Growing up on the Set

Doogie Howser, M.D.Specials

A 12-minute interview with the now-adult Neil Patrick Harris, who talks about the problems of being a child actor. He was the same age as Doogie — 16 in Season 1, 19 in Season 4 — and had to adhere to child-labor laws, not to mention the horrors of going through puberty in front of America. (He confirms what was obvious to viewers: He didn’t reach even the beginnings of adolescence until he was 15, and he grew about four inches in height between Season 2 and 3.)

It’s an enlightening and amusing segment, particularly when Harris talks about the finer points of following (and evading) the child-labor laws, and the accommodations that had to be made for his minor status.


First Aired On:
Dec 31st, 1969


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