Neil Patrick Harris Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

Who is Neil Patrick Harris?

Neil Patrick Harris is a famous American professional actor, singer, writer, producer, and television host. He is mainly recognized for his comedic TV roles and dramatic and musical stage roles. Harris has earned numerous awards throughout his career, like a Tony Award, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and nominations for a Grammy Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Neil Patrick Harris

He is known on television, for playing the title character on the ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993). For the series, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Television Series Musical or Comedy. He is also known for portraying Barney Stinson on the CBS series How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014, getting nominated for four Emmy Awards), and Count Olaf on the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019). Additionally, he is famous for his role as the title character in Joss Whedon’s musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008) and a fictional version of himself in the Harold & Kumar movie series (2004-2011). Harris’s other movies include Starship Troopers (1997), Beastly (2011), The Smurfs (2011), The Smurfs 2 (2013), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), and Gone Girl (2014).

Harris received two awards at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010, winning for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest appearance on Glee. As well as the Outstanding Special Class Program for hosting the Tony Awards in 2009. He has received the latter award three more times for hosting the show in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Harris also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013 and hosted the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. This made him the first openly gay man to host the Academy Awards. He went on to star in the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, winning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In 2010, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Harris is married to David Burtka, and they had twins through surrogacy in 2010.

Neil Patrick Harris Career

Film career

Neil started his career as a child actor and was discovered by playwright Mark Medoff at a drama camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Medoff then cast Neil in the 1988 drama movie Clara’s Heart, starring Whoopi Goldberg and based on the novel of the same title by Joseph Olshan. The film earned Harris a Golden Globe nomination. He then starred in Purple People Eater, a children’s fantasy the same year.

His first movie role as an adult was in 1995’s Animal Room, portraying a teenager. Harris’s following film work consists of supporting roles in The Next Best Thing, Undercover Brother, and Star Troopers. He played a fictionalized, hyper-womanizing, lewd version of himself in the Harold and Kumar stoner comedy films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. It was the shift from roles associated with his sanitized ”Doogie Howser” character to the more unscrupulous and bawdy part in the Harold & Kumar franchise that led him and revitalized his acting career. This led to his now-iconic role of Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother the next year. Harris went on to reprise this role in the sequels: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.


Neil gave voice acting for the role of the adult Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood and the beagle Lou in the movie Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 2010. He also played the lead in the indie comedy The Best and the Brightest the same year. Harris then made a surprise appearance at the 82nd Academy Awards, delivering the opening musical number on March 7, 2010. He later starred in the movies The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). Additionally, he provided the voice of Steve the Monkey in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie franchise.

Neil showed a more serious side in Gone Girl in 2014, directed by David Fincher. He co-starred in the movie as Desi Collings, the wealthy and obsessed ex-boyfriend of Amy Dunne played by Rosamund Pike. Harris received general praise from critics for his performance as well as did the movie. He then hosted the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015. This was his first time hosting the ceremony and the first time an openly gay man hosted the Academy Awards. It was later announced in October 2019, that he would star in the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise.

Neil Patrick Harris

How old is Neil Patrick Harris?

Neil Patrick Harris is aged 48 as of 2021, having been born on June 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. He shares his birthday with celebrities such as North West, Sissy Sheridan, Ice Cube, Wolfie, Courteney Cox, Mohamed Salah, Helen Hunt, Jim Varney, Waylon Jennings, among others.

Neil Patrick Harris Family

Who are Neil Patrick Harris’s parents?

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Ronald Gene Harris and Sheila Gail. Both of his parents were lawyers who also ran a restaurant. He was brought up in Ruidoso, New Mexico together with his older brother.

Does Neil Patrick Harris have siblings?

Harris was born as the youngest to his parents into a family of two children. He has one older sibling, brother Brian Harris, who he grew up with, in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Neil Patrick Harris Education

Harris attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, graduating in 1991, with high honors.

Neil Patrick Harris Husband

Harris was in a relationship with actress Christine Taylor from 1997 to 1998. He later came out publicly as gay in November 2006.

Harris then attended the Emmy Awards with his fiance David Burtka in September 2007 and later confirmed the relationship. He stated that the relationship with David began in 2004 in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Harris and Burtka revealed their engagement through Twitter on June 24, 2011, saying they had engaged five years ago and kept it a secret until same-sex marriage was legal. They then married over the weekend of September 8, 2014, in Italy. The wedding was officiated by Pamela Fryman, the longtime director of How I Met Your Mother, and Elton John performed at the reception.

Neil Patrick Harris Kids

Harris revealed on August 14, 2010, that he and Burtka were expecting twins through a surrogate mother. On October 12, 2010, their twins were born, son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace.

Neil Patrick Harris Height

Harris has a well-built, athletic, and physically fit body with an impressive height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and a weight of 80 kg (176 lbs).

Stage career

Neil has served on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. In the 2001 concert performances of Sweeney Todd, he played Tobias Ragg and performed alongside Anne Heche in Proof in 2002. He took the role of the Emcee in Cabaret together with Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley, in 2003. Due to his critically acclaimed performance in Cabaret, he was named the top-drawing headliner in the role of the Emcee by, outranking fellow celebrity stars Alan Cumming and John Stamos.

Harris performed the dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins in 2004. He sang the role of Charles on the Nonesuch recording of Sondheim’s Evening Promise and also portrayed Mark Cohen in the 1997 touring company of the musical Rent. The latter was a role he satirized on the January 10, 2009 episode of Saturday Night Live, which he hosted.


Harris directed a production of the rock musical Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010, where he cast his Beastly co-star Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi. He then played the lead role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philarmonic in concert, alongside Patti Lupone and others in 2011. Harris also directed The Expert at the Card Table at Broad Stage’s Edye in Santa Monica, California the same year. He then hosted the Tony Awards four times: the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009, the 65th Tony Awards on June 12, 2011, the 66th Tony Awards on June 10, 2012, and the 67th Tony Awards on June 9, 2013.

Only Dame Angela Lansbury has hosted the Tony Awards more times, with five ceremonies. Hosting the Tony Awards has won him four Primetime Emmy Awards in 201,2012, 2013, and 2014 for the 63rd, 65th, 66th, and 67th respectively. One week after hosting the Tonys, it was revealed that he would play the titular role in the first Broadway production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He did so from March to August 2014 and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Television career

Starting in 1989, Neil played the title role of a child prodigy doctor in Doogie Howser, M.D., getting nominated for a Golden Globe. He went on to play a number of guest roles on TV series such as Murder, She Wrote, following the show’s four-season run concluded in 1993. Harris starred alongside RTony Shalhoub in the NBC sitcom Stark Raving Mad, lasting 22 episodes from 1999 to 2000. He has also played lead roles in numerous made-for-television features such as Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story in 1994, My Antonia in 1995, The Christmas Wish in 1998, Joan of Arc in 1999, The Wedding Dress in 2001, and The Christmas Blessing in 2005.

Harris has also portrayed Barney Stinson, a serial womanizer, in the CBS ensemble sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014. He received Emmy nominations every year from 2007 to 2010 for the role. Neil went on to guest-star on Sesame Street as the Sesame Street Fairy Shoe Person in 2008. He then hosted the 7th Annual TV Land Awards and appeared as a guest judge on Season 9 of American Idol in 2009. Harris also hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2009. He then received two Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on August 21, 2010, one for his guest performance in the TV series Glee. On September 22, 2013, he hosted the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, marking his second time hosting the event.


Following a preview at the San Diego Comic-Con, a musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold featuring Harris as the villainous Music Meister premiered on October 23, 2009, on Cartoon Network. He was a character who could make anyone do his bidding by singing and spent most of the episode singing various original songs. Harris then filmed a pilot episode for an American adaptation of the British game show The Cube as host in 2010, although it was not picked up to series.

He later turned down a chance to take the place of David Letterman as host of the Late Show on CBS in 2014. He stated that he feared he would get bored of the repetition that hosting a nightly talk show would entail. Harris also declined the suggestion of replacing Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on the same grounds, despite claiming he was never actually offered the job.


Harris hosted Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris on NBC making its debut on September 15, 2015. However, it was canceled following an eight-episode run. Netflix then cast him in the television adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which he stars as Count Olaf on January 15, 216. The adaptation ran for 3 seasons and 25 episodes prior to concluding on January 1, 2019.

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His game show called Genius Junior was picked up by NBC on March 31, 2017, the format would test the smarts of the most brilliant children in the country. He would then serve as host and executive producer, and it received a 10-episode order and debuted on March 18, 2018. Harris starred in the British drama series, It’s a Sin, broadcast on Channel 4, on January 2021, depicting the 1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.K. He later was announced in June 2021, to be a judge on Australia’s Got Talent: Challengers & Champions, a spin-off series of Australia’s Got Talent.

Other Media

Neil served together with Mike Nelson on an audio commentary for RiffTrax in 2017. The duo ”riffed” on the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Harris is a big fan of the cult television series Nelson worked on, Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was interviewed for a 1992 Comedy Central special This Is MST3K hosted by Penn Jillette about the series and its fans. Neil played the title role in Joss Whedon’s musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog together with Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion in 2008. On July 15, 2008, the first episode of the series debuted. Harris provided his voice for the Disney California Adventure Park attraction California Screamin’.

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He hosted the Spike Video Game Awards on December 11, 2010. Neil later launched a memoir named Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography in October 2014, which is structured like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Harris’s autobiography spent two weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. He launched his debut young adult novel, The Magic Misfits, in November 2017, and is the first in a four-book series of the same title. Harris later launched a single-player board game called Box One in October 2020, produced by luxury playing card company Theory11. The game is presently available exclusively via Target.

Neil Patrick Harris Net Worth

American actor, singer, writer, producer, and television host, Harris has been active from 1988 to the present. He has appeared in numerous film, stage, and television productions throughout his career, and has won many accolades. Harris earns $225,000 per episode and has garnered an estimated net worth of approximately $50 million as of 2022.


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