Neil Patrick Harris Named Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Man of the Year

News   Neil Patrick Harris Named Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Man of the Year
Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announced Jan. 23 that Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris is the recipient of its 2014 Man of the Year Award. Harris joins Dame Helen Mirren, who was recently announced as the 2014 Woman of the Year.

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris

The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to "performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment," according to press notes.

Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable entertainers, including Bernadette Peters, Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes and Marion Cotillard. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel and Kiefer Sutherland.

The Man of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will take place Feb. 7. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Harris and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s home. A press conference will be held at 8:30 PM following the roast. Afterward, the Pudding will present the opening-night performance of its 166th production, Victorian Secrets. Harris will also receive a tour of the new Hasty Pudding Headquarters, which recently relocated to Hyde-Taylor House in Harvard Square.

“I assume this is for that pudding wrestling competition I won last April...right?” said Harris in a statement. “It was dark and seemed quite seedy at the time - I'm stoked that it's connected with Harvard. Fancy! Can't wait!”

“We are pleased to present Mr. Harris with our Man of the Year Award honoring his distinguished contributions to the arts and entertainment industry,” added Tony Oblen, '14, president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “With his enviable reputation as a host and showman, we look forward to hosting Mr. Harris for an entertaining and unforgettable evening to recognize his achievements.” Harris, who will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, currently stars as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his guest-starring role on "Glee," and as host of the 63rd, 65th and 66th Annual Tony Awards. He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

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