He can saw himself in half, sing a selection of Broadway showtunes and swing on a flying trapeze. When Neil Patrick Harris, one of the stars of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother
, isn't dabbling in the extraordinary, well, he's probably hosting an awards show.
In the late '80s, Neil—known as NPH to his fans—landed the starring role on Doogie Howser, M.D
. After years of child stardom and teen heartthrob status, Neil left the small screen for the stage. He became a respected Broadway actor, starring in shows like Rent
, before returning to television.
Now, millions know Neil as Barney Stinson, the womanizing, slap-happy sidekick on How I Met Your Mother
, which begins its fifth season September 21.
Like Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson before him, this man-of-many-talents is also making his mark as an awards show host. On Sunday, September 20, Neil will host the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
. See what surprises he has in store! Also, Neil shares his thoughts on fate, finding balance and making out with his co-star.