Neil Patrick Harris
Who would have guessed that the dweebie little dude who played “Doogie Howser, M.D.” would turn out to be one of one of Hollywood’s favorite actors? Yes, the show was about a genius teenage doctor who balanced hanging with his best bud Vinny and a life practicing medicine (oh come on, this was the late ’80s/early ’90s, even “ALF” was a show back then!), but despite its dubious premise, it was a hit and turned him into a TV star. It may have taken a while to shake off the Doogie label, but Harris didn’t pull a Macaulay Culkin and go all schizo because he had to fight to keep his childhood fame—instead, he continued working consistently and even poked fun at the child star curse by playing a druggy, sex-crazed fictional version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, which brought him back into the spotlight. Then he snagged his current Emmy-nominated role as Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” making him an even bigger TV star than he was in his Doogie days!
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