Neil Patrick Harris shows for his star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
The "How I Met Your Mother" man turned up for the ceremony with fiance David Burtka, both looking spiffy in suits as fans cheered behind barricades. The real estate bearing his name was appropriately planted beside the Pantages Theatre, perhaps a nod to his Broadway roots.
Showing support for the star were odd couple Jason Segel, Harris' "Mother" costar, and "Avengers" director Joss Whedon, who directed the viral hit "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" with Harris in the title role.
Numerous credits including his child-star making "Doogie Howser, M.D.," his appearance on "Glee," the upcoming indie "The Best and the Brightest" and his turn as theater director for the Hollywood Bowl's staging of "Rent" were shouted out by master of ceremonies Leron Gubler, the president and chief exec of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Harris was light and charismatic in his speech, thanking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the honor. And while the Pantages may have been a wink to his time on the boards, he was more amused with the other establishment his star sits in front of: legendary dive bar the Frolic Room.
"This won't be the first time I've been plastered on the sidewalk in front of the Frolic Room," he said.
A few elated fans got autographs (and one of them a hand-drawn handlebar moustache) courtesy of Harris, while a more cynical crowd — the paparazzi — chatted about a recent bomb scare only blocks away at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
Luckily, only applause erupted on the boulevard Thursday.
— Matt Donnelly
Photos: Neil Patrick Harris with fiance David Burtka, top, and Harris draws a moustache on a fan, right, during his Walk of Fame star ceremony in Hollywood on Thursday. Credits: Fred Prouser / Reuters.