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Neil Patrick Harris Is an Amazing Actor, a Great Dad, and a Real Magician — What Can't He Do?

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Let's talk about national treasure Neil Patrick Harris. The handsome actor has been gracing TV and movie screens since he was just a little kid in Doogie Howser, MD, and has played everything from a ladies man to a super villain. We just can't get enough! But there's so much more to NPH than his work. Here are all of your biggest questions about him, answered!

Is Neil Patrick Harris married?

Neil has been married to his gorgeous hubby David Burtka since 2014, but they've actually been together much longer — a decade longer actually, since they began dating in 2004. The pair met a couple of times by chance — once on the streets of New York, and once through a mutual friend — but it was at an American Idol party that feelings arose. "I ended up breaking with my boyfriend, and a week later, Neil and I had a date," David told Out Magazine. "We started hanging out every single night, and after three months, it was just non-stop. We talk on the phone at least eight times a day and text at least 25 times a day." In October 2010, Neil and David welcomed their adorable twins, son Gideon and daughter Harper, via surrogate.

Does Neil Patrick Harris have siblings?

Neil has one older brother named Brian Harris. They were raised by mom Sheila Harris and dad Ron Harris in Albuquerque, NM. Both of Neil's parents were lawyers, and they also ran a restaurant. Brian worked at the restaurant for years, but eventually was employed by Neil to illustrating his memoir.

Was Neil Patrick Harris on Malcolm in the Middle?

Neil was never on Malcolm in the Middle, but many people think he was. That's because Christopher Masterson, the actor that played older brother Francis on the show, really does look a lot like NPH. Fans also mistakenly thought Neil was on Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs, likely because of a Cigna commercial he was in as one of the "TV Doctors of America" alongside stars of those shows.

So what was NPH on? Well, he's known for playing Doogie Howser when he was young, and as an adult he's infamously played Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Desi in Gone Girl. He also had small parts in American Horror Story and Glee, plus he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2009!

Can NPH sing?

He most certainly can! Neil has an amazing singing voice, which allowed him to perform in the Boradway shows Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and many more.

Can Neil Patrick Harris really do magic tricks?

Neil's HIMYM character Barney had a knack for magic tricks, but that wasn't just for show. Neil is actually a magician, and used to be the president of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. He's actually quite talented, winning the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosting the 2008 World Magic Awards. He also just released a children's book called The Magic Misfits about kids being drawn together by their love of illusions.

How much is NPH worth?

Neil is estimated to have a net worth of $35 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. Forbes reports that NPH was making $400k per episode during the last season of HIMYM, but he also got money from Hedwig, his American Airlines endorsement deal and his books.

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