Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons was nominated for another Emmy Award in 2012 for his role as Sheldon Cooper in THE BIG BANG THEORY. His performance has also garnered him People's Choice Award nominations for “Favorite TV Comedy Actor” in both 2011 and 2012. In 2010, Parsons received the NAB Television Chairman's Award, which honors significant breakthroughs in television. Additionally, he recently received the Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s award for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series” in their first-ever Critics’ Choice Television Awards. He has twice been nominated for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, winning the prize in 2009.
This summer, Parsons is headlining the first Broadway revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Harvey,” in which he will star as Elwood, the genial eccentric who claims to see a six-foot-tall white rabbit named Harvey.
Parsons made his Broadway debut in 2011, receiving a Theatre World Award for his performance as Tommy Boatwright in the revival of “The Normal Heart,” starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello. “The Normal Heart” received five Tony Award nominations and won the Tony for “Best Revival of a Play.” It also won The Drama Desk Awards for “Outstanding Revival of a Play” and “Outstanding Ensemble Performance,” and received a nomination from The Outer Critics Circle for “Outstanding Revival of a Play.”
Parsons’ additional stage credits include “The Castle” for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, “The Countess” for the Globe Theater, and “The Tempest” and “As You Like It” for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Parsons is set to reprise his role as Tommy Boatwright in the film adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” directed by Ryan Murphy. The film is scheduled to begin production later this year. Parsons’ other feature film credits include scene-stealing roles in the “The Muppets,” “The Big Year” and “Garden State.” He also appeared in “School for Scoundrels,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton, “Heights,” opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden, and in the independent films “Gardner of Eden” and “The Great New Wonderful.”
Parsons earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a B.A. from the University of Houston. Born and raised in Houston, he now resides in Los Angeles. His birth date is March 24.