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Actor Neil Patrick Harris stars in the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother."
updated 11/7/2006 12:00:31 PM ET 2006-11-07T17:00:31

Neil Patrick Harris is gay and wants to quell any rumors to the contrary.

“(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest,” Harris tells People magazine’s Web site.

The 33-year-old actor said he was motivated to disclose his sexuality because of recent “speculation and interest in my private life and relationships.”

Harris stars on the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” He started on TV as a teen, playing the namesake doctor on the series “Doogie Howser, M.D.”

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