For a while, it seemed Neil Patrick Harris was never going to be able to shake the role that made him famous, but in recent years he has managed to become so much more than 'Doogie.' Neil was born on June 15, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He made his first stage appearance in fourth grade, playing Toto in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. In 1988, he co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the drama Clara's Heart, which won him a Golden Globe nomination and helped him land the role that made him a star, the brilliant teenage doctor on the ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D. The show, which ran from 1989 to 1993, won Neil another Golden Globe nomination and a People's Choice Award. After the show wrapped, Neil took on roles in a variety of TV movies and was finally able to emerge from the shadow of 'Doogie' in 1997's Starship Troopers. Also, in 1997, he played the lead role in the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Rent. He returned to television playing a book editor on the short-lived sitcom Stark Raving Mad with Tony Shaloub in 1999. Since 2000, Neil continued to work on the stage in productions of Sweeney Todd, Proof, Cabaret and Assassins and has popped up in the films Undercover Brother and The Next Best Thing. Neil poked fun at himself in 2004's comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, portraying himself as a drug-addicted womanizer. That performance could have helped him land his next big role, as ladykiller and 'Bro Code' enforcer 'Barney Stinson' on How I Met Your Mother. He has been on the show for three seasons, earning nominations for an Emmy, a People's Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award. Contrary to his character on HIMYM, Neil came out to the media via a statement in People magazine in 2007. He later reprised his self-parodying character in 2008's Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay. With success on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris has put Doogie far behind him and keeps us entertained with each new role.
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