Happy Birthday, Neil Patrick Harris! Celebrate With 20 Adorable Doogie Howser Pics

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Neil Patrick Harris from the Doogie Howser MD era and now

Certainly, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and all those great awards-show moments have gone a long way toward making us stop referring to Neil Patrick Harris as “Doogie.” But even though the actor turns 39 today, we can’t help but get a warm, fuzzy feeling in our hearts as we recall him in his too-big white coat and stethoscope, assuring a patient for the 1,000th time that, yes, even though he’s only 16 and looks 12, he is a legit, board-certified physician. And then we picture him writing all about his feelings for Wanda on his funky old computer (proto-blogging!). Seriously, NPH, with his slicked-back curls and his innocent, freckled face, was adorable on Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran from 1989-1993. Also, he gave hope to all the nerds of the world that when we eventually made it to the adult world, our quirks and brains would finally be appreciated.

So today, we’d like to say: Happy Birthday, Neil! We’re glad you grew up to be an awesome actor and dad and LGBT icon, but we hope you’re OK with us missing Doogie once in a while.

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[Photo: 20th Century Fox/Getty Images]

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