ACTOR JIM PARSONS HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Watch Jim Parsons Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony below
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored actor Jim Parsons with the 2,545th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The star in the category of Television was dedicated in front of the historic Hudson Apartments located at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard. “Jim’s fans have been anxiously awaiting thiswell-deserved star ceremony and they will get a big bang out of seeing our recipient receiving this honor!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star were television producer and Walk of Famer Chuck Lorre and DreamWorks Animation CEOJeffrey Katzenberg.
Jim Parsons was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a BA from the University of Houston and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego.
Four-time Emmy winner, Golden Globe® Award winner and SAG Nominee, Jim Parsons continues to bring a winning combination of indelible charm, charisma and comedic timing to his roles on screen and on stage, establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s leading men. Parsons is beloved for his role as ‘Sheldon Cooper’ on CBS’ critically-acclaimed hit “The Big Bang Theory.” He has received several awards for his hilarious performance, including four Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series,’ the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy,’ and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series.’ “The Big Bang Theory”is presently in its 8th season and airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS and five nights a week in syndication.
On the big screen, Parsons will play the lead voice in “HOME,” a DreamWorks Animation adaption of the award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, co-starring singer and actress Rihanna. “HOME” is set to hit theaters on March 27, 2015. Parsons will return to Broadway this summer in the original comedy An Act of God. Emmy winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) wrote the play and Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct. Parsons will take on the role of God in the play which is inspired by the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod. Previews begin at Studio 54 on May 5 and the show officially opens May 28 which will run for a limited engagement this summer.
Parsons most recently participated in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s “Merton of the Movies,” directed by Scott Ellis. The one-night-only reading took place this past December at Studio 54, with all proceeds benefitting the Roundabout’s New Play Initiative. He also voiced the lead character, ‘Buddy’ in NBC’s animated holiday special, “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.” The special was based on the popular film “Elf” and the hit Broadway show “Elf: The Musical.” The stop motion hour-long special also aired in December 2014.
In Spring 2014, Parsons starred opposite Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in “The Normal Heart,” HBO’s original movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer play, which was directed by Ryan Murphy. The play tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Parsons portrayed the role of gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Parsons received an Emmy nomination for his role, and the film won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Television Movie.’
Earlier in his career Parsons appeared in many films including Todd Phillips’ “School for Scoundrels” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder for The Weinstein Company; as well as Chris Terrio’s “Heights” opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden for Merchant/Ivory. Parsons also created scene-stealing roles in several independent films such as “Wish I Was Here” and “Garden State,” Kevin Connolly’s “Gardener of Eden” and “The Great New Wonderful.”
On the stage, Parsons starred in the Broadway revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Harvey,” in the role of ‘Elwood Dowd’, the genial eccentric who claims to see a six-foot-tall white rabbit Harvey. The production ran with limited engagement at the famous Studio 54 in New York City. Parsons received a Theatre World Award for his debut Broadway performance as in “The Normal Heart,” starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello. “The Normal Heart” won a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Play” and was presented with the Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Revival of a Play” and “Outstanding Ensemble Performance.” “The Normal Heart” also received nominations from The Outer Critics Circle for “Outstanding Revival of a Play,” as well as five Tony Award nominations. Parsons’ other stage performances include “The Castle” for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, “The Countess” for the Globe Theater as well as “The Tempest” and “As You Like It” for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Parsons is a recipient of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Inspiration Award.” He dedicates his time to such charitable organizations as The Catastrophic Theatre, a local Houston theater where he used to work.
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