Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris   bookmark
Nickname: NPH
Age: 35
Birth Date:  Jun 15 1973    
Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Sign: Gemini
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with Chris, his older brother by 3 years, Harris won the part +of Toto in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz." His parents, Ron (a lawyer) and Sheila (a writer) moved the family to Albuquerque in 1988, the same year that Harris made his film debut in two movies: "The Purple People Eater" and "Clara's Heart." A year later, when Neil was 16, he landed the lead role in Steven Bochco's television series about a teen prodigy doctor at a local hospital. Doogie Howser, M.D. launched Harris into teen heartthrob status. The series lasted from 1989-1993 and earned him a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Series (1990) and a Golden Globe Nomination (1990). Harris attended the same high school as Freddie Prinze, Jr., La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Neil acted onstage in a few plays while there, one of which was his senior play, "Fiddler on the Roof," in which he portrayed Lazar Wolf the butcher (1991). When Doogie Howser, M.D. came to an end in 1993, Harris took up stage acting, which he had always wanted to do. After a string of made for television movies, Harris acted in his first big screen roles in nine years, "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "The Proposition" (1998). In July of 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark Cohen for the Los Angeles production of the beloved musical, Rent, which originated on Broadway. His performance in Rent garnered him a Drama-League Award in 1997. He continued in the musical, to rave reviews, until January of 1998. He later reprised the role for six nights in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December of 1998. In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom Stark Raving Mad, with Tony Shalhoub. He can also been seen in big screen projects The Next Best Thing and Undercover Brother, and can be heard as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the animated "Spider-Man" series. Harris has continued his stage work, making his Broadway debut in 2001 in Proof. He has also appeared on stage in Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd in Concert, and most recently, Assassins.

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