Neil Patrick Harris
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Esteemed actor cum comedian, Neil Patrick Harris warmed our hearts with his role in the Emmy Award-winning comedy series, ‘How I Met Your Mother’. But apart from this particular role, the Hollywood star has proved that he is an all-rounder, considering that he has done exceptionally great in all circles of entertainment with meaningful influence in comedy, production, and even music.

In addition to that, he has made a name for himself as a gifted magician and a writer. One thing about him remains an interesting subject of discussion – his sexuality. Is he actually gay? Here are all the facts you should know about the talented actor.

Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame

Neil Patrick was born on the 15th of June and in the year 1973. His place of birth was in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised in Ruidoso where he caught interest in acting. Neil schooled at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Before his graduation in 1991, Harris began acting on stage. He first played Toto in his school’s production of Wizard of Oz and a few more gigs followed.

He became more active in the 90s and suddenly landed his first film roles in two movies, ‘Purple People Eater’ (1988) and ‘Clara’s Heart’ (1988). After his memorable performance, Harris won his first lead role in the TV series, ‘Doogie Howser M.D’ (1989). His performance conveyed him to a good spot in the film world and as a 16-year-old star at that time, he swiftly became everybody’s favorite teen star. The role also earned him a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Male Performer in a New Series. He also gained a Golden Globe Nomination.

Harris gradually entered the most productive phase of his career, creating a strong base for himself as well as a strong financial status with his numerous endeavors. It is said that his films have generated about $2 billion and, that he earned $225,000 for each episode of How I Met Your Mother, pocketing a whopping $18 million in the year 2014 after he appeared in the final season. Currently, his net worth is estimated at $35 million.

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His Family

Not so much is known about Harris’ family. All that’s known is that he comes from a small home and was raised in Ruidoso alongside his older brother.

The brothers who got along quite well while growing up both won a role in their school production of Wizard of Oz. His parents, Sheila Gail and Ronald Gene Harris are learned. They were lawyers who also ran a restaurant.

Is He Gay?

Yes, he is. The star boldly opened up about his sexuality on November 4, 2006. During his speech, he described himself as a content gay man who is happily living his life to his satisfaction.

Husband and Kids – Is Neil Patrick Harris Married? 

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Harris and partner David: image source

Having opened up about his sexuality, Harris revealed the love of his life in a big way. He decided to attend the Emmy Awards with him in 2007. His name is David Burtka. After their appearance, there were several rumors with many wondering if David was the one. Neil Patrick Harris, who didn’t want to keep anybody in the dark confirmed his relationship with David in an interview on Ellen DeGeneres Show. According to him, they started dating in 2004.

After the Marriage Equality Act was passed in New York in 2011, the actor revealed via Twitter that he had been engaged to David several years earlier. Apparently, they decided not to be loud about it because of the prevailing law at that time.

The actor and his lover share two kids, a son named Scott and his sister, Harper Grace. They had the twins through a surrogate mother. In 2014, Harris and David got married in a glamorous wedding which was officiated by Pamela Fryman, the longtime director of How I Met Your Mother. Another famous personality that graced the wedding was Elton John who performed at the reception. The lovers live in New York City, in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem.


Not all gay men have the feminine demeanor and Neil Patrick Harris seems to support this notion with his well-structured physique. The actor stands at 6 ft 6 in (1.83 m) and weighs 82 kg (180 lb). His biceps are firm and measure 13 inches, his broad chest measures 39 inches, while his waist measure 30 inches.