First noticed by many viewers as Tim -- the Klingon-spouting "knight in training" involved with the mother of Mark (Peter Sarsgaard) in Zach Braff's gently observed comedy drama Garden State (2004) -- American actor Jim Parsons moved from this memorable debut into a sequence of periodic roles in U.S. features. These included Chris Terrio's urban ensemble drama Heights (2004), opposite Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks, and Brad Silberling's comedy drama 10 Items or Less (2006), opposite Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega. His breakout success came when he was cast as uber-nerd Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. His work on that show led to him scoring an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and helped him earn small parts on the big screen in The Big Year and The Muppets.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Involved in the founding of an avant-garde theater company, the Infernal Bridegroom, while a student at the University of Houston in the early 1990s.
- Attracted attention for a FedEx commercial in which he played a lazy worker whose boss was his father.
- His father, a plumbing-supply company president, died in a 2001 auto crash.
- Made his TV debut in Ed (2002) and his film debut in John Sayles' Garden State (2004).
- Has appeared in 15 failed TV pilots.