Neil’s acting career started when he was 16, he landed the lead role in Steven Bocho's television series about a teen prodigy doctor at a local hospital, "Doogie Howser, M.D." which launched Harris into teen-heartthrob status. When "Doogie Howser, M.D." stopped production in 1993, Harris took up stage acting, which he had always wanted to do. After a string of made-for-television movies, Harris acted in his first big screen roles in nine years, Starship Troopers with Casper Van Dien and thenThe Proposition. In July 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark Cohen for the Los Angeles production of the beloved musical, Rent.
In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom "Stark Raving Mad," with Tony Shalhoub. He was also in the big-screen projects The Next Big Thing and Undercover Brother, and he can be heard as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the newest animated "Spider-Man" series. Harris has continued his stage work, making his Broadway debut in 2001 in "Proof." He has also appeared on stage in "Romeo and Juliet," "Cabaret," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert" and, most recently, "Assassins." In 2005, Harris returned to the small screen in a guest-starring role on"Number3rs" and a starring role in the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother.”
Neil is openly gay and is a recipient of the 2009 The Trevor Life Award, which annually honors an "individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning youth." The award is presented by The Trevor Project, a national crisis and suicide prevention organization helping LGBTQ young people who are facing familial rejection or considering suicide. The next year, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Trevor Project.Read More