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Equally successful on stage and screen, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (Patrick) continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. He can currently be seen as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the hit CBS comedy series, "How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him four Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor. Harris recently won his first two Emmy Awards for his guest-starring turn on the critically-acclaimed series, "Glee," in addition to his role as host of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards. In addition to hosting the 2009 Tony Awards, Harris also served as host and producer of both the 65th Annual Tony Awards and the 61st Annual Primetime Emmys. Named one of the 2008 Entertainers of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Harris was included on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.

Harris gained notoriety on the small screen as the much-adored title character in "Doogie Howser, M.D.,” a role which also garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, the television comedy-drama, which ran for four seasons, told the story of a brilliant young doctor who faced the problems of being a normal teenager. Harris' additional television credits include the NBC comedy series, "Stark Raving Mad,” opposite Tony Shalhoub, the CBS mini-series "Joan of Arc” with Leelee Sobieski & Peter O'Toole, Showtime's "The Man in the Attic,” the classic TNT telefilm "Cold Sassy Tree,” opposite Faye Dunaway, "My Antonia” with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint, "The Wedding Dress” with Tyne Daly, and CBS's toprated telefilm of 2005, "The Christmas Blessing.” Harris has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as "Glee," "Will & Grace," "Ed," "Sesame Street," and "Boomtown." As a result of the 2007-08 Writer's Guild of America strike, Harris starred as the aspiring supervillain and lovelorn title character in Joss Whedon's Emmy award-winning webbased musical miniseries, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The web series debuted atop the iTunes television charts and has gone on to produce a subsequently successful soundtrack. The musical sensation co-stars Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Furthering his appeal with the online community, Harris was also one of the leading cast members of the all-star web-based hit, Prop 8: The Musical, co-starring alongside Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Allison Janney. A veteran of the theater, Harris recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic's concert production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company” at Lincoln Center. The all-star production, co-starring Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, and Martha Plimpton, among others, was also filmed for a planned theatrical release in movie theaters across the country. Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including the dual roles of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins. He made his Broadway debut as Anne Heche's unexpected suitor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of "Proof,” and later starred as the exuberant emcee in "Cabaret” at Studio 54. His additional theatrical credits include roles in 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 in New York, and the Los Angeles production of "Rent,” which garnered him a Drama Desk Award.

Utilizing his theatrical expertise behind the curtain and furthering his association with the Pulitzer Prize-winning production, Harris made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's recent staging of Jonathan Larson's "Rent,” starring Nicole Scherzinger, Vanessa Hudgens, and Wayne Brady. In July 2007, Harris made his theatrical directing debut with the original comedic script, "I Am Grock,” at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and he later mixed his love of magic and theatre in directing "The Expert at the Card Table” at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and television with an equal measure of success on the silver screen. In addition to The Smurfs, he will soon be seen in two upcoming feature films – the independent comedy The Best & The Brightest, with Amy Sedaris and Bonnie Somerville, and the third installment in the Harold & Kumar film series, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. Harris most recently starred in CBS Films' Beastly, a modern-day retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast" tale, based on the novel by Alex Finn, and co-starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Harris's feature film debut was a starring role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the coming-of- age drama, Clara's Heart, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, Harris' other film credits include roles in New Line Cinema's cult comedy films, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Universal's hit urban comedy, Undercover Brother, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, The Next Best Thing with Madonna and Rupert Everett, and The Proposition with Madeline Stowe and Kenneth Branagh, among many others.

The multi-talented Harris also enjoys a busy schedule in the world of voice-overs, most recently voicing the character of Lou in Warner Bros. Pictures live-action/animatronic sequel, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Harris can also be heard voicing the character of Steve the Monkey in the Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures' box office sensation, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the beloved children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett.

In addition to his voice-over work in numerous animated series and features, including "Batman: Under the Red Hood,” the CBS holiday special, "Yes, Virginia,” the recent musical episode of "Batman: The Brave & The Bold” as The Music Meister, "Justice League: The New Frontier” as Barry Allen/The Flash, and the top-rated MTV series, "Spider-Man,” voicing both the title character and his alter ego Peter Parker, Harris can be heard opposite Will Arnett in the D3 Productions video game, "Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard,” and in Activision's "Spider Man: Shattered Dimensions.” His voice work also includes creating character voices for numerous books on tape, including Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary, Slake's Limbo, Ribsy, Lump of Coal, A Very Marley Christmas and the award-winning children's book, Henry Huggins.

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