Jim Parsons biography
Born on March 24, 1973, in Houston, Texas, actor Jim Parsons rose to fame as Sheldon on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He studied at University of Houston. In 2001, Parsons completed his master's degree at the University of San Diego. He moved to New York City for a time after graduation where he found work in the theater. Parsons also landed roles on such television and film projects as Judging Amy and Garden State in 2004. In 2007, he began his successful run on The Big Bang Theory. Parsons has won Emmy Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his work on the show.
Early Life and Career
Born in Houston, Texas, on March 24, 1973, actor Jim Parsons is considered one of television's leading comedic performers. He has enjoyed tremendous popularity as scientific genius Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Parsons grew up in Houston with his sister, Julie, as the children of a school teacher and the president of a plumbing supply company. Parsons showed an interest in performing at an early age, beginning with studying the piano in kindergarten. A budding actor nearly from the start, he eventually developed his own scripts and staged productions at home.
At Klein Oak High School, Parsons stood out in school productions. He then attended the University of Houston. Parsons continued to study his craft at the University of San Diego, in its graduate program with the Old Globe theater, and completed his master's degree there in 2001. Parsons then moved to New York City, where he tried to launch his acting career. At first, he found himself struggling to find work, appearing in off-Broadway plays. He also landed a recurring role on the TV show Judging Amy and a bit part in the 2004 film Garden State.
Parsons managed to win over Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, in his audition for the new sitcom in 2006. Lorre told the Toronto Star that Parsons "nailed it from the moment he walked into the room. He nailed it so much, I had to ask him to come back and do it again, because I wasn't sure if he had simply gotten lucky."
'The Big Bang Theory'
In September 2007, Parsons made his first appearance as theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He and co-star Johnny Galecki, Sheldon's roommate Leonard, had great comic chemistry from the start, playing friends and sometimes clashing scientists. Kaley Cuoco rounded out the cast as their neighbor and Leonard's love interest, Penny. Mayim Bialik joined the show later on, playing Sheldon's quasi-paramour.
Since its premiere, The Big Bang Theory has grown to become one of TV's most popular sitcoms. Parsons has done a brilliant job of handling the difficult scientific and technical jargon used on the show. His compelling and convincing portrayal of a quirky boy genius has some fans wondering if Parsons shares a similar IQ as his character. "People always want to know if I'm as smart as Sheldon," Parsons explained to the Toronto Star. "It's sweet that they feel compelled to ask.
But sadly, no."
Parsons received his first Emmy Award in 2010, for his work on The Big Bang Theory, beating out such established stars as Steve Carell and Alec Baldwin to win one of TV's top honors. Parsons's winning streak continued over the next few years, with him taking home two more Emmys for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, in 2011 and 2013.
During production breaks, Parsons has pursued other creative opportunities. He has appeared on Broadway several times, including in a 2011 revival of Larry Kramer's AIDS drama, The Normal Heart. A gay man, Parsons found working on the play especially appealing. Not long after performing in the theater production, Parsons was cast alongside Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in the TV adaptation of The Normal Heart, reprising the role he'd performed on Broadway. Parsons's big-screen credits include The Muppets (2011) and the dramatic comedy Wish I Was Here (2014).