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NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (Lou) currently stars as the womanizing Barney Stinson in the fifth season of the hit CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him two Golden Globe Award nominations and three Emmy Award nominations. Named one of the "2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Harris served as host of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the 63rd Annual Tony Awards. Harris gained notoriety as the title character in Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley's series "Doogie Howser, M.D.,” for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. His television credits include the NBC comedy series "Stark Raving Mad”; the CBS miniseries "Joan of Arc,” with Leelee Sobieski and Peter O'Toole; Showtime's "The Man in the Attic”; TNT's "Cold Sassy Tree,” with Faye Dunaway; "My Antonia,” with Jason Robards; "The Wedding Dress,” with Tyne Daly; and CBS's top-rated telefilm of 2005, "The Christmas Blessing.” He has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as "Glee,” "Will & Grace,” "Ed,” "Sesame Street” and "Boomtown.”

Harris recently starred as the title character in Joss Whedon's Emmy Award-winning web-based musical miniseries "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,” a web series that debuted atop the iTunes television charts and subsequently produced a successful soundtrack. He was also one of the leads in the web-based hit "Prop 8: The Musical.”

A veteran of the theater, Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including dual roles as The Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical "Assassins”; the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Proof”; and "Cabaret” at Studio 54. His additional theatre credits include the Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons”; "The Paris Letter” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; "tick, tick…BOOM!” at London's Menier Chocolate Factory; "Romeo & Juliet” at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego; the concert production of "Sweeney Todd” at Lincoln Center; and the Los Angeles production of "Rent,” which garnered him a Drama Desk Award.

Harris will soon make his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's staging of Jonathan Larson's "Rent.” In July 2007, he made his stage directing debut with the original comedic script "I Am Grock” at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and later mixed his love of magic and theatre by directing "The Expert at the Card Table” at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Harris's feature film debut was a starring role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Clara's Heart,” for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, he appeared in the hit urban comedy "Undercover Brother,” Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers,” "The Next Best Thing” and "The Proposition.” He recently appeared as himself in the comedy "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” and was the voice of Steve the Monkey in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

His upcoming film projects include the comedy "The Best and the Brightest,” "Beastly,” and Raja Gosnell's animated fantasy "The Smurfs,” set for a 2011 release.


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