• NEIL PATRICK HARRIS photo | Neil Patrick Harris

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Published: Friday September 26, 2014 06:00 AM EDT



Following life as Doogie Howser, M.D., Harris all but disappeared from the limelight, save for a few stage roles.
The comeback: On the heels of a hilarious cameo in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harris transformed into playboy Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, a role for which he earned four Emmy nods. The actor, who proudly spoke out about his sexuality, also became Hollywood's most-wanted host – headlining the Tony and Emmy Awards – made a name for himself on Broadway and got married and welcomed two kids in the process.