Would you know the name of this next celebrity if I just gave you his real life name or if I told you the show he stars on? Jim Parsons is his real name. Sheldon Cooper is the character he so eloquently plays that almost everyone in America recognizes his character's name of Sheldon Cooper, or as Sheldon would say, "That's Doctor Cooper." Copyright(c) 2012!
The Big Bang Theory TV show is perhaps the best comedy TV show on TV right now, centering around the five main characters of Penny, Sheldon, Leonard, Rajesh, and Howard. What makes the show standout is the main character of Sheldon Cooper who has no social skills, has a huge ego concerning his knowledge of physics, and how he lets everyone within earshot know just how smart he is.
But if I said, "Jim Parsons is so funny." Chances are you wouldn't know who I was talking about, because Parsons has made Sheldon seem like he is a real person who just happens to be a genius, who is so geeky he never learned any social skills.
Jim Parsons was born on March 24, 1973, and was raised in Houston, Texas. He is the older of two kids, and is an unbelievable 41 years old. Just looking at Parsons, you would think he is in his late 20's or early 30's like his TV character, but you'd be wrong!
After graduating from high school in 1991, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in theater. During college, and after, Parsons appeared in 17 plays, but never got that big break he so desired.
Not giving up, he enrolled in 1999, in graduate school at the University of San Diego.
From there, he went to New York City and starred in several off Broadway productions. He starred in a Quiznos commercial as the controversial man raised by wolves.
He had a recurring role in the TV show, "Judging Amy," but did not acquire a regular acting gig until much later when he auditioned for Dr. Sheldon Cooper for The Big Bang Theory.
The show's creator, Chuck Lorre, was stunned by Parson's performance, and asked him to audition a second time to see if he could recreate the oddities that make Sheldon seem like he is the real geeky, super smart, intensely weird, selfish, socially inept Sheldon that we all love.
Five years later Sheldon is alive and well on The Big Bang Theory, as is Jim Parsons the comic genius who has won several awards for his genuinely hilarious portrayal of Sheldon.
In 2011 Parsons won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series.
Parsons has lived with his partner for ten years. What one website thought might be dropping a bomb was the announcement recently that Parsons is gay. But the real bomb was how young the 39 year old Parsons looks, and acts on The Big Bang Theory.Copyright(c) 2012!