[Due to an unfortunate series of events this post was not available to go out on Friday, October 14, when it was originally scheduled. Rather than miss out, Monday sees Care2 readers served two slices of the LGBT History Month pie, with Friday's post on Neil Patrick Harris below and today's designated post on artist Frida Kahlo available here. Enjoy, and thank you for understanding. -- SW.]
Today’s LGBT History Month icon is actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Born June 15, 1973, Harris is an award-winning television, film and stage actor. Starting at age 16, he has forged an enduring career as a performer in Hollywood and on Broadway.
Harris grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the son of two lawyers who ran a restaurant. He took up acting in the fourth grade, playing the role of Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.” When Harris was 15, the family moved to Albuquerque. That same year, he made his feature film debut in “Clara’s Heart,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
When he was 16, Harris landed the leading role in the television series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” The series ran for four years and earned him a second Golden Globe nomination as well as a People’s Choice Award.
In 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark in the Los Angeles production of “Rent” and received a Drama League Award for his performance. He made his Broadway debut in 2002 opposite Anne Heche in “Proof.” Thereafter, he appeared as the Emcee in “Cabaret” and as Lee Harvey Oswald in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins.”
Harris’s films include “Undercover Brother,” “The Next Best Thing,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.”
In 2005, Harris joined the television series “How I Met Your Mother” as womanizer Barney Stinson. He received four consecutive Emmy Award nominations for this role.
Harris came out publicly in 2006, telling People magazine, “Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions.”
Harris has guest starred on dozens of television series, and received an Emmy Award in 2010 for his performance on “Glee.” He has hosted the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards.
In 2010, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine. Later that year, Harris and his long-term partner, David Burtka, had twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Harris and his family live in Los Angeles.
Below you can see roving reporter and Sesame Street resident Elmo getting tough with Neil Patrick Harris and asking him for the answers to questions we all want to know (Harris also debuts his “Pajama Song”):
Moving on to a slightly less experienced but promising young interviewer, the video below has David Letterman asking Harris about fatherhood (Warning: cute babies alert):
And below you can see Neil Patrick Harris’ message to LGBTs and all bullied youth:
- “Neil Patrick Harris” — IBDB.com. 2 June 2011.
- “Neil Patrick Harris” — IMDb.com. 1 June 2011.
- “Neil Patrick Harris Tells PEOPLE He Is Gay.” – People.com. 1 June 2011.
- “Neil Patrick Harris” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” 1 June 2011.
- Nussbaum, Emily. “How Neil Patrick Harris Became Hollywood’s First (Openly) Gay Breakthrough Star.” – New York Magazine. 1 June 2011.
- Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993)
- Capitol Critters (1992-1995)
- Stark Raving Mad (1999-2000)
- Spider-Man (2003)
- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
- How I Met Your Mother (2005-2011)
- Purple People Eater (1998)
- Starship Troopers (1997)
- Joan of Arc (1999)
- The Next Best Thing (2000)
- The Mesmerist (2002)
- Undercover Brother (2002)
- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
- Beastly (2011)
Image taken from LGBT History Month project video, no infringement intended.