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    Parsons at PaleyFest in 2013
    James Joseph Parsons (1973-03-24) March 24, 1973 (age 42) Houston, Texas, U.S.
    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Klein Oak High School
    University of Houston (BA) University of San Diego (MA)
    Actor
    1994–present
    Todd Spiewak (c. 2002–present)

    James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant reason for the program''s success. He has received several awards for his performance, including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2011, Parsons made his Broadway debut portraying Tommy Boatwright in the play The Normal Heart, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He reprised the role in the film adaptation of the play, and received his seventh Emmy nomination, this time in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. On January 29, 2015, it was announced that Parsons would be returning to Broadway as God in the new play An Act of God, opening in May 2015.

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    Early life and education

    Jim Parsons was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas, and was raised in one of its northern suburbs, Spring. He is the son of 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. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring. 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 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 Company, Family Ties, and The Cosby Show.

    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 traced his family''s history on TLC''s Who Do You Think You Are? in September 2013 and discovered French heritage from his father''s side. One of his ancestors was the French architect Louis-François Trouard (1729–1804).

    Career Early career

    In New York, Parsons worked in Off-Broadway productions and made several television appearances. In a much-discussed 2003 Quiznos commercial, Parsons played a man who had been raised by wolves and continued to nurse from his wolf "mother". 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.

    Breakthrough role in The Big Bang TheoryParsons and The Big Bang Theory co-star Johnny Galecki at Comic-Con in 2009

    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 his audition, Parsons so impressed series creator Chuck Lorre that Lorre insisted on a second audition to see if Parsons could replicate the performance. Parsons was cast as Sheldon Cooper, a physicist with social apathy who frequently belittles his friends and the waitress who lives across the hall. The role requires Parsons to "rattle off line after line of tightly composed, rhythmic dialogue, as well as then do something with his face or body during the silence that follows." Parsons credits his University of San Diego training with giving him the tools to break down Sheldon''s lines.

    Television critic Andrew Dansby compares Parsons'' physical comedy to that of Buster Keaton and other silent film stars. Lorre praises Parsons'' instincts, saying that "You can''t teach that." Lorre describes Parsons'' "great sense of control over every part of his body, the way he walks, holds his hands, cocks his head, the facial tics as "inspired". Reviewer Lewis Beale describes Parsons'' performance as "so spot-on, it seems as if the character and the actor are the same person." Parsons admits that the work is "more effort than I ever thought a sitcom would take. And that''s really the fun of it."

    In August 2009, Parsons won the Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy, beating Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Neil Patrick Harris. Parsons was nominated for Emmy awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, winning in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In September 2010, Parsons and costars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco signed new contracts, guaranteeing each of them $200,000 per episode for the fourth season of The Big Bang Theory, with substantial raises for each of the next three seasons. The three were also promised a percentage of the show''s earnings. In January 2011, he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy (the award was presented by co-star Cuoco). From August 2013, Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki each earned $325,000 per episode. In August 2014, Parsons and costars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco once again signed new contracts, guaranteeing each of them $1,000,000 per episode for the eighth, ninth and tenth seasons of The Big Bang Theory, as well as quadrupling their percentage of the show''s earnings to over 1% each.

    Other works

    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.

    Parsons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 11, 2015. He voiced Oh, one of the lead roles in the DreamWorks Animation comedy film Home (2015), alongside Rihanna. On January 29, 2015, it was announced that Parsons would star as God in the Broadway production of An Act of God, a new play by David Javerbaum and directed by Joe Mantello. The play will begin previews at Studio 54 on May 5, 2015.

    Personal life

    Parsons lives in Los Angeles. His father died in a car crash on April 29, 2001. On May 23, 2012, an article in The New York Times noted that Parsons is gay and had been in a relationship for the last ten years. His partner is art director Todd Spiewak. In October 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out—a regular life, boring love".

    FilmographyParsons at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con InternationalFilm Year Title Role Notes
    2003 Happy End Casting Assistant
    2004 Garden State Tim
    2005 Heights Oliver
    2005 Great New Wonderful, TheThe Great New Wonderful Justin
    2005 King''s Inn, TheThe King''s Inn Sidney Short film
    2006 10 Items or Less Receptionist
    2006 School for Scoundrels Classmate
    2007 On the Road with Judas Jimmy Pea
    2007 Gardener of Eden Spim
    2011 Big Year, TheThe Big Year Crane
    2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Human Walter Cameo
    2012 Sunset Stories Prince
    2014 Wish I Was Here Paul
    2014 The Normal Heart Tommy Television film
    2015 Home Oh Voice
    Television Year Title Role Notes
    2002 Ed Chet Episode: "The Road"
    2004 Why Blitt? Mike Unsold Fox pilot
    2004 Taste Kris Unsold CBS pilot
    2004–2005 Judging Amy Rob Holbrook 7 episodes
    2007–present Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper
    2009 Family Guy Sheldon Cooper Voice Episode: "Business Guy"
    2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Draven Voice Episode: "Jackie''s Get-Witch-Quick Scheme"
    2011 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Nightmare Voice Episode: "Blind Rage Knows No Color"
    2011 Pound Puppies Milton Feltwaddle Voice 2 episodes
    2011 iCarly Caleb Episode: "iLost My Mind"
    2011 Eureka Carl the Jeep Voice Episode: "Do You See What I See"
    2012 Family Guy Gay-Jacker Voice Episode: "Joe''s Revenge"
    2012 High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Henry Applesauce Voice Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
    2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Larry Wilder Voice Episode: "Jock Wilder''s Nature Camp"
    2013 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself
    2014 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Jim Parsons/Beck"
    2014 Elf: Buddy''s Musical Christmas Buddy Voice
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    Awards and nominations Year Awards Category Work Result
    2009 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
    TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won
    Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    2010 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
    People''s Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actor Nominated
    TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
    Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    2011 Critics'' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actor– Television Series: Musical or Comedy Won
    Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    People''s Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actor Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
    2012 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Critics'' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    People''s Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actor Nominated
    TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
    2013 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor– Television Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated
    Critics'' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    TV Guide Award Favorite Actor Won
    Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Won
    Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    People''s Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actor Nominated
    2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor– Television Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
    Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
    Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Normal Heart Nominated
    2015 People''s Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedic Actor The Big Bang Theory Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated

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