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Jim Parsons
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Parsons in 2013
Born
James Joseph Parsons

March 24, 1973 (1973-03-24) (age 46)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Houston
University of San Diego
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s)
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).

Early life

Jim Parsons Walk of Fame Star
Jim Parsons Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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.

Career

Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki at PaleyFest 2013
Parsons and The Big Bang Theory co-stars Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in 2013

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.

Filmography

Film

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Happy End Casting Assistant
2004 Garden State Tim
2005 Heights Oliver
2005 Great New Wonderful, TheThe Great New Wonderful Justin
2005 King's Inn, TheThe 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 Big Year, TheThe Big Year Crane
2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Human Walter Cameo
2012 Sunset Stories Prince
2014 Wish I Was Here Paul
2015 Home Oh Voice
2015 Visions Dr. Mathison
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

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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 Big Bang Theory, TheThe 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 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Nightmare Voice
Episode: "Blind Rage Knows No Color"
2011 Pound Puppies Milton Feltwaddle Voice
2 episodes
2011 iCarly Caleb Episode: "iLost My Mind"
2011 Eureka Carl the Jeep Voice
Episode: "Do You See What I See"
2012 Family Guy Gay-Jacker Voice
Episode: "Joe's Revenge"
2012 High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe 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
2016 SuperMansion Mr. Skibumpers 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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