James Joseph Parsons, popularly known as Jim Parsons, is an American actor. He is best known for his role as ‘Sheldon Cooper’ in the popular comedy series ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ This role not only earned him international prominence but also won him several prestigious awards. The show, which aired on ‘CBS,’ was directed by Mark Cendrowski. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was centered on four geeky characters living in California whose lives change after a waitress and an aspiring actress move into an apartment across theirs. Born in Houston, Texas, in the United States, Parsons developed an interest in acting at an early age. Inspired by shows, such as ‘Three’s Company’ and ‘The Cosby Show,’ he dreamt of becoming an actor at a young age. After completing his graduation from the ‘University of Houston,’ he moved to New York, where he initially worked in theater. After playing supporting roles in shows and films, such as ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘Garden State,’ he reached the peak of his career with his role in ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Throughout his career, he has won several awards, which include four ‘Emmy Awards,’ ‘Golden Globe Award,’ and a ‘Teen Choice Award.’
Childhood & Early Life
Jim Parsons was born on 24 March 1973, in Houston, Texas, USA, to Milton Joseph Parsons and Judy Ann. His sister Julie Ann Parsons went on to become a teacher. He attended ‘Klein Oak High School.’ He played a role in a school play at the age of six after which he became quite determined to pursue a career in acting.
After completing his high school graduation, he attended the ‘University of Houston,’ from where he received a bachelor’s degree. He later went to the ‘University of San Diego,’ where he attended a special two-year course in classical theater. According to an interview, he really enjoyed learning, and would have even pursued a doctorate had he been given the opportunity to do so.
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In the early days of his career, Jim Parsons mostly appeared in theatrical productions. He appeared in the films ‘Garden State’ (2004), and ‘Heights’ (2005) where he played supporting roles. He also played a supporting role in an American drama series named ‘Judging Amy.’
He auditioned for the role of ‘Sheldon Cooper’ for the series ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ After going through the script, he did not feel a strong connection with the character. However, he felt that the role would really suit him. He cleared the audition and started playing the character in the show in 2007.
The series was about four geeky men and a woman named Penny, who works as a waitress and is also an aspiring actress. It became hugely popular and Parsons gained fame on an international level.
Over the years, he also appeared in several movies, such as ‘The Big Year’ (2011) and ‘Wish I was Here’ (2014). He has also played voice roles in episodes of TV shows like ‘Eureka’ (2011) and ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ (2013). He has appeared in several stage productions as well, playing important roles in ‘The Normal Heart’ (2011) and ‘An Act of God’ (2015). He played a significant role in the 2015 American horror film ‘Visions.’
In 2017, Parsons started narrating the show ‘Young Sheldon,’ a prequel to his hit series ‘Big Bang Theory.’ He also played supporting roles in movies like ‘Hidden Figures’ (2016) and ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ (2019).
In 2018, he was featured in the film ‘A Kid Like Jake’ where he played the lead role of ‘Greg Wheeler’ alongside Claire Danes and Priyanka Chopra.
The same year, he also starred in the Broadway play ‘The Boys in the Band’ where he played the role of ‘Michael’ at the ‘Booth Theatre’ in New York. In 2019, he was cast to play the same role in the film adaptation of the play.
Jim Parsons’ role in ‘Judging Amy’ is one of his important works. ‘Judging Amy,’ an American legal drama TV series, was aired on ‘CBS’ network. He appeared in a few episodes, playing the clerk of the lead character. In the series, his character manages to prove his worth when his knowledge in Spanish language comes in handy in a case. The show also featured actors like Amy Brenneman, Dan Futterman, Richard Jones, and Jessica Tuck. He portrayed this role from 2004 to 2005.
His role in the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ which was aired from 2007 to 2019, is the most important work in Parsons’ career so far. The show, directed by Mark Cendrowski, became a huge success upon its premiere. It starred Parsons in the role of a genius named ‘Sheldon Cooper’ who earns his PhD at the age of 16. The series became a huge success and won several awards, such as the UK’s ‘National TV Award’ and ‘People’s Choice Award.’
Awards & Achievements
Jim Parsons has won several awards throughout his career. For his role in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ he won the ‘Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor’ four times (2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014). Other awards that he has won include a ‘Golden Globe Award’ (2011), ‘Satellite Award’ (2016), and ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ (2017).
He was honored with a star in the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in March 2015.
Jim Parsons, who is homosexual, has been in a relationship with art director Todd Spiewak for over ten years. They got married on May 2017.
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He has an estimated net worth of $90 million.