The past decade has seen the rise of Neil Patrick Harris from '90s trivia staple to beloved household name. Today Harris turns 41 — after 26 years in show biz — and he's got quite the impressive legacy following him around: He's been the star of not one but two memorable shows, his coming out of the closet was a landmark event in Hollywood history, he's earned his reputation as one of TV's most reliable and entertaining go-to hosts, and he just won a Tony for Hedwig and the Angry Inch . That last one, in combination with his flurry of hosting gigs, also serves to remind us of a very important things: Neil Patrick Harris is one of modern Hollywood's most delightful song-and-dance men. So why not spend his birthday celebrating that?
From Cabaret, to Assassins, to Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long-Blog, to Rent, to Company, Harris has never shied away from a project that required a musical performance. And thank goodness, cause he rocks. Did you see that Hedwig Tonys performance? He gave Orlando Bloom a lap dance! The guy knows how to execute a good show. So here are some of our favorite Harris musical moments throughout the years.
"Laundry Day" From Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long-Blog
The moment Harris officially won over the geek contingent.
Tony Awards 2011 Opening Number, "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore"
There's a reason they keep asking him back to host.
NPH & Matthew Morrison Sing "Dream On" On Glee
Just take us back to this episode, Glee.
NPH & Jason Segel Sing "Confrontation" From Les Mis
An enduring classic.
NPH & Co. Sing About TV At the 2013 Tony Awards
Crossover hit, this one.
How I Met Your Mother's 100th Episode "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit
There's a reason Barney Stinson's legend...wait for it...
Barney Sings "Stand By Me" In How I Met Your Mother
...Dary. Never have daddy issues been more hilarious.
Hedwig And the Angry Inch At 2014 Tony Awards
"Brand New Day" From Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
Seriously, when is the sequel happening??
(Tragically, this video cuts out that iconic "the hammer is my penis" line that triggered the number.)