Harris' singing voice landed him a role as Tobias Ragg in several concert performances of Sweeney Todd. He also was in the 2000 film The Next Best Thing, where he played David, Rupert Everett's character's friend who was a gay man who had just lost his lover to AIDS. He has made a guest appearance in the episode "Girls, Interrupted" of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace; his character was an avowed "ex-gay" attempting to convert others to heteros--uality, but ended by affirming his homos--uality after meeting Jack McFarland (played by Sean Hayes).
Neil Patrick Harris also guest starred as a murder suspect in
a 1997 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, and he also
appeared in an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent in
2004, cast against type as a Jeffrey Dahmer-like serial killer.
He also appears in a cameo as himself in a 1991 episode of the
Simpsons ("Bart the Murderer").
In 2002, Neil performed on Broadway beside Anne Heche in Proof. In 2003, he performed in Cabaret, alongside Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley, where he played the role of the Emcee. In 2004 he performed a dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway in the controversial musical revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. He also sang the role of Charles (first played by Anthony Perkins) on the Nonesuch recording of Sondheim's Evening Primrose.
Neil Patrick Harris also played a parody of himself in the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle in 2004.
Harris currently plays Barney on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which debuted in the fall of 2005 and has been renewed for a second season to debut Fall 2006.
The existence of another actor named Neil Harris at the outset of his acting career led Harris to include his middle name in his working name.
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