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  • Full Name: James Joseph Parsons
  • Nickname: Jimmy Pea
  • Birthdate: March 24, 1973
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas
  • Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

James Joseph “Jim” Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American television and film 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.

Early and personal life

 

Parsons was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the older of two children. 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 CompanyFamily Ties, and The Cosby Show. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, a northern suburb of Houston. 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 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 lives in Los Angeles. In May 2012, The New York Times reported that Parsons was gay and in a relationship for the last ten years.

Career

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 and School for Scoundrels.

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 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.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Em
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 16:03:20

    Is jim parsons gay?:/ i mean i love him as an actor and all, but i cant find out if he’s married, gay? … whatever:/

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    • jimparsons1
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 21:28:05

      Well, probably he is, but he never confirmed it officially. He isn’t married. In this interview he sad that he doesn’t have any marriage plans. And here you can see photos with his boyfriend and Kaley Cuoco.

      Reply

  2. Em
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:28:05

    Oh, i dont mind what he is, i was just being nosey! also has the lastest episode of TBBT been out in the UK?

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  3. Em
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:29:41

    *The One with steven Hawkins? I’Ve caught up with all of the episodes and i havent seent this one!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • jimparsons1
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 11:50:04

      I think the lastest episode of TBBT in the UK was 5.15 “The Friendship Contraction “, 5.16 will air Thu 19 Apr, 8pm on E4. “The Hawking Excitation” is 5.21 and I watched it online :) it was shown only in US…

      Reply

  4. Dotty Kurtz
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 19:39:30

    I first saw Jim Parsons in Garden State; later, I saw him on a TV show that I’ve followed from the beginning, Judging Amy. Now, I see him on The Big Bang Theory. In TBBT, I can see his range of talent in both memorizing his words and in his facial expressions. He knows what he’s doing!

    Reply

  5. Gabriella Veiga
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 21:39:18

    MUIITO LINDO

    Reply

  6. Miesa
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 16:21:01

    Where did he go to elementary school? Just curious since I heard he went to private elementary school….

    Reply

  7. Kathi Moyer
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 23:39:48

    does any o?ne know if jim parsons going to be in another broadway play in 2013

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  8. Jim
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 03:12:21

    I would like to know if Jim really like trains as he plays on TV show.

    Reply

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