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Net Worth:
$50 Million
$225 Thousand Per Episode
Jun 15, 1973 (50 years old)
6 ft (1.83 m)
Actor, Voice Actor, Magician, Singer, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Television Director, Screenwriter, Comedian
United States of America
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Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, producer, singer, and director who has a net worth of $50 million. Neil Patrick Harris has been working steadily for a long time.  After first gaining notice as a child actor in projects like "Clara's Heart", "Too Good to Be True", and "Purple People Eater", he became a breakout star when he was cast as the Doogie on "Doogie Howser, M.D.".  He played the role of a teenage genius doctor so well, that, when the show was cancelled in 1993, it was difficult for audiences to picture him as anything else.  Throughout the 90s, he appeared in guest starring roles on such shows as "The Other Limits" and "Homicide: Life on the Street", and in such films as "My Antonia" and "Starship Troopers".  A year on the short-lived series, "Stark Raving Mad", as well as very well-reviewed work in the National Touring Company of "Rent", and the regional company's of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Sweeney Todd", made it clear that Doogie had grown up, both as a person and an actor.  In 2000, his career began to pick up again in earnest.  He went on to star in the Broadway productions of "Proof", "Cabaret", and "Assassins".  He guest starred on such shows as "Touched by an Angel", "Boomtown", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", and "Numb3rs".  He also co-starred in a string of successful comedies, including "Undercover Brother" and "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle".  In 2005, he was cast in the role that would return him to television prominence, as Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother".  While playing Barney, he has provided voiceover work for multiple animated films and series.  He has also become the "go-to" guy for hosting awards ceremonies, and has hosted both the Tony Awards and the Emmy Awards several times.

Early Life

Neil Patrick Harris was born on June 15th of 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised alongside his elder brother by two parents who were both lawyers. His parents also ran a restaurant. Although Neil Patrick Harris started his acting career as a child, he still managed to attend high school half the time. He was privately tutored for the other half of his education, and he graduated in 1991 with extremely high grades.

Doogie Houser

Neil Patrick Harris started his career very early as a child actor. While participating in a drama camp, he caught the eye of playwright Mark Medoff, who later cast him in the 1988 film Clara's Heart. That year, he also starred in Purple People Eater, a children's movie. Although he had established himself in the world of film, his real career breakthrough came next year in 1989 when he booked the lead role in Doogie Houser, M.D. The show ran for four seasons and earned Neil Patrick Harris a Golden Globe nomination. The show featured Harris playing a teenage physician with a genius intellect.

After Doogie

After the end of Doogie Houser, M.D. in 1993, Neil Patrick Harris focused on film roles. In 1994, he appeared in Snowboard: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story. Neil Patrick Harris later transitioned to adult roles, starting with Animal Room in 1995. In 1997, Neil Patrick Harris played a central role in the science fiction cult classic Starship Troopers. That year, he also played a lead role in the musical Rent. He then starred in the three-part mini-series Joan of Arc in 1999.

In 1999, Neil Patrick Harris booked another recurring television role in the NBC sitcom Stark Raving Mad. The show ended in 2000. He returned to film with a supporting role in 2000's The Next Best Thing and then booked a role on the made-for-TV movie The Wedding Dress. 2001 saw Neil Patrick Harris playing Tobias Ragg in a stage production of Sweeney Todd. He followed with another stage performance in 2002 with Proof. In 2002, he appeared in Undercover Brother.

In 2003, Neil Patrick Harris received critical acclaim for his performance in a stage production of Cabaret. In 2004, he played a comedic version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle. He repeated this party-loving, woman-obsessed version of himself in two Harold & Kumar sequels. That year, he also joined the cast of the musical Assassins.

How I Met Your Mother

From 2005 to 2014, Neil Patrick Harris played the role of Barney Stinson on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The show received excellent reviews and viewership ratings. Neil Patrick Harris was singled out for praise by critics, and he won an award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor. Although How I Met Your Mother took up most of his time during this period, he still found time to engage in other acting projects. He booked guest roles in TV shows in shows such as Numb3rs, Sesame Street, and Glee.


Neil Patrick Harris is also an accomplished voice actor. He provided the voice for Nightwing in the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood. He also provided voice acting work for movies such as Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2, Justice League: The New Frontier, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In addition, Neil Patrick Harris has worked as a voice actor on television series like The Legend of Tarzan, Justice League, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Family Guy, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Robot Chicken, and The Penguins of Madagascar.

In 2014, Neil Patrick Harris showed his acting skills in a more serious role with Gone Girl. The film was praised by critics and performed well at the box office. That year, he also played the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony Award for his performance. In 2015, he appeared in two episodes of American Horror Story. In 2016, he booked the role of Olaf in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, playing the villain until the series ended in 2019. That year, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris would appear in the fourth Matrix film.

Outside of acting, Neil Patrick Harris has hosted several award shows. He hosted the Tony Awards four times, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for each year. In 2009 and in 2013, Harris hosted the Emmy Awards. In 2015, he hosted the Academy Awards. Although Neil Patrick Harris was reportedly approached with offers to host the Late Show and The Late Late Show, and he ultimately decided not to accept. He also hosted the game show Genius Junior.

How I Met Your Mother Salary

At the peak of the series, Neil earned $225,000 per episode of the show. That worked out to $5.4 million before royalties and syndication earnings.

Further Ventures

Neil Patrick Harris has emerged as an accomplished magician, and many of his characters are magicians – providing Harris a chance to show off his magic skills. In 2008, he hosted the World Magic Awards.

Neil Patrick Harris is also involved in the video game industry, having worked on various games as a voice actor. These games include Saints Row 2, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (as Spider-Man), and Saints Row IV. He also hosted the Spike Video Game Awards in 2010.


Personal Life

In 2004, Neil Patrick Harris began a relationship with actor David Burtka. In 2010, the couple had twins via a surrogate mother. After the Marriage Equality Act was passed, the pair married in 2014. Neil Patrick Harris is the first openly gay man to host the Academy Awards.

Real Estate

In 2013, Neil and David paid $3.6 million for an 8,000 square-foot town home in Harlem. After performing a major renovation and living in the property for several years, Neil and David listed this home for sale in August 2021 for $7.3 million. They sold it in May 2022 for $7.1 million.

They previously owned a home in Sherman Oaks, California which was sold in 2014 for $3 million.

In 2017 Neil and David paid $5.5 million for a 13.5-acre property in East Hampton, NY.

Neil Patrick Harris Career Earnings

  • How I Met Your Mother
    $150 Thousand/episode
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