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|Birth Place:||Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
A child actor who achieved popularity and critical acclaim at an early age, Neil Patrick Harris managed to avoid the typical fate of child stars who often slipped into obscurity after spinning out of control; instead he thrived on stage, as well as in film and on television. Harris first emerged into the national spotlight as the titular character on "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC, 1989-1992), playing a child prodigy who works as a surgeon while still trying to cope with the struggles of an everyday teenager. For a long time after the series was cancelled, Harris was solely identified with the role, though he nonetheless continued to deliver strong performances in television movies and on stage. Following a few down years in the early 1990s, Harris re-emerged at the end of the decade with a revamped feature career, thanks to prominent roles in "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "The Next Best Thing" (2000). After delivering huge laughs with a parody of himself in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004), Harris made a triumphant return to regular series work, co-starring as the opinionated womanizer Barney Stinson, whose catchphrase "Suit up" helped propel "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005- ) into a ratings winner, allowing Harris to finally exorcise the ghosts of Doogie Howser. Despite playing the skirt-chasing Stinson, Harris came out in 2006; an admission many felt would harm his career. Instead, the public greeted the news with a collective shrug and the actor went on to enjoy even greater success. Because his resurgent stardom led to hosting gigs for the Emmys and Tony Awards, Harris was able to bask in his ever-growing fame while becoming one of Hollywood's most in-demand stars.
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