Jim Parsons: This Is How Much Money He Makes From ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – The Cheat Sheet

Rarely are actors lucky enough to form such a close association with a character that they end up playing that role for years. This is the case with Jim Parsons, who started playing the character of Sheldon Cooper onTheBig Bang Theoryin 2007 and has been bringing him to life on TV ever since.

With thefinal seasonalmost at its end, let’s recap Parsons’ successful career, andhow much money he has madefrom playing super-nerd Sheldon Cooper.

Jim Parsons’ early career

Parsons was born in 1973 in Houston, Texas, and began his career as a stage actor at only 6 years old. He moved to New York following his graduation from college in order to pursue acting. During the early years of his career, Parsons mainly worked on stage doing off-Broadway productions but also appeared in several commercials. He even scored minor roles in films such asSchool for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder. 

When the opportunity arose to audition for a brand-new TV show calledThe Big Bang Theoryin 2006, Parsons acted fast. His unique line delivery and a clear affinity for physical comedy made him a perfect fit for the role of Sheldon Cooper, and he won the part. For his initial contract with the show, Parsons reportedly earned around$60,000 per episode.

The show premiered in 2007 to critical and audience acclaim. Filmed in front of a live audience, the dynamic setting allowed Parsons to combine the skills he learned on stage with the challenge of acting for a camera. Throughout his years on the show, Parsons has earned many awards, including a Golden Globe Award and a Television Critics Association award. 

Projects besides ‘The Big Bang Theory’

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Jim Parsons plays Sheldon Cooper on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ | Vera Anderson/WireImage

Although Parsons is best known for his work onThe Big Bang Theory, his success on television has enabled him to work on a few other passion projects. He’s appeared in several major films over the past few years, includingThe Big YearandWalter. He’s also returned to his stage roots and appeared in the Broadway plays “Harvey” and “An Act of God.”

Even with all his additional projects, Parsons’ has continued to work hard developing the role of Sheldon Cooper. In arecent interview, Parsons admitted that he has found real joy in playing the part, and in developing the unique way that the character has of looking at the world. While Sheldon Cooper doesn’t always interact with people in a seamless manner, later seasons of the show have shown him growing up, getting married, and learning to develop self-reflection.

How much money has Jim Parsons made on ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

Parsons has become a very wealthy man during his twelve-year stint onThe Big Bang Theory. In fact, he is considered to be thehighest-paid actoron television, with a salary in 2019 ofclose to $1 millionper episode. 

Although he’s made millions onThe Big Bang Theory, Parsons and the rest of the cast decided to say their final farewells by closing out the show at twelve seasons. Parsons notoriouslyturned downmore than $50 million when he was asked to return for thirteenth and fourteenth seasons, but it seems as though he prefers to finish the show before audiences get tired of them first.

He is currently acting as the series narrator forThe Big Bang Theory’sspinoff show,Young Sheldon. Could audiences ever see Parsons in the role of Sheldon Cooper after the show comes to an end? While it’s too early to say never, it is likely that after spending over twelve years refining the role, Parsons might want to take a short break from the role that made him insanely wealthy. 

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