Actors Neil Patrick Harris and Benedict Cumberbatch have accepted the ice bucket challenge in support of the ALS Association.

The group's #IceBucketChallenge helps raise awareness and funds to help in the fight to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrics Disease), a neurodegenerative disease.

Siting on the stoop of his New York brownstone surrounded by his family – partner David Burtka and 3-year-old twins Harper and Gideon – Harris says he was nominated by Jayma Mays, Beck Affleck and Cookie Monster and in turn dared David Franco, Christina Hendricks and his “nemesis” Nathan Fillion. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The New York Times reported on Friday that the ice bucket challenge has raised over $41.8 million.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays gay mathematician Alan Turing in the upcoming film The Imitation Game, is doused in ice water in 5 different scenarios in a short 3-minute film he posted online.