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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 March 1973Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameJames Joseph Parsons
Height 6' 1¼" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Having grown up in Houston, and its northern suburb of Spring, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6. Parsons then went on to study theater at the University of Houston. From there he won a place on a two-year Masters course in classical theater at the University of San Diego/The Old Globe Theater, graduating in 2001.

He moved to New York, working in Off-Broadway productions, appearing in TV commercials and in one episode of Ed (2000) before landing a recurring role in Judging Amy (1999) in 2004.

He was propelled to international fame and acclaim three years later when he starred as Sheldon in the award-winning sitcom, The Big Bang Theory (2007).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: IMDb Editors

Trade Mark (1)

Slender frame

Trivia (23)

Was a member of Infernal Bridegroom Productions, a Houston-based theater company.
Worked for Microsoft Sidewalk in Houston as an assistant for Megan Halverson.
1991 graduate of Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas.
Played a bird in his first school play in elementary school.
Favorite show growing up was Three's Company (1977).
Is prone to motion sickness. Riding in a car will make him nauseated so he prefers to drive.
He is good friends with The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-stars Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.
Jim's favorite character on The Big Bang Theory (2007) is Penny.
Jim's theatrical credits include Endgame, Guys and Dolls, What Happened Was and The Balcony.
He enjoys watching Lost (2004), American Idol (2002), and Grey's Anatomy (2005).
His mother, Judy Parsons, is a first grade teacher, his father, who passed away in a car accident, in 2001, was the president of a plumbing company. His younger sister, Julie Parsons, is also a teacher. Judy and Julie work at the same school, and have shared a classroom.
Voted friendliest in his high school graduating class.
Alumnus of the University of San Diego.
Received his MFA in Acting from The Old Globe/University of San Diego's Professional Actor Training Program.
In 1996, he earned an undergraduate degree in theatre from the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston.
Received his 2010-2011 Golden Globe from Matt Bomer, a fellow graduate of the Klein Independent School District. Parsons graduated from Klein Oak, Bomer from Klein High School.
An early influence was Johnny Carson.
Made his Broadway debut in 2011 as Tommy Boatwright in "The Normal Heart".
Took piano classes for 14 years.
Is of English, Scottish, French and German ethnicity.
In May 2012, The New York Times reported that Parsons is gay and at the time had been in a relationship for the last ten years.
Standing 6'1", is by far the tallest principal cast member on The Big Bang Theory (2007). None of the other regular cast are taller than 5'7".
One of his favorite series is Mary Tyler Moore (1970).

Personal Quotes (25)

[on credentials for playing a physicist in The Big Bang Theory (2007)] I was very fascinated with meteorology at a young age. I lived on the Gulf Coast and hurricanes blew through there. That is the class I failed in college: meteorology. I didn't have an interest in the particulars - but what a wonderful basis for a show.
[After he won a Golden Globe for The Big Bang Theory (2007) which was presented by his costar Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting] I told her as soon as we got offstage that "No matter how many years I work in this business, no matter how many other awards I might get, that will never happen twice." To be presented with this statuette by my costar who I love so much meant the world to me.
If I ever wrote a script myself, it would be strongly emotional material.
I've always loved TV very much, and as a child I was so religious with it, but now it's more when it fits in.
I'm also a big American Idol (2002) fan. I think it's just great fun.
I was a very shy child.
I think intelligence is usually sexy until it becomes irritating. After that, you're stuck.
I think in any form of acting, you're always well served if you've done theater.
I love seeing tennis up close.
I had a very strong interest in music, specifically the piano from a very small age.
I don't think the jet-setting life is really for most people.
Every time I think about writing, comedy doesn't interest me in the slightest. I can play comedy, but I don't think in terms of comic dialogue.
As a human being, you know that there are some days when you'd rather not talk to anybody - but I can't really do that anymore without appearing rude.
Well, I'm a big believer in 'never say never.'
To have a job you can count on as an actor is so rare, whether that means belonging to a regional theater company or being on TV.
The Big Bang Theory (2007) has completely changed my life.
In L.A., I have more of a yard existence, and so I enjoy walking my two little dogs in New York - one's a Maltese and the other's a Shih Tzu.
I did have a Twitter account that I tried for a couple days, but found I had nothing to say. There are some interesting facts I could share, but I don't want to share that part of myself.
I grew up with two different parakeets - one that lived for five years, and one that lived for 13 years - so I always had a bit of an attraction to birds and it's an oddly good fit to be in a movie about birdwatchers.
I try to master every facet of a character in order to build a safety net for myself, so I can go on to take more risks to create someone really distinct.
I was very average in the social label scale going through school. I was neither the coolest person in school, nor did I suffer the slings and arrows of being made fun of to such a degree that I couldn't get through the day.
It's a shame, but every time I get something scientific in the script, I read up to find out what I'm talking about - but then I'm on to the next script and it's forgotten.
My choices in projects have all been character or role-based, and on a financial level, it's obvious: as an actor on a TV series, I get a wonderful paycheck, and a consistent paycheck, which doesn't always happen when you're doing theater or movies.
There's no audience to wonderfully get in your way when you're doing a single-camera anything, whether it's a sitcom or drama or film. And I do mean that in the best way.
When I first started out in Houston, it was theater or bust. And I loved it. I still love it. And then I went to undergraduate and graduate school for acting.

Salary (6)

The Big Bang Theory (2007) Up to $60,000 per episode (2007-2010)
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $200,000 per episode (2010-2011)
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $250,000 per episode (2011-2012)
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $300,000 per episode (2012-2013
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $350,000 per episode + 0.25 point of series' backend money (2013-2014)
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $1,000,000 per episode + more than 1 point of the series' backend money (2014-2017)

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