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Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris concluded his run as the womanizing Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People’s Choice Awards for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Harris is a five-­time Emmy Award winner for his guest-­ star role on Glee, and his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Harris served as the host of the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February 2015. Named one of the “2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included on Time Magazine’s 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world’s leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.

Harris was most recently seen as host of the NBC primetime variety series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, based on the U.K.’s hugely popular Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The show featured musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-­list stars. Harris also lengthened his list of credits with his first literary project. Titled Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil’s book is a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. The autobiography was released on October 14, 2014 and is published by Crown Publishing Group at Random House, Inc.

In addition to his numerous film and television credits, Harris has also enjoyed success in the theater. Harris made his return to Broadway in the spring of 2014 as the star of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s landmark 1998 musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Neil originated the role of Hedwig, a role that earned him the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in addition to Drama League, Drama Desk, Audience Choice awards and Outer Critics Circle and Astaire award nominations.

Harris gained notoriety on the small screen as the much-­adored title character in Doogie Howser, M.D., a role which also garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, the television comedy-­drama ran for four seasons and told the story of a brilliant, young doctor who faced the problems of being a normal teenager. Among Harris’ additional television credits include the NBC comedy series, Stark Raving Mad, opposite Tony Shalhoub; the CBS mini-­series Joan of Arc, with Leelee Sobieski & Peter O’Toole; Showtime’s The Man in the Attic; the classic TNT telefilm, Cold Sassy Tree, opposite Faye Dunaway; My Antonia, with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint; The Wedding Dress with Tyne Daly; and CBS’s top-­rated telefilm of 2005, The Christmas Blessing. Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as Glee, Sesame Street, Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Touched by an Angel, Ed, and Will & Grace, among many others. He most recently joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s award-­winning FX horror anthology, American Horror Story, as a guest-­star in its fourth season.

Under the direction of David Fincher, Harris starred alongside Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Tyler Perry in 20th Century Fox’s Gone Girl, based on the best-­selling novel by Gillian Flynn. Harris’ made his feature film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the coming-­of-­age drama, Clara’s Heart, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. He reprised his role as Patrick Winslow in Sony Pictures’ The Smurfs 2, the live-action/animation sequel to the original worldwide hit film, The Smurfs, which is based on the famous comic book series created by Peyo and the animated television series it spawned. Harris’ other film credits include notable roles in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, and Starship Troopers.

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