Neil Patrick Harris Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

6th November 2016

Quote: “If I wasn’t an actor person, I would have probably tried to be a Disney Imagineer (a researcher and developer) because they combine so many things that I love - creativity, architecture, secrets, and amusing and entertaining people and families. I know a lot about the behind-the-scenes of theme parks and how they work and the machinations behind them." Neil Patrick Harris confesses he's a huge Disney geek.

18th April 2016

Tweet: "Nothing at all. Wish more people appreciated its awesomeness, but I wasn't that involv...oh wait, yes I was." Neil Patrick Harris insists to an inquiring fan that he wouldn't have done anything differently in the polarising series finale of his hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

1st November 2015

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris showed his excitement for the upcoming Star Wars sequel by transforming himself and his family into characters from the sci-fi franchise for Halloween. The actor dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, while his husband David Burtka donned a Han Solo outfit as their son Gideon channelled Luke Skywalker and his twin sister Harper went as Princess Leia. The Gone Girl star shared a photo of his family posing in costume in a park on Instagram and captioned it, "A long time ago in a Halloween far, far away..."

14th September 2015

Fact: Reese Witherspoon will serve as the first-week guest announcer on Neil Patrick Harris' new live U.S. variety programme BEST TIME EVER. Former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has signed on as the actor's sidekick for the show, which debuts on Tuesday (15Sep15).

14th August 2015

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris has recruited Latino singer Ricky Martin to make a guest appearance on the former How I Met Your Mother star's new variety series, Best Time Ever. The pop star will be on hand to join in on a Livin' La Vida Loca singalong with a fan, and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is also set to make a cameo.

7th July 2015

Tweet: "When I first came to L.A. and started auditioning, Amanda Peterson gave me advice, tips, friendship. She just passed away at age 43. #RIP". Former child star Neil Patrick Harris adds his tribute to the actress, who was found dead at her Colorado home on Sunday (05Jul15).

19th February 2015

Quote: "She is gorgeous, super talented, super funny, smart, she just had a baby, she couldn't look more beautiful... I'm the luckiest guy ever to be able to have been in a movie with her and been able to be intimate with her without a lawsuit or a restraining order." Neil Patrick Harris on his sex scene with Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl.

12th February 2015

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris has posed completely covered in gold paint to replicate the iconic Oscar award statuette. The shiny shoot comes ahead of his hosting role at the 87th Academy Awards on 22 February (15). The image appears on the cover of next week's (ends22Feb15) Entertainment Weekly magazine.

9th February 2015

Tweet: "Pharrell just can't stop wearing shorts...! Is this a Wes Anderson movie? Does he work at the Grammy Budapest Hotel?" Actor Neil Patrick Harris compares Pharrell Williams' outfit at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15) to the Lobby Boy costume in The Grant Budapest Hotel.

24th October 2014

Quote: "That would be a fantastic prize and if it doesn't happen, I'm backstage, and I can change some things... I can pick a padlock." Neil Patrick Harris has a plan to make sure his new movie Gone Girl wins at the Oscars after confirming he'll be hosting the ceremony next year (15).

19th September 2014

Quote: "You know what works really well to get followers? Topless pics." Actor Neil Patrick Harris shares his tips on how to gain more followers on Twitter. The former How I Met Your Mother star has 10 million fans on the microblogging site.

19th September 2014

Quote: "They closed the set and he wanted us to do 'it' for like two or three hours. It was weird. It was the most giggly we've ever been. It was much weirder to just do it with the two of us and no one else than it was to do it with the director and crew watching." Actor Neil Patrick Harris on filming his sex scene multiple times with Gone Girl co-star Rosamund Pike.

17th September 2014

Quote: "We're about to start. Harper doesn't go and she panics. She's starting to cry and we're all stressed, like, 'You have to go now! We've timed this to the sunset'... I was like, 'David, let's pick her up and we'll all go together.'" Neil Patrick Harris had to make a last-minute change to his wedding ceremony plans after his three-year-old daughter suffered an attack of nerves as she was about to walk down the aisle as the flower girl. The actor wed partner David Burtka in Italy earlier this month (Sep14). Harper's twin brother, Gideon, served as "orange boy" at the nuptials after declining to be his dads' ring bearer.

30th June 2014

Tweet: "Happy #Pride everyone! Stand tall, it's a beautiful day and there is much to be thankful for!" Openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris celebrates Pride Week in New York City.

9th June 2014

Tweet: "Just woke up this morning and found this. Turns out, it wasn't a dream! Thanks, everyone, for your sweet Tony tweets!" Neil Patrick Harris is still in awe of his first Tony Awards win on Sunday night (08Jun14). The actor walked away with the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, which claimed a total of four accolades.

5th June 2014

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris was among the Tony Award nominees who posed for a photocall on the viewing platform of the Empire State Building in New York City on Tuesday (03Jun14). The How I Met Your Mother star will compete in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The awards are handed out on 8 June (14).

30th May 2014

Fact: Producers of hit broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch are to release the show's soundtrack as an album. former How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who stars in the lead role as a German transgender, will feature on the release along with co-star Lena Hall and the production's onstage band T**s of Clay.

28th May 2014

Tweet: "Oof. I got a sinus infection. I blame either our ill son or one of the 75 people I've kissed on the mouth during a #Hedwig performance... I have an Auntie that is lending a medical hand: Auntie Biotic. Love her. #TryToTearMeDown" Actor Neil Patrick Harris is staying strong through sickness in order to perform in his hit Broadway musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

8th May 2014

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris has become the latest star to strip off for the cover of Rolling Stone as he shows off the toned body he achieved while shaping up for his Broadway run as a transgender rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris wears nothing but a bow-tie and a strategically-placed top hat to cover his manhood for the cover shot. Julia Louis-Dreyfus also posed naked for a Rolling Stone issue that hit stands last month (Apr14).

29th April 2014

Tweet: "Yo @ActuallyNph will you teach me some of your mic (microphone) moves. Imma tryin (sic) to use those on my world tour bro." Pop star Katy Perry is eager to borrow Neil Patrick Harris' onstage skills after catching his performance as a transgender glam rocker in Broadway's Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Saturday night (26Apr14). Perry kicks off her Prismatic World Tour 7 May (14) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

27th April 2014

Tweet: "Woke up, and with 3 days off from the show, David Burtka has surprised me away for a mini vacay (sic)! No heels, tucking, or kids. Can't wait!" Neil Patrick Harris is heading off on a surprise vacation with his partner during a break from his current Broadway run.

25th April 2014

Quote: "Crazy stuff happens, because she's not a very nice person, Hedwig, she's pretty harsh, and so if people are late, I wouldn't recommend that! Sometimes (I call them out). I made out with someone the other night. I motorboated (put his head between a pair of breasts) a heavyset dude. He was right there! But that's the fun of the show... It's intentionally loose (not strictly to script)." Actor Neil Patrick Harris warns audience members attending his Broadway show Hedwig And The Angry Itch to be prepared for anything as he stars as transgender German glam rocker Hedwig. He recently hit headlines for chastising a fan who shouted out, "I love you Neil" while he was onstage, in character.

18th April 2014

Quote: "Part of the thing with Hedwig is she is rough around the edges by design... so if my voice is bad or my physicality is not great one night then I'll just have to force that into the show, as opposed to being polished and clean and tight all the time." Actor Neil Patrick Harris has decided go it alone on the Broadway stage and scrap plans to seek out an understudy for his Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which he plays a transgender rock star.

31st March 2014

Fact: How I Met Your Mother co-stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel served up a musical treat for fans during a recent taping of industry talk show Inside The Actors Studio by breaking into an impromptu duet of Les Miserables tune Confrontation. The pair had previously performed a brief rendition of the song in 2006 on America's The Megan Mullally Show.

11th March 2014

Quote: "I've found that a lot of girls have no issue with me being gay. They still want to marry me. And I love that." Actor Neil Patrick Harris still receives proposals from female fans, despite the fact he is engaged to his longtime partner, David Burtka.

27th February 2014

Tweet: "I just uttered my last word as Barney 'Awesomepants' Stinson today. Nine years. Man, time sure flies when you're having fun..." Actor Neil Patrick Harris bids farewell to his character on hit U.S. sitcom How I Met Your Mother as filming for the show's final series draws to a close.

27th February 2014

Tweet: "I just uttered my last word as Barney 'Awesomepants' Stinson today. Nine years. Man, time sure flies when you're having fun..." Neil Patrick Harris marks his last ever turn as his character Barney in hit comedy How I Met Your Mother. The show comes to an end in March (14).

23rd September 2013

Quote: "Welcome to the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Tonight we celebrate the best of television. For our younger audience, that's the thing you watch on your phones." Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris kicks off Tv's big night in America.

22nd September 2013

Quote: "We won an Emmy last week for the Tonys. I'm trying to change the rules so we can win Emmys for hosting the Emmys." Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris on his big win as Tony Awards host at the Creative Arts Emmys last week (14Sep13).

22nd August 2013

Tweet: "Well done, Wentworth Miller. Bravo." Openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris salutes Prison Break star Wentworth Miller for coming out as gay on Wednesday (21Aug13).

29th July 2013

Quote: "The older they get, the more I love being a dad. Now that they're talking, I'm really loving the camp counselor end of parenting. I'm all about reasoning. If they fall and are Ok but crying, David (Burtka, his partner) will be the hugger, and I'll be the, 'Show me where it hurts; let's talk about it' one. I come from a family of lawyers, so explanation is crucial." Neil Patrick Harris is adjusting to life as a father as his twins Harper and Gideon approach their third birthday this October (13).

9th July 2013

Tweet: "How I Met Your Mother, season 9 has officially commenced! We had our first read thru today. Can't believe it - the beginning of the end." Actor Neil Patrick Harris prepares to bid farewell to the hit Tv comedy once filming on the new season wraps later this year (13).

1st July 2013

Quote: "Certainly, we have children and marriage is an appropriate thing to do (as) a part of their wellbeing, so I'm sure it will be inevitable - and awesome! We're about to move to New York so it's a tricky situation. I don't know if it would be an East Coast or West Coast thing." Neil Patrick Harris is considering marrying his longtime partner David Burtka after they relocate to the Big Apple. The couple is parents to twins.

17th June 2013

Tweet: "For my birthday, I only want one thing for the world: lots of presents for me. And good ones. Well thought out gifts. So… tick tock... Never mind. I've got the two best gifts in the world sitting right in front of me." Actor Neil Patrick Harris celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday (15Jun13) with his favourite people - his two-year-old twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.

28th January 2013

Quote: "I'm here a little bit solo because David is homes sick with the dang flu. It's bad..." Actor Neil Patrick Harris was dateless at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (27Jan13) after his partner David Burtka was struck down with a bout of influenza.

21st January 2013

Tweet: "Currently watching and loving the Lady Gaga concert at the Staples Center. Maybe the best concert ever. So inclusive and amazing!" Neil Patrick Harris was among the crowd at the Poker Face hitmaker's Los Angeles show on Sunday night (20Jan13).

11th June 2012

Fact: Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris poked fun at Spider-Man at the 66th annual prizegiving on Sunday (10Jun12) by literally hanging around upside down behind Angela Lansbury as the beloved thespian saluted theatre in 2012.

19th April 2012

Fact: Actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Neil Patrick Harris are among the stars who've recorded personal e-cards in celebration of America's upcoming Mother's Day (13May12). Each of the free, comedic greetings also feature a gentle reminder for women to get screened for breast cancer in a bid to stress the importance of early detection.

6th April 2012

Fact: Scottish actor Alan Cumming has put his fine art photos on display in Hollywood. The X2 star held a private viewing for the show on Thursday (05Apr12) with guests including comedian Neil Patrick Harris and singer Lance Bass.

3rd April 2012

Fact: Neil Patrick Harris will return to the Tony Awards stage to host the prizegiving for a third time. The ceremony will be broadcast live from New York's Beacon Theater on 10 June (12).

31st January 2012

Quote: "We tried. I love sign language and the idea, especially at this age when they can't verbalise... They know 'more', so they do 'more' (for food) when they sit in their high chairs." Actor Neil Patrick Harris is trying to teach his baby twins Harper and Gideon sign language.

30th January 2012

Quote: "I would not wanna do that job at all; I'd rather be a judge on American Idol." Actor Neil Patrick Harris insists he's not in the running to take over from Ryan Seacrest as the host of American Idol.

12th January 2012

Quote: "At the gym, I exercise to Cirque du Soleil music. I have, like, every Cirque du Soleil album on shuffle... I like to think I'm a circus guy." Actor Neil Patrick Harris on what he listens to while working out.

10th January 2012

Tweet: "I've found a new TV obsession: Celebrity Big Brother UK. Can't stop watching YouTube videos! I so badly want to partake!" Actor Neil Patrick Harris wants to appear on the British reality show.

8th September 2011

Fact: The Smurfs star Neil Patrick Harris is to be honoured with the 2,448th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his services to television. The former child star's pals Jason Segal and Joss Whedon will help him unveil the accolade outside the Frolic Room bar on Hollywood Boulevard on 15 September (11).

10th August 2011

Quote: "I've had my fair share of fun. I tried acid, once. But I think it had been watered down or something. So it wasn't, apparently, what it was supposed to have been. But I do remember lying outside in Mexico, where it happened. There was a tree outside and suddenly the limbs of the tree became frogs hanging upside down. That was, understandably, the last time I did that." Neil Patrick Harris has dabbled with drugs - and vowed never to do it again.

26th July 2011

Quote: "Katy Perry can do no wrong in my book. She's tall, she's funny, she can sing and has a sharp wit and is a savvy businesswoman. I say Katy Perry may take over the world. I will be her vice president." Actor Neil Patrick Harris gushes about his The Smurfs co-star, pop singer Katy Perry.

22nd June 2011

Quote: "It was less than an exciting Father's Day. They cried a lot... I thought they'd be perfect children for Father's Day, but they weren't. They teethed and twitched a lot." Neil Patrick Harris was disappointed with his first Father's Day as dad to eight month old twins.

21st June 2011

Quote: "It's weird. First a whole Suv of security dudes show up, then Elton shows up. So, in our little house in the Valley, we have, like, dudes with headpieces on, kinda patrolling the area... They were inside, super nice. They're incredibly nice, doting dads and super-cool people." Funnyman Neil Patrick Harris on hosting a playdate with Elton John for their babies.

13th June 2011

Fact: Model/actress Brooke Shields poked fun at the sex scandal surrounding New York congressman Anthony Weiner during the opening number at the 2011 Tony Awards on Sunday (12Jun11). She joined show host Neil Patrick Harris for the comical song, quipping, "In fact, one guy sent a Twitpic of his crotch!" The married politician last week (begs06Jun11) admitted to lying about sending an explicit picture to a female student via Twitter, while he also confessed to having intimate phone and internet chats with other women.

5th May 2011

Fact: Comedian Neil Patrick Harris is returning to New York to host the 2011 Tony Awards this June (11). The How I Met Your Mother star previously presented the prestigious theatre prizegiving in 2009.

24th March 2011

Quote: "I go to Equinox in West Hollywood, and it's chock-full of what I am assuming are models. I feel schlubby, out of shape, pasty." Actor Neil Patrick Harris feels jealous of other people at the gym.

28th February 2011

Quote: "Randomly I spend most of my time on How I Met Your Mother and I won an Emmy for three days on Glee!" Neil Patrick Harris jokes about claiming the Best Guest Comedy Actor honour at the Emmy Awards last year (10) after his brief stint on the hit musical TV comedy.

6th December 2010

Fact: Comedian Neil Patrick Harris is set to lighten up the 2010 Video Game Awards after being unveiled as the host of the 11 December (10) ceremony. The event will air live in the U.S. on Spike TV.

22nd November 2010

Quote: "I loved doing Glee, it was super fun so I hope so... we'll see." Actor Neil Patrick Harris would love to return to the hit TV musical after making a guest appearance on the show earlier this year (10).

14th October 2010

Fact: U.S. TV star Neil Patrick Harris is to make his directorial debut by taking charge of Emma Roberts' new romantic comedy Aaron and Sarah.

1st March 2010

Fact: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER star Neil Patrick Harris is set to make his musical directorial debut when he helms a production of RENT at the Hollywood Bowl this summer (10). The actor, who previously performed in a U.S. tour of Rent, will be in charge of three performances beginning on 6 August (10).

15th February 2010

Tweet: "Jennifer Lopez was really great - hot, cool, and funny. And well prepared! She gave me a few pointers." Neil Patrick Harris enjoyed working with the Hollywood star on the set of his hit U.S. TV comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

14th September 2009

Quote: "We'd make very good parents. We yin and yang very well. I'm just bowled over by him. I'm his forever protector, and I'm happiest when he's happy." Neil Patrick Harris insists he and boyfriend DAVID BURTKA would be great dads.

7th September 2009

Quote: "Some of them are absolutely terrible, and they're delusional, they think that they can sing really well... If you're going to sit for 10 hours in the heat in Dallas, Texas to be in front of millions of people on television, someone has to say, 'You're a terrible singer,' and I had no problem being that guy." Actor/singer Neil Patrick Harris gave harsh criticism to reality TV hopefuls on hit U.S. singing competition American Idol as a guest judge.

26th November 2008

Fact: Actor Neil Patrick Harris serves on the Board of Directors at Hollywood Magic Castle - a private club for magicians. The HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER star has been performing magic since age 10.

28th April 2008

Quote: "I have a two-headed cow foetus in formaldehyde in my garage. I love carnival, circus, freakshow stuff. I bought it in a jar from a man in New Mexico." Neil Patrick Harris confesses his odd hobby.

24th June 2007

Fact: Actor Neil Patrick Harris is to make his theatrical directing debut in North Hollywood, California when he takes charge of comedy I AM GROCK next month (Jul07). Harris is not new to the theatre - he has enjoyed much acting success on Broadway in productions like Proof and Cabaret.

8th January 2007

Fact: Newly-outed actor Neil Patrick Harris' parents, both former attorneys, own a diner, called Perennials, in his native Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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