Ted might have been the star of the show, but no one was more hilarious or ridiculous than Barney. The expensive-suit-wearing womanizer was always offering his “playbook” tips to help Ted get more ladies, which is all the more comedic to audiences who know Neil Patrick Harris as an openly gay actor who’s been with his husband David Burtka pretty much forever. 

Neil is probably the most famous actor of the How I Met Your Mother cast, though he got his start in acting way early as a child acting opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara’s Heart. Since HIMYM ended, he’s starred in Gone Girl, hosted the 2015 Academy Awards, and even turned down the opportunity to replace David Letterman as host of the Late Show

His autobiography Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, which is structured like a choose-your-own-adventure book, spent two weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. 

As Barney would say, “Nice!”

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