Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page

Bio For: Neil Patrick Harris
(The Latest Available Bio)

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (Desi) recently concluded his run as the womanizing Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series, "How I Met Your Mother," a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People's Choice Awards for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics' Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his guest-starring role on "Glee," and his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Named one of the "2008 Entertainers of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.

Harris recently lengthened his list of credits with his first literary project. Titled Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil's book is a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. The autobiography will be released on October 14, 2014 and is published by Crown Publishing Group at Random House, Inc.

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 ran for four seasons and told the story of a brilliant, young doctor who faced the problems of being a normal teenager. Among 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 top-rated telefilm of 2005, "The Christmas Blessing." Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as "Glee," "Sesame Street," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Touched by an Angel," "Ed," and "Will & Grace," among many others.

Harris' made his feature film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the coming-of-age drama, Clara's Heart, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. He recently reprised his role as Patrick Winslow in Sony Pictures' The Smurfs 2, the live-action/animation sequel to the original worldwide hit film, The Smurfs, which is based on the famous comic book series created by Peyo and the animated television series it spawned. Harris' other film credits include notable roles in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, and Starship Troopers.

As a result of the 2007-08 Writer's Guild of America strike, Neil starred as the aspiring supervillain and lovelorn title character in Joss Whedon's Emmy Award-winning, web-based musical miniseries, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The web series debuted atop iTunes television charts and produced a subsequently successful soundtrack. Furthering his appeal with the online community, Neil was also one of the leading cast members of the all-star internet hit, Prop 8: The Musical, co-starring Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Allison Janney. Most recently, Neil starred in and executive produced the comedic web series, Neil's Puppet Dreams. Created by The Jim Henson Company under its Henson Alternative banner, the seven-episode series, which aired on The Nerdist Channel, follows Harris' adventures into his dream world, which is filled with puppet characters.

A veteran of the theatre, Harris originated the role of Hedwig, the transgendered rock goddess, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's landmark 1998 rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Neil's role as Hedwig earned him the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in addition to Drama League, Drama Desk, Audience Choice awards and Outer Critics Circle and Astaire award nominations. Previously, Harris 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, was also filmed for a subsequent theatrical release in movie theaters. Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including the dual roles of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, "Assassins." Neil reprised his role as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the one night only Benefit Concert Reading of Assassins at The Roundabout Theater in December 2012. Neil made his Broadway debut as Anne Heche's unexpected suitor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of "Proof," and he later starred as the exuberant emcee in Cabaret at Studio 54. His additional theatrical credits include the Hollywood Bowl's production of "Amadeus," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons, tick, tick...BOOM!" at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, "The Paris Letter" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the concert production of "Sweeney Todd," with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, "Romeo & Juliet" at the Old Globe Theater, 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 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. He later mixed his love of magic and theatre in directing "The Expert at the Card Table" at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a production that Harris subsequently directed at the Broad Stage Theater in Los Angeles. Neil most recently directed the highly-acclaimed intimate illusion show, "Nothing to Hide," featuring two award-winning magicians, Derek DelGaudio and Helder GuimarĂ£es, at the Geffen Playhouse. Following its unprecedented success in Los Angeles, "Nothing to Hide" opened at the Signature Theatre Company's The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City in October 2013 under Neil's direction.

The multi-talented Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and screen with an equal measure of success in the world of voice-overs. He recently lent his vocal talents once again to the role of Steve the Monkey in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the beloved children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett. In addition, Harris will next be the voice of 'Cliff' in the upcoming Pixar animated feature The Good Dinosaur, a story that imagines a world where dinosaurs live alongside humans. Among his numerous voiceover credits for film, television, and video games include The Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time," Dreamworks Animation's "The Penguins of Madagascar," Activision's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Warner Bros.' Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Warner Bros. Animation's "Batman: Under the Red Hood," CBS' "Yes, Virginia," The Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken" and "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," Fox's "Family Guy," D3's Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, Warner Bros. Animation's "Justice League: The New Frontier," MTV's "Spider-Man," The Cartoon Network's "Justice League," Fox's "Capitol Critters," and soon Deep Silver's "Saints Row 4."

Harris' voice work also includes creating characters for numerous books on tape, including Ribsy, Henry and Ribsy, and Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary, Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman, Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket, and A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan.

Movies For: Neil Patrick Harris
Only includes movies we've covered on
in which this person played a significant role in the movie.

8 Movies: Pg 1 of 1 Show:
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (R) On Video: 10/7/2014 At Theaters: 5/30/2014
THE SMURFS 2 (PG) On Video: 12/3/2013 At Theaters: 7/31/2013
A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (R) On Video: 2/7/2012 At Theaters: 11/4/2011
THE SMURFS (PG) On Video: 12/2/2011 At Theaters: 7/29/2011
BEASTLY (PG-13) On Video: 6/28/2011 At Theaters: 3/4/2011
CATS AND DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (PG) On Video: 11/16/2010 At Theaters: 7/30/2010
On Video: 7/29/2008 At Theaters: 4/25/2008
GONE GIRL (R) At Theaters: 10/3/2014
8 Movies: Pg 1 of 1 Show:


Home | Theaters | Video | TV

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.

© 2014 Cinema Review,  All Rights Reserved.

Find:  HELP!