Simon Helberg is an American actor, comedian, and musician. He is best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory.
Before his role on The Big Bang Theory, Helberg appeared on several TV shows, including a recurring part on the NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and appearances on the sketch comedy series MADtv. He also had a recurring role on the Friends spin-off Joey and made guest appearances on Arrested Development, Reno 911!, Less than Perfect, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
During his time on The Big Bang Theory, Helberg lent his voice to several TV shows, including Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and The Tom and Jerry Show. He also made an appearance on an episode of Drunk History. In 2013, Helberg received a Critics' Choice Television Award for his portrayal of Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory.
Since The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019, Helberg has made appearances in two episodes of Poker Face and lent his voice to an episode of American Dad! He also reprised his role as Howard Wolowitz in the narration booth for a 2021 episode of The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon.
Helberg has appeared in several films, including the 2009 Coen brothers' film A Serious Man, the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins, and the 2021 film Annette. He also directed the 2015 romantic comedy We'll Never Have Paris, which he co-wrote with his wife, Jocelyn Towne. The movie is based on the real-life story of their engagement.
In 2016, Simon Helberg starred alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in the film Florence Foster Jenkins, which was adapted from the true story of a wealthy socialite who became a cult singing sensation despite her lack of musical talent. Helberg played the role of the titular character's reluctant pianist, Cosme McMoon. As an accomplished pianist, Helberg's real piano playing is featured in the film. For his performance, Helberg received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.