WHO IS HE?: An actor who played child doctor on TV’s Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), a drug-crazed lecherous version of himself in the Harold and Kumar stoner comedies (2004/2008), Dr. Horrible in the award-winning web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog (2008), a womanzer in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the host of every awards show ever.
BEST KNOWN FOR HIS CHARITY WORK WITH: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a cancer cure institute which he advocated after his partner’s mother died of leukemia.
WHY HE MATTERS: Harris has “crossover appeal.” He’s well-liked amongst both straight and gay audiences. And his recent MC work and surprise appearance at the most recent Oscars have given him the stage to speak out against AIDS and gay teen suicide to an even larger audience.
QUOTE: “The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love a lot.”
As a media savvy ‘mo, Harris deftly combines charity, advertising, and entertainment in his humanitarianism. For example, he donated his winnings in a guest appearance on Wheel of Fortune to Children International. He agreed to get splashed into a dunking booth on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show so that Microsoft would then donate $10,000 towards her breast cancer drive. And to those who get down on NPH for playing a straight poon hound on How I Met Your Mother, you should know he also sang a gay duet of “Take Me Or Leave Me” (from Rent) to raise money for the LGBT Community Center of New York at their annual event, Broadway Backwards.