Though initially typecast in comedic roles -- including a small turn in Old School (2003), a contribution to Tracey Ullman in The Trailer Tales (2003), and work on MADtv -- American character actor Simon Helberg quickly branched out into diverse genres. He appeared as a CBS page in George Clooney's revered Edward R. Murrow biopic Good Night, and Good Luck., as a junior agent in Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration (2006), and in a recurring role on the Aaron Sorkin comedy drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In 2007, Helberg was cast in the regular role of Howard Wolowitz on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, about a couple of nerdy physicists (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) who struggle with women, and everything else outside the lab. In 2007, Helberg also made appearances in the comedies Mama's Boy and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. He played a young rabbi in the Coen brothers film A Serious Man (2009), and continued to make guest appearances on TV shows such as Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Drunk History, while maintaining his regular status on The Big Bang Theory.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Went to high school with Jason Ritter, and the two roomed together in college.
- Honed his acting skills at New York's Atlantic Theater Company.
- Is an accomplished pianist.
- Played an impressionist on the sketch show within Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, doing impressions of Nicholas Cage, Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller.
- Reprised his role of Moist from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog at the 2009 Emmy Awards, which were hosted by his Horrible co-star, Neil Patrick Harris.