How the Cast of "The Big Bang Theory" Looks Like in Real Life
21st February, 2020
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Since its pilot episode in 2007, the creators of The Big Bang Theory have successfully managed to keep us bewitched throughout the shows’ 12 seasons, 279 episodes. Watching this adorable pack of nerds for 12 straight years has engraved our memory with such deep impressions, that it can baffle us to learn that they can be anything else in their real life. Anyhow, let’s peep into the lives of all the TBBT characters, and find out who they played and what they did other than this epic show we love.
Zack Johnson (Played by Brian Thomas Smith) www.the-big-bang-theory.net
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Zack Johnson (Played by Brian Thomas Smith)
A recurring guest star, Brian Thomas Smith played Penny’s dim-witted on-and-off boyfriend. Apparently, the characters get married in Las Vegas and then get an annulment. Smith has also been a part of The Amazing Race, Two and a Half Men, and Danny Collins.
Missy Cooper (Played by Courtney Henggeler) www.imdb.com
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Missy Cooper (Played by Courtney Henggeler)
Sheldon’s twin sister who bears little-to-no resemblance to her brother, is played by Courtney Henggeler. The character is only seen twice in the show, but is a major part of the spin-off Young Sheldon. Henggeler got her breakthrough role in Cobra Kai.
Emily Sweeney (Played by Laura Spencer) www.hawtcelebs.com
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Emily Sweeney (Played by Laura Spencer)
Emily Sweeney, a dermatologist with dark interests, is Raj’ love interest. Spencer eventually became a recurring regular on the show. The actress has also starred in shows like Bones, Criminal Minds, and 2 Broke Girls. Her first feature film was Barking Water.
Janine Davis (Played by Regina King) www.popsugar.com
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Janine Davis (Played by Regina King)
Caltech’s HR Janine Davis is played by three-time-Emmy winner, Regina King. One of the series’ most loved guest stars, King is also known for her appearances in Jerry Maguire, Enemy of the State, and Legally Blonde 2.
Denise (Played by Lauren Lapkus) ucbcomedy.com
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Denise (Played by Lauren Lapkus)
Apart from sitcoms, Lapkus is also known for her improv performances and podcasts such as With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and Raised by TV. She plays Denise, assistant manager of Stuart’s comic bookstore. She’s also starred in Orange Is the New Black.
Dr. Stephanie Barnett (Played by Sara Rue) www.tvguide.com
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Dr. Stephanie Barnett (Played by Sara Rue)
Dr. Barnett is a woman Howard tries hard to impress. Later, she dates Leonard, which sparks dispute among the friends. Sara Rue most recently starred in True Love Blooms and has also been cast in Less than Perfect, ER, Will & Grace, and Mom.
Claire (Played by Alessandra Torresani) www.zimbio.com
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Claire (Played by Alessandra Torresani)
Torresani played Claire, a girl Raj runs into at the comic book store. The actress is, however, recognized for her part in the critically-acclaimed Caprica, Grand Union, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and ER among others. She was recently cast in Lucifer.
Alex Jensen (Played by Margo Harshman) modernfamily.fandom.com
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Alex Jensen (Played by Margo Harshman)
Harshman played the eclectic assistant of Sheldon Cooper. The character only lasted for four episodes. She was in the Amazon web series Betas. She bagged the Female Star of Tomorrow award for her part in Sorority Row apart from her appearances in NCIS, Even Stevens.
Dr. Eric Gablehauser (Played by Mark Harelik) en.wikipedia.org
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Dr. Eric Gablehauser (Played by Mark Harelik)
Mark played Dr. Gablehauser, the Head of the Physics Department, and was a regular for the first two seasons. His other appearances include shows like Seinfield, Cheers, and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He has also co-written Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a biographical musical.
Lucy (Played by Kate Micucci) arrow.fandom.com
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Lucy (Played by Kate Micucci)
Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome were named Variety’s Comics to Watch. The co-creator of Garfunkel and Oates was briefly seen in TBBT alongside Kunal Nayyar, as Raj’s socially awkward girlfriend. She also appeared in Raising Hope, Scrubs, When in Rome, and The Last Laugh.
Mike Rostenkowski (Played by Casey Sander) www.imdb.com
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Mike Rostenkowski (Played by Casey Sander)
Casey Sander played the role of an ex-cop and Bernadette’s father, Mike Rostenkowski. His appearances include Tucker, 16 Blocks, Sons of Anarchy, Grace Under Fire, and many others. He has played minor league basketball and sponsored some celebrity sports events that donate to cancer charities.
Wyatt (Played by Keith Carradine) www.imdb.com
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Wyatt (Played by Keith Carradine)
Actor, singer, winner of Golden Globe and Academy awards, Keith Carradine played the infamous role of Wyatt, Penny’s father on TBBT. He is better known for his acting roles in Dexter, Madam Secretary, Fargo, Deadwood, and films like Nashville, Thieves Like Us, and A Gunfight.
Dr. Oliver Lorvis (Played by Billy Bob Thornton) disney.fandom.com
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Dr. Oliver Lorvis (Played by Billy Bob Thornton)
Best known for his roles in One False Move, Armageddon, Sling Blade, and Primary Colors, Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, writer, director, and producer. On TBBT he played Dr. Oliver Thorvis, a urologist working to woo Penny, who was a pharmaceutical representative.
DMV employee (Played by Octavia Spencer) en.wikipedia.org
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DMV employee (Played by Octavia Spencer)
Octavia Spencer played a DMV clerk in TBBT. Spencer started acting with A Time To Kill, and has since appeared in The Help, Spider Man, Coach Carter, and Hidden Figures. She has bagged an Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe.
Mr. Spock (Played by Leonard Nimoy) www.imdb.com
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Mr. Spock (Played by Leonard Nimoy)
The legendary actor lent his voice to a Mr. Spock miniature toy. Leonard Nimoy is best known for his iconic half-Vulcan character of Spock from the Star Trek television and movie series. He has also guest starred in Zombies of the Stratosphere and The Simpsons.
Kenny Fitzgerald (Played by Michael Rapaport) www.imdb.com
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Kenny Fitzgerald (Played by Michael Rapaport)
Michael Rapaport played Kenny, the illegal provider of helium. He is one of Hollywood’s most notable supporting actors and has starred in True Romance, Metro, Cop Land, and Deep Blue Sea. He helped direct a documentary Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.
Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (Played by Judy Greer) disney.fandom.com
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Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (Played by Judy Greer)
Judy Greer appeared on TBBT as Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton. Plimpton is Sheldon’s cosmological physicist friend from Princeton University. Some of her renowned works include her roles in movies like Jawbreaker, What Women Want, The Wedding Planner, The Great New Wonderful, and 13 Going on 30.
Dan (Played by Stephen Root) www.imdb.com
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Dan (Played by Stephen Root)
Stephen Root played the role of Dan, Bernadette’s boss at the pharmaceutical company. He and Penny bond over their shared fear of Bernadette. Currently starring in Barry, his other roles include No Country For Old Men, Finding Nemo, and Finding Dory.
Sheldon Cooper (Played by Jim Parsons) www.zimbio.com
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Sheldon Cooper (Played by Jim Parsons)
Jim Parsons’ audition for Sheldon Cooper went so incredibly perfect that creator, Chuck Lorre, called him for a second round to make sure that Jim didn’t just get lucky on that day. Parsons is now the narrator and EP of the spinoff Young Sheldon.
Leonard Hofstadter (Played by Johnny Galecki) www.simplemost.com
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Leonard Hofstadter (Played by Johnny Galecki)
Galecki first became famous for his role as David Healy on the sitcom Roseanne. He made his Broadway debut as a male escort in the play The Little Dog Laughed and bagged an award for his performance.He’s now focusing on his personal life.
Penny (Played by Kaley Cuoco) www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de
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Penny (Played by Kaley Cuoco)
Kaley was one of the highest-paid TV actors, earning $1 million per episode. She has a passion for horse riding and is married to professional equestrian Karl Cook. Cuoco was also a nationally ranked amateur tennis player before she changed her career into full-time acting.
Amy Farrah Fowler (Played by Mayim Bialik) www.justjared.com
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Amy Farrah Fowler (Played by Mayim Bialik)
Intriguingly, Mayim Bialik has a real-life Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She is also an author and has written books on topics like parenting and vegan recipes. In the ’90s, Bialik was best known for starring in the hit TV series Blossom.
Rajesh Koothrappali (Played by Kunal Nayyar) bigbangtheory.fandom.com
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Rajesh Koothrappali (Played by Kunal Nayyar)
Kunal moved to the U.S in 1999. He has authored a book Yes, My Accent is Real, wherein he traces his journey from a nervous teenager in Delhi to the adorable guy on the show. His upcoming movie is Trolls World Tour.
Howard Wolowitz (Played by Simon Helberg) www.picsofcelebrities.com
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Howard Wolowitz (Played by Simon Helberg)
Simon Helberg is a very private person in real life and does not have an Instagram account. The actor now seems to be on a break from TV. Previously, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his marvelous performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.
Bernadette Rostenkowski (Played by Melissa Rauch) en.wikipedia.org
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Bernadette Rostenkowski (Played by Melissa Rauch)
Melissa Rauch has stated that Bernadette’s squeaky voice on the show is inspired by her mother. She started as a stand-up comedian in New York, and soon gained extensive recognition. Rauch has also appeared in Ode to Joy and alongside Meryl Streep in The Laundromat.
Stuart Bloom (Played by Kevin Sussman) www.hallofseries.com
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Stuart Bloom (Played by Kevin Sussman)
Sussman played the comic book store owner Stuart Bloom. He is known for playing Walter in the comedy-drama Ugly Betty, and has appeared in movies like Burn After Reading and Killers. He started in the ‘90s with acting in commercials for companies like FedEx.
Mary Cooper (Played by Laurie Metcalf) bestofcomicbooks.com
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Mary Cooper (Played by Laurie Metcalf)
Sheldon’s ultra-religious mother, Laurie Metcalf is an Emmy-winning actress who first gained widespread attention for her celebrated performance as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in the ‘90s. She has also played roles in Oscar-nominated pictures like Lady Bird, Toy Story 3, and JFK.
Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Played by Christine Baranski) www.imdb.com
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Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Played by Christine Baranski)
Baranski played Leonard’s mother Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist. A veteran actor, she is recognized for her performances in movies like Chicago, Mamma Mia, and Into the Woods. She is also famous for her role in The Good Wife’s spinoff, The Good Fight.
Dr. Alfred Hofstadter (Played by Judd Hirsch) www.themoviedb.org
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Dr. Alfred Hofstadter (Played by Judd Hirsch)
Galecki’s father, Judd Hirsch appeared on the show for the first time in the finale of the 9th season. Hirsch only started acting professionally when he was 36 years old and is known for his performance in Taxi, Ordinary People, and Independence Day.
Leslie Winkle (Played by Sara Gilbert) gossipgist.com
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Leslie Winkle (Played by Sara Gilbert)
Appearing on the show as Leonard’s short-lived girlfriend Leslie Winkle, Sara Gilbert is renowned for her act as Darlene Conner in the sitcom Roseanne. She is the pioneer of the daytime talk show The Talk, which she hosted from 2010 to 2019.
Priya Koothrappali (Played by Aarti Mann) nettv4u.com
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Priya Koothrappali (Played by Aarti Mann)
Aarti Mann is an actress and assistant director who has studied film-writing at NYU. She is known for her work in movies like Danny Collins and TV show Heroes and has also played a part in The Memsahib, directed by her sister Kruti Majumdar.
Dr. V.M. Koothrappali (Played by Brian George) www.simplemost.com
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Dr. V.M. Koothrappali (Played by Brian George)
Raj’s gynecologist father on the show, Brian George is recognized for his guest appearance as restaurateur Babu Bhatt on the popular sitcom Seinfeld. He is also known for his voiceover work in several animated series, including Justice League (2001-2004).
Mrs. Koothrappali (Played by Alice Amter) www.simplemost.com
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Mrs. Koothrappali (Played by Alice Amter)
Alice Amter only appeared on the show video chatting with Raj and his sister. Her debatable ethnic appearance and deftness with accents has always bagged her a variety of roles. She has appeared on TV alongside famous people like George Clooney, Amy Brenneman, and others.
Barry Kripke (Played by John Ross Bowie) commons.wikimedia.org
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Barry Kripke (Played by John Ross Bowie)
The string theorist who’s always putting down Sheldon on the show, Bowie has earned fame through TV shows like Speechless, and Childrens Hospital. He has written a book on the 1988 movie Heathers and a play Four Chords and a Gun based on the Ramones.
Wil Wheaton (Played by himself) disney.fandom.com
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Wil Wheaton (Played by himself)
Wil Wheaton, known as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, played himself on the show. He gained international fame for his role in the 1986 movie Stand By Me. He has voiced Richard Burns in GTA: San Andreas and many other video games.
Ramona (Played by Riki Lindhome) en.wikipedia.org
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Ramona (Played by Riki Lindhome)
Riki Lindhome played Ramona Nowitzki on the show. She is also a singer and songwriter, known for her comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, alongside actress Kate Micucci. Riki has gained fame for her performances in TV shows such as Another Period, Gilmore Girls, and House.
Bert Kibbler (Played by Brian Posehn) en.wikipedia.org
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Bert Kibbler (Played by Brian Posehn)
Posehn who made appearances as Bert, the geologist on the show, is famous for his roles in TV series like Mission Hill, You’re the Worst, and New Girl. He is also a co-writer of several issues of the famous Marvel comic book series Deadpool.
Debbie Wolowitz (Played by Carol Ann Susi) www.simplemost.com
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Debbie Wolowitz (Played by Carol Ann Susi)
Carol Ann Susi played the loud grating voice of Howard’s Jewish mother, Mrs. Debbie Wolowitz. Having studied acting in NYC in the ‘70s, she made her screen debut in the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Unfortunately, Susi died of cancer in 2014.
Arthur Jeffries (Played by Bob Newhart) www.promipool.com
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Arthur Jeffries (Played by Bob Newhart)
Sheldon and Leonard’s childhood inspiration, Professor Proton is played by comic legend Bob Newhart. He’s the scientist with a day-time show that helped kids perform simple science experiments at home. It also won him his first Emmy for his appearance on The Big Bang Theory.