Two-time Emmy winner, Golden Globe® Award winner and SAG Nominee, Jim Parsons continues to bring a winning combination of indelible charm, charisma and comedic timing to his roles on screen and on stage, establishing himself as one of Hollywood's leading men.
Beginning its 7th season in Fall 2013, Jim Parsons is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Parsons will co-star opposite Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart, HBO’s original movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play, which is being written by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy. The project tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Production will begin in early 2013 in New York for a 2014 debut.
In addition, Parsons, through a partnership with Radical Media, will develop and executive produce a TV Series based on the YouTube program Prodigies. The series, featured on Radical Media's THNKR channel, will follow exceptionally gifted young people as they navigate lives where their talents and abilities offer them limitless opportunities -- sometimes at the expense of just being a kid.
Parsons was most recently seen in the summer of 2012 in the first Broadway revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey. He played the role of Elwood Dowd, the genial eccentric who claims to see a six-foot-tall white rabbit Harvey. The production ran with limited engagement at the famous Studio 54 in New York City.
In the summer of 2012 it was announced that Jim Parsons will play the lead voice in Happy Smekday!, a DreamWorks Animation adaption of the award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, co-starring Pop singer/actress Rihanna. In Smekday!, a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien (Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl (Rihanna), embarking on a comical road-trip across a post-apocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human. Happy Smekday! is set to hit theaters in late 2014.
In 2011 and in 2010, Parsons won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and in 2011 he won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his hilarious work as Sheldon Cooper on CBS's hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. He also received a People's Choice nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and was recently nominated again in 2012. He also received the NAB Television Chairman's Award, which honors significant breakthroughs in television, during the 2010 conference in Las Vegas. In addition, Parsons won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association for its very first Critics' Choice Television Awards. Parson has been nominated again in the same category for the 2nd Annual Critics Choice Television Awards.
Parsons received a Theatre World Award for his debut Broadway performance as Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart, starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Joe Mantello. The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and was presented with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble Performance. The Normal Heart also received nominations from The Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Revival of a Play, as well as five other Tony Award nominations.
Parsons also guest starred in an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly starring Miranda Cosgrove, during its fourth season. He also appeared in the highly anticipated comedy The Muppets which opened in theaters in November of 2011.
Parsons appeared in Fox 2000's comedy The Big Year, opposite Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. David Frankel directed the film based on Mark Obmascik's tome about three men who try to outdo each other during a year-long competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. Parsons plays an avid birder in the contest.
In 2009, The Big Bang Theory won Best Television Comedy at the People's Choice Award, was selected as an AFI nominee and also won the TCA award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Parsons was nominated two years in a row (2009 and 2010) for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, in addition to winning the award in 2009. TV GUIDE calls Parsons "a marvelous discovery, creating the most hysterical misfit since Monk." The Big Bang Theory helped CBS launch their Thursday night comedy line-up, regularly winning the night across all networks.
Previously, he appeared on film in Todd Phillips School for Scoundrels opposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder for The Weinstein Company as well as Chris Terrio's Heights opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden for Merchant/Ivory. He also created scene-stealing roles in several independent films such as Zach Braff's Garden State, Kevin Connolly's Gardner of Eden and Danny Leiner's The Great New Wonderful.
Parsons has performed in many stage productions including The Castle for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Countess for the Globe Theater, as well as The Tempest and As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Parsons earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.