10 Facts About Neil Patrick Harris’s Private Life

Neil Patrick Harris has been a part of the Hollywood scene ever since he was cast as Doogie Howser on the television series Doogie Howser M.D at the age of 16. Since then, he’s had parts in several movies such as Beastly, The Smurfs, and the Academy Award-nominated film, Gone Girl. He’s also had main roles in a few television shows, such as How I Met Your Mother and A Series of Unfortunate Events, which are both available on Netflix.
Besides his long-running, successful career as an actor, Harris has kept his private life low-key for the most part. The general public does know he has been married to his partner, David Burtka, for six years and that the pair welcomed two children via surrogate in 2010. Other than that, Harris doesn’t share much about his life with the public. Here are ten facts we do know about Neil Patrick Harris’ private life.

His Parents Were Lawyers And Also Ran A Restaurant

According to Useless Daily, Harris’s parents (Sheila Gail and Ronald Gene) were both lawyers when he was younger. Besides their successful careers in law, they also ran their own restaurant. The restaurant was called Perennials Restaurant and it was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the actor was born. It has since closed down.

He Came Out In 2006

After Harris slowly began to hint at his sexuality, he finally revealed to his parents that he was gay. Once he told his parents, he was ready to come out to the world. In November 2006, the actor came out as gay to People. During his interview, he said, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

He Was Dating David Burtka Before He Came Out

Before Harris came out in 2006, he had already been dating his partner, David Burtka, for over two years. Almost a year after coming out publicly, he and Burtka attended the Emmy Awards in 2007.
The couple was engaged in 2011 after the Marriage Equality Act in New York was passed. In June 2014, Harris and Burtka got married in Italy.

He’s A Father To Twins

Harris and Burtka have always wanted a family together and they made that dream come true. On August 14, 2010, the couple announced they were expecting twins via surrogate. Their twin’s son, Gideon Scott, and daughter, Harper Grace were born two months later. In October 2020, Harris celebrated his kid’s tenth birthday by sharing a sweet Instagram post for the milestone age.

He Loves Magic

Besides becoming a successful actor on screen and on stage, Harris is also an amateur magician. According to Amomama, Harris has always had a passion for tricks and illusions. He has performed his talents on public platforms such as talk shows and even incorporated them into his character Barney on How I Met Your Mother. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle, a space dedicated to magicians in the entertainment industry. Harris also wrote Magic Misfits, which is a saga of novels about a team of young illusionists.

He Loves Halloween

In the Harris/Burtka household, Halloween is taken very seriously. The family puts a lot of thought into their costumes, which Harris has shared over the years on Instagram. In 2015, their family dressed up as characters from Star Wars.
Harris went as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Burtka went as Han Solo, while their kids dress up as Princess Lei and Luke Skywalker. Another year, their family went as characters from Peter Pan.

His Favorite Drink Is Redbull

During his time on How I Met Your Mother, Harris’ character Barney was often seen enjoying a Red Bull. To thank him for all the free advertising, Red Bull gave him a lifetime supply of their energy drinks, plus a mini-fridge to store them. Fun fact, Harris used to drink a can every night before a live show for the sitcom.

Elton John Performed At His Wedding

Not only did Harris and Burtka’s wedding take place in the fabulous country of Italy, but they also had Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, Elton John perform. He stopped by the intimate ceremony for a special performance for the newlyweds at the time.

A Director From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Officiated His Wedding

The ceremony for Harris and Burtka’s was officiated by none other than the long-time director of How I Met Your Mother, Pamela Fryman. Harris and Fryman were so close she even let him direct an episode of the popular sitcom. This was strange as Fryman directed a majority of the episodes before Harris did.

He Played Toto In A School Production Of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Harris caught the acting bug at a very young age, landing his first role at the age of three. The role he played was Toto in his elementary school production of the movie, The Wizard of Oz. When he went off to La Cueva High School in New Mexico, Harris appeared in several different school productions.


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