Back in 1990, did anyone ever imagine that little Doogie Howser would grow up to be entertainment's "it" boy? His successful adult career was hard to predict, but Neil Patrick Harris' fame is clearly not fleeting. He survived child stardom and came out the other end an actor-singer-dancer triple threat with numerous award nominations to validate his career.
This year the nods turned into statues when NPH took home two of the golden girls at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Now Neil needs to wait until Sunday's Emmy Awards to see if he makes it three for three. He's up for the title of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for How I Met Your Mother.
In the meantime, Neil won the prize for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his turn as Bryan Ryan, Will Schuester’s arch-enemy, on Glee.
He was also recognized as part of the team for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards (he hosted the event in June 2009). But this recognition almost didn't happen. When the nominees were announced in July, his name was not included on the list for the production... and no one seemed to notice. Until a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Chris "Boomer" Beachum, pointed out the oversight. When Neil went onstage to accept the award, he thanked Boomer.
Backstage Beachum waited in the press room and Harris thanked him in person. Watch the video of the exchange that we shot for the Archive of American Television.
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