Jim Parsons Biography
Full Name: James Joseph Parsons
Birthdate: March 24, 1973
Hometown: Houston Texas, USA
Residence: New York City, US
Spouse: Tadd Spiewak
Jim Parsons is an American actor famously known for his role of Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. He was born on March 24, 1973, in Houston, Texas, USA. His father was Milton Joseph Parsons and his mother Judy Ann is a teacher. He also has a sister named Julie Ann Parsons who is also a teacher. His father passed away on April 29, 2001.
During childhood, Parsons went to the Klein Oak High School. During the time, he took part in a drama “Noises Off” about which he said, “I fully connected with the role I was playing and started to truly understand what it meant to be honest on stage.” He also took part in a school production named “The Elephant’s Child” at the age of 6 and played the role of Kola-Kola bird. Parsons was interested in acting from childhood and was highly influenced by the sitcom “Three’s Company”, “The Cosby Show” and “Family Ties”.
After completing high school, Parsons attended the University of Houston and received a bachelor’s degree. During his time in the University, he performed in a total of 17 plays in just 3 years. Later, in 1999, Parsons attended the graduate school at the University of San Diego. He was one of the seven students who was selected for a special two-year course in classical theatre. In an interview, the program director Rick Seer said “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.” In 2001, he graduated from the University and then moved to New York City.
Jim Parsons Career and Salary
At the beginning of the career, Parsons did mostly theatrical productions and appeared in movies such as “Garden State” (2004), and “Heights” (2005) playing the supporting roles. He also had a recurring role in the TV show “Judging Amy” and the TV series “Ed”. Later, Parsons gave many auditions for roles in TV series but were not selected in any. During the process, he came across the pilot script of the series “The Big Bang Theory”. After reading the script, Parsons was enchanted by the dialogue of the character Sheldon Cooper and said “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.”
Later, Parsons auditioned for the role and the creator of the series Chuck Lorre was so impressed by his performance that he was called for a second audition. It was obvious that after two auditions, Parsons would get the role of Sheldon who is a physicist. In 2009, Parsons received his first Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy. He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards from the year 2009 to 2014 simultaneously and won the award in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Parsons also won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy in 2011 for his role in the series.
Aside from “The Big Bang Theory”, Parsons has also appeared in other TV shows such as “The Big Year” in 2011 and “Wish I Was Here” in 2014. Parson also appeared as the human alter ego of the character Walter in the show “The Muppets”. He has also given his voice to characters such as Oh in the DreamWorks Animation movie “Home” (2015), “Eureka” (2011) and “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2014).
Jim Parsons has an estimated net worth of $70 million. Jim Parsons is currently one of the highest paid TV actors in the world. It was reported that for the fourth season on “The Big Band Theory” a new contract was signed with the guarantee of being paid 200,000 dollars per episode. Later, in 2011, the salary of the main cast was increased to 325,000 per episode. Again, in 2014, their salary was increased to 1 million dollars with a new contract.
Jim Parsons Relationship
Jim Parsons is currently married to the American producer Todd Spiewak. The two have been together since 2002, which makes their relationship 16 years old. The two have been sticking in each other’s side for a very long time. The two first met on a blind date which was organized by Spiewak boss and Parson’s best friends from graduate school. The two said they and an instant connection when they met and has been together since then.
In 2010, while accepting the Emmy Awards for his role in “The big bang theory”, Parson thanked a number of people including his boyfriend. In 2012, Parsons officially admitted that he was a gay man during an interview. When asked about the interview, Parsons said “He just point-blank asked, ‘Was working on The Normal Heart meaningful to you as a gay man? And I was like, ‘Well, yeah. Yeah.’ And what a wonderful… I can’t tell you what a wonderful thing that was, what a gift he gave me one question. It was suddenly out there and official.”
In 2013, Parsons received another Emmy awards and this time his speech included “I love … oh, my favorite person on Earth, Todd Spiewak,” he says. In 2013, the two walked the red carpet together for the first time and were honored by the LGBT youth advocacy organization GLSEN with an Inspiration Award. During the red carpet, when asked about their future plans, the two said that currently, they do not have any plans to marry. The two also established their production company named “That’s Wonderful Production”. The following year, it was reported that Parson had proposed to Spiewak and the two are now engaged. Finally, on May 13, 2017, the two got married.