2011

Neil Patrick Harris

July 29

Blue Man Group

Harris delights as Patrick Winslow, a city dweller tasked with protecting the Smurfs from the evil Gargamel in the big-screen adaptation of the popular '80s cartoon. The fun family flick, which costars Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara, opens No. 2 at the box office.

2013

Neil Patrick Harris

September 22

Mixed Reviews

Four years after his first hosting stint, Harris returns to emcee the Emmys. But his performance earns less than stellar reviews, in part due to the slow-moving and uneven nature of the show. "In his great favor, Harris comes across as a professional, likable young performer who takes his hosting job – or jobs – seriously and who respects the event he's there to represent," writes USA Today. "He didn't tarnish the winners' evening, but he did nothing to burnish it, either."

2014

Neil Patrick Harris

March

Happy Endings

After nine seasons and a lot of suits, Harris ends his run as ladies-man-turned-married-man Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. While the series finale itself was met with mixed reviews, Harris will always be loved for the role.

Neil Patrick Harris

June

Winners' Circle

With HIMYM over, Harris makes his way to Broadway, starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and winning the best actor in a musical award at the 2014 Tonys. "A year ago I was hosting the Tonys," Harris says after his win. "This is crazy pants."

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