David Burtka

David Burtka

Highest Rated: 93% Cicada (2020)

Lowest Rated: 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Birthday: May 29, 1975

Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, USA

David Burtka - equal parts actor and chef - was most famously known as the husband of actor Neil Patrick Harris. Born in Dearborn, MI on May 29, 1975, Burtka began acting at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and later graduated from the University of Michigan. Following this, he studied further at William Esper Studios before turning professional, including sandwiching his film debut in the indie feature "24 Nights" (1999) and TV debut on "West Wing" (NBC 1999-2006) in 2002, along with acclaim for his stage portrayal of The Boy in Edward Albee's "The Play About Baby" in 2001. Two years later, he debuted on Broadway in a production of "Tulsa" starring Bernadette Peters; in 2004, he originated the lead role of Matthew in the Broadway musical version of the indie comedy-drama "The Opposite of Sex" (1998). Burtka appeared on TV again in 2006 when he played Scooter, the emotionally needy high school boyfriend of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014). Rumors about Burtka's relationship with series co-star Harris led to the better-known actor openly proclaiming his sexuality in 2007. (The couple married on September 6, 2014, in Italy with "How I Met Your Mother" director Pamela Fryman acting as officiant.) While working as an actor, Burtka also became an accomplished chef. He ran his own catering company Gourmet M.D. after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena in 2009. He also trained under chef Mario Batali at Batali's Babbo restaurant, along with studying under chef and author Gina DePalma. Harris and Burtka announced their engagement via Twitter in 2011. Although Burtka occasionally acted in small roles in films such as "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas" (2011) and "Annie and the Gypsy" (2012), Burtka began focusing on his culinary career as the 2010s dawned. A comic supporting role in the dance movie parody "Dance-Off" (2014) marked a temporary return to the big screen.

Highest rated movies





93% 75% Cicada Bo (Character) $12.6K 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wig Producer - 2019
No Score Yet 38% Dance-Off JT (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Annie and the Gypsy Unknown (Character) - 2012
68% 59% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Self $35.0M 2011
No Score Yet 57% 24 Nights Toby (Character) - 1999


No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest,
2015 2018-2021
86% 11% Get Organized With The Home Edit Guest 2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kitchen Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Row J Unknown (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
77% 70% American Horror Story Michael Beck (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet E! ES A-List Listings Host 2012-2014
83% 84% How I Met Your Mother Scooter (Guest Star) 2006-2007 2009-2010 2012 2014
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012
No Score Yet 77% CSI: New York David King (Guest Star) 2007