Emmy Award’ thrice, twice under the category of ‘Outstanding Special Class Program’ and once for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.’ In 2010, he was named among the ‘100 most influential people’ by ‘Time’ magazine. The following year, he received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’

Personal Life & Legacy

On November 2006, Neil Patrick Harris discussed his sexual orientation and came out as gay. In 2004, he started a relationship with David Burtka. In 2010, he announced the birth of their twin children via surrogacy; the couple has a son named Gideon Scott and a daughter named Harper Grace. Neil and David got married on September 8, 2014.


This actor of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ fame is an avid drinker of ‘Red Bull.’ In fact, ‘Red Bull’ has gifted him a lifetime supply of the drink along with a mini refrigerator.

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