September 25, 2012 4:45pm PT by Andy Lewis
Neil Patrick Harris Promises Memoir That 'Breaks the Boundaries'
Neil Patrick Harris: Emmy-winning actor, magician, Tony host, father and now, author.
The How I Met Your Mother star signed with Crown Archetype to pen his yet-to-be titled memoir for publication in spring 2014, Random House-based Crown announced Tuesday.
The book is described as "a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir."
Expect something different from the usual memoir since the announcement touts that he will draw on his skills as an accomplished magician and his "love of adventure and surprise" to create something unique.
"NPH blew us away with his highly original and creative vision for his book," David Drake, the Senior Vice President for Publicity at Crown, told The Hollywood Reporter.
But, maybe not that unique joked Harris in a statement announcing the deal.
“I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?”
Harris made his first appearance on film at 15 in 1988 but rose to national fame the following year as the epynonymous lead in Doogie Howser, M.D, which ran from 1989-93.
He continued to work steadily for the next decade but was mostly out of the limelight. His career got a second wind when he played an obnoxious, self-absorbed parody of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
In 2005, he took the role of Barney Stimson, the suit-loving, womanizing best friend to Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) in How I Met Your Mother, for which he was nominated for an Emmy four times.
He also did a notable turn in Joss Whedon's direct-to-web musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Harris also hosted the Emmys once and the Tony Awards three times.
In 2006, Harris confirmed his homosexuality saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."
He has his been in a relationship with David Burtka since 2004. In 2010, they became parents via a surrogate mother to twins. In 2011, they announced their engagement after the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act.
Harris is also credited as the co-author (under his character's name Barney Stinson) of The Bro Code, a book based on HIMYM jokes.
The news comes as HIMYM co-star Radnor is also set to pen a memoir, which will recount his experience drinking a hallucinatory tea called ayahuasca while visiting the Amazon with a shaman, as well as memories of his childhood in Ohio.
Laura Nolan of Paradigm negotiated the deal for Harris. Crown's Suzanne O'Neill will edit.