10 Startling Jim Parsons Facts Even Diehard Fans Might Not Know

Jim Parsons Facts

The Big Bang Theory became one of the most successful sitcoms on CBS in recent years. If you have not seen the show, then you are missing out! One of the best characters on the show is Sheldon Cooper, a super-genius who is portrayed by actor Jim Parsons. While Jim is known far and wide for his smarty-pants role, there are other facts about the real Jim Parsons that are just as unique and interesting. So let’s take a look at some Jim Parsons facts that even his most adoring fans might not know.

Fascinating Facts about Jim Parsons

1 A Muppet Man

In 2011, Jim Parsons lent his talent to The Muppets, where he played a new character for the series, Walter (Jim was Walter’s human alter-ego).

2 A Transition to the Big Screen

Jim Parsons worked with some big-name movie actors in 2011 for the film The Big Year.

3 Love at First Sight

The first time that Jim Parsons read the initial script for The Big Bang Theory’s pilot episode, he wanted the role of Sheldon.

4 It’s About Time!

The first big TV break for Jim Parsons came with The Big Bang Theory, which was purchased by CBS.

5 Rotten Luck

Even when Jim Parsons got the role for an audition, many times the TV pilot wasn’t able to find a network to work with them.

6 He Never Gives Up

Jim Parsons himself said that he had auditioned for about 15-20 roles for television series.

7 A Big Break

Jim Parsons was talked about in 2003 Quiznos commercial, in which he plays a savage guy raised by wolves.

8 A Broadway Boy…Kind Of

Jim Parsons moved to New York City, where he starred in off-Broadway productions, with a few TV roles here and there.

9 Texas Man, Born and Raised

Jim Parsons was born in Houston, Texas and spent his upbringing in the Texas town of Spring.

10 Hey, Jimmy!

Jim Parson’s full name is actually James Joseph Parsons, but he mostly goes by the name “Jim.”

11 He Almost Didn’t Make it

His college theater instructor was actually hesitant about casting Jim in school productions. He wasn’t sure that Jim would fit into classical theater. Jim also appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? where he discovered his French ancestry.

Video:Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory

Jim talks about coming back for season 11 of ‘Big Bang Theory,’ reveals what it has been like working on the show for so long, and describes the bond he has created with 9-year-old ‘Young Sheldon’ star Iain Ermitage.

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