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James “Jim” Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American television and film actor and is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as the main reason for the program's success. On July 16, 2009, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on The Big Bang Theory. In August 2009, he won the TCA award for the highest individual achievements in comedy.

Early years

Born and raised in Houston, Texasmarker, Parsons started acting in first grade. In 1996 he earned an undergraduate degree in Theater from the School of Theater and Dance at the University of Houstonmarker where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He later earned a master's degree from the University of San Diego while performing at the Old Globe Theatremarker.


Parsons' television credits include a recurring role in the series Judging Amy, on CBS, and a guest starring appearance in Ed.

His feature film credits include Garden State, Heights, On the Road with Judas, Gardener of Eden, 10 Items or Less and School for Scoundrels.He attended Klein Oak High School.While at the University of Houston, he helped found the not-for-profit theatre company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, acting in such productions as Endgame, Guys and Dolls and The Balcony.

He was the commencement speaker for the University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences class of 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ed Chet Guest Appearance
2005 Judging Amy Rob Holbrook Recurring
2007-Present The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper Main Character
2009 Attack Of The Show Himself Guest Host


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Garden State Tim
2005 The King's Inn Sidney
2005 The Great New Wonderful Justin
2006 10 Items or Less Receptionist
2006 School for Scoundrels Classmate Cameo appearance
2007 On the Road with Judas Jimmy Pea
2007 Gardener of Eden Spim


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