From his looks, one can tell that Neil Patrick Harris has a funny personality added to the fact that he is a magician. His popularity as an actor came from the comedy series How I Met Your Mother. Nick is also an acclaimed director, producer and television host.
Biography (Early Years & Career)
Born on 15th June 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Ruidoso town, New Mexico, Neil attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque from which he graduated in 1991 with honors. He started his film career as a child actor when the playwright Mark Medoff discovered him at a drama camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His first appearance on screen was in the 1988 drama Clara’s Heart alongside Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg. The movie earned the young actor a Golden Globe nomination. He also landed a role in the movie Purple People Eater that same year.
His character as a teenage surgeon in Doogie Houser, M.D between 1989 to 1993 boosted his career as a child actor. In 1995, he starred in Animal Room for the first time as an adult although he played a teenager in the film. His later roles during the 1990’s include appearances in movies like The Next Best Thing, Undercover Brother, Starship Troopers and different versions of Harold and Kumar Stoner comedy films like; Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
His first voice acting was done in 2010 when he voiced the adult Dick Grayson in the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood and as the beagle Lou in the film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Other films he featured in during the 2000s include Beastly and The Smurfs both released in 2011. The Smurfs 2 in 2013 and Gone Girl released 2014 which was a film that portrayed the serious side of the actor. Neil also loves magic as he has portrayed in his movies like How I Met Your Mother, Glee and his role in the American Horror Story: Freak.
He was the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle and has won Tannen’s Magic Louis Award in 2006. As a host, Nick has anchored the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was the host of the 2009 and 2013 Primetime Emmy Award. In 2015, he anchored the 87th Academy Awards for the first time.
Neil Patrick Harris is said to have a net worth of about $35 million which is income accumulated over the years from his work as a comedian, host, actor, producer and director.
The actor is the son of Ron Harris and Sheila Harris who were lawyers by profession. He has only one sibling which is his elder brother Brian Neil with whom he spent most of his childhood days. His parents have a restaurant which is now a family business managed by Brain.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Husband, Is he Gay or Straight?
Back in November 2006, Neil confirmed the speculations that he was gay. He released his statement saying he was happy to be who he was and was satisfied with what he is also doing in the film industry. In September 2007, he made an appearance with his partner David Burtka at the Emmy award. The pair were also invited as guests of honor to an episode of Top Chef Masters which was held at the Magic Castle and on September 15th, 2011, they attended the ceremony to receive Neil’s star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.
News of their marriage hit the airwaves in September 2014 when Neil wrote on his Twitter page that they had gotten married in Italy. The duo had used the same media to announce their engagement after same-sex marriage became legal. Neil also revealed that they had been together since 2004 which makes their union a long-awaited dream come true.
Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is a father to children he and his partner had via surrogate mothers. Their children are twins named Gideon Scott and Harper Grace born on 12th October 2010. It is also a known fact that the actor does not know which of the twin is his and he is said not to be interested in finding out as he loves and adores both children equally.