James Joseph Parsons is an American actor, well recognized for his appearance as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has won several awards for his acting including, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Video Series Musical Comedy, and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2011, Jim Parsons made his first Broadway appearance as Tommy Boatwright in the play The Normal Heart. He also received a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Early Life and Education of Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons was born on 24 March 1973 in Houston, Texas. He was raised in one of its northern suburbs, Spring. Parson was born to his father Milton Joseph Parsons, Jr, and mother Judy Ann who was a school teacher. He is of White ethnicity and holds American nationality.
Parson has a sister named Julie Ann Parsons who works as a teacher. He studied Klien Oak High School in Spring. Jim Parsons points to appear in Noises Off at the time of his fresh junior year,
''I fully connected with the role I was playing and started to trully understand what is meant to be honest on stage.'' he said during an interview.
When he made his appearance as the Kola-Kola bird in a school production of The Elephant's Child at his age of six, Parson rolled on to pursue his career as an actor. He was deeply influenced by series, mostly The Cosby Show, Three's Company, and Family Ties.
After his graduation from high school, Parson joined the University of Houston and received his bachelor's degree. During this time, Parson was very creative making his appearance in seventeen plays over three years. He was also a founding member of Internal Bridegroom Productions and made his regular appearance at Stages Repertory Theatre.
In 1999, he joined Universty of San Diego and was one of seven students chosen for a special two-year classical theater, trained in collaboration with the Old Globe Theatre.
Rick Seer, the director of the program remembered keeping reservations about admitting Jim Parsons, saying,
''Jim is a very specific personality. He's throughly original, which is one reason he's been so successful. But we worried, 'Does that adapt itself to classical theatre, does that adapt itself to the kind of training that were doing?' But we decided that he was so talented that we would give him a try and see how it worked out.''
Jim Parsons enjoyed his school days and told in an interview that he would go after a doctorate in acting if it was possible:
"school was so safe!.....you frequently would surprise yourself by what you were capable of, and you were not surprised by some things.''
He graduated from the school in 2001 and shifted to New York to pursue his career.
Jim Parsons' Career
After Jim Parson moved to New York, he served in Off-Broadway production and made several television appearances. He portrayed as a man who had been raised by wolves and further cared from his wolf 'mother', in the most watched 2003 Quiznos commercial.
He also had a recurring appearance on the TV show Judging Amy and played on the television series, Ed. Parson had mini-roles in various movies, including School for Scoundrels, Garden State.
Breakthrough role in The Big Bang Theory
Jim Parson has estimated that he gave audition for more than 20 television pilots, but on most of the occasions, when he was cast, the show missed the boat to find a television network willing to buy it.
Later, the rejection came with The Big Bang Theory. After reading the script for the pilot, Parson thought that the portrayal as Sheldon Cooper would be a perfect fit for him. Although he could not feel any kind of relationship with the character, Parson was enchanted by the dialogues.
During his audition, Jim Parson impressed Chuck Lorre, the creator of the series. He was cast as Sheldon Cooper, a comedy physicist with social apathy who frequently belittle his friends and the waitress.
In 2009, Jim Parson won the Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy, beating Tina Fey, Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Carell, and Alec Baldwin. He was also nominated for Primetime Awards fro 2009-2014, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, winning from 2010-2014.
In 2011, Jim Parson made his appearance with Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Rashida Jones and Steve Martin in the comedy movie The Big Year. The movie was released in October. The same year, he also portrayed the human alter ego of Walter, the new Muppet introduced in the Muppets. On 18 May 2012, Jim Parson portrayed Elwood P. Dowd on Broadway in a revival of Harvey.
Jim Parson has also starred on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 11 March 2015. He credited his voice for Oh, one of the lead roles in ht DreamWorks Animation comedy film Home along with famous R&B singer Rihanna.
In 2017, Jim Parson began hosting his own SiriusXM talk show called Jim Parsons Is Too Stupid for Politics. The show will air for six weeks.
Jim Parsons' Personal Life
Jim Parson is openly gay. On 23rd May 2012, The New York Times noted in an article that Jim Parson is gay and is in a long-term relationship with his boyfriend. In 2013, Jim Parson called his love affair '' an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out-a regular life, boring love.''
He is in a long-term relationship with since ten years with Todd Spiewak, an art director. In May 2017, Parson and his boyfriend Spiewak married. Since then, the pair is living a happy life and there is no sign of them being separate.
He talked about his first wedding anniversary during an interview on The Ellen Show:
Parsons and his husband Spiewak were together for nearly 15 years before they decided to marry. The four-time Emmy winning star spoke about why he waiting for so long to get married during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
"We just didn’t care about the act of it that much, to be honest with you. That sounds cold in a way but I finally thought: ‘Well, let’s have a party then for the celebration and we’ll go ahead and legalize this thing.'"
Furthermore, he added,
"It was so much more meaningful in the moment for me than I predicted, and it’s been resonantly much more meaningful than for me afterward than I ever saw coming. You know, I had been an adult gay person for so long at a time where that wasn’t possible where life was ‘fine’ for me."
Parsons recently celebrated Todd's birthday and shared an image of the birthday cake via an Instagram post. Have a look:
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Long live the beautiful pair!
Jim Parsons' Net worth
Jim Parsons earns a huge amount of money from his successful career as an actor and host of his own television show. The television sitcom The Big Bang Theory pays him a good amount of salary, as his total net worth is estimated to be $ 70 million currently.
From 2013, His earning increased to $325,000 for an episode, and signing a new contract the following year guaranteed $1,000,000 for each episode along with his same co-stars for 8th and 9th season.
From 2015 to 2016, Jim Parson had his highest earning of $25.5 million reportedly from his appearance as Sheldon Cooper in the television series Big Bang Theory.
Parsons also owns several luxury mansions. The four-time Emmy Awards winner along with his partner Spiewak paid $1.82 million on 908sq.ft house with one bathroom condo, two bedrooms, with a gargoyle-encrusted Gothic-style apartment.
Later the couple bought another house worth $2.825 million for the larger apartment next door. As per some resource, the house is built on 1,280 square feet, with two bathrooms, two bedrooms.
The couple must have really liked the buildings because the property is listed at The Real Deal reported that the pair, in together off-market deals, paid another $3.615 million for two puny penthouse- level apartments located above the two houses they already purchased.
The larger penthouse was built on 665 square feet, whereas the smaller one is built in 265 square feet. Altogether, the pair spent $8.356 million for the whole property they bought continuously with 3,118 square feet combined.
In June 2014, Parson sold his Los Angeles starter house for 1.75 million. The sale took place after six months after he paid $6,375,000 to Twilight's lead actor Robert Pattinson for a historic Los Feliz Property.
The former owners of the property include Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, Tim Cury, and Noah Wylie, and Robert Luketic, whereas some of his popular neighbors include Jesse Tyler Furgeson and Kristie Alley.
Jim Parsons Affairs
Affair with Todd Spiewak
He is gay and he has a relationship with art director Todd Spiewak. In 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out—a regular life, boring love".