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Galecki in July 2017
John Mark Galecki

April 30, 1975 (1975-04-30) (age 44)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

John Mark Galecki (born April 30, 1975) is an American actor. He is known for playing Leonard Hofstadter in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory since 2007 and David Healy in the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1992 to 1997 and briefly reprised the role during its 2018 revival.

Galecki is one of the highest paid television actors in the world, with his role in The Big Bang Theory currently earning him approximately US$900,000 per episode between 2017 and 2019.

Early life

Galecki was born in Bree, Belgium, to American parents of Polish, Irish, and Italian descent. Galecki is the eldest of three children with a brother, Nick, whom he describes as a "mechanical genius" in the automotive industry, and a sister, Allison. Galecki grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.

Personal life

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki at PaleyFest 2013
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki at PaleyFest 2013

While working on The Big Bang Theory, Galecki dated co-star Kaley Cuoco for about two years until December 2009 while the two also played a couple on the show. Cuoco told CBS Watch that they have remained on good terms since ending their relationship. Also, Galecki dated Sara Gilbert in the 1990s while their characters were a couple on Roseanne.

Galecki owns 360 acres (150 ha) of land in Santa Margarita, California. His property included vineyards and a log cabin. In late June 2017, Galecki's ranch was destroyed in a major wildfire known as the Hill Fire.



Year Film Role Notes
1987 Time Out for Dad Matt Rowles
Murder Ordained Doug Rule
1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Toby Reardon
1989 Prancer Billy Quinn
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Russell "Rusty" Griswold
1990 Blind Faith John Marshall
In Defense of a Married Man Eric
1991 Backfield in Motion Tim Seavers
1993 A Family Torn Apart Daniel Hannigan
1994 Without Consent Marty
1996 Murder at My Door Teddy McNair
1997 Bean Stingo Wheelie
Suicide Kings Ira Reder
I Know What You Did Last Summer Max Neurick
1998 The Opposite of Sex Jason Bock
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Arthur
Bounce Seth
2001 Morgan's Ferry Darcy
Vanilla Sky Peter Brown
2003 Bookies Jude
2004 Chrystal Barry
White Like Me Marcus Short film
2005 Happy Endings Miles Uncredited
2007 Who You Know David Short film
2008 Hancock Jeremy
2009 Table for Three Ted
2011 In Time Borel
2013 CBGB Terry Ork
2016 The Cleanse Paul Also producer
2017 Rings Gabriel Brown


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1991 American Dreamer Danny Nash 17 episodes
1991 Blossom Jason Episode:"Sex, Lies and Teenagers"
1992 Billy David MacGregor 13 episodes
1992–1997, 2018 Roseanne David Healy / Kevin Healy (1st episode) Nominated for four and winner of one Young Artist Award
1993 Civil Wars Greg Stolbach Episode: "Split Ends"
2000 Batman Beyond Knux (voice) Episode: "April Moon"
The Norm Show Dale Stockhouse Episodes: "Norm vs. Youth: Part 1" and "Norm vs. Youth: Part 2"
2004 LAX Leland Pressman Episode: "Finnegan Again, Begin Again"
2005 My Name Is Earl Scott Episode: "Stole Beer from a Golfer"
Hope & Faith Jay 3 episodes
2006 American Dad! Arnie Episode: "Irregarding Steve"
2006–2007 My Boys Trouty 3 episodes
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Dr. Leonard Hofstadter Main Role
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
2009 Family Guy Leonard Hofstadter (voice) Episode: "Business Guy"
2011 Entourage Himself 3 episodes

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