Jim Parsons is a four-time Emmy-award winning actor, best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Parsons received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. Later, he earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the University of San Diego, on a course run in partnership with the Old Globe Theater.
He made his television debut on Ed in 2002 and later had a recurring role on the CBS drama series Judging Amy. He featured in a 2003 commercial for the sandwich chain Quiznos.
Jim Parsons was cast as Sheldon in the original pilot of The Big Bang Theory, which was developed for the 2006/07 season. The pilot also featured Johnny Galecki as Leonard.
Since The Big Bang Theory premiered in 2007, Parsons has received six consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and has won the award four times. He won a Golden Globe award in 2011 for his role on the show.
Since 2017, Jim Parsons has narrated the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, which he also executive produces.
Parsons' movie credits include the 2004 independent film Garden State, which starred Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. He also had a role in Zach Braff's 2014 film Wish I was Here. Parsons appeared as the human Walter in the 2011 The Muppets movie. Parsons voiced the leader character, Oh, in the 2015 Dreamworks film Home, which also featured Rihanna and Steve Martin. Parsons appeared in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which told the story of the overlooked contribution of three African-American female mathematicians to the space race during a time of segregation.
Parsons made his Broadway debut in 2011, playing Tommy Boatwright in the play The Normal Heart. The play deals with the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s, and Parsons starred opposite Ellen Barkin and Joe Mantello. Parsons reprised the role in the 2014 film adaptation of the play, for which he received his seventh Emmy nomination. He has also starred in Broadway productions of Harvey in 2012 and An Act of God in 2015-16.
Since The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019, Parsons has played Henry Willson in the Netflix limited series Hollywood, which he also executive produced. In 2020, he played the lead role of Michael in the Broadway production of The Boys in the Band, which was later adapted into a film for Netflix.
Most recently, Jim Parsons starred alongside Ben Aldridge in the film Spoiler Alert, based on the memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by the entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello.