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Jim Parsons, from The Big Bang Theory, turns 50: the origin of Bazinga


His beginnings, his favorite series, the salaries he was receiving, when he revealed that he was gay, his marriage... And Bazinga.

Obsessive, not very sociable, extremely intelligent, generous.

This was (or is) Sheldon Cooper, the protagonist of the hit series

The Big Bang Theory

, who was (or is) played by Jim Parsons, who turned 50 yesterday, March 24.

Tall, 1.86m tall, of English, French, German and Scottish descent, Jim played Sheldon in all 280 episodes, this nerdy, genius scientist with a brilliant mind but poor social skills, which is the cause of many of the comedy situations of the series.

There were 12 seasons, from 2006 to 2019, with 280 episodes of less than half an hour, and Parsons was the only one who was in all of them, along with Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter).

It can still be seen on Warner Channel.

Stephen Hawking with Jim Parsons.

He participated in the fifth season, he played himself and humiliated Sheldon Cooper.

Here are things you probably didn't know about Jim Parsons.

His beginnings, his favorite series, the salaries he was receiving, when he revealed that he was gay, his marriage, and why he decided to leave the series, that he could not continue without him.

  • Jim was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor at the Emmys six years in a row (from the 2009 to the 2014 ceremonies), winning four times.

Jim Parsons with one of the four Emmys he has won.

Don't look for him on Twitter because he tried it and didn't like it.

AP Photo

  • He didn't have the same luck when considered by his peers, the performers who vote in the Screen Actors Guild.

    He was a total of 10 candidates -from 2012 to 2017-, for the ensemble and he, individually, and did not obtain any statuette.

  • Born March 24, 1973 in Houston, Texas, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6.

    What was his first role?

    Play a bird.

    He was a very shy boy, he confessed to himself, but that was what ignited the spark for him.

    He studied theater at the University of Houston, San Diego/The Old Globe Theatre, graduating in 2001.

  • She moved to New York, where she worked in Off-Broadway productions, appeared in TV commercials and in an episode of


    (2000), before landing a recurring role (well, she was in 7 episodes) on

    Judge Amy

    in her last two seasons, in 2004 and 2005.

Howard and Sheldon, characters from "The Big Bang Theory", which at its peak had 17 million viewers every week.

  • Does Sheldon have Asperger's Syndrome?

    Asperger's is a type of autism, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum.

    Why do many understand that Sheldon has it?

    Because he has problems relating to other people, he does not understand social norms, he tends to fix his attention obsessively on specific topics, he clings to routines, he has interests to which he returns repeatedly and constantly.

But Bill Prady, co-creator of the series, has explicitly said that Sheldon Cooper does not have Asperger's.


  • The word Bazinga, popularized in the series by his character, has its explanation in the spin-off

     Young Sheldon


    As a boy, Sheldon was very serious, so he goes to a comic book store, and buys prank supplies, which are made by the Bazinga Novelty Company.

    His motto was

    If he's funny, he's a Bazinga!

Many wondered if Sheldon Cooper, due to his social behavior, had Asperger's, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum.

  • The real decision, which motivated him not to sign a contract for a new season, he has said: it is that "he was tired."

    But he didn't know at the time that the series was not going to be discontinued.

    "I would have liked to know how The Big Bang Theory


    without Sheldon."

    Well, it didn't happen.

  • Jim is prone to motion sickness.

    So traveling by car makes you nauseous.

  • She maintains her friendship with two of The Big Bang Theory


    , Simon Helberg (Howard Woowitz) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny).

    His favorite character on the show, he has said, is Penny.

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco in a scene from the half-hour comedy that originally aired on CBS.


  • He was voted friendliest in his high school graduating class, Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas.

  • His first influence, he says, was comedian and presenter Johnny Carson, who hosted several Oscar ceremonies.

  • He made his Broadway debut in 2011 as Tommy Boatwright in

    The Normal Heart


  • He took piano lessons for 14 years.

Holding hands at her wedding party with Todd Spiewak.

Her partner is a graphic designer and art director.

  • It was in May 2012 that

    The New York Times

    reported that Parsons is gay, and that at the time he had been in a relationship for the past ten years.


    Parsons married Todd Spiewak

    in May 2017, they had already been a couple for 14 years.

  • His favorite series are

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show


    Three's Company


    Three's a Crowd

    , 1976),

    Family Ties

    (1982) and

    The Bill Cosby Show


    And he loves to watch



    Grey's Anatomy


  • He received a star on the Hollywood Television Walk of Fame at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood on March 11, 2015.

Jim Parsons and Iain Armitage, the two ages of Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory" and "Young Sheldon", respectively.

  • She owns a production company, That's Wonderful Productions, with her husband Todd Spiewak, who is a graphic designer and art director.

    Jim is a producer on The Big Bang Theory


    Young Sheldon


    and has voiced his character, in voice-over, for all 121 episodes of the 7 seasons, thus far.

  • Around 2016 he said that he would love to play the Joker in a future


    movie .

    So far, he had no such luck.

  • He paid $8.35 million to buy 4 apartments at 36 Gramercy Park East, in New York.

The new look of Jim Parsons.

  • In his words “As a child, I was very fascinated with meteorology.

    He lived on the Gulf Coast and hurricanes passed through there.

    And that's the subject I failed in college: meteorology."

  • He has two homes, one in Los Angeles and one in New York.

    “In Los Angeles, I live more in the garden, so I enjoy walking my two puppies in New York: one a Maltese and the other a Shih Tzu.

    I grew up with two different parakeets, one that lived for five years and one that lived for 13 years, so I was always drawn to birds."

  • Don't look it up on Twitter.

    He had an account for a couple of days, “but I found he had nothing to say.

    There are some interesting facts that I could share, but I don't want to share that part of myself,” she said.

With Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock from "Star Trek", Sheldon's favorite series.

He participated in an episode of the fifth season.

  • “All of my choices in projects have been based on characters or roles, and financially, it's obvious: As an actor on a TV series, I get a wonderful paycheck, and that paycheck is constant, which doesn't always happen when you're doing theater. or movies”.

  • Well, Jim started out by charging, in the first season, up to $60,000 for each episode of

    The Big Bang Theory


    If that payout value had remained constant over the series' 280 episodes, he would have pocketed $16,800,000.

    But he ended up charging much more.

  • Already in the 2010/2011 season it jumped to US$200,000, then US$250,000, US$300,000, US$350,000 and a percentage of the profits.

    And he collected US$ 10 million per year, between 2014 and 2017, the last three.

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