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James Joseph Parsons
March 24, 1973
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Houston
University of San Diego
Todd Spiewak (m. 2017)
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received several awards for his performance, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In 2011, Parsons made his Broadway debut portraying Tommy Boatwright in the play The Normal Heart, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He reprised the role in the film adaptation of the play, and received his seventh Emmy nomination, this time in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. In film, Parsons played a supporting role in the period drama Hidden Figures (2016).
Jim Parsons was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas, and was raised in one of its northern suburbs, Spring. He is the son of Milton Joseph "Mickey/Jack" Parsons, Jr. and teacher Judy Ann (née McKnight). His sister Julie Ann Parsons is also a teacher. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring.
After graduating from high school, Parsons received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. He was prolific during this time, appearing in 17 plays in 3 years. He was a founding member of Infernal Bridegroom Productions and regularly appeared at the Stages Repertory Theatre.
Parsons enrolled in graduate school at the University of San Diego in 1999. He was one of seven students accepted into a special two-year course in classical theater, taught in partnership with the Old Globe Theater. Parsons enjoyed school and told an interviewer that he would have pursued a doctorate in acting if possible. Parsons graduated in 2001 and moved to New York.
In New York, Parsons worked in Off-Broadway productions and made several television appearances. He had a recurring role on the television show Judging Amy and appeared on the television series Ed. Parsons also had minor roles in several movies.
Parsons auditione for the The Big Bang Theory. After reading the pilot script, Parsons felt that the role of Sheldon Cooper would be a very good fit for him. In his audition, Parsons so impressed series creator Chuck Lorre that Lorre insisted on a second audition to see if Parsons could replicate the performance. Parsons was cast as Sheldon Cooper, a physicist with social apathy who frequently belittles his friends and the waitress who lives across the hall.
|2003||Happy End||Casting Assistant|
|2005||The Great New Wonderful||Justin|
|2005||The King's Inn||Sidney||Short film|
|2006||10 Items or Less||Receptionist|
|2006||School for Scoundrels||Classmate|
|2007||On the Road with Judas||Jimmy Pea|
|2007||Gardener of Eden||Spim|
|2011||The Big Year||Crane|
|2011||The Muppets||Human Walter||Cameo|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Paul|
|2016||Hidden Figures||Paul Stafford|
|2018||A Kid Like Jake||Greg Wheeler||Also producer|
|TBA||Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile||Larry Simpson||In post-production|
|2002||Ed||Chet||Episode: "The Road"|
|2004||Why Blitt?||Mike||Unsold Fox pilot|
|2004||Taste||Kris||Unsold CBS pilot|
|2004–2005||Judging Amy||Rob Holbrook||7 episodes|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Sheldon Cooper||Main role|
|2009||Family Guy||Sheldon Cooper||Voice
Episode: "Business Guy"
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Draven||Voice
Episode: "Jackie's Get-Witch-Quick Scheme"
|2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||Nightmare||Voice
Episode: "Blind Rage Knows No Color"
|2011||Pound Puppies||Milton Feltwaddle||Voice
|2011||iCarly||Caleb||Episode: "iLost My Mind"|
|2011||Eureka||Carl the Jeep||Voice
Episode: "Do You See What I See"
Episode: "Joe's Revenge"
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Henry Applesauce||Voice
Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
|2012||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Larry Wilder||Voice
Episode: "Jock Wilder's Nature Camp"
|2013||Who Do You Think You Are?||Himself||Season 4, Episode 8|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Jim Parsons/Beck"|
|2014||The Normal Heart||Tommy||Television film|
|2014||Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas||Buddy||Voice|
Episode: "SuperMansion: War on Christmas"
|2017||Michael Jackson's Halloween||Hay Man||Voice|
|2017–present||Young Sheldon||Adult Sheldon Cooper||Narrator; also executive producer|
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