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Neil Patrick Harris as the Fairy Shoeperson on Sesame Street.

Neil Patrick Harris (b. 1973) is an actor who first gained note for playing the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993) and more recently has appeared on Broadway, and on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as the womanizing Barney. In 1990, Harris appeared in character, as Dr. Howser, on The Earth Day Special, which also included an appearance by the Muppets.

In 1993, Harris was one of the hosts for the Disney Channel's pediatric AIDS benefit For Our Children; Baby Sinclair was another co-host.

In 2005, in the TV Guide column "What I'm Watching," [1] Harris expressed his admiration for Jim Henson, in answer to the question "Who's your all-time TV hero?":

Jim Henson. He taught me how to be funny and how to share and communicate, and he did it all with felt and cut-up Ping Pong balls. Between the Fraggles, the Muppets, and Sesame Street, he entertained and educated an entire generation. I hope to do a children's show like that someday.

In a 2009 issue of TV Guide, he mentioned some of his favorite shows of the past, including Fraggle Rock -- "because I can't ever do a list without including the Muppets!" [2]

Neil Patrick Harris played a "Fairy Shoeperson" in Episode 4162 of Sesame Street. On the February 15, 2008 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Neil discussed this appearance. He and Conan O'Brien also talked about Harris' love of the Muppets and his admiration of Jim Henson, when Harris shared that the only fan letter he had written as a child was to Henson.

He also appeared in two "Backstage with Elmo" segments for Sesamestreet.org.

As host of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, Harris had planned to include Statler and Waldorf in the balcony for the show, but the Muppets were unavailable.[3]

Sources

  1. TV Guide, December 5-11, 2005.
  2. TV Guide, April 20-May 3, 2009. p 41.
  3. New York Magazine

External links

  • IMDb
  • Internet Broadway Database
  • Defamer: "Neil Patrick Harris Is The Greatest Fairy In All The Land", with a clip of his Late Night appearance.
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