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Harris, Neil Patrick (b. 1973)  
 
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In 2009, Harris was picked to host the Tony Awards. He did such a good job that he was nominated for an Emmy for his hosting duties.

In 2010, in fact, Harris learned that he was nominated for three Emmy Awards, one as best actor for his role in How I Met Your Mother, one for his stint as host of the Tony Awards Show, and one as guest star in a comedy for his appearance in Glee. He won the latter two awards.

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In 2011, he was again asked to host the Tony Awards. Harris received very high accolades for his dazzling performance as host, especially his opening number "Broadway's Not Just for Gays Anymore" and an amazing duet with Hugh Jackman, each trying to outdo the other.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Freydkin, Donna. "Neil Patrick Harris Suits Up for Success; Actor Having Fun, Doesn't Take Things Too Seriously." USA Today (April 28, 2008): 6D.

Hartinger, Brent. "Neil Patrick Harris Lets It All Hang Out." AfterElton (June 17, 2008): http://www.afterelton.com/people/2008/6/neilpatrickharris.

Jensen, Michael. "Neil Patrick Harris Comes Out As 'Content Gay Man.'" AfterElton (November 4, 2006): http://www.afterelton.com/people/2006/11/neilpatrickharris.html.

Keith, Bill. "A Man's Man." Out.com (August 4, 2008): http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=2400.

"Neil Patrick Harris: 'I Am a Very Content Gay Man.'" People Weekly 66.21 (November 20, 2006): 81.

Pastorek, Whitney. "Up & Out." Entertainment Weekly 923 (March 2, 2007): 38.

Santilli, Peter. "Life Is a 'Cabaret' for TV's Former Doogie Howser." Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey) (March 6, 2003): Today, 53.

Vary, Adam B. "The Doctor Is In." Entertainment Weekly 1004 (August 1, 2008): 30.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Harris, Neil Patrick  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2009  
    Date Last Updated June 15, 2011  
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