One of the biggest reasons for the popularity of CBC’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is the ‘Legen-wait-for-it-dary’ Barney Stinson portrayed to the perfect by Neil Patrick Harris. And the actor is a real star in real life as well! Here are 15 things which separate him from the general crowd.
1. He began as a child actor and for Clara's Heart, he earned a Golden Globe nomination at age 15.
2. From 1989 to 1993, Harris played the title role of a child prodigy doctor in Doogie Howser, M.D., for which he won the Young Artist’s award.
3. Harris confirmed that he is gay on November 4, 2006 by saying, "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."
4. Harris is a fan of magic, like his character on How I Met Your Mother. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle and won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006.
5. Harris is an agnostic (a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God) in real life.
6. He married long time partner actor-chef David Burtka on September 8, 2014, after same-sex marriage became legal. Pamela Fryman, the long-time director of How I Met Your Mother, officiated the wedding, while Elton John performed at the reception.
7. He and Burtka have twins via a surrogate mother: son - Gideon Scott and daughter - Harper Grace born on October 12, 2010.
8. He is a stage enthusiast, has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles to be part of many Emmy awards.
9. Hosting the Tony Awards has earned him credit for three Emmy Awards; in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as well.
10. Harris hosted the 87th Academy Awards; it was his first time hosting the ceremony, and the first time an openly gay man hosted the Academy Awards in 2015.
11. He has been the voice of many famous characters like Barry Allen-The Flash and Bart Simpsons.
12. He is also a singer and as a character who could make anyone do his bidding by singing, he spent most of the episode singing several original songs in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
13. In 2014, Harris turned down the chance to replace David Letterman as host of the Late Show on CBS, stating that he feared he would get bored of the repetition that hosting a nightly talk show would entail.
14. He has starred in hit movies like The Smurfs and Gone Girl playing roles ranging from comedy to serious.
15. Latest at the Tony Awards, the staple Neil Patrick Harris stepped out in a dramatic new hairstyle looking drastically different with his newly shaved head.
So suit up ‘cause it is Barney Stinson’s Birthday!!!
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