Jim Parsons is best known to most everyone around the world as the neurotic scientist Sheldon Cooper in the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. Parsons originally fell in love with acting at six years old, while performing in a school play. He’s classically trained in theater from his time in college, but Cooper’s brand of acting is more unique than anything classical. He’s won the hearts of many viewers around the world with the narcissistic nerd character of Sheldon Cooper. Parsons has won a Golden Globe and four Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the wacky, Spock-loving doctor. He’s often imitated but never duplicated. But how much green has this wackiness earned Parsons?
Jim Parsons’ Net Worth as of 2017: $50 Million
Parsons’ total net worth clocks in at a whopping $50 million. That’s a lot of dough! How did he get so much money? In 2014, he negotiated his contract with CBS, and now he receives an amazing $1 million per episode. The two other top stars of the show Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) also receive $1 million per episode. But when you talk to the fans of The Big Bang Theory, it’s almost guaranteed that they’re going to quote or mention Sheldon Cooper in some form. Even when they quote Penny, it’s usually referencing that scene when she sang to Sheldon to help put him sleep (like a little kid):
2002 – 2007
After receiving his graduate degree in classical theater, he moved to New York and performed in off-Broadway plays. He appeared on several television shows like Ed, Taste, Why Blitt?, and Judging Amy. In 2003, he appeared in two comedic Quiznos commercial as a man raised by wolves:
When Jim auditioned for the part of Sheldon Cooper, he tore down the house with his performance. He was even able to replicate his performance upon request. Series creator Chuck Lorre was extremely impressed with Parsons’ abilities. Jim was quickly picked up for the role of the neurotic physicist and hilariously snarky Sheldon Cooper. The potential for success was at Parsons’ doorstep. Jim capitalized on his opportunity, and the rest would be history.
2007 – 2014
The Big Bang Theory exploded into a hit show, since it first premiered September 24, 2007. The show has already lasted 10 seasons with 219 episodes and running. For his role as Sheldon Cooper, Jim Parsons has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, every year from 2009-2014. He would win four Primetime Emmys in that same category from 2010-2014 (all excluding his 2009 nomination). The zany Sheldon also helped Parsons secure a Golden Globe award back in 2011 for Best Actor in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy.
In August 2009, Jim received the Television Critics Association award for individual achievement in comedy. By then, he had only been playing Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory for a little less than two years. Yet, somehow this comedic rookie beat-out veterans of the game like Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin Steve Carell and Neil Patrick Harris (yes, Doogie Howser, M.D. counts). Sheldon is just that lovable, I guess.
2014 – Present
Besides The Big Bang Theory, Parsons has appeared in a very large amount of televisions shows from Saturday Night Live to iCarly to Family Guy. In 2014, he appeared in the HBO TV movie The Normal Heart; a drama that displays the horror and devastation of AIDS in New York City between 1981 and 1984. Parsons has also appeared on the big screen, appearing in roles for Wish I Was Here, The Big Year, The Muppets, Hidden Figures, and many more.
On March 11, 2015, Jim received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, he starred in Broadway production An Act of God, as the title character, God. In 2015, he also co-starred in the Dreamworks animated comedy Home alongside pop superstar Rhianna.
Jim Parsons has kicked some serious booty in the field of comedy. He’s known around the globe for his geeky, neurotic ways. Many have grown to love the character of Sheldon Cooper. You might be surprised that I didn’t mention his catchphrase yet. Bazinga! Felt good to get that out of my system. Anyway, Parsons is a TV superstar that won’t be going away anytime soon. He’s already rolling in the dough with $50 million in the bank. We can only imagine what fortune will await this super-talented showman. Jim Parsons and his character Sheldon Cooper are destined to live long and prosper.