Neil Patrick Harris honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Ceremony was LEGEN...wait for it...DARY!
Neil Patrick Harris, one of the leads of “How I Met Your Mother” and in celebration of the Season 6 DVD, was honored today by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard. Jason Segel and Joss Whedon helped unveil the 2448th star in the category of Television in front of The Pantages Theatre.
Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. He can currently be seen as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,”a role which has garnered him four Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy.
In 2010, Neil won his first two Emmy Awards for his guest-starring turn on the critically-acclaimed series, "Glee," in addition to his role as host of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards. In addition to hosting the 2009 Tony Awards, Harris also served as host and producer of both the 65th Annual Tony Awards and the 61st Annual Primetime Emmys. Named one of the “2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included in Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.
Harris gained notoriety on the small screen as the much-adored title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” a role which also garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Harris’ additional television credits include the NBC comedy series, Stark Raving Mad, Joan of Arc, Showtime’s The Man in the Attic, the classic TNT telefilm Cold Sassy Tree opposite Faye Dunaway, My Antonia with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint, The Wedding Dress with Tyne Daly, and CBS’s top-rated telefilm of 2005 The Christmas Blessing. Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as "Glee," "Will & Grace," "Ed," "Sesame Street" and "Boomtown."
A veteran of the theater, Harris recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Lincoln Center. Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including the dual roles of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins. He made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Proof,and later starred as the exuberant emcee in Cabaret at Studio 54. His additional theatrical credits include roles in the Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, The Paris Letter at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, tick, tick…BOOM! at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, Romeo & Juliet at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, the concert production of Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Los Angeles production of Rent, which garnered him a Drama Desk Award.
Utilizing his theatrical expertise behind the curtain and furthering his association with the Pulitzer Prize-winning production, Harris made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's recent staging of Jonathan Larson's Rent, starring Nicole Scherzinger, Vanessa Hudgens and Wayne Brady.
Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and television with an equal measure of success on the silver screen. He was recently seen in two feature films – the independent comedy, The Best & The Brightest, and the animation/live-action adaptation of the beloved cartoon series, The Smurfs, co-starring Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, and Sofia Vergara, and featuring the voices of Katy Perry, George Lopez, and Alan Cumming. Harris recently starred in CBS Films’ Beastly, a modern-day retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast" tale, based on the novel by Alex Finn, and co-starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen. He will soon be seen in the highly anticipated third installment of the Harold & Kumar film series, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
Harris’s feature film debut was a starring role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the coming-of-age drama, Clara’s Heart, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, Harris’ other film credits include roles in New Line Cinema’s cult comedy films, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle; Universal’s hit urban comedy, Undercover Brother, Starship Troopers, The Next Best Thing and The Proposition, among many others.
The multi-talented Harris also enjoys a busy schedule in the world of voice-overs, most recently voicing the character of Lou in Warner Bros. Pictures live-action/animatronic sequel, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Harris can also be heard voicing the character of Steve the Monkey in the Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures box office sensation, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the beloved children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett.
In addition to his voice-over work in numerous animated series and features, including Batman: Under the Red Hood, the CBS holiday special “Yes, Virginia,” the recent musical episode of “Batman: The Brave & The Bold” as The Music Meister, Justice League: The New Frontier as Barry Allen/The Flash, and the top-rated MTV series “Spider-Man” voicing both the title character and his alter ego Peter Parker--Harris can be heard opposite Will Arnett in the D3 Productions video game Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard and in Activision’s Spider Man: Shattered Dimensions. His voice work also includes creating character voices for numerous books on tape, including Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary, Slake’s Limbo, Ribsy, Lump of Coal, A Very Marley Christmas and the award-winning children’s book, Henry Huggins.
Neil is very involved in philanthropic works which includes working with The Noreen Fraser Foundation, Food on Foot and The Trevor Project.
For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com