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21st Jun '14 11:12:10 AM MarkLungo
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->''"I'm just glad I found what I should be doing. We all know people who struggle to find what's right for them. At the risk of sounding like I'm on Oprah, I think the answer is within."''
-->-- '''Jim Parsons''', on his decision to become an actor

Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, '''James Joseph Parsons''' began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.

Then, sometime in 2006, Parsons stumbled upon a character named Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon wasn't a resident of FOX -- he was going to be a supporting character on a new CBS sitcom called ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. He was supposedly a post-doc string theorist with an astronomical IQ and an [[InsufferableGenius ego to match]]. Parsons auditioned for the part -- and so blew series creator Chuck Lorre away that he asked him back for a second audition to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

Today, Parsons has earned critical acclaim and four consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations; he won for the second and the third time. He has also made fans on a global scale for his portrayal of Sheldon, and his performance has been praised as the main reason for ''TheBigBangTheory'''s success.

A few other things you should know about Jim Parsons:

* Played the same role in ''The Balcony'' that Creator/LeonardNimoy played in the 1963 movie adaptation.
* Plays piano exceptionally and has a wonderful singing voice.
* Doesn't really consider himself a nerd. Theater geek, however, yes. He made his Broadway debut in April 2011 as self-proclaimed "{{Southern|Gentleman}} [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]" Tommy Boatwright in ''The Normal Heart''.
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!!This actor contains examples of:
* AmericanAccents: Jim has a Texas drawl and sometimes it comes out and sometimes it shows when he plays Sheldon. [[ActorSharedBackground Then again, considering that Sheldon was born and raised in Texas...]]
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: Jim often gets asked if he is really as smart as Sheldon, or if he understands all the things Sheldon says. He's mentioned that he had tremendous difficulty memorizing Sheldon's rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock speech.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Inverted: in 2012, Parsons mentioned almost as an afterthought in an interview that he's gay.
** StraightGay
* UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}
* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look forty years old.
* SesameStreetCred: He appeared in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLIjzQV8DbE "Word Of The Day" segment]] in which he presented the word ''arachnid'' with a {{Muppet}} spider. Presumably did so [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his nephew]], about whom he speaks frequently and adorably.
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->''"I'm just glad I found what I should be doing. We all know people who struggle to find what's right for them. At the risk of sounding like I'm on Oprah, I think the answer is within."''
-->-- '''Jim Parsons''', on his decision to become an actor

Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, '''James Joseph Parsons''' began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.

Then, sometime in 2006, Parsons stumbled upon a character named Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon wasn't a resident of FOX -- he was going to be a supporting character on a new CBS sitcom called ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. He was supposedly a post-doc string theorist with an astronomical IQ and an [[InsufferableGenius ego to match]]. Parsons auditioned for the part -- and so blew series creator Chuck Lorre away that he asked him back for a second audition to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

Today, Parsons has earned critical acclaim and four consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations; he won for the second and the third time. He has also made fans on a global scale for his portrayal of Sheldon, and his performance has been praised as the main reason for ''TheBigBangTheory'''s success.

A few other things you should know about Jim Parsons:

* Played the same role in ''The Balcony'' that Creator/LeonardNimoy played in the 1963 movie adaptation.
* Plays piano exceptionally and has a wonderful singing voice.
* Doesn't really consider himself a nerd. Theater geek, however, yes. He made his Broadway debut in April 2011 as self-proclaimed "{{Southern|Gentleman}} [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]" Tommy Boatwright in ''The Normal Heart''.
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!!This actor contains examples of:
* AmericanAccents: Jim has a Texas drawl and sometimes it comes out and sometimes it shows when he plays Sheldon. [[ActorSharedBackground Then again, considering that Sheldon was born and raised in Texas...]]
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: Jim often gets asked if he is really as smart as Sheldon, or if he understands all the things Sheldon says. He's mentioned that he had tremendous difficulty memorizing Sheldon's rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock speech.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Inverted: in 2012, Parsons mentioned almost as an afterthought in an interview that he's gay.
** StraightGay
* UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}
* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look forty years old.
* SesameStreetCred: He appeared in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLIjzQV8DbE "Word Of The Day" segment]] in which he presented the word ''arachnid'' with a {{Muppet}} spider. Presumably did so [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his nephew]], about whom he speaks frequently and adorably.
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13th Jan '14 11:23:00 AM allboyband
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* AmericanAccents: Jim has a Texas drawl and sometimes it comes out and sometimes it shows when he plays Sheldon. [[FridgeBrilliance Then again, considering that Sheldon was born and raised in Texas...]]

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* AmericanAccents: Jim has a Texas drawl and sometimes it comes out and sometimes it shows when he plays Sheldon. [[FridgeBrilliance [[ActorSharedBackground Then again, considering that Sheldon was born and raised in Texas...]]
25th Dec '13 5:05:46 AM LongLiveHumour
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* Played the same role in ''The Balcony'' that LeonardNimoy played in the 1963 movie adaptation.

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* Played the same role in ''The Balcony'' that LeonardNimoy Creator/LeonardNimoy played in the 1963 movie adaptation.
26th Aug '13 5:44:44 PM Prfnoff
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Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, '''James Joseph Parsons''' began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.

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Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, '''James Joseph Parsons''' began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''JudgingAmy'', (''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.
11th Aug '13 7:51:26 PM Twentington
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* SesameStreetCred: He recently appeared in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLIjzQV8DbE "Word Of The Day" segment]] in which he presented the word ''arachnid'' with a {{Muppet}} spider. Presumably did so [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his nephew]], about whom he speaks frequently and adorably.

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* SesameStreetCred: He recently appeared in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLIjzQV8DbE "Word Of The Day" segment]] in which he presented the word ''arachnid'' with a {{Muppet}} spider. Presumably did so [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his nephew]], about whom he speaks frequently and adorably.
17th May '13 7:00:47 PM IchigoMontoya
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* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look ''forty years old''.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look ''forty forty years old''.old.
31st Mar '13 8:41:32 AM BananaPancakes
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-->-- '''Jim Parsons,''' on his decision to become an actor

Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, Jim Parsons began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.

Then, sometime in 2006, Parsons stumbled upon a character named Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon wasn't a resident of FOX -- he was going to be a supporting character on a new CBS sitcom called ''TheBigBangTheory''. He was supposedly a post-doc string theorist with an astronomical IQ and an [[InsufferableGenius ego to match]]. Parsons auditioned for the part -- and so blew series creator Chuck Lorre away that he asked him back for a second audition to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

Today, Parsons has earned critical acclaim and four consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations; he won for the second and the third time. He has also made fans on a global scale for his portrayal of Sheldon, and his performance has been praised as the main reason for ''TheBigBangTheory'''s success.

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-->-- '''Jim Parsons,''' Parsons''', on his decision to become an actor

Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, Jim Parsons '''James Joseph Parsons''' began his acting career on the stage of the University of Houston, where he was a founding member of a theater troupe known as Infernal Bridegroom Productions. By the time he had earned his master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of San Diego, his list of theater credits was staggering -- ''Endgame'', ''What Happened Was'', ''GuysAndDolls'', and ''The Balcony'' are only a few he appeared in. Parsons toiled for a few years after moving to Hollywood, getting small parts in commercials (Fed Ex, Quiznos, Stride gum, etc.), TV shows (''JudgingAmy'', ''Ed'') movies (''GardenState'', ''School For Scoundrels''), and [[strike:[[ShroudedInMyth fifteen]]]] three axed TV pilots for the FOX network.

Then, sometime in 2006, Parsons stumbled upon a character named Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon wasn't a resident of FOX -- he was going to be a supporting character on a new CBS sitcom called ''TheBigBangTheory''.''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. He was supposedly a post-doc string theorist with an astronomical IQ and an [[InsufferableGenius ego to match]]. Parsons auditioned for the part -- and so blew series creator Chuck Lorre away that he asked him back for a second audition to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

Today, Parsons has earned critical acclaim and four consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations; he won for the second and the third time. He has also made fans on a global scale for his portrayal of Sheldon, and his performance has been praised as the main reason for ''TheBigBangTheory'''s success.
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* Doesn't really consider himself a nerd. Theater geek, however, yes. He made his Broadway debut in April 2011 as self-proclaimed "[[SouthernGentleman Southern]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]" Tommy Boatwright in ''The Normal Heart.''

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* Doesn't really consider himself a nerd. Theater geek, however, yes. He made his Broadway debut in April 2011 as self-proclaimed "[[SouthernGentleman Southern]] "{{Southern|Gentleman}} [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]" Tommy Boatwright in ''The Normal Heart.'' Heart''.



* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look two months shy of ''forty years old.''


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* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look ''forty years old''.
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* OlderThanTheyLook: He does ''not'' look two months shy of ''forty years old.''
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