James Joseph “Jim” Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American television and film actor best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant reason for the program’s success.
In August 2009, he won the Television Critics Association award for the highest individual achievements in comedy.
In April 2010, he received the National Association of Broadcasters Television Chairman’s Award for a significant break-through in one or more specific art discipline.
On August 29, 2010, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on The Big Bang Theory.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Parsons started acting in first grade. He attended Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, a northern suburb of Houston.
In 1996, he earned an undergraduate degree in theater from the School of Theater and Dance at the University of Houston where he joined Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He later earned a masters degree from the University of San Diego while performing at the Old Globe Theatre.
Parsons currently lives in Los Angeles. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall. His hobbies include playing the piano and watching sports, especially tennis, baseball, and basketball.