Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

College of Arts and Sciences

Jim Parsons ’01 (MFA)

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 best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ critically acclaimed hit, “The Big Bang Theory.” On the big screen, Parsons can be heard voicing a lead character, named “Oh,” alongside Rihanna in “Home,” a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the award-winning book, The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. Parsons recently co-starred in HBO’s Emmy- winning original movie adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” where he reprised his role as Tommy Boatwright from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Parsons received an Emmy nomination for his role.

Parsons earned a Master’s in Fine Arts degree from The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.