Jim Parsons
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After becoming interested in acting while a high school student in Texas, Jim Parsons received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston before going to grad school at the University of San Diego.

He moved to New York in 2001 auditioned for close to 30 pilots that never got off the ground. Then came “The Big Bang Theory.” When the CBS sitcom premiered in 2007, Parsons’ character, Sheldon Cooper, became an instant fan favorite. Parsons and his co-stars each earn $1 million per episode. He’ll add to his salary as an executive producer and narrator of “Young Sheldon,” a second CBS sitcom launching in the fall that serves as a prequel spinoff to his character

Parsons has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series and a Golden Globe for best actor in a television series, musical or comedy. In 2011, he made his Broadway debut in the play “The Normal Heart,” earning a Drama Desk Award nomination. He reprised his stage role for the HBO movie adaptation, which brought him another Emmy nomination. His most recent stage effort saw him in the role of God in the Broadway comedy “An Act of God.”

He has also branched out into his own political talk radio show on SiriuxXM, which began in January 2017. Parsons has also put his voice to good use as the lead character in the 2015 DreamWorks film “Home,” as well as various TV projects.


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Elisabeth Moss, Jim Parsons Read Mean Tweets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Watch)

Elisabeth Moss, Jim Parsons Read Mean Tweets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Watch)

No one is immune from the wrath of fans on Twitter — especially celebrities. And so Jimmy Kimmel's popular segment "Mean Tweets" returns on September 25 with its 11th chapter.His "victims" on tonight's episode include Jim Parsons, Elisabeth Moss, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kristen Bell, among others.https://youtu.be/UcwahFEEosIMoss, who just won an Emmy for her role on Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," faced this zinger from @Glambr: "Elisabeth Moss looks STUNNING. I think she can clean up well, despite my grandmother's harsh opinion...


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