Most of the time, Leonard has no lenses in his glasses.
The actors learned to actually play their instruments for the show. (Amy plays harp, Sheldon plays Theremin and recorder, and Leonard plays Cello). In addition Howard is a professional piano player.
Recurring guest Mayim Bialik is the only cast member to have a PhD. In 2008, she completed her neuroscience studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Neural Biology.
The two main characters (Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter) are named after late television producer Sheldon Leonard.
Jim Parsons audition for the role of Dr. Sheldon Cooper was so good that creator Chuck Lorre immediately asked Parsons to come in for a second one, because Lorre wanted to be 100% sure Parsons was as brilliant as he seemed. After the 2nd audition went perfectly, Lorre cast Parsons on the spot.
When Sheldon plays the theremin, (which is widely regarded as one of the hardest instruments to play) that is actually Jim Parsons playing the theremin.
Raj's inability to talk to women except when consuming alcohol is based on an old co-worker of executive producer Bill Prady when he worked at a computer company.
During the third season, the producers became aware of a series called "The Theorists," produced and broadcast in the country of Belarus, that was a virtual copy of The Big Bang Theory (2007). Legal action over copyright infringement would have been futile, since the production company was pretty much owned by the Belarus government. However, a lawsuit turned out not to be necessary, because when word got out that the show was a rip-off, the actors quit and the show was immediately canceled.
On 14 January 2011, CBS gave the series a rare vote of confidence when it issued a three-year renewal through the 2013-14 season. It then received another three-season renewal on March 12, 2014, meaning the show will run at least ten seasons. This marked the first time in modern television history a scripted television series received back-to-back three-season renewals.
During a first season episode, Raj, Leonard, and Howard are trying to find a fourth person to replace Sheldon on their Physics Bowl team. Raj suggests the actress Mayim Bialik, saying, "You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's Blossom. She got a PhD in neuroscience or something." Leonard responds, "Raj, we're not getting TV's Blossom to join our physics bowl team." During Season 3, Bialik started playing the regular role of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the show; Dr. Fowler has a PhD like Dr. Bialik, but in neurobiology rather than neuroscience.
Kaley Cuoco missed filming two episodes of season four because of a broken leg that was the result of a horseback-riding accident. In her first appearance following the accident, she was filmed standing behind a counter.
Penny has been using the same purse since S1/Ep02.
Despite the fact that some viewers take Sheldon's behavior, mannerisms, and social skills as a sign that Sheldon has Asperger's syndrome or otherwise falls on the autism spectrum, the show-runners have persistently denied in many interviews that Sheldon has Asperger's or any other type of autism. It should be noted however, that actor Jim Parsons (Sheldon) has stated that he does think that Sheldon actually does have Asperger's syndrome and portrays him as such.
Even though Jim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper is a huge Star Trek (1966) fan, Jim himself has never seen the show. The same is true for Doctor Who (1963).
On January 3, 2013, a team of Brazilian biologists announced their name for a newly-discovered species of orchid bee: Euglossa bazinga. This was to honor the show and specifically Sheldon's mocking catchphrase "bazinga". Long mistaken for another bee, Euglossa ignita, the new species was deliberately tagged "bazinga" for its history of fooling entomologists. Executive producer Steven Molaro responded in a press release: "We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra (1961) and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creature."
Sheldon's soothing song, "Soft Kitty", is based on an Australian children's song from Executive Producer Bill Prady's daughter's pre school. The song has been featured on Australian children's television show Playschool.
In fall 2010, Kaley Cuoco revealed to CBS's Watch! Magazine's Behind the Scenes (2008) that she and her "Big-Bang Theory" co-star and love interest Johnny Galecki had secretly dated for two years earlier in the run of the show, but they were no longer together.
Sheldon frequently wears T-shirts with the characters or symbols of Green Lantern, the Flash, or the old TV show The Greatest American Hero (1981). The shirts from the "Green Lantern" comic book series are various colors with a corresponding symbol, with each color representing a different corps of heroes or villains (e.g. Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns, etc). In the comics, each color also represents an emotion, thus possibly giving the viewer a clue to Sheldon's temperament for the day.
Sheldon can be seen wearing various versions of "Flash"-T-Shirts throughout the series. In the series "The Flash", character Cisco Ramon frequently wears "The Big Bang Theory"-based Shirts, such as one with Sheldon's catchphrase "Bazinga!".
Although Sheldon does not drive, Jim Parsons gets motion sickness from riding in cars, and prefers to drive them.
Floors two, three, and four of Sheldon and Leonard's apartment building are the same set just re-dressed for each scene. This can be seen in the fact that the scuff marks on the moulding are identical on each level as they walk up the stairs.
Kevin Sussman, who plays Stuart Bloom the comic book store owner, actually worked in a comic book store before becoming an actor.
Each of the male characters has a signature clothing article that is worn in virtually every episode: Sheldon: t-shirts worn over long-sleeve shirts; Leonard: hoodies worn over a T-shirt and under a jacket; Raj: sweater-vest worn over a shirt and usually under some type of outerwear; Howard: dickie worn under some type of outerwear. Howard usually has a pin on the left side of his dickie of the head of a space alien, and he wears large belt buckles.
On five episodes or more of season six, Mayim Bialik's right hand was hidden in certain ways and camera shots to conceal the injury and glove with which she covered her hand because of an automobile accident that occurred in August of 2012.
Sara Gilbert (Leslie) who plays a former girlfriend of Leonard's, also played Johnny Galecki's girlfriend in Roseanne (1988). Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon's mother, was also his co-star in Roseanne (1988) and Sara Gilbert's aunt.
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper wears numerous shirts containing the number 73, this is also the year Jim was born in real life 1973, and Cooper repeatedly states that 73 is his favorite number.
Sheldon didn't always have his door knocking quirk. On the fifth episode of season 1, he knocks on Penny's door without knocking and calling her three times.
Both Raj's and Bernadette and Howard's apartment are filmed on the same set and are just completely redecorated to change scene, this is why it is rare to see both apartments in one episode.
The full names and occupations of the characters are as follows: Dr. Leonard Leakey Hofstader, Ph.D., Experimental Physicist; Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D., Theoretical physicist; Howard Joel Wolowitz, M.Eng, Aerospace Engineer; Dr. Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali, Ph.D., Astrophysics; Dr. Bernadette Mary Ann Rostenkowski Wolowitz, Ph.D., Microbiology; and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D., Neurobiology. Penny's last name has yet to be revealed.
With the exception of the pilot, every show name follows the same format as the show's title, that being the name of a scientific episode or theory.
Out of the main male cast-members, Howard is the only one who hasn't seen Penny naked in person; despite being the first to flirt with her.
Kaley Cuoco presented the award Best Performance by an actor in a television series--musical or comedy at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards to co-star Jim Parsons
As the series progressed, each taping of the show was attended by Caltech students.
Johnny Galecki was originally approached to play Sheldon, but felt that he would be better fit to play the role of Leonard.
Sheldon is from Texas, as is Jim Parsons.
The theme song uses the line "Autotrophs began to drool." This is a science joke. The word "autotroph" means "self-nourishing" and refers to life-forms (plants and algae) that create their own food internally and don't need to eat.
Bernadette did not originally have such a high pitched voice. When she first appeared, she had a rather normal pitch voice and as her character began to take shape, she adopted the quirky high pitched voice which Melissa Rauch says she based off her mother's voice "without the Jersey".
The quick response (QR) code, which is visible in Stewart's comic book store contains a link to the website for the comic book center of Pasadena.
One of Johnny Galecki's early roles was in an episode of Blossom where he played Mayim Bialik's love interest who takes her to a "make-out party".
Howard's house also appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
The opening cast shot always features the series' regulars enjoying dinner together. The opening cast credits cast shot in seasons two through four, for instance, depict Howard, Raj, Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon, on what appears to be pizza night. However, Leonard is seen holding a plate with a white meat and some type of vegetable, such as asparagus spears. This is apparently a reference to his lactose intolerance, which would make him adverse to pizza. Amy and Bernadette were added to the shot starting in season six, even though both had been regulars on the show since season four.
Penny was an add-on from a different sitcom concept. She had been originally envisioned as Katie, a more cynical, hard-drinking, streetwise girl who worked at a makeup salon. In the original unaired pilot, she was played by Amanda Walsh.
In the early episodes of Season One, Sheldon has two character traits that were not established right away. First, Sheldon understood the nature of romantic/sexual relationships. In the first few episodes, he chides Leonard for his hopes of getting into a relationship with Penny, often telling Leonard that he has no chance of having sex with her. Also, Sheldon understood the nature of sarcasm as he occasionally used it himself in the early episodes. Later, his character evolved into a purely intellectual person and an emotional "man-child" who does not fully understand sex, love, or sarcasm. Second, in the early episodes, Sheldon did not use his 3 times knock. (I.E.: Knock-knock-knock "Penny", etc.) that has become one of the character's now well known idiosyncrasies that did not begin until midway through Season One.
During his appearance on "Inside the Actor's Studio", Jim Parsons revealed his three favorite scenes: Sheldon receiving a gift from Penny - a napkin signed and used by Leonard Nimoy, Sheldon presenting Amy the relationship agreement, and Sheldon drinking Long Island Ice Tea for the first time.
The original working title of the show was "Lenny, Penny, and Kenny."
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) and Kaley Cuocuo (Penny) are the world's highest paid TV actors with earnings of $29 million and $28.5 million, having made that income from June 1, 2014-June 1, 2015. [Forbes 2015]
In the original unaired pilot, the theme song of the show was "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby. Later on, however, a short MIDI rendition of the song is used as Howard's ringtone in The Big Bang Theory: The Lizard-Spock Expansion (2008)
All the figurines and posters in Howard's room (and later on in his house with Berndette) are female super heroes or science fiction characters. The one non-female figurine, Jabba the Hutt, has Princess Leia (in her slave girl costume) sitting in front. Later on in the series, they accumulate a figurine of Bernadette after the episode where he and Raj got a 3D printer.
The equations written on the boards in various episodes that Leonard and Sheldon are working on, are real physics equations and are verified as accurate by consulting physicists.
The character Howard Wolowitz is named after someone the creator worked with at a computer company.
Wil Wheatons house number (1701) is the same as the hull number of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek:The Next Generation (NCC 1701-D).
Leonard's last name, Hofstadter, refers to two well-known scientists: Robert Hofstadter, the 1961 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and his son Douglas Hofstadter, who researches consciousness and cognition, and whose best-selling book about philosophy, mathematics, puzzles, art, and music, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid," was published in 1979 and won him the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
According to numerous entertainment reports, CBS has reported a large jump in the series' ratings for Season 6 and have attributed the increased audience to the exposure of the show in re-runs on TBS which airs the series three nights a week in prime time blocks of up to three hours.
Barry Kripke (played by John Ross Bowie) has exactly the same speech impediment as Elmer Fudd - also a Warner Bros. property.
While a guest on the National Public Radio program "Talk of the Nation," Mayim Bialik confirmed that the university that the characters attend and/or teach at is based on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. Additionally, in one episode, the character of Leonard stated that he worked at Caltech.
Raj says that Spock had a date every seven years. He is referring to Pon Farr, the Vulcan mating cycle that occurs every seven years. Vulcans must mate in the time of Pon Farr, otherwise they will die so Spock has a mandatory hook-up every seven years.
As avid comic-book fans, the guys frequently talk about comic book characters or are wearing t-shirts or other paraphernalia of comics. They frequently mention DC Comics characters such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman. Both DC Comics and the series are owned and produced by subsidiaries of Time Warner.
Sheldon's apartment flag that is on the refrigerator is supposed to be turned upside down only if the apartment is in distress, however, it is seen upside down in a number of episodes.
The mother of Aarti Mann, who plays the role of Raj's sister Priya, is an obstetrician and gynecologist. In the show, Raj often states that his (and Priya's) father is a gynecologist.
In tribute to Carol Ann Susi, who plays Howard's mom, who recently passed, a small picture of her is on the side of Sheldon and Leonard's fridge. It is a small square that can be seen in episodes after her death. The picture is so small that it can not be recognized; however in the behind the scenes DVD feature it is mentioned that it is her.
Amy's apartment number is 314 obviously is a reference to pi which is usually rounded off to 3.14.
Sheldon verbally reveals his and Leonard's Pasadena apartment 4A's location as being 2311 Los Robles in "The Desperation Emanation." In the 100th episode, Sheldon also reveals that their apartment building is across the street from the Colorado Avenue Chevron gas station, making their building a corner location, on the corner of Los Robles and Colorado. There are two incidences of this intersection in southern California, both located in Los Angeles County, the first one is E. Colorado Boulevard & N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, and the second one is Colorado Boulevard & Los Robles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90041. However, 2311 Los Robles is not an address by either one of those intersections. Leonard does reveal, however, that they live in Pasadena while declaring himself the Darth Vader of Pasadena.
Leonard is the only regular male character who wears glasses. His on-again/off-again girlfriend Penny is the only regular female character who doesn't wear glasses.
Sheldon has invented a time of day called preevening. In Turkish language, there's an actual time of day called "aksamustu" which basically means preevening. In bengali language there is a time called "godhuli" which also means preevening. In Czech language there is a time of day called "podvecer" which also means preevening.
Howard's mother was almost never seen, only heard, despite often being as close as the next room. Conversely, via Skype, Raj's parents are quite often seen, despite being across the world in India except when his father visited Pasadena.
No two bumpers are exactly alike. Bumpers are those short videos used to separate scenes in the show.
One of the shows that survived the 2007/2008 writers strike. The show started in 2007 and the strike started in late 2007 this resulted in season 1 only being 17 episodes.
In one of the episodes Raj and Leonard run into the actor Nathan Fillion. They greet him and tell him they are big fans of Firefly (2001) and Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog (2008) Simon Helberg (Howard) played the character "Moist" in Dr. Horrible
Some of the signs in the laundry room read "No open containers on the machines," "Do not leave laundry unattended," and "Please keep your clothes on while doing laundry."
While much of the show has focused on String Theory, the most often mentioned physicist is Hawking. However, the "Father of String Theory" is Dr. Leonard Susskind, who has proven Hawking wrong on several occasions.
In early episodes of Season One, Sheldon mentions having an older brother in addition to his twin sister, Missy. In one instance he mentions being bullied by this older brother. However, while Missy has been seen on the show, the brother was never mentioned again, even when his mother visits. She only mentions Missy. He was mentioned in season 3 episode 4 as well. In later seasons, Sheldon's brother was mentioned in S07E11, S08E20, S08E23, and S09E05
The names Sheldon, Leonard, Cooper and Hofstadter all appear on the list of Nobel Laureates in Physics. Further, Sheldon and Cooper are names of physicists who won the prize for theory and Leonard and Hofstadter are names of those who won for experiment.
Leonard's middle name is Leakey. Leakey is the name of a renowned family in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Louis Leakey (1903-1972) was a British archaeologist and naturalist whose critical work helped to establish human evolutionary development in Africa. He also created or co-created several organizations for future research and for protecting wildlife in Africa. He also helped to establish a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry, and was able to motivate the next generation to continue, especially within his own family. Mary Leakey (1913-1996), Louis's wife, was a British archaeologist and anthropologist, who discovered many firsts. For much of her career she worked together with her husband, Louis Leakey, in Olduvai Gorge, uncovering relics of ancient hominines. She also developed a system of classification the relics they found. After the death of Louis, she became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to further establish the Leakey name and tradition with the training of her son, Richard.
Sheldon only swears twice, in the first season, and again in the fifth season. Other times, he is shown to use either substitute words or only say the first letter.
In the German-dubbed version, the voice actor for Sheldon Cooper is the same person who usually dubs Leonardo DiCaprio.
In every one of the main female characters' first appearances on the show, the first person to speak to them are their future mates: in the pilot, when Penny is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Leonard, in "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary" (S3.Ep5) when Bernadette is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Howard, and in "The Lunar Excitation" (S3.Ep23) when Amy is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Sheldon.
Melissa Rauch, who plays the role of Bernadette--a Catholic--in the series, is Jewish in real life.
Chuck Lorre leaves a small insert at the very end of each episode. If you were to pause it at the end, you could read the insert.
Leonard wouldn't eat dairy (lactose intolerent) or drink wine (sulphates) at the start of the show. Now he drinks wine all the time.
In the same scene that Raj says that "Blossom" would be a great addition to the Physics Bowl team, he also mentions that the "girl from 'The Wonder Years'" was also smart. In a later episode, Danica McKeller (who plays Winnie on 'The Wonder Years') plays a character who makes out with Raj.
While having lunch at the University canteen or other eating scenes, characters don't actually eat most of the times. Howard only pretends to eat the food by moving his mouth like he is chewing it, Sheldon and Leonard just play with their food with fork.Amy and Penny are sometimes shown eating food actually. They only talk most of the time.
Amy is allergic to avocados as revealed in season 8
Leonard is the only male lead character who hasn't taken his pants off while under the influence: Raj took his off at the coffee shop while under the influence of an experimental personality altering drug, Howard took his off on the international space station after his teammates gave him a shot for his anxiety and Sheldon took his off on stage while accepting an award in science after Penny gives him multiple glasses of wine.
In an unaired pilot episode instead of Raj and Howard, Leonard and Sheldon had a female companion named Gilda. Who had a big crush on Leonard
From June 2015 to June 2016, cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki ,Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar were the top four highest paid television actors, and actress Kaley Cuoco was the highest paid actress for the same time period.
Sometimes in the second or third floor of Sheldon and Leonard's apartment building, the caution tape on the broken elevator will come undone. Sheldon will sometimes stop and fix the tape.
When Chuck Lorre first pitched the show to the studios, he intended for it be an adult version of the show as seen today. In hopes of attracting as many male viewers as possible he wrote the show with an all female cast. The female characters associated with the male main characters reflect the original characters' personas: Sheldon was originally Missy (a tall, attractive brunette from Texas who lacked intelligence), and lived with an older woman named Beverly (an intelligent scientist from New Jersey who took advantage of her roommate. Penny lived, as she does now, across the hall, but originally had an Indian roommate named Priya (a lawyer from New Delhi). It could be assumed that characters like Bernadette and Amy might have been potential characters to add later, as well as a single male love interest in the form of unintelligent Zack.
While Wil Wheaton was appearing on the show, he took a photo of the set's coffee table and posted it on his much-followed blog. Among the materials on the coffee table were copies of "Mental Floss" magazine; "The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections" by Neil Gaiman; a package of Pepperidge Farm Sausalito milk chocolate macadamia nut chunk cookies; a package of Red Vines licorice; and a package of Tim's brand original-flavor lightly salted potato chips.
The first season references the show "Blossom" and the star actress that got a neroscience degree. This was before the hired the actual actress to be Amy.
Sheldon once mentioned he views himself and Howard to be acquaintances in the third season. In reality, Parsons and Helberg are good friends with each other.
Sheldon's routine knocking ritual was actually done by Penny in season 2 before Sheldon did it on the same episode.
In the 19th episode of the 5th season entitled "The Weekend Vortex", for some reason, Kaley Cuoco is omitted from the credits - dispite appearing in the episode. In the beginning of the episode while Leonard, Howard and Raj are walking up the stairs the credits start with "Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar. ..." instead of "Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, KALEY CUOCO, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar. ..."
In one Halloween episode, Amy and Sheldon are brainstorming couples-themed costumes to dress up in. Sheldon has a list of their suggestions written on a whiteboard, and while his half of the board has various genre characters listed, Amy's half has mostly romantic couples. The only exception is a listing that reads "Blossom and Joey", a reference to the title character Mayim Bialik portrayed in a previous series and that character's brother.
Banned from China because of its "offensive content"
Howard's mother's name is Debbie Wolowitz.
In season 1 episode 7 (The Dumpling Paradox) when Leonard talks about cutting Raj in half to play Halo, Raj speaks with Penny in the room. If you look at the table you will notice that Raj does not have an alcoholic drink.
It is both stated and implied, in several episodes, that Leonard's character does not snore but later there is an entire episode dedicated to him snoring and the resulting surgery.
Season 6 Episode 10: The Fish Guts Replacement. Sheldon reveals that his favorite cartoon theme song is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..."turtle power!" The writers may have been sucking up to the boss a bit with this creative choice...the infectious 90's anthem was written by none other than Big Bang Theory showrunner Chuck Lorre.
Sheldon's father's name is George
The characters often mention how Raj cannot talk to women "unless he's drunk", but in fact he only needs one sip to lose his inhibitions, as evident in many of the episodes.
Sheldon & Leonard are atheists yet the scientific theory that is the basis for their careers (and the show's title) "The Big Bang Theory" was actually proposed and developed by a Catholic Priest, Father Georges Lemaître.
Simon Helberg's father is also an actor. He guest starred on M*A*S*H is an episode titled The Moon is Not Blue. He played Corporal Bannister who is plagued with panic attacks whenever he is around women. Hawkeye and B.J. give him pills for confidence without telling him they are placebos. The pills work and he becomes a ladies man. This is the same as Raj but he remedies it with alcohol.
In season 4 Penny is going out with Zach and they attend a costume party at the comic book store where he goes as Superman and she goes as Wonder Woman. Kaley Cuoco actually briefly dated Henry Cavill who is Superman in Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman and the upcoming Justice League movies.
On Sheldon's desk there is an Android figurine, even though Sheldon uses both iPhone and iPad.
Simon Helberg (Howard) used to play Seth, a geek from Caltech, on the 2004 Sitcom Joey. He also dated a woman named Molly who had a squeaky voice. Howard works for Caltech and is married to Bernadette who also has a squeaky voice.
Of all the primary cast members,Jim Parsons is the eldest one.
Kaley Cuoco's character, Penny has never had her maiden name disclosed on screen before. An interview with one of the writer's of the show revealed that the writer's of the show are aware of this and due to superstitious reasons, are intent on not revealing it ever on camera.
Brian George, who plays Raj's father, has also done various voice work for DC animated movies. Johnny Galecki did some voice work for Batman Beyond (1999).
Penny's first car was a VW Golf Mk1 Cabrio.
Of all the characters in the show and their wish to be super - humans, Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny actually did have powers in another show playing a witch in the tv series Charmed.
The Chinese food containers used in a lot of the episodes are the same as in a lot of films such as Night at the Museum 2 (2009).
Howard is the first of the gang to get married and have a child. In real life, Simon Helberg was the first main cast member to get married in summer 2007, just before the start of the series and have children in 2012 and 2014.
Casey Sanders (Bernedette's dad) plays a cop, he also appears in Sons of Anarchy as a lead sheriff (S3,ep12) a show also based in California but different areas. Big bang theory being Pasadena and SOA being in a town called Charming.
All of the boys are interested in things like Star Wars and Star Trek but they aren't huge fans of either of them in real life.
Brian Posehn, who plays Bert, actually starred in a comic book movie; he played the wedding minister in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
In The Interview (2014), this is Kim Jong Il's favourite show. James Franco starred in The Interview (2014) and the Sam Raimi Spider - Man trilogy, which is occasionally referenced on the show.
Earlier in the same season, in episode 3:5, The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary, Howard is introduced to Bernadette. As they get to know each other, he reveals that he lost his virginity in a car. Bernadette replies that she did as well. In this episode, Howard tells Raj and Leonard that he lost his virginity to his cousin and describes being at the back of the house during a family gathering.
As a child, Kunal Nayyar had a crush on Winnie Cooper. And in the show he actually had a relationship with her, which surprisingly made him lose all interest in her.
The first season was originally planned to have 22 episodes, however due to the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike only 17 episodes were produced.
Much like the 4 main male characters, Amy and Bernadette wear the same style of clothing in every episode. Amy wears a knee length skirt with dark or colourful tights, a long sleeve, collared blouse with a knitted sleeveless cardigan, often underneath a long sleeved cardigan. Bernadette wears a mid-thigh length, usually floral, dress with dark or coloured tights and a short sleeved button up cardigan. Penny is the only main character who's clothes do not follow a pattern.
Most, if not all, of the backgrounds shown while characters are driving, are shot in Pasadena. Most recognizable are Fair Oaks Ave. and Del Blvd.
Barry Kripke who is a recurring character in the show appears in every season except Season 1.
Kunal Nayyar's character Raj is Hindu. However Raj always wears a steel bangle which would indicate that he's Sikh. In fact Kunal Nayyar is Sikh.
For all the talk about physics, the universe, the Theory of Everything etc, they never talk about "The Big Bang". It's been theorized that before the Big Bang the universe was contained; in the beginning and now.
In the Unaired Pilot episode, Sheldon is portrayed as having a lot of qualities he didn't have in the finished script. He was able to understand sarcasm and wasn't as condescending as normal. He also was revealed to have engaged in sexual relations.
Currently (November 2016), the show broadcasts over 5 channels in South Africa (The most of any show at any given time) - the latest episodes on M-Net and reruns on VUZU, VUZU AMP, M-Net Family, Comedy Central and SABC3.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) both starred in Blossom; a show in which Bialik portrayed the title character. During The Big Bang Theory's first season Raj suggests the gang recruit Mayim Bialik for their Physics Bowl team when Sheldon pulls out, saying, "You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's Blossom. She got a PhD in neuroscience or something." Bialik soon joins the cast during the third season as Dr. Amy Farrah-Fowler who has a PhD in neurobiology as opposed to neuroscience.
Season 1 is the shortest season, with only 17 episodes.
Even though everyone else has their last name stated in the show, Penny - one of the main characters - does not.
Amy's door number is shown to be 314. These are the first 3 digits of pi.
The character "Raj" was originally supposed to be named "David" but after Kunals audition, the name was changed to Raj.
In S3 Ep16, Stan Lee is set to be at Stuart's comic book store for an autograph signing. Around the same time Sheldon and Penny are in traffic court. As Sheldon stands next to the judge at his stand, and the name reads J. Kirby, an obvious reference to Stan Lee's partner and co-creator of various Marvel characters, Jack Kirby.
Sheldon was born in Texas. In season 2, Leonard's girlfriend Stephanie mentions that she did her medical internship in Texas.
The UK's Channel Four and E4 appear to have slightly edited dialogue from certain episodes as the audience laughter abruptly starts/stops/jumps suggesting bad "cut and shunt" editing, not consistent with the professional editing standards Warner Bros Television usually releases. This may well be a result of UK Broadcast Standards compliance edits made as the 2 Channels show the programme multiple times stripped across daytime, afternoon, evening and night-time slots.
The wall poster in the hall in the Sheldon/Leonard apartment is a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Brian George's earliest recurring role in a TV series was as a police detective on the series The Edison Twins, a Canadian kids series about a pair of teen scientists who solved mysteries.
In the episode, The Bat Jar Conjecture in Season 1, while discussing who to recruit to their quiz team, Raj mentions that they should get TVs Blossom on their team. The lead character on the show Blossom, Mayim Balik, actually went on to star on the show in the final episode of season 3 and has been a regular cast member since season 4.
With all the talk on the show about String Theory and it being the solution to the Holy Grail of physics, (Theory of Everything) it fails two of the three criteria. A Theory of Everything must be simple, elegant and at the same time infinitely complex. It takes a multitude of theory's (M theory) and a çircus of math to make String Theory work. There's nothing simple or elegant about that. The boys need a new linear pursuit to find the T.O.E.
Penny is the only main character remaining whose surname has yet to be revealed. While her maiden name is still unrevealed, in the season 9 premiere, she took Leonard's surname of Hofsteader.
In the 100th episode where Leonard asks Penny out again, Penny is wearing the same shirt she wore in the pilot. This was probably to represent Leonard falling in love again with the same girl he did 100 episodes before.
Howard's mother's voice was heard throughout the show, but her face has never been actually seen on-screen. (She appeared very briefly on-screen in the season 5 finale, as the camera pans up from the roof top, but her face was still never shown.) She died after the actress who plays her Carol Ann Susi died of cancer.
Bob Newhart agreed to appear in the show on one condition - that he have a recurring role. Newhart appeared in four episodes as Arthur 'Professor Proton' Jeffries.
Chuck Lorre stated in an interview that Penny's surname is Barrington, the reason is yet to be revealed
Carol Ann Susi, who plays Howard's unseen mother, tragically died from cancer on 11/11/2014. Her character was subsequently written out of the show.
Pennys surname has never been revealed in the show. That is until she marries Leonard and her new last name is Hoffsteder
The cast and crew have performed two 'flash mobs' to audiences after taping an episode, one to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and the other to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk".
Raj, Priya, Leonard and Bernadette are the only characters to have had both their parents introduced in the series. Prior to the season 10 episode aired on Monday September 19, at 8E&7C, in this episode both Penny's parents were introduced together.
Of all the main characters, Leonard and Penny have had the same amount of relationships over the course of the show (Penny: Kurt, Zack, Stuart, Mike and of course Leonard)(Leonard: Penny, Dr Elizabeth, Priya, Leslie and Stephanie), then Raj (Lucy and Emily), Bernadette (Glenn and Howard) and Howard (Leslie and Bernadette). Amy (Dave and Sheldon) and Sheldon (Amy)
In the last episode of season 5 when Howard and Bernadette are getting married, during the wedding, Raj talks without drinking any alcohol, even though there is Amy, Penny, and Bernadette in the same place.
Most of the characters have evolved since their first appearance. Sheldon: He gains more feelings about women and ever gets physical with Amy and tells her he loves her. Howard: He is less creepy then he was in the first season and finally settled down. Raj: He can now speak to women without being drunk. Amy: She is less like Sheldon and not as robotic.
In the episode where burglars break in Sheldon can be seen on the couch watching a horror movie. The woman in the film says "Don't go in there, Jim!" Jim is the name of Sheldon's actor. His full name being Jim Parsons
In season 6 episode 2, Amy mentions that her and Sheldon will be getting married in exactly 4 years. At the end of the season 10 finale, Sheldon proposes to Amy, making this to be a somewhat valid prediction.
Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter)
Born in Belgium where his father was stationed while serving in the US Air Force. He moved to Chicago when he was 3 years old.
In 1991, he starred in the made-for-TV movie Backfield in Motion (1991), which co-starred the production team of Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold. The next year, Galecki joined the cast of Roseanne (1988) as Darlene's sensitive and put-upon boyfriend, David.
At the age of 11, he received a Joseph Jefferson citation nomination for his critically-acclaimed performance as "John Henry" in "The Member of the Wedding".
By age 7, he began performing in such prestigious theater productions as "Fiddler on the Roof", "Pippin" and "Galileo", opposite Brian Dennehy at The Goodman Theater in Chicago.
Star/producer/writer Roseanne Barr of Roseanne (1988) praises Galecki's "great vulnerability".
Older brother of Nick Galecki and Allison Galecki.
Close friend of Sara Gilbert.
He is a vegetarian.
Was considered for the role of John "Doc" Bradley in Flags of our Fathers (2006).
His father was of Polish descent. His mother is of Irish and Italian ancestry.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
Guest-starred on Blossom (1990) with Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory (2007), as her date in 1991. In 2011, their characters dated again in The Big Bang Theory: The Pulled Groin Extrapolation (2011) episode of The Big Bang Theory (2007).
Is 6 years, to the day, older than his The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-star, Kunal Nayyar.
Former smoker. He quit shortly before the eighth season of The Big Bang Theory (2007) began. He started smoking when he was only a teenager.
Used a pin to poke a hole through his ear lobe at the age of ten because his parents would not allow him to get his ear pierced professionally.
I don't know what to do with myself between films. I end up doing unhealthy things like shopping or drinking. I'm pretty schizophrenic about it.
(On appearing in Don Roos's edgy dark comedy The Opposite of Sex (1998)): "I wanted to do a bigger movie with a broader audience. I realized there are people between the coasts that have no idea I've worked since Roseanne (1988).
Right now, I'm very healthy. I have no vices left. Except sugary breakfast cereal. And absinthe, of course.
(On co-starring in NBC's A Family Torn Apart (1993) which co-stars Neil Patrick Harris): "I wanted to do something a little diverse from that people were used to seeing me do. I'm just a big fan of true-life crime stories. I'm not a violent person".
(On making Vanilla Sky (2001)) That was a blast, because I got to hang around New York for three or four weeks and play Boggle with supermodels. Cameron Crowe wouldn't give out scripts, and I'm a homework guy, so I called him and I said, "You've got to tell me something. Give me something I can invest myself in so I feel prepared when I show up in the morning". He said, "Listen to The Beatles", which was, you know, not much of a help at all. I think I may have hung up on him. [Laughs]. But he wouldn't give out a script! So every day I would show up, and there'd be a couple of pages in my trailer. A line or two, or no lines. I never knew how big or small my role was going to be. I just showed up every day. I did invest myself in listening to The Beatles, because I had nothing else to work with, and I learned that he had based a lot of it in The Beatles. My character's name, "Peter Brown", was the name of the assistant to John and Yoko, and I think he appears in the lyrics to "The Ballad Of John And Yoko". But it was good fun. Tom Cruise was amazing - a really, really nice guy.
(On making I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)) I don't remember really how that came to be. I used to know Jennifer Love Hewitt. We lived in the same apartment building when I was about... jeez, I guess it was when I was doing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), so I was about 13 or 14. She and my little sister were friends, so I knew her a little bit. I think she suggested me for that role. It was a pretty cut-and-dried gig. I remember doing a body cast for a scene where they open a trunk, and my dead body is in it, and there's a crab crawling out of my mouth. I got a call that production was shut down, because Jennifer was so upset by seeing this image of me with a crab crawling out of my mouth. They were asking if I would call her and reassure her that I was very much alive.
(On his part in Hancock (2008)) Sometimes the scripts change a lot, and this was the case for Hancock (2008). Both Thomas Lennon and I read for our minuscule roles in Hancock (2008). There were a couple of great scenes that we had initially. Then, the script was rewritten after they'd cast us and after they'd negotiated our contracts and everything. I think I'm like fourth-billed in that movie. Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman and me. And yet I'm a glorified extra. I really have no lines whatsoever. Neither Thomas nor I knew that until we got to the set and saw the new draft of the script. Honestly, the impetus to that gig was to work with Peter Berg, because I've been a fan of his for a long time. There was one moment early on the first day where Thomas and I looked at the new draft and thought, "We don't have any lines anymore". "Should we go home?" Jason Bateman kept looking at us going, "What are you guys doing here?" We were extras. But I very much wanted to be on a Peter Berg set.
(On National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)) I was still living in Chicago with my family. I was 13, and I read for that role on tape. They flew me out to read with Chevy Chase. They must have been really hard up; I'm not sure why I got that role. I was fresh off the stage in Chicago. I had never done anything comedic before. I don't consider myself a comedic actor now, but I certainly wasn't then. I think I have a good idea, a good notion, a good inkling maybe of what's funny and what isn't. I think I can serve a good joke pretty well. But I wasn't bringing much comedic to the table whatsoever at 13.
(On how he landed his role on Roseanne (1988)) That character was interesting, because it really grew organically, just in playing it. Initially, it was only supposed to be a couple of lines. Rose and I had worked together on a TV movie. She got me an episode, to do one scene on the show. There wasn't much there to do. Kind of rile things up with Sara Gilbert. It wasn't a whole lot to study or create or crawl into. But after that one episode, she asked me to do three more episodes, and then she asked me to do three years. You've got to understand: I was a massive fan of the show. I remember watching the pilot with my family in Chicago, when I was a kid. That show's time slot really governed when my family ate dinner. So I was very intimidated, being on that set, surrounded by television heroes of mine. That scared little rabbit that I was, observing all of this from the shadowy corners of the stage, was something the writers were brilliant enough to observe and inoculate into the character. Eventually, that became something. The way they wrote it and the way I played it. And it fortunately played so well off the "Darlene" character, too. My spinelessness and her strength.
I'm not at all competitive. I'd rather play Solitaire than ping-pong.
[on preparing to portray a scientist on The Big Bang Theory (2007)] We did try. We talked to physicists at UCLA. We watched Nova (1992). I tried to read some books but they gave me anxiety attacks by page two. We realized that we can't pretend to think like geniuses. But we can learn to relate to them, emotionally.
[on understanding the scientific concepts of physics] We're incredibly true to the science on the [The Big Bang Theory (2007)]. Even the whiteboards have actual formulas on them, and supposedly they are very funny sometimes. I don't know how that can be, but that's what I'm told.
We have Nobel Prize winners asking if they can guest-star on the show. The image of the scientist in the last 10 to 15 years has changed dramatically. It used to be the pasty guy in the basement with beakers, and now it's Steve Jobs. They're almost the rock stars of our age.
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper)
Was a member of Infernal Bridegroom Productions, a Houston-based theater company.
Worked for Microsoft Sidewalk in Houston as an assistant for Megan Halverson.
He played a bird in his first school play in elementary school.
Is prone to motion sickness. Riding in a car will make him nauseated so he prefers to drive.
Good friends with The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-stars Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco.
His favorite character on The Big Bang Theory (2007) is Penny.
His theatrical credits include "Endgame", "Guys and Dolls, "What Happened Was" and "The Balcony".
He enjoys watching Lost (2004), American Idol (2002) and Grey's Anatomy (2005).
His mother, Judy Parsons, is a first grade teacher and his father, who passed away in a car accident, in 2001, was the president of a plumbing company. His younger sister, Julie Parsons, is also a teacher. Judy and Julie work at the same school, and have shared a classroom.
Voted friendliest in his high school graduating class.
Attended and graduated from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas in 1991.
Received an undergraduate degree in Theatre from the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston (1996).
Received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego's Professional Training Program (2001).
Received his 2010-2011 Golden Globe from Matt Bomer, a fellow graduate of the Klein Independent School District. Parsons graduated from Klein Oak, Bomer from Klein High School.
His early influence was Johnny Carson.
Made his Broadway debut in 2011 as Tommy Boatwright in "The Normal Heart".
Took piano classes for 14 years.
Has English, French, German and Scottish ancestry.
In May 2012, The New York Times reported that Parsons is gay and at the time had been in a relationship for the last ten years.
Standing 6' 1", is by far the tallest principal cast member on The Big Bang Theory (2007). None of the other regular cast are taller than 5' 7".
His favorite series are Mary Tyler Moore (1970), Three's Company (1976), Family Ties (1982) and The Cosby Show (1984).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 11, 2015.
Owns a production company, That's Wonderful Productions, with his partner, Todd Spiewak.
Said in 2016 that he would love to play The Joker in a future "Batman" film.
When Parsons married Todd Spiewak in May 2017, they had been romantic partners for 14 years.
[on credentials for playing a physicist in The Big Bang Theory (2007)] I was very fascinated with meteorology at a young age. I lived on the Gulf Coast and hurricanes blew through there. That is the class I failed in college: meteorology. I didn't have an interest in the particulars - but what a wonderful basis for a show.
[After he won a Golden Globe for The Big Bang Theory (2007) which was presented by his co-star Kaley Cuoco] I told her as soon as we got offstage that "No matter how many years I work in this business, no matter how many other awards I might get, that will never happen twice." To be presented with this statuette by my co-star who I love so much meant the world to me.
If I ever wrote a script myself, it would be strongly emotional material.
I've always loved TV very much, and as a child I was so religious with it, but now it's more when it fits in.
I'm also a big American Idol (2002) fan. I think it's just great fun.
I was a very shy child.
I think intelligence is usually sexy until it becomes irritating. After that, you're stuck.
I think in any form of acting, you're always well served if you've done theater.
I love seeing tennis up close.
I had a very strong interest in music, specifically the piano from a very small age.
I don't think the jet-setting life is really for most people.
Every time I think about writing, comedy doesn't interest me in the slightest. I can play comedy, but I don't think in terms of comic dialogue.
As a human being, you know that there are some days when you'd rather not talk to anybody - but I can't really do that anymore without appearing rude.
Well, I'm a big believer in "never say never".
To have a job you can count on as an actor is so rare, whether that means belonging to a regional theater company or being on TV.
The Big Bang Theory (2007) has completely changed my life.
In L.A., I have more of a yard existence, and so I enjoy walking my two little dogs in New York - one's a Maltese and the other's a Shih Tzu.
I did have a Twitter account that I tried for a couple days, but found I had nothing to say. There are some interesting facts I could share, but I don't want to share that part of myself.
I grew up with two different parakeets - one that lived for five years, and one that lived for 13 years - so I always had a bit of an attraction to birds and it's an oddly good fit to be in a movie about birdwatchers.
I try to master every facet of a character in order to build a safety net for myself, so I can go on to take more risks to create someone really distinct.
I was very average in the social label scale going through school. I was neither the coolest person in school, nor did I suffer the slings and arrows of being made fun of to such a degree that I couldn't get through the day.
It's a shame, but every time I get something scientific in the script, I read up to find out what I'm talking about - but then I'm on to the next script and it's forgotten.
My choices in projects have all been character or role-based, and on a financial level, it's obvious: as an actor on a TV series, I get a wonderful paycheck, and a consistent paycheck, which doesn't always happen when you're doing theater or movies.
There's no audience to wonderfully get in your way when you're doing a single-camera anything, whether it's a sitcom or drama or film. And I do mean that in the best way.
When I first started out in Houston, it was theater or bust. And I loved it. I still love it. And then I went to undergraduate and graduate school for acting.
Kaley Cuoco (Penny)
Has a younger sister named Briana Cuoco.
Her last name, "Cuoco", translates to "cook" in Italian. Her father is of Italian descent, and her mother has English and German ancestry.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6621 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 29, 2014.
She did six Barbie commercials when she was younger.
Her parents names are Gary Carmine Cuoco and Layne Ann Wingate.
Was home schooled on the set and earned her high school diploma at age 16.
Was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player until she switched to acting full time in 2002.
She has a Chihuahua-dachshund mix dog named Petey, a German Shepherd named Duke and a Jack Russell Terrier named Raquel.
Her father is an Oxnard, California realtor and her mother is a homemaker.
Ranked #78 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Best friends with Amy Davidson.
Resides in San Fernando Valley, California.
Is a huge fan of Britney Spears and Taylor Swift.
Is six years younger than 8 Simple Rules (2002) co-star Amy Davidson, but she played the older sister in the series.
Friends with actress Cameron Richardson, Charmed (1998) co-star Alyssa Milano, Ashley Tisdale and Brittany Snow.
She is a vegetarian.
She loves listening to Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson.
She enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing, bowling and playing the drums.
Broke her leg after falling off her horse on September 13, 2010.
Ranked #13 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2011 list.
Ranked #57 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Was engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik [October 25, 2011 - March 2012].
In 2010, Kaley was in a horse riding accident and suffered a bad break in her leg. She was written out of two episodes of The Big Bang Theory (2007) and, for several episodes, was only seen sitting down or behind furniture in the writer's attempt to hide the injury from the viewing audience.
Remains close with the cast of 8 Simple Rules (2002).
Was in a 2-year relationship with Johnny Galecki like their characters. They are co-stars on The Big Bang Theory (2007).
(December 31, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 6 months Ryan Sweeting following a 3-month-long engagement.
The episode of The Big Bang Theory (2007) season 7 episode 14 entitled "The Convention Conundrum" is the first episode in which Kaley Cuoco's name is credited in the opening credits as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, following her recent marriage to Ryan Sweeting. Her "revised" name appears while her ex-boyfriend and current "on screen boyfriend", Johnny Galecki's character Leonard was seen using his laptop attempting to purchase tickets to Comic-Con.
In her role as Penny on The Big Bang Theory (2007), she calls everyone "Sweetie", and in 2013, her married name is "Sweeting".
(September 25, 2015) Separated from her husband of 20 months Ryan Sweeting.
Ranked #20 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
In a relationship with Karl Cooke.
Has openly admitted to have breast implants and a nose job.
First and so far only cast member of The Big Bang Theory (2007) to be nominated for, and subsequently win a Razzie Award. She won the Worst Supporting Actress trophy in 2016 for her roles in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) and The Wedding Ringer (2015).
[on playing the drums] Just 10 minutes of it and I'm a different person.
Horseback riding is my passion. Other than work. People can't imagine me getting dirty, but that's what I love about it.
You do a job, your show gets canceled. You get used to it.
People tend to think they know you when you come into their television's every week. They think you are different than who you are. Don't believe everything you hear.
James Garner is like a peaceful river through our chaos.
I love all music. Right now, I am loving Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson.
I love the fashion world. I love clothes. I love style.
After everything happened, we all got super tight. I can't deny it. We all just love each other. James Garner and David Spade came on and we fell in love with them too. We've just become a family all over again. We don't want to lose anyone again.
Finally, there was a moment when it just hit me. John [Ritter] wouldn't want me to sit on my butt for the rest of my life feeling sorry for myself or sorry for him. As cheesy as it sounds, he would have wanted us to go on.
For me, what I really want to come out of it is to show people that I can hold together a movie, be the number one character and play someone who is twenty or twenty-one.
I will always be the way I was a couple years ago before anything happened. And that's to my parents' credit, my amazing parents who have been around me my whole life and raised me right. I'm very happy with what has happened so far.
John [Ritter] was the smartest and most amazing comedian I've ever worked with. I think more than teaching me about acting or comedy, he taught me about life and the love of people and respect of people.
My whole family actually, but my parents. I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business and I still have stuff to do at their house.
The final phone call that said we're [8 Simple Rules] going to be picked up again was just a miracle. We've overcome the impossible and we're still pushing forward. I know John [Ritter] is smiling and so happy that he gets to watch us on television.
I was having a bad day, and my friend said, "Go wash your hair." I thought it was really silly - but it made me feel so much better. It might be a small thing, but it works. Washing it off and starting over.
Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz)
Son of Sandy Helberg and Harriet B. Helberg.
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at The Atlantic Theater Company.
In two years, he appeared in three different productions about the behind-the-scenes details of the television industry. Those productions are Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), The TV Set (2006), and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, where he resides.
Obtained his black belt in karate when he was 9-years-old.
Does remarkable voice imitations of Nicolas Cage and Al Pacino.
Simon, with his wife Jocelyn Towne, welcomed their first child, daughter Adeline, born May 8, 2012.
Wife, Jocelyn Towne, had their second child, a son, Wilder Towne Helberg was born on April 23, 2014. The birth was kept secret until June 2014.
Only male cast member of The Big Bang Theory (2007) who is a father.
First cast member of The Big Bang Theory (2007) to receive a Golden Globe Award nomination for feature film, for his performance in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016).
His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust and came to the U.S. after World War II. His mother is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.
His wife Jocelyn is the niece of writer and filmmaker Robert Towne.
I'm married, so I tend not to hit on every girl.
I don't believe I'll be in the new Arrested Development (2003) unless they ask me, in which case, okay! That's how easy I am to get.
Well, I think that everybody is kind of a nerd at heart.
Actually, when I was young, I believe I met Nicolas Cage. I think I was probably eight, and I remember seeing him at somebody's house - it was an event and he happened to be there. People would ask me if I was his son, because I looked like him at that point, so I do remember feeling some connection and just wanting to say, like, 'Papa!'
I actually struggled through teaching myself to cook because I'm completely ignorant in the kitchen. So I did really macho things like trying to make my own curry. Really hardcore stuff.
I wouldn't wear turtlenecks. That I'm not envious of. But who knows? I might sneak out a few things and hope and pray that no one says, 'Hey, didn't you wear that when you were playing an enormous geek on TV?'
I thought it was going to be a hut in Topanga and Janis Joplin was going to come out, but it's a real doctor... I went to Beverly Hills to meet this midwife; you'd think they'd be in nature.
I walked into the wrong examination room. I'm bad enough at facial recognition... I saw more that day than I cared to. Fortunately, I didn't recognize her from that angle, whoever it was, and I didn't ask. I'm off to a rocky start on the road to fatherhood, but I got a free view.
We're going to do a natural birth. At first she was like, 'We should do it at home,' and I said, 'Look, either way, when you go into labor, I will be checking into a hospital... so if you want to come along, come along.
Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali)
Has a B.S. in Business from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Has a Master's in Fine Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Although he was born in England, he grew up in New Delhi, India. His family moved there when he was four years old.
Is exactly 6 years to the day younger than his The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-star Johnny Galecki.
Comic-Con fans are so affectionate, and it's always a lovely way to start a new season.
Comic-Con has been an amazing experience. It's overwhelming, I have to admit, because of the lines and the crowds.
I did learn that there's no point in eating too much Vitamin C because it comes out of your bladder.
I have a dialect myself; it's more pronounced, because I have studied theatre and been in England. It's half-British, half-Indian.
I have a fear of heights and I'm claustrophobic.
I know stuff about 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Star Wars,' but 'Star Trek,' I don't know.
I love going to the G4 sci-fi-type parties.
I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love 'Star Wars.' I wish Jedi was a true religion.
I really think if you take away a character's obstacles then there's no comedy.
I would definitely line up for 'The Lord of the Rings.' I'm a huge 'Lord of the Rings' geek.
I'm a pro! No, what I mean is I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. I have been all over the place. I have studied theatre for seven years.
I'm helping launch the new Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. I play an astrophysicist on television, and the name of the bar is Milky Way, so put two and two together, and here I am.
If you want to go on the floor, go in disguise because otherwise you won't be able to. I would just put on a full Darth Vader costume and walk through Comic-Con so I can actually check it out and enjoy it as opposed to being approached by everyone, which is lovely, but it gets very difficult to enjoy because there's so many people there.
It all started with the most basic level of Uta Hagen, right at the beginning. I'm like, "Really? I came to grad school; I'm going to do the 'Respect for Acting'?" And I realized the importance of that, because it was really to just get you to get rid of everything. Get rid of everything you've learned and just start from the bottom up.
No one ever sees the sleepless nights, the years of studying and 14-hour days earning your dues. I spent three years isolated in an academic environment to be the best actor I could.
When you move from a different country, it takes a while to make friends. I found myself being lonely a lot at first. In New Delhi, I had all my family. But Portland is one of those cities you can immerse yourself in and feel comfortable. People are so friendly.
Sometimes I'll be sitting with my friends; I'll say something Koothrappali-esque and make a face. There is a lot of Koothrappali in me as a human being. A lot of mannerism, humor, mischievousness, my innocence. So I don't know if I bring him home so much as I bring myself to him at work.
The really good stand up comedians can be angry but relatable, and they have interestingly humanizing personalities. Their observational skills are far greater than mine, so I'll just stick to reading lines off a page.
These characters, they have to evolve. They're getting older on the show, these are things that happen in everyone's life. People do get married... this is just a natural evolution. I wonder if we'll have 'Big Bang' babies in the season finale?
We live in a bubble sometimes, and you can get out of touch with your fans. You go to the studio, you come home. But coming to Comic-Con is a real opportunity to connect with the people that made your show happen and are responsible for its continued success. It's really humbling.
When we first started The Big Bang Theory (2007), I would get incredibly nervous because it's such a big show and I was just out of graduate school. I'd come in and have this huge responsibility for the one line that everyone hopes will bring down the house.
I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones (2011). I love comedies - I really like 30 Rock (2006) and Modern Family (2009).
People at the University of Portland were accepting and loving and open-minded. When you have a safety net, it allows you to take risks.
I like to work as much as I can, but I only really have the hiatus to work on other projects. I've kept myself busy recently. I voiced a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which was a lot of fun. I also did another small movie called The Scribbler (2014).
I was pretty awkward when I was young, but I was never afraid of putting myself out there. I would say stupid things but then they would laugh at me and possibly find it endearing.
I went to the University/Resident Theatre Association auditions. Deans come and watch you in this theater. You have three minutes, and you have to do two contrasting monologues - at that time, this is 2003 - one classical and one contemporary.
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski)
Has stated that the voice she uses as "Bernadette" on The Big Bang Theory (2007) is based on her mother's voice.
Got her start as a stand-up comedian on stages throughout the New York City, including the same open mike in the back room of Hamburger Harry's in Times Square, where Zach Galifianakis first graced a stage.
Has a brother named Ben Rauch.
Met her future husband, Winston Rauch, in college when he was known by his birth name, Winston Beigel.
Ranked #64 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
Melissa and her husband, Winston Rauch, are expecting their first child [July 11, 2017].
(July 11, 2017) Expecting her first child with her husband Winston Rauch this fall after suffering a miscarriage before.
I was a theater dork in high school and did all the plays. My theater teacher in high school, Janet Spahr, was absolutely incredible and mentored me throughout school. She taught me a lot about relying on my instincts.
I was kind of like the Rhea Perlman of the bar. I was like "Carla" on Cheers (1982). People were more afraid of me. There was a point where I got a little surly. There were only so many chicken wings I could serve before losing the smile on my face.
When I was out of work when I first moved to L.A., one of the first things my husband and I did was buy season's passes to Disney, and whenever I was bummed out about work, we would go to Space Mountain, and it was like a physical injection of anti-depressants.
My fear is that, had I stayed in Jersey, I would have become Snooki because I'm just a bottle of hair dye away.
My first waitress job was at Johnny Rockets in New Jersey, and then I waited tables at a sports bar.
We must take down the carnies. I think we need to start a campaign to defeat their scamming ways. I never win the boardwalk basketball game.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to perform. I went to an arts camp called Brookdale Arts Camp, in New Jersey, from the time I was 6, and then I was a counselor there through high school.
I love an arcade. I love a boardwalk game. But I also love a rollercoaster. Though I think the rollercoaster love comes from the fact that it took a really long time for me to reach the height requirement, so I promised myself very early on that when I reach that, I will not take it for granted.
[on receiving scripts for The Big Bang Theory (2007)'s fifth season] I was waiting on my doorstep for the first script to arrive, like it was Christmas morning! Not that I celebrate, or anything - but if this little Jewish girl knew what Christmas felt like, I'm sure it would be very close.
Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler)
Her first name means "water" in Hebrew.
Was accepted to both Harvard and Yale, but turned them down to attend UCLA.
Was good friends with the late Bill Bixby. As he went public with his illness, he directed her sitcom, Blossom (1990), and continued working up until his death on 21 November 1993.
Plays piano, trumpet, bass guitar, as well as the harp which she learned to play for The Big Bang Theory (2007).
Adopted a whale, a wolf, and a manatee.
Is an accomplished dancer. She and Blossom (1990) co-star, Jenna von Oÿ took lessons in between breaks in the filming season.
Received her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA (2008).
Contrary to popular belief, did not do her own singing for the role of young "C.C. Bloom" in Beaches (1988). Although Mayim can sing, Bette Midler decided she wanted to feature a singer who sounded more like she herself did at age eleven, and another singer was substituted.
Played the recurring role of a lesbian on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) in what is deemed part of her "comeback" to acting after years of college studies and motherhood.
She is not related to Wall Street Journal online columnist Carl Bialik.
Her grandparents were European refugees from the Holocaust, immigrating from Poland and Czechoslovakia/Hungary. Bialik was raised in the Reform Jewish religion.
Follows a vegan diet (no animal products of any kind).
According to a 2009 interview, her great great grandfather was the nephew of Chaim Nahman Bialik, a Russian poet, who moved to Tel Aviv in the 1920s and who is today considered the national poet of Israel.
Sustained an injury to her right hand in a car accident in Los Angeles on August 15, 2012 but later tweeted that she would "keep all my fingers" after reports that her thumb was almost severed. Nearly lost the use of her right index finger.
Gave birth to her 1st child, at age 29, son Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone, on October 10, 2005. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Michael Stone.
Gave birth to her 2nd child, at age 32, son Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone, on August 15, 2008. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Michael Stone.
Separated from her husband of 9 years, Michael Stone. [November 2012]
Music director for the UCLA Jewish a capella group "Shir Bruin" 
Is an avid cat lover (ailurophile).
Never watched an episode of the last three seasons of Blossom (1990).
She has an Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number of 11, which is among the lowest on the planet. Her Erdös-Bacon number is 7 (also one of the lower numbers on the planet with 15 people with lower scores and tied with 6 others.).
For her very first screen kiss Mayim locked lips with co-star Johnny Galecki on Blossom: Sex, Lies and Teenagers (1991) when both were just 14-years-old.
The fact is safe co-sleeping is not difficult. The notion of babies being smothered is simply not true. And the benefits of sleeping together are profound.
You know, there's a tremendous amount of genetic propensity not necessarily for what TV shows you like but for literally how you view the world, how you react to things, how things touch you and how things move you.
As a kid, I felt really weird.
I don't want to say everything happens for a reason but every day is lined up right next to the other one for a reason. The best you can do is do each day well with kindness and as a good person.
A lot of stuff I wear I've had since high school.
Attachment parenting is not a passive parenting style.
Auditions are hard. You should see what most of the women look like when I audition for things - they look like they should be on the catwalk.
Being a caregiver for your child is part of the job description of being a mammal.
Breast-feeding is the natural, optimal way to feed a child.
Drama is what I did before 'Blossom.'
I came to parenting the way most of us do - knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.
I don't care much about conforming.
I don't look like most women in the industry.
I don't wear pants, or like them; I'm a Jewish woman who's made the decision to wear skirts, so I wear mostly skirts past the knee.
I get maybe four hours of sleep a night. I'm a little bit crazy.
I have a life. My kids don't run my house.
I like army boots, I like peasant skirts - sometimes together! So I do know that I have odd taste.
I like bold colors but usually wear black.
I started acting because I enjoyed school plays.
I think a lot of times on TV we see caricatures - that's what's funny.
I was raised on comic books, and I love science fiction.
I was raised on the purest comedy there is: 'I Love Lucy.' I was raised watching 'Three's Company' and sitcoms of the '70s and '80s.
I'm a pretty quiet person.
I'm big on my kids being conventionally polite, and it works really well for them.
I'm concerned about the ocean and the environment. And I love whales.
I'm definitely on the spectrum of socially awkward.
I'm generally intimidated by adults.
I'm good with a script.
I'm one of those people that makes a better adult than I did a kid.
I'm one of those people that thinks the Internet is amazing, and I can't believe it exists.
I'm super grateful to be an employed actor.
I'm technically a vegan, but I do eat egg if it's in things.
I've never had a sinus infection or been on antibiotics since cutting out dairy.
My first son didn't really take a bottle, and I didn't like giving bottles.
One of the best things my mother passed on to me was being an efficient multi-tasker.
Publicly I'm a very modest dresser, by Hollywood's standards.
Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.
The level of communication you can achieve with an infant is really profound.
The most empowering feminist act is for women to be taught about the ways babies bond and then decide what they want to do.
There's a tremendous amount to be gained from being a performer, and being an artist, and being an actor.
To be honest, it's considered very late to start acting at 11 and a half, for the industry. Most kids are doing it from toddlerhood on.
Well, I mean, I'm still a scientist, you know. I think once a scientist, always a scientist.
When you're used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more.
You don't have to be an at-home parent to be an attachment parent.
Actors are a lot like professors on dissertation committees - it's a lot of ego, a lot of rallying for position, there is a lot at stake in every single interaction.
Even as a child, I felt very guilty about eating animals and never knew that there was something to do about it. And as I got older, it became clearer that there are things that I can do and choices I can make.
I basically look like a lot of modern Orthodox people you know, but I work on a TV show where I sometimes have to kiss Jim Parsons. That's why I don't take on the title of modern Orthodox, but in terms of ideology and theology I pretty much sound like a liberal modern Orthodox person.
I do believe babies are born potty-trained. They're born knowing and are able to give subtle signals that become very prominent if you reinforce them.
I have a neuroscience background - that's what my doctorate is in - and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.
I think neuroscience is obviously very esoteric, but I think there are aspects of it that can absolutely be brought down to the level of an interested 11-, 12-, 13-year-old easily.
I was always kind of a school person - my parents were teachers, and my grandparents were immigrants, so their big thing was, 'Go to college, go to college, go to college.'
I've become sort of an accidental advocate for attachment parenting, which is a style of parenting that... basically, the way mammals parent and the way people have parented for pretty much all of human history except the last 200 years or so.
It used to be that if you were on a sitcom you couldn't get work in film because it was so different. Now it's almost like you have to be on TV to do other film work.
It's wonderful to be appreciated for being quirky, and to see Zooey Deschanel and the quirky, indie film types get mainstream play is amazing for women, because women are much more complicated than what we've see on TV in the past.
Sleeping with your child, wearing your child in a sling as opposed to pushing them around in expensive strollers, those are things that matter biologically and sociologically for the structure of a family.
Kevin Sussman (Stuart Bloom)
Attended the College of Staten Island for a year, then transfered to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating from AADA, Kevin studied acting with Uta Hagen for four years.
Worked at a comic book store, prior to acting.
Is the youngest of 4 boys.
Initially used movies from the 70s as Inspiration for acting, Kramer Vs Kramer, The Graduate and Taxi Driver are just a few.
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Doing a Netscape commercial [January 2004]
One day on my way to class I ran into my brother Dan walking through the hall. I asked him what he was doing there, noticing he had some text books under his arm. He told me he was on his way to class and wanted to know what I was doing there. Somehow we were both enrolled in the same school, without the other knowing. Okay, we didn't hang out together all the time, he was four years older (still is), but we lived together! It was weird! Right? That is weird, isn't it?