Besides being married to one of Hollywood’s finest men, Todd Spiewak is a movie and TV producer; a co-owner of the production house, That’s Wonderful Productions LLC. For years, he lived his life away from media attention but all of that came to an end in 2013 when Jim Parsons introduced him to the world as his partner.
It might be hard to imagine a time when Todd was not famous, considering he has become an inseparable part of Jim Parsons’ life. But then, it is only sincere to assert that there was a time he was a regular Joe striving to find his feet as a graphic designer.
Todd Spiewak Was a Graphic Designer When He Met the Famous Actor
He might feature in entertainment websites and gossip tabloids these days, but there are still a few facts Todd has kept away from the public. One of them is his place of birth. However, we know he is an American born on the 19th of January 1977.
Todd is college-educated. From what we gathered, he studied at the prestigious Boston University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.
He graduated from the institution in 1999 and promptly began his career in the field, inadvertently starting a journey that would lead him to Hollywood.
He Worked in the Advertising Industry
Before he became known as a TV producer and husband to one of Hollywood’s leading men, Todd Spiewak worked in the advertising industry. We are not sure of the exact companies and firms he worked for, but he helped work on several campaigns while he was in the industry.
Some of the clients he worked for during his extensive years in the field include The New York Times, American Express, and Barnes & Noble.
He also worked on campaigns for HP and KitchenAid. While working as a young and successful graphic designer, the trajectory of his life changed after meeting a young Hollywood actor.
Meeting Jim Parsons on a Blind Date Marked the Beginning of His Rise to Fame
Todd and Jim met for the first time in November 2002, through a blind date organized by two women in their respective lives. Sensing the two of them would make a great couple, the women (Todd’s boss and Parsons’ best friend) arranged a meet for them at a karaoke bar.
The insight of the women turned out to be right as they hit it off immediately. A few dates saw the beginning of their relationship, Todd and Jim Parsons were officially a couple. However, a notorious desire for privacy combined with the social climate of the time towards homosexuality meant they kept their affair lowkey.
While Hollywood insiders were certain of Jim’s sexuality and relationship, it remained a rumor to the outside world, even as his fame grew with his role on The Big Bang Theory. Eight years after (in August 2010) during Jim Parsons’ acceptance speech for his first win at the Emmys, he publicly acknowledged his relationship with Todd.
Towards the end of his speech, Parsons listed Todd Spiewak among the people he loves, starting with his mother. At the time, the name meant nothing to most viewers. In hindsight, however, it is now recognized as the first public acknowledgment of their relationship.
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak Went Public a Year After He Came Out
The rumors about Jim Parsons’ sexuality continued for about two years after the 2010 Emmy win until May 2012. But during a New York Times interview for his role in the Broadway play, Harvey, Patrick Healy outed Parsons as he described him with a casual line that disclosed he’s gay and in a 10-year relationship.
While his sexuality was officially confirmed, his relationship with Todd Spiewak was not. Later in 2013, when he won the Emmys for the third time, Jim Parsons confirmed his relationship with Todd Spiewak. In his acceptance speech, he described him as his favorite person on earth, ending the mystery around his love life.
With their relationship finally out in the open, Jim and Todd became one of the prominent figures of the LGBTQ community. In October 2013, to receive the Inspiration Award by GLSEN, a youth advocacy organization, they walked the red carpet for the first time together. They have continued to be one of the most respected LGBTQ couples and in Hollywood at large.
The Lovers Got Married 15 Years After They Started Dating
Before and after making their relationship public in 2013, gay marriage was illegal in the United States. However, it did not stop rumors of engagement and several questions from interviewers and fans about a possible wedding. For several years, Jim denied the couple’s interest in marriage and claimed they were fine being partners.
After the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June 2015, Jim admitted they were reevaluating their position on the subject. According to him, seeing as it was not possible before, they never bothered to consider it.
It took another two years after the legalization before Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons walked down the aisle. They got married on a Saturday night in May 2017. In attendance was his onscreen wife, Mayim Bialik, who graced the event alongside close family and friends.
After the event organized and officiated by the couple’s best friend, Melissa McNeely, the couple headed to Capri for an Italian honeymoon.
They Co-Own a Production Company
Todd Spiewak started his career working as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. Then he found love, and a host of new opportunities opened for him. This includes film and TV production which he pursued in partnership with his partner, Jim Parsons.
The lovers started the production company called That’s Wonderful Productions in 2015. Their first project was the documentary First in Human, released in 2017. It covered the experiences of doctors, patients, researchers, and staff at the NIH Clinical Center.
Their first film was a TV movie titled The Family Gene, it was also released in 2017. That same year, they began producing the CBS comedy, Young Sheldon. Other works under Todd and Parsons’ creative vehicle include Special, A Kid Like Jake, and yet to be released projects like Call Me Kat and Equal.
A production company is not the only thing that Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons share. They also own two dogs, Otis and Rufus, who have been in their lives since 2013.