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Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons Comic Con.jpg
Parsons at Comic Con in 2009
BornJames Joseph Parsons

(1973-03-24) March 24, 1973 (age 41)


Houston, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationKlein Oak High School
Alma materUniversity of Houston (BA)


University of San Diego (MA)
OccupationActor
Years active1994–present
Partner(s)Todd Spiewak (c. 2002–present)
ParentsMilton Joseph Parsons, Jr.


Judy Ann McKnight
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant reason for the program's success. He has received several awards for his performance, including the Television Critics Association award for the highest individual achievements in comedy, the National Association of Broadcasters Television Chairman's Award for a significant breakthrough in a specific art discipline, three 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.

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      Early life and education

      Parsons was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston and raised in one of its northern suburbs, Spring. He is the son of Milton Joseph "Mickey/Jack" Parsons, Jr. (February 6, 1949 — April 29, 2001) and teacher Judy Ann McKnight. His sister Julie Ann Parsons is also a teacher. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring. Parsons points to a role in Noises Off during his junior year as the first time "I fully connected with the role I was playing and started to truly understand what it meant to be honest on stage." After playing the role of the Kola-Kola bird in a school production of The Elephant's Child at age six, Parsons was determined to become an actor. The young Parsons was heavily influenced by sitcoms, particularly Three's Company, Family Ties, and The Cosby Show.

      After graduating from high school, Parsons received an undergraduate 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. Program director Rick Seer recalled having reservations about admitting Parsons, saying, "Jim is a very specific personality. He's thoroughly original, which is one reason he's been so successful. But we worried, 'Does that adapt itself to classical theater, does that adapt itself to the kind of training that we're doing?' But we decided that he was so talented that we would give him a try and see how it worked out." Parsons enjoyed school and told an interviewer that he would have pursued a doctorate in acting if possible: "school was so safe!.....you frequently would surprise yourself by what you were capable of, and you were not surprised by some things." Parsons graduated in 2001 and moved to New York. Parsons traced his family's history on TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? in September 2013 and discovered Louisiana Creole and French heritage from his father's side. One of his ancestors was the French architect Louis-François Trouard (1729–1804).

      Career

      Early career

      In New York, Parsons worked in Off-Broadway productions and made several television appearances. In a much-discussed 2003 Quiznos commercial, Parsons played a man who had been raised by wolves and continued to nurse from his wolf "mother". 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, including Garden State (as a character similar to Sheldon Cooper) and School for Scoundrels.

      Breakthrough role in The Big Bang Theory

      Parsons has estimated that he auditioned for between 15 and 30 television pilots, but on many of the occasions when he was cast, the show failed to find a television network willing to purchase it. The exception came with 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. Although he did not feel any sort of relationship with the character, he was enchanted by the dialogue structure, the way the writers "brilliantly use those words that most of us don't recognize to create that rhythm. And the rhythm got me. It was the chance to dance through that dialogue, and in a lot of ways still is."

      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 genius physicist with social apathy who frequently belittles his friends and the waitress who lives across the hall. The role requires Parsons to "rattle off line after line of tightly composed, rhythmic dialogue, as well as then do something with his face or body during the silence that follows." Parsons credits his University of San Diego training with giving him the tools to break down Sheldon's lines.

      Television critic Andrew Dansby compares Parsons' physical comedy to that of Buster Keaton and other silent film stars. Lorre praises Parsons' instincts, saying that "You can't teach that." Lorre describes Parsons' "great sense of control over every part of his body, the way he walks, holds his hands, cocks his head, the facial tics as "inspired". Reviewer Lewis Beale describes Parsons' performance as "so spot-on, it seems as if the character and the actor are the same person." Parsons admits that the work is "more effort than I ever thought a sitcom would take. And that's really the fun of it."

      In August 2009, Parsons won the Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy, beating Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Neil Patrick Harris. Parsons was nominated for Emmy awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, winning in 2010, 2011 and 2013. In September 2010, Parsons and costars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco signed new contracts, guaranteeing each of them $200,000 per episode for the fourth season of The Big Bang Theory, with substantial raises for each of the next three seasons. The three were also promised a percentage of the show's earnings. In January 2011, he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy (the award was presented by co-star Cuoco). As of August 2013, Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki each earn $325,000 per episode.

      Other works

      In 2011, Parsons appeared with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Rashida Jones in the comedy film The Big Year. It was released in October. That same year, he appeared as the human alter ego of Walter, the newest Muppet introduced in The Muppets. On May 18, 2012, Parsons began appearing on Broadway as Elwood P. Dowd in a revival of Harvey.

      Personal life

      Parsons lives in Los Angeles. His father died in a car crash on April 29, 2001. On May 23, 2012, an article in The New York Times noted that Parsons is gay and had been in a relationship for the last ten years. His partner is art director Todd Spiewak. In October 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out — a regular life, boring love".

      Filmography




      Parsons at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con International

      Film

      YearTitleRoleNotes
      2003Happy EndCasting Assistant
      2004Garden StateTim
      2005HeightsOliver
      2005Great New Wonderful, TheThe Great New WonderfulJustin
      2005King's Inn, TheThe King's InnSidneyShort film
      200610 Items or LessReceptionist
      2006School for ScoundrelsClassmate
      2007On the Road with JudasJimmy Pea
      2007Gardener of EdenSpim
      2011Big Year, TheThe Big YearCrane
      2011Muppets, TheThe MuppetsHuman WalterCameo
      2012Sunset StoriesPrince
      2014Wish I Was Here
      2014The Normal HeartTommy Boatwright
      2015HomeOhVoice

      Television

      YearTitleRoleNotes
      2002EdChetEpisode: "The Road"
      2004Why Blitt?MikeUnsold Fox pilot
      2004TasteKrisUnsold CBS pilot
      2004–2005Judging AmyRob Holbrook7 episodes
      2007–presentBig Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheorySheldon Cooper
      2009Family GuySheldon CooperVoice


      Episode: "Business Guy"
      2010Glenn Martin, DDSDravenVoice


      Episode: "Jackie's Get-Witch-Quick Scheme"
      2011Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad ShowNightmareVoice


      Episode: "Blind Rage Knows No Color"
      2011Pound PuppiesMilton FeltwaddleVoice


      2 episodes
      2011iCarlyCalebEpisode: "iLost My Mind"
      2011EurekaCarl the JeepVoice


      Episode: "Do You See What I See"
      2012Family GuyGay-JackerVoice


      Episode: "Joe's Revenge"
      2012High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeHenry ApplesauceVoice


      Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
      2012Kick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilLarry WilderVoice


      Episode: "Jock Wilder's Nature Camp"
      2013Who Do You Think You Are?Himself
      2014The Normal HeartTommy BoatwrightTelevision film
      2014Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Jim Parsons/Beck"

      Stage

      • The Balcony
      • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1994) .... Rosencrantz
      • La Ronde (1995)
      • Endgame (1995) .... Clov (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Marat/Sade (1995) (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Guys and Dolls (1996) .... Rusty Charlie (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Eddie Goes to Poetry City (1996) .... Eddie (New York Theatre)
      • Jack and the Future Is In Eggs (1996) .... Father Jack
      • Othello (1996) (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Suicide in B-flat (1996) (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Woyzeck (1996) .... Doctor / Horse's Head (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • The Cherry Orchard (1997) .... Yasha, a young man servant (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Chili Queen (1997) .... Buddy (Stages Repertory Theatre, World Premiere)
      • Camino Real (1997) .... Baron (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Last Rites (1997) .... Tiger Clean (Infernal Bridegroom Productions, World Premiere)
      • Threepenny Opera (1998) .... MacHeath (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Below the Belt (1998) .... Dobbitt
      • In the Jungle of the Cities (1998) .... J. Finnay (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Tamalalia 3: The Cocktail Party (1998) .... Psychotic psychiatrist (Infernal Bridegroom Productions, World Premiere)
      • King Ubu is King (1998) .... Tom, Mister Nice Guy (Infernal Bridegroom Productions, World Premiere)
      • The Pitchfork Disney (1998) .... Presley Stray (Stages Repertory Theatre)
      • Marie and Bruce (1999) .... Herb / Fred / Waiter (Infernal Bridegroom Productions)
      • Tamalalia 4: The Camp-Out (1999) (Infernal Bridegroom Productions, World Premiere)
      • Da (2001) (Old Globe Theatre)
      • What Happened Was (2002) .... Jackie (The Paradise Theatre)
      • The Castle (2002) .... Jeremiah (Manhattan Ensemble Theatre)
      • Tartuffe (2002) .... Valère (La Jolla Playhouse)
      • The Love for Three Oranges (Gozzi) (2004) .... Prince Tartaglia (La Jolla Playhouse)
      • The Normal Heart (2011) .... Tommy Boatwright (John Golden Theatre)
      • Harvey (2012) .... Elwood Dowd (Studio 54)

      Music videos

      YearTitleRoleNotes
      2010"Up 2 You + Me"HimselfStand Up to Cancer (SU2C) initiative
      2011"Man or Muppet"Human WalterPartial vocals


      Soundtrack to The Muppets

      Awards and nominations

      YearAwardsCategoryWorkResult
      2009Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2009TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2009Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2010Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2010People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActorThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2010TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2010Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2011Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2011Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor– Television Series: Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2011Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2011People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActorThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2011Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2012Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2012Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActorThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2012TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2012Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2013Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor– Television Series: Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2013Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2013Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryWon
      2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActorThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2014Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor– Television Series: Musical or ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2014Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
      2014Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated

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