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10 things you didn’t know about this year’s Oscar host

2015-02-18 11:13

Cape Town – Neil Patrick Harris has been around for a very long time. In fact he is one of the very few child stars that managed to have a successful career in Hollywood.

He's almost done it all, but this weekend he will take to the stage to host the 87th Academy Awards, a first in his career.

Ahead of the Oscars we thought everyone should get to know him a little bit better.

1) He’s got the hosting thing down.

When it comes to hosting Neil is very experienced. He hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Prime Time Emmy Awards twice.

2) He’s played a superhero.

Added to his long list of roles he voiced Peter Parker in the television series Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

3) He’s an award-winning actor.

Even though he has yet to nab an Oscar nomination he has won five Emmys and one Tony. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe when he was 15 years old!

4) He’s a magician! For real.

Neil is an amateur magician. He practiced it as a child and even has performed tricks on talk shows. He won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards. He is also the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle.

5) He has a lifetime supply of wings.

One of his drinks of choice is an ice cold Red Bull. Neil downed so many of them on the set of How I Met Your Mother that the company gifted him with a lifetime supply. They even threw in a mini fridge to keep them chilled!

6) He had an ear job.

Yes, Neil had his ears done. He had his ears pinned back for cosmetic reasons.

7) He has been singing since he was a tot.

Neil and his dad were a duo, he would sing while his dad played the folk guitar.

8) He uses three names because...

When he registered at the Screen Actors Guild there was another actor registered as Neil Harris.

9) He is influential.

In 2010 Neil was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world.

10) He loves food!

And there’s a Twitter account to prove it. He is the guy who takes pictures of what he is eating. Check out his food porn Twitter account @NPHFoodPorn.

(Sources: IMDB, Neil Patrick Harris Fan)

(Gifs: giphy/Tumblr)

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