Neil Patrick Harris

Biography

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with Brian, his older brother by 3 years, Harris won the part of Toto in a school production of The Wizard of Oz (1939). His parents, Ron (a lawyer) and Sheila (a writer), moved the family to Albuquerque in 1988, the same year that Harris made his film debut in two movies: Purple People Eater (1988) and Clara's Heart (1988), which starred Whoopi Goldberg. A year later, when Neil was 16, he landed the lead role in Steven Bochco's television series about a teen prodigy doctor at a local hospital, "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989), which launched Harris into teen-heartthrob status. The series lasted1989-1993 and earned him a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Series (1990) and a Golden Globe Nomination (1990). Harris attended the same high school as Freddie Prinze Jr., La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Neil acted on stage in a few plays while there, one of which was his senior play, Fiddler on the Roof (1971), in which he portrayed Lazar Wolf the butcher (1991). When "Doogie Howser, M.D." stopped production in 1993, Harris took up stage acting, which he had always wanted to do. After a string of made-for-television movies, Harris acted in his first big screen roles in nine years, Starship Troopers (1997) with Casper Van Dien and then The Proposition (1998). In July 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark Cohen for the Los Angeles production of the beloved musical, Rent (2005). His performance in "Rent" garnered him a Drama-League Award in 1997. He continued in the musical, to rave reviews, until January 1998. He later reprised the role for six nights in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December 1998. In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom "Stark Raving Mad" (1999), with Tony Shalhoub. He was also in the big-screen projects The Next Best Thing (2000) and Undercover Brother (2002), and he can be heard as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the newest animated "Spider-Man" (2003) series. Harris has continued his stage work, making his Broadway debut in 2001 in "Proof." He has also appeared on stage in "Romeo and Juliet," "Cabaret," Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert (2001) (TV), and, most recently, "Assassins." In 2005, Harris returned to the small screen in a guest-starring role on "Numb3rs" (2005) and a starring role in the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (2005). Neil played the title role in the web-exclusive musical comedy "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (2008), widely downloaded via iTunes to become the #1 TV series for five straight weeks, despite not actually being on television.

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Birth Place

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Birth Date

6/15/1973
Known For
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The Smurfs 2

Patrick

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Foy

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The Christmas Blessing

Nathan Andrews

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Justice League: The New Frontier

Barry Allen / The Flash (voice)

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Struggle to Survive

Jim Stolpa

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The Best And The Brightest

Jeff

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8-Bit Christmas

Jake Doyle (Adult)

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Yes, Virginia

Dr. Philip O'Hanlon (voice)

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Sweeney Todd in Concert

Tobias Ragg

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The Christmas Wish

Will Martin

Starring In
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Richard Fink

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The Matrix Resurrections

The Analyst

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8-Bit Christmas

Jake Doyle (Adult)

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Coded

J.C. Leyendecker

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Adventure Awaits

Self

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Dads

Self

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Downsizing

Jeff Lonowski

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Gone Girl

Desi Collings

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Foy

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Steve (voice)

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The Smurfs 2

Patrick

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The Out List

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American Reunion

Celebrity Dance-Off Host

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The Muppets

Himself

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A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Himself

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The Smurfs

Patrick Winslow

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Beastly

Will Fratalli

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Batman: Under The Red Hood

Nightwing (voice)

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Lou (voice)

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Adventure Time

Prince Gumball / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2013

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Steve (voice)

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Yes, Virginia

Dr. Philip O'Hanlon (voice)

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Prop 8: The Musical

A Very Smart Fellow

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Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Neil Patrick Harris

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Justice League: The New Frontier

Barry Allen / The Flash (voice)

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Eloise in Hollywood

(2 episodes, 2006)

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Me, Eloise

voice

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The Christmas Blessing

Nathan Andrews

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Neil Patrick Harris

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Undercover Brother

Lance

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Sweeney Todd in Concert

Tobias Ragg

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The Next Best Thing

David

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Joan of Arc

The Dauphin, later King Charles VII of France

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Spider-Man - The New Animated Series

Spider-Man/Peter Parker (voice)

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The Proposition

Roger Martin

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The Christmas Wish

Will Martin

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Starship Troopers

Carl Jenkins

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Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story

William Coit

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The Animal Room

Arnold Mosk

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Struggle to Survive

Jim Stolpa

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Sudden Fury

Brian Hannigan

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The Earth Day Special

Doogie Howser M.D.

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Cold Sassy Tree

Will Tweedy

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Home Fires Burning

Lonnie Tibbetts

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Clara's Heart

David Hart

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Purple People Eater

Billy Johnson

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The Best And The Brightest

Jeff

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