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Neil Patrick Harris
(June 15, 1973 - living) U.S.A.

Neil Patrick Harris

Actor

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Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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.

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 and Clara's Heart, 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.", which launched Harris into teen-heartthrob status. The series lasted 1989-1993 and earned him a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Series and a Golden Globe Nomination. 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, in which he portrayed Lazar Wolf the butcher.

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 and then The Proposition. In July 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark Cohen for the Los Angeles production of the musical Rent. His performance in "Rent" garnered him a Drama-League Award in 1997. He continued in the musical, to rave reviews, until January 1998.

In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom "Stark Raving Mad". He was also in the big-screen projects The Next Best Thing and Undercover Brother. 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" in Concert, and, most recently, "Assassins." In 2005, Harris returned to the small screen in a guest-starring role on "Numb3rs" and a starring role in the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother".

On November 2, 2006, after a report about Harris' romantic relationship with actor David Burtka surfaced on www.Canada.com, Harris' publicist issued a denial, stating that the actor "is not of that persuasion." However, a day later Harris, who had long been openly gay in his personal life and in the theater community, came out to the media in People. His statement read:

The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.
The two attended the Emmy awards in September 2007 as an openly acknowledged couple for the first time, an appearance which Harris discussed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and which was reported in various media outlets. Neil and David have been together since 2004. Harris refers to Burtka as "My better half" and an "amazing chef."

On April 5, 2008, Harris played 'Not My Job' on the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. He lost the game by answering only one of three questions correctly about famous British April Fool's Day pranks. Harris is a fan of magic and is on the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle.

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Source: IMDb Mini Biography By: ChristiRene80@aol.com - & Wikipedia, the free enciclopedia

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