Jim Parsons, the four-time Emmy-winning star of the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” received the 2,545th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.
“Big Bang Theory” producer Chuck Lorre and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg joined Parsons at the ceremony in front of the Hudson Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard. Parsons is among the voices of the DreamWorks Animation comedy “Home,” set to be released March 27.
“Why I’m specifically here today, the biggest reason, is because I had the chance to play this incredible character that I neither created nor write for nor put into a series,” Parsons said, heaping praise on Lorre and his fellow “Big Bang” cast members.
Born March 24, 1973, in Houston and raised in its suburb of Spring, Parsons has said he was determined to be an actor after playing the role of the Kola-Kola bird in a school production of “The Elephant’s Child” when he was 6 years old.
Parsons received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of San Diego in classical theater taught in partnership with the Old Globe Theater.
Parsons moved to New York City in 2001, appearing in Off-Broadway productions, playing a man who had been raised by wolves on a Quiznos commercial, had a recurring role on the CBS drama “Judging Amy” and minor roles in several films, including “Garden State” and “School for Scoundrels.”
After rocketing to stardom with his portrayal of physicist Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons has appeared on Broadway in “The Normal Heart” and “Harvey” and will return to Broadway this spring portraying God in the new comedy “An Act of God,” inspired by the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod.
Parsons reprised his role of gay activist Tommy Boatwright in HBO’s 2014 adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” receiving an Emmy nomination.
—City News Service