Neil Patrick Harris is an actor, comedian, singer, producer, and magician. He has had an extensive career in film and television, which began in 1988. Although he has appeared in many films and television series, he is probably best known for playing Barney Stinson on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and the title character in ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ Due to the success of his career, Neil Patrick Harris’ net worth is $50 million, and here is how the actor accrued his wealth.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Early Life
Neil Patrick Harris was born in New Mexico on June 15, 1973. Although he was born in Albuquerque, he was raised in Ruidoso. He does not come from an entertainment background, as his parents were lawyers who also ran a restaurant. Academic achievement was important for Harris, and he graduated from La Cueva High School in 1991 with high honors.
His Career in Television and Film
While at high school, Harris attended drama camp. It was there that he was discovered by Mark Medoff, a playwright. It led to Harris being cast in the 1988 drama film ‘Clara’s Heart.’ Later in the same year, Harris starred in the children’s fantasy film ‘Purple People Eater.’ Harris’ first major television role was playing the lead in ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ The series ran for four seasons between 1989 and 1993. It led to him playing many guest roles in various television series, and he also had roles in made-for-television films. As an adult, Harris’ film debut was in the 1995 film ‘Animal Room.’ Also, in the late 1990s, he had roles in ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘The Proposition.’ His films in the early 2000s included ‘The Next Big Thing,’ ‘Undercover Brother,’ ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,’ and ‘The Golden Blaze.’ In 2005, Neil Patrick Harris landed the role of Barney Stinson in the CBS hit sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’. It was a role that he played until 2014, and it is one of the roles for which he is best-known. He was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his performance over this period.
Harris continued to work in films during this period, and some of the films in which he had roles included ‘Harold & Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay,’ ‘The Best and the Brightest,’ ‘Beastly,’ ‘The Smurfs,’ ‘A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas,’ ‘the Muppets,’ ‘American Reunion,’ ‘The Smurfs 2,’ ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ and ‘Gone Girl.’ After ‘How I Met Your Mother’ ended, Harris has appeared in multiple television series. His most significant role was playing Count Olaf in ‘An Unfortunate Series of Events’ between 2017 and 2019. In 2021, he will play Henry Coltrane in the upcoming television series ‘It’s a Sin.’ Harris has also continued to take on film roles. Since 2017, he has had roles in both ‘Downsizing’ and ‘Dads.’ His upcoming films include ‘The Matrix 4,’ ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,’ and ‘Spinning Gold.’ All three films are set for release in 2021. Throughout his career, Harris has also provided voices for characters in both film and television animations. Some of the many films for which he has provided a voice include ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and its sequel, ‘Cats & Dog Hood,’ s: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,’ and ‘Batman: Under the Red.’,
His Career on Stage
Although Harris is best known for his television and film work, he has also enjoyed a prolific career on stage. He played roles in both dramas and musicals. In the early 2000s, he had roles in productions such as ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Proof,’ ‘Cabaret,’ and ‘Assassins.’ Harris directed a production of ‘Rent’ for the Hollywood Bowl in 2010, and he had previously played the role of Mark Cohen in the musical production when he was part of a touring company in 1997. He then played the lead role of Bobby in a 2011 production of ‘Company.’ From March to August 2014, Harris played the titular role in the first Broadway production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry inch,’ for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He had previously hosted the Tony Awards for four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2014.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Books and Other Media
Outside of his film and television career, Neil Patrick Harris has also worked in various other media. For example, he worked on an audio commentary for RiffTrax alongside Mike Nelson, and he played the title role in the web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Furthermore, he has provided voices for video games and for the California Screamin’ ride at the Disney California Adventure Park. Harris is also an author, and the first book he published was his memoir ‘Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography’ in 2014. In 2017, he published his first young adult novel ‘The Magic Misfits,’ which is the first in a four-book series for young adults.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Neil Patrick Harris’ net worth is $50 million. He has made his money from his work as an actor and comedian in the television and film industries. The other ways he has made money are through theater performances, as an author, and through his work in various other media.
His Personal Life
Neil Patrick Harris began a relationship with ‘How I Met Your Mother’ co-star David Burkta in 2004, although he did not publicly reveal he was gay until two years later. In 2010, the couple revealed they were expecting twins via a surrogate mother. Later that year, their son, Gideon Scott, and their daughter, Harper Grace, were born. Harris and Burkta announced their engagement in 2011, after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York. The couple married in 2014, and they live together in the Harlem neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.
Written by Allen Lee
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