James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973, Houston, Texas) is an American television and film actor best known for playing the super genius 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 four Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Television Critics Association Award for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper. Jim now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His parents are Milton Joseph "Mickey/Jack" Parsons, Jr. (February 6, 1949 – April 29, 2001) and teacher Judy Ann (née McKnight). His sister Julie Ann Parsons is also a teacher. On April 29, 2001, Parsons's father died in a car crash.
Jim Parsons has 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. Jim has had his 43rd birthday.
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 year.
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 theater company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, acting in productions of Endgame, Guys and Dolls and The Balcony.
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). Jim Parsons won the 2013 and 2014 Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a comedy. In 2015, Jim Parsons was given a star on Hollywood Blvd.
He currently lives in Los Angeles. He is 6'1" (1.85 m). His hobbies include baseball, and basketball. Parsons is gay and in May 2012, he revealed that he has been in a relationship with his partner Todd Spiewak for 10 years. Parsons discovered that he had French roots in the series Who Do You Think You Are, and that some of his ancestors were architects.
- Parsons uses index cards on set before filming to better his understanding of the situation he is acting out.
- He played Oh in DreamWorks' Home.
- He is very close friends with his co-star Mayim Bialik.
- He enjoys acting in theater, and often does so in between seasons of The Big Bang Theory.
- He is good friends with all the Big Bang Theory cast.
- He is in the Nissan Micra, Quiznos and Intel® RealSense™ Technology commercials.
- His 2015-2017 contract could be worth a total of $90 million.
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