1973-03-24

JIM PARSONS (James Joseph Parsons) is an American actor and producer born on this date. Parsons is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019). He has received several awards for his performance, including four PrimeTime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globes Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Forbes estimated his annual salary to be $26.5 million and named him the world’s highest-paid television actor.

Having grown up in Houston, and its northern suburb of Spring, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6. Parsons then went on to study theater at the University of Houston. From there he won a place on a two-year Masters course in classical theater at the University of San Diego/The Old Globe Theater, graduating in 2001. His father died in a car crash in that year.

He moved to New York, working in Off-Broadway productions, appearing in TV commercials and in one episode of Ed (2000) before landing a recurring role in Judging Amy (1999) in 2004.

Parsons made his Broadway debut in 2011 portraying “Tommy Boatwright” in the play The Normal Heart, for which he shared a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. 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 Movie. In film, Parsons has voiced the lead character in Home and played supporting roles in Hidden Figures and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile 

Parsons lives in New York City[ neighborhood  Gramercy Park and also maintains a residence in Los Angeles.

In a May 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 husband is art director Todd Spiewak.