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He'll always be Doogie, of course, but in recent years, Neil Patrick Harris has proved himself to be one of the most charming men on the planet. If you missed him on How I Met Your Mother and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, last night's Emmys were a fine opportunity to experience the tuxedo’d charisma of NPH. You may, in fact, be asking yourself right now: Why hasn't this guy done more movies?
Harris actually did do a fair number of films when he was a kid, including Clara's Heart with Whoopi Goldberg and Disney's Purple People Eater (alongside child actors Thora Birch and Dustin Diamond). Post-Doogie Howser, MD, however, Harris turned his attention to theater, starring in Rent and a few Sondheim musicals. (If you've seen Dr. Horrible, you know that those musical theater chops paid off. If not - watch it here!)
After a few supporting roles in bad movies (Starship Troopers - youch), Neil Patrick Harris made a triumphant return to the movies in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, playing a hilarious parody of himself.
Lucky for us, the man's film career is about to kick into high gear: watch for him in the third Harold & Kumar movie (A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, this December), then take the kids to see him in Beastly (July 2010), a modern Beauty and the Beast retelling starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. Most promising of all, NPH gets top billing in the upcoming comedy The Best and the Brightest, playing a father who goes to great lengths to get his daughter into a good kindergarten. Now there's a guy we can relate to!
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