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"Jim Parsons"
Gender Male
Birthday March 24, 1973
First Episode Pilot
Role(s) Actor
Number of Episodes 95
Portrays Sheldon Cooper
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James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American television and film actor best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as the main reason for the program's success. Parsons has won two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Television Critics Association Award for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper .

Early years

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Parsons started acting in first grade. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas.

In 1996, he earned an undergraduate degree in theater from the School of Theater and Dance at the University of Houston where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He later earned a masters degree from the University of San Diego while performing at the Old Globe Theater.


Parsons' television credits include a recurring role in the series Judging Amy and a guest appearance in Ed.

He is currently part of the main cast in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and was nominated for an 61st Emmy Award in 2009. He was also nominated for a 62nd Emmy Award and ended up winning it the following

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Lee Cooper.


His feature film credits include Garden State, Heights, On the Road with Judas, Gardener of Eden, 10 Items or Less and School for Scoundrels. While at the University of Houston, he helped found the not-for-profit theatre company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, acting in productions of Endgame, Guys and Dolls and The Balcony.

He was the commencement speaker for the University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences class of 2009.
Sheldon on the couch

Jim Parsons won the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series at the 2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards and repeated the same achievement the following year winning his second Emmy under the same category during the 2011 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, beating other nominees including his Big Bang co-star Johnny Galecki (who plays Leonard).



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ed Chet Guest Appearance
2003 Why Blitt? Mike TV Pilot
2004 Taste Kris TV Pilot
2004-2005 Judging Amy Rob Holbrook Recurring
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper Main Character
2009 Attack of The Show! Himself Guest Host


Family Guy Sheldon Cooper

Guest Appearance

2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Draven 1 Episode
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Nightmare 1 Episode
2011 iCarly Caleb 1 Episode
2011 Eureka Jeep/Carl 1 Episode


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Nowhere to Go But Up Casting Assistant
2004 Garden State Tim
2005 The King's Inn Sidney
2005 The Great New Wonderful Justin
2005 Heights Oliver
2006 10 Items or Less Receptionist
2006 School for Scoundrels Classmate Cameo appearance
2007 On the Road with Judas Jimmy Pea
2007 Gardener of Eden Spim
2011 The Big Year Crane
2011 The Muppets Human Walter Cameo appearance

Music Videos

Year Title Role Notes
2010 "Up 2 You + Me" Featuring Jim Parsons Himself Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Initiative

Awards and nominations

Year Result Category Award Show
2008 Nominated Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Awards
2009 Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Awards
Won Individual Achievement in Comedy TCA Awards
Nominated Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series Satellite Awards
2010 Won Favorite TV Comedy Actor People's Choice Awards
Nominated Individual Achievement in Comedy TCA Awards
Nominated Choice TV Actor: Comedy Teen Choice Award
Won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Emmy Awards
2011 Won Best Actor - Television Series - Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Awards
Won Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series Emmy Awards
Won Best Actor In a Comedy Series Critics' Choice Television Awards

Personal Life

He currently lives in Los Angeles. He is 6'1" (1.85 m). His hobbies include playing the piano and


Parsons and Spiewak

watching sports, baseball, and basketball. In May 2012, he revealed that he has been in a relationship with his boyfriend Todd Spiewak for 10 years.

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