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Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor best known for his role Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and for his role Doogie Howser on the ABC teen medical drama Doogie Howser MD.


Neil Harris was born on June 15, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father Ron worked as a lawyer and his mother Shelia worked as a writer. Neil developed an interested in acting at an early age appearing in school play and theatre production. He was discovered by playwright Mark Medoff who cast him in the 1988 movie Clara Heart where he starred along side actress Whoopi Goldberg. For his performance Neil was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.


In 1989 Neil was cast as the lead character on the ABC teen medical drama Doogie Howser MD as Doogie Howser a genius child doctor who goes though ordinary childhood issues while working as a professional doctor. Neil received international fame and awards his role Doogie Howser.


In 2002 Neil was cast as one of the main characters on the NBC drama Stark Raving Mad as Henry McNeeley a publicist who suffers from phobias and a compulsive disorder. Neil in 2005 was cast as a main characters on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Barney Stinson a serial womaniser and friend of the main character Ted Mosby.


Neil is openly gay and married to his partner David Burtka. He also had two twin children, a son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace, they were born in 2010 by a surrogate mother.


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1989 BL Stryker as Blues for Buder (1 episode)

1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame as Lonnie Tibbetts (1 episode)

1989-1993 Doogie Howser MD as Dr Doogie Howser (97 episode)

1991 Blossom as Charming Derek Slade (1 episode)

1993 Murder She Wrote as Tommy Remsen (1 episode)

1993 Quantum Leap as Mike Hammond (1 episode)

1996 The Outer Limits as Howie Morrison (1 episode)

1997 Homicide: Life on the Street as Alan Schack (1 episode)

1999-2000 Stark Raving Mad as Henry McNeeley (22 episode)

2000 Will & Grace as Bill (1 episode)

2001 Ed as Joe Baxter (1 episode)

2001 Son of the Beach as Loverboy (1 episode)

2002 Touched by an Angel as Jonas (1 episode)

2003 Boomtown as Peter Corman (1 episode)

2004 Law & Order Criminal Intent as John Tagman (1 episode)

2005 Jack & Bobby as Preston Phelps (1 episode)

2005 Numb3rs as Ethan Burdick (1 episode)

2005 The Christmas Blessing as Nathan Andrews (1 episode)

2010 Glee as Bryan Ryan (1 episode)

1988 Claras Heart as David Hart

1988 Purple People Eater as Billy Johnson

1988 Too Good to Be True as Danny Harland

1989 Cold Sassy Tree as Will Tweedy

1991 Stranger in Family as Steve Thompson

1993 A Family Torn Apart as Brian Hannigan

1994 Snowbound Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story as Jim Stolpa

1995 Animal Room as Arnold Mosk

1995 Legacy of Sin William Coit Story as William Coit

1995 My Antonia as Jimmy Burden

1995 Not Our Son as Paul Kenneth Keller

1995 Man in Attic as Edward Broder

1997 Starship Troopers as Carl Jenkins

1998 Christmas Wish as Will Martin

1998 Proposition as Roger Martin

1999 Joan of Arc as King Charles VII

2000 Next Best Thing as David

2001 Sweeney Todd Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert as Tobias Ragg

2001 Wedding Dress as Travis Cleveland

2002 Mesmerist as Benjamin

2002 Undercover Bror as Lance

2005 Christmas Blessing as Nathan Andrews

2010 Beastly as Will