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Neil Patrick Harris takes home a Tony for a blistering role in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

FILE - This file image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from

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FILE - This file image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a cult off-Broadway hit, is up for eight Tony Award nominations including best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical. The Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - After years of helping hand out Tony Awards to others, Neil Patrick Harris finally has one of his own.

The Emmy Award-winning "How I Met Your Mother" star won his first Tony on Sunday for playing a German male transsexual rock singer in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a tale of obsession, glam rock and a botched sex-change operation.

He beat Ramin Karimloo from "Les Miserables," Andy Karl of "Rocky," and Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham, both from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder."

Harris, the onetime star of "Doogie Howser, M.D.," has featured previously in three Broadway productions: "Assassins," ''Proof" and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret." He also has appeared in the "Harold & Kumar" and "The Smurfs" movies.

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