David Michael Burtka
May 29, 1975
Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
David Michael Burtka (born May 29, 1975) is an American actor and professional chef. He is known for his acting roles in theatre and television shows such as How I Met Your Mother and The Play About the Baby. After his role on How I Met Your Mother, Burtka gained media attention for dating Neil Patrick Harris, whom he later married in 2014.
Burtka was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the son of Deborah A. Zajas (died 2008) and Daniel Burtka. He is of Polish descent. He grew up in Canton, Michigan, and graduated from Salem High School in 1993. He trained in acting at Interlochen Center for the Arts, obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and had further training at the William Esper Studios.
Burtka made his Broadway debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy, which starred Bernadette Peters. He played The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby, for which he won the 2001 Clarence Derwent Award for most promising male performer.
In 2004, Burtka originated the role of Matt in the musical The Opposite of Sex and reprised the role in the work's East Coast premiere in the summer of 2006.
Burtka appeared in seven episodes of How I Met Your Mother, playing "Scooter", the former high school boyfriend of Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), who still had not gotten over their breakup. Burtka made a cameo appearance, in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, as himself; in it, he also shared a scene with Neil Patrick Harris, in a part that was much like his character from How I Met Your Mother.
Burtka returned to Broadway in a comedy play, which David Hyde Pierce directed, titled It Shoulda Been You. In the play, staged in late April 2015, he assumed the role of a Catholic fiancé of a Jewish bride, who was played by Sierra Boggess, whose wedding day is disrupted when her ex-boyfriend shows up at the wedding. Additional cast members included Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris.
Six months after Burtka's first How I Met Your Mother appearance, allegations arose that the actor had received the part because of a romantic relationship with one of the show's stars, actor Neil Patrick Harris. Speculation around this story eventually led Harris to acknowledge publicly that he himself was gay in a cover story in People Weekly Magazine. Burtka made no public response to the story, though later Harris stated that he and Burtka were moving in together.
Burtka's mother died of cancer in May 2008.
On February 4, 2009, Burtka and Harris appeared for the first time on stage together, singing a duet from Rent at a benefit for The LGBT Community Center in New York. The two actors had been together since April 2004. Harris customarily referred to Burtka as "my better half" and "an amazing chef." Burtka and Harris became parents to fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, who were born in October 2010, via a surrogate mother. Burtka, although not the biological father of his ex Lane Janger's children, who had also been born via surrogate, has remained close to them over the years.
Following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York on June 24, 2011, Burtka and Harris announced their engagement, stating that they had proposed to each other five years earlier but had kept the engagement secret until same-sex marriage became legal in their state.
According to Harris, Burtka quit acting full-time to become a professional chef. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena in the summer of 2009; afterwards, he began running a Los Angeles catering company which he called "Gourmet M.D." Burtka did continue to act, including in It Shoulda Been You on Broadway in 2015.
Burtka's first cookbook, Life is a Party, a collection of recipes and tips on entertaining, was published in April 2019.
|2007||Worldly Possession||Andrew Bates||Television film|
|2007||Open House||Husband||Short film|
|2007||Army Guy||Keith||Short film|
|2011||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Himself||He appeared as a fictionalized version of himself, who is Neil Patrick Harris' drug dealer posing as Neil's life partner.|
|2012||Annie and the Gypsy||Martin|
|2013||The Gay Christian Mingle||Short film|
|2002||The West Wing||Intern Bruce||Episode: "The Black Vera Wang"|
|2005||Crossing Jordan||Craig Heeley||Episode: "Total Recall"|
|2007||CSI: NY||David King||Episode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"|
|2013||Iron Chef America||Himself||Episode: "Zakarian vs. Chiarello: Scotch"|
|2012||Neil's Puppet Dreams||Himself||Episodes: "Dream Bump"|
|2006–14||How I Met Your Mother||Scooter||7 episodes|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself (guest judge)||Episode: "Drag My Wedding"|
|2015||Beat Bobby Flay||Himself (guest judge)||Episode: "No Training Wheels"|
|2015||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Michael Beck||Episode: "Curtain Call"|
|2018||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Mr. Willums||Episodes: "The Carnivorous Carnival: Part 1" |
"The Carnivorous Carnival: Part 2"
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Princess Buttercup||Upcoming series|
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- "Annie and the Gypsy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- "Platinum the Dance Movie (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
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- Vora, Shivani (2019-06-14). "How Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Spend Their Sundays". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
- Breznican, Anthony (June 26, 2020). "Watch the Celebrity-Filled Fan-Film Version of The Princess Bride". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
- David Burtka at IMDb
- David Burtka at the Internet Broadway Database
- David Burtka at the Lortel Archives
- David Burtka at AllMovie
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