Professionally known as Jim Parsons, James Joseph Parsons is a Hollywood actor who has received several awards and accolades for his outstanding performances. One of such performances was his role as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which earned him four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and a Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy.
Parson is also a recipient of other notable awards both as a screen and Broadway actor. These awards include the Online Film & Television Association, Golden Globe Award (Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy), Critics’ Choice Television Awards, TV Guide Awards, People’s Choice Award, GLAAD Media Awards among others.
Though born in Houston, Texas, on the 24th of March 1973, Parson was raised in Spring, one of the suburbs in the Northern part of the city. His parents are Milton Joseph and Judy Ann Parsons His father’s job is not known but his mother is a teacher. Jim is not the only child of his parents, he has a sister Julie Ann Parsons who also ended up as a teacher just like their mom.
He attended Klein Oak High School, Spring and after High School, he proceeded to the University of Houston where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA).
Growing up, Jim Parsons was influenced greatly by sitcoms, particularly The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Three’s Company. According to Parson, it was after playing the role of a Kola-Kola bird in a school production titled The Elephant’s Child at the age of six that he decided to become an actor. During his junior high school, he also took part in a school production titled Noises Off.
During his stay at the University of Houston, he appeared in seventeen plays in three years, he regularly appeared on stage with the Repertory Theatre. He was one of the founding members of Infernal Bridegroom Productions. After his graduation from the University of Houston, he took up a two-year graduate course in classical theatre, at the University of San Diego.
The school ran the course in partnership with the Old Globe Theater and Jim Parsons was one of the seven students accepted into the special program, he graduated in 2001 and moved to New York. In the same year, he made his Broadway debut playing Tommy Boatwright in Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart. His performance in the play earned him a nomination for a Drama Desk Award. He would later reprise the character in the film adaption of the play and be nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category.
His major breakthrough came with his role as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. A role he landed after auditioning for between 15 and 30 television roles. And for his role in The Big Bang Theory, he has been nominated six times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) for Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and has won it four times (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014). He has also earned the Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy, for the same role.
He has also worked in several Off-Broadway shows and made appearances in Television shows, movies, series and even in a 2003 Quiznos commercial, where he played the role of a man raised by wolves.
In 2015 he starred as “God” in the Broadway production of An Act of God, – a new play by David Javerbaum. That same year, he starred alongside Rihanna in the DreamWorks Animation comedy film Home, he was the voice of Oh. Jim Parsons was also one the voices character in the 2018 audio children’s book; A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
He has also starred in Judging Amy, Garden State, Ed, School for Scoundrels, The Big Year, The Muppets, Harvey, and many more.
In 2017, he tried his hands on a talk show, Jim Parsons Is Too Stupid for Politics, unfortunately, the show only ran for six weeks. Jim received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
How Much Is Jim Parsons Worth?
Parsons has been on Forbes list of highest-earning actors for three years in a row now. According to Forbes, in 2017, Jim Parsons earned a whopping $27.5 million to make it on its list of highest earning actors, coming behind Sofia Vergara, who made $41.5 million
The Big Bang Theory star’s pay rose from $200,000 per episode to $1,000,000 per episode, between the fourth season of the show and its tenth season. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Parsons is currently worth $70 million which is majorly earnings from his CBS Sitcom and his other projects.
Is He Gay? – Married, Husband, Wife Or Boyfriend
Parsons is gay, The New York Times revealed this in an article published back in May 2012. According to the article, Jim at that time has been in a relationship of over ten years.
He is currently married to his partner Todd Spiewak, who is an Art Director. The couple tied the knot in New York in May 2017. They don’t have any kids of their own, neither do they have kids from their previous relationships.