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Greg’s Celebrity Encounters: Neil Patrick Harris!

One in an occasional series

Back in the fall of 2006, Neil Patrick Harris was still best known for his starring role in the 1989-93 series Doogie Howser MD. But since then, he had kept working in television (Stark Raving Mad), movies (Harold and Kumar go to White Castle) and on Broadway (Cabaret, Assassins).

Not too long before we met at a splashy party for the DVD release of the movie 9 to 5 (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton reunited for the event), I had heard an interview Neil gave to Terry Gross on NPR and gained a whole new appreciation for his intelligence and commitment to his craft.

So as I was standing near the stage waiting for the Parton, Fonda, Tomlin appearance, I turned aroumd and there he was. I told Neil how I had just listened to the interview and how well he came off and he was genuinely appreciative. I’ve since seen him many times and done some interviews but that very first time remains the most special.

It’s been amazing to see how Neil’s star has risen so high since then. He really is the toast of the town and it’s so nice to see it happen to an openly gay man and to someone who is so talented.

Previous celeb encounters: Susan Lucci, Anderson Cooper, Billy Baldwin, Jaclyn Smith.


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One Remark

  1. Neil Patrick Harris has become the love child of Cary Grant and Gary Cooper. As Barbara Streisand sang back in 1963, “His is the only music that makes me dance.

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