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5 Facts You May Not Know About Jim Parsons

Born 'James Joseph Parsons'...

‘James Joseph Parsons’ is of course a famous actor born in Houston, Texas in 1973 on the 24th March. He was raised as a child in a northern suburb of Houston itself. Jim Parsons is the son of plumbing company president Milton Joseph “Mickey/Jack” Parsons Jr. He sadly died in a car accident back in 2001 at the age of 52.

Jim had the inspiration to be an actor since being a child. But Jim had struggled to strike any high profile film/TV roles for quite a while due to being casted as Dr. Sheldon Cooper in the hit CBS show ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The show has now run for nine Seasons with a tenth in the works.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Playing the role of Sheldon Cooper for nine years, Jim Parsons is now a three time Emmy award winner and a Golden Globe winner! All of these awards are for playing Sheldon Cooper. With his current success, Parsons is in high demand and is developing his TV and Film career even more and working on his stage career.

Jim Parsons is an openly gay man. He long lived his private life as a homosexual man before he came out to the public in an interview with New York Times in 2012. Jim has been in a relationship with art director Todd Spiewak since 2002. 

Jim Parsons and His Partner Were Honoured with an Inspiration Award

Jim is a proud gay man with no regrets. Him and his partner Spiewak were honoured for being an inspirational gay couple at the GLESN Respect Awards at the Beverly Hills in California in 2013. 

Jim Parsons expressed this to the public:

The Happy Couple

It was surprising to hear that we were getting an inspiration award. We feel very average; we feel very normal. We really do. The strange stuff is the Hollywood stuff we have to walk through, not the gay stuff we have to walk through. I’ve never considered myself an activist. I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out – a regular life, boring love.” - Jim Parsons

The couple truly deserve this award.

Sheldon's Fake Smile

In one episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Sheldon’s friend Raj Koothrappali somewhat in inadvertently discovers a planetary object which is beyond the Kuiper Belt, 2008 NQ17. Raj named this ‘Planet Bollywood’.

As this was a major achievement, Raj was featured in People’s magazine’s “30 (Visionaries) Under 30 (Years of Age) to Watch”. This also got Raj a much larger office in the University he, Sheldon, Howard and Leonard all work at and he became a celebrity of sorts. With Raj’s behaviour changing, his friends become annoyed at him. But of course they had to act proud and try and support him. Well apart from Sheldon. He had no idea what the fuss was about.

With Leonard telling Sheldon to show support and be happy for Raj, Sheldon came up with the creepiest, wacky fake smile that you could possibly imagine. This was not originally in the script but Jim Parsons decided to add it in. He was told in the script to do an “unpleasant smile”, instead he created a smile from out of this world. 

Jim Parsons Has Not Seen One Episode of Star Trek

Sheldon in Star Trek Uniform

With Sheldon Cooper being a major geek about Star Trek in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the actor has never seen an episode of Star Trek in his entire life. As they say “never judge a book by its cover”, it’s the same for actors! Jim Parsons also failed science in College. So Jim may seem like a Trekkie fan, but think again.

Parsons favourite television show when he was growing up was ‘Three’s Company’ along with ‘Family Ties’ and ‘The Cosby Show’. His current favourite TV shows are ‘American Idol’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Lost’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’.

Parsons is also a sports fan. When he gets the time he loves watching the tennis, baseball and basketball on the television.

He's am Accomplished Pianist

Sheldon the Professional

As seen on ‘TBBT’, Jim Parsons can play an instrument like the other cast members. Johnny Galecki (Leonard) is a cello player, Mayim Bialik (Amy) is a harp player and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) is a professional playing the piano.

Parsons took piano lessons for fourteen years when he was growing up and can now play it to an incredibly high standard. Next time you see him playing the piano/keyboard on ‘TBBT’, you now know that it is actually him playing it. In the show we also see the character Sheldon play the Theremin. Jim knows how to play this instrument but not as good as the piano.

He Is the Most Nervous Actor On The Big Bang Theory Set

He may be the main star of the show; Jim Parsons is the most nervous actor on the entire set when it comes to filming episodes for ‘TBBT’. This manifests most prominently on the day before he due to film his scenes for the show. At this point he can go into a small panic mode and worries a lot that he will forget his lines for the scenes.

Jim Parsons is not a science guy, but he does have a lot of difficult and long words related to science that he has to learn. So it does take some time to learn them all, but this is what worries him the most.

Did You Know Any Of These?

These are just a few facts. Some of them are really quite surprising. But are they what you expected? 'The Big Bang Theory' Season Nine is coming to close, but Season 10 is already in the works. Catch the show on CBS.

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