Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, most famous for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. He appears as a guest voice in The Simpsons.


Harris was born in New Mexico to a pair of restaurant owners. He became a child actor, then proceeded to work in Broadway. In 1991, he voiced Bart Simpson on The Simpsons. He then went on to guest-star in Family Guy, Glee, Moyo from The Legend of Tarzan, Sesame Street and The Penguins of Madagascar as well as many others. He was a character on Stark Raving Mad, and is a regular character on How I Met Your Mother, where he plays Barney Stinson, a womanizing businessman.

Personal life

Harris is in a civil partnership with his life partner David Burkta, and has two children, Gideon Scott, male, and Harper Grace, female. Harris is openly gay, and as same-sex marriage is legal in New York as of 2011, he has stated intentions to marry Burkta.


Harris has won Best Young Actor Staring in a Television Series in three consecutive years, he has also won:

  • Best A-List Male Actor
  • Best Male Actor in a Comedy Wed Series
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Television Series
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Special Class Program
  • Best Performance by a Human Male
  • Favorite TV Comedy Actor

This means Harris has 3 Young Artist Awards, a Bravo A-ist Award, a Streamy Award, a Golden Icon Award, 2 Emmy Awards, a Spike Video Game Awards, and a People's Choice Award.

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