Simon Helberg, Howard Wolowitz, “The Big Bang Theory,” Coming to Chicago Comic Con!
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|Simon Helberg currently stars on the hit Emmy® nominated series, The Big Bang Theory, where his comedic timing and witty one-liners have endeared his character to fans and critics alike. Helberg recently won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as mechanical engineer and astronaut, “Howard Wolowitz.” As part of the hilarious ensemble cast, he has twice been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The Big Bang Theory is in the middle of its 7th season on CBS.|
Helberg’s feature directorial debut, We’ll Never Have Paris, recently played the 2014 South by Southwest Film and Music Festival. Helberg wrote the script and stars, as well as co-directs with his wife, writer / director Jocelyn Towne. The film, based on a true story, follows a man who screws up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back “the one.” It co-stars Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Zachary Quinto and Alfred Molina. The film is produced by Helberg and Towne, with Rob Barnum and Katie Mustard with Marc Plat as executive producer.
Prior to starring on The Big Bang Theory, Helberg starred in Aaron’s Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which took place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show and starred Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford. Helberg was part of an ensemble cast including Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson and Steven Weber whose characters were all involved in the production of the late-night comedy show. The series was critically acclaimed and named _93Best Overall New Program” in a poll conducted by Broadcasting and Cable, but low ratings reduced the series to one season which garnered a cult fan following.
Helberg has guest-starred on several comedy shows including fan favorites Arrested Development and Reno 911. He was also a regular on season eight of the sketch comedy show, MADtv.
On the big screen, Helberg recently starred in the independent film, I Am I, written and produced by Jocelyn Towne, about a young woman who meets the father she never knew at her mother’s funeral. He has appeared in the Academy Award® nominated films A Serious Man from the Coen Brothers, and George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. His other feature film credits include Old School, For Your Consideration and Judd Apatow’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Online, he also played the role of “Moist” in the Internet cult sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Helberg attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at The Atlantic Theater Company and is an accomplished pianist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.