Doogie to Daddy: Neil Patrick Harris and Partner Expecting Twins

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Neil Patrick Harris, left, and his partner, David Burtka, are expecting twins this fall. Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland / AP

Looks like Neil Patrick Harris is going from Doogie to Daddy.

The actor -- who, back in 1989, first played the title character of the TV show "Doogie Howser, M.D." -- announced this week that he and his partner, David Burtka, will be the parents of twins in the fall.

Harris, 37, publicly revealed he is gay in 2006.

Burtka, 35, is a fellow actor and has made two appearances on "How I Met Your Mother," the CBS sitcom in which Harris plays the womanizing Barney Stinson. Harris was nominated for an Emmy for the role last week.

"So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall," Harris announced Aug. 14 on Twitter. "We're super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy ..."

The babies are being born through a surrogate mother and are expected to arrive in October, the New York Daily News reports.

Harris has been a stepfather for the past six years to the twins Burtka had with his former partner. Harris tells the Daily News he gets to "be the fun guy who takes them to Disneyland."

Harris told New York Magazine last year he looked forward to having babies of his own.

"We'd make very good parents," he told the magazine.

Burtka and Harris met when Harris starred in "Cabaret" on Broadway. When Burtka and his partner split up, he and Harris began dating.

"It was all very quick and fast and I'm still head over heels and we're five-plus years in," Harris told New York Magazine in September 2009. "... I'm just bowled over by him. He's made my life exponentially more livable. He's just great. I'm his forever protector, and I'm happiest when he's happy."

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