American actor, singer, and comedian Simon Helberg is perhaps best known for his role in the hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” His parents, an actor and a casting director, reared him in Los Angeles where he was born and raised. He went to the elite “Tisch School of Arts” in New York after finishing high school. He began working with comic Derek Waters early in his career. They participated in a number of short films and the television show “Derek & Simon.” In the movie “Van Wilder,” one of his first significant parts was that of a geeky student. In movies like “A Cinderella Story,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and “Arrested Development,” he kept acting in modest and supporting parts. He was chosen to play a physics nerd and a major cast member in the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” in 2007. He became a household name in the US as a result of the sitcom’s incredible success. He has made appearances in movies like “A Serious Man,” “Let Go,” and “Hollywood Adventures” after “The Big Bang Theory” became a global hit.
Early Childhood & Life
Simon Helberg was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 9, 1980, into a family with strong ties to the country’s entertainment business. His father, Sandy Helberg, was a pretty well-known actor, and his mother, Harriet Helberg, was a well-known casting director.
Simon was immediately lured to acting due to the fact that his family was heavily involved in the film industry. He was a big TV viewer who harbored aspirations of acting on TV one day. He frequently finished his homework early when he was younger so that he could watch TV every night.
He practiced karate as well, and by the time he was nine years old, he had obtained a black belt.
Simon has a background in music. He started a few bands when he was in middle school. He was the only accomplished musician in his bands, though. He was a student at Santa Monica, California’s “Crossroads School.”
Simon developed a strong interest in pursuing a career as a professional actor while still in high school. He soon enrolled in the renowned “Tisch School of Arts” in New York. At the “Atlantic Theater Company,” he received his training.
After graduating from the most renowned film school in the world, Simon moved to Los Angeles and began preparing for a career in comedy. With comic Derek Waters, he launched his career.
Career of Simon Helberg
Simon’s acting career began in 1999 when he had a brief, uncredited appearance in the movie Mumford as a college roommate. He started his TV career in 2001 with brief cameos in shows like “Popular” and “Cursed.” He also appeared in the “Ruling Class” series’ pilot that same year, but the show was never broadcast.
Simon started participating in comedic sketches with comic Derek Waters at the start of the new millennium. The pair became well-known for their chemistry on stage and their impeccable comic timing.
He continued to work on television and wore many avatars. He joined “MADtv” in 2002 and went on to portray a number of parts in their comedic routines. Simon made an appearance in five episodes and received high marks from the critics for his work.
Simon played one of the geeky students in class in the romantic comedy “Van Wilder” from 2002. Ryan Reynolds played the main character in the critically panned movie. Even so, it was still able to generate some revenue from ticket sales.
Simon portrayed the bully “Jerry” in the romantic comedy “Old School” in 2003. Due to his unusual appearance and his comfort in such jobs, he received similar offers. ‘Old School’ was a passable critical and financial success.
In 2004, he was offered a supporting part in the cult favorite sitcom “Joey,” which was a spin-off of “Friends.” But because of the poor numbers, the show was quickly canceled.
He appeared in “A Cinderella Story” that same year, which also starred Hilary Duff. It was a serious catastrophe. His collaboration with Derek Waters had already achieved fame by that point. Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette, a short film they wrote and directed, was the result. Following its success, they created a second short film called “The Pity Card.”
He received a supporting character offer in Aaron Sorkin’s television series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” in 2006. Despite the show’s unfavorable ratings, a second season could not be ordered. It ended up being the first Aaron Sorkin program to have just one season.
Derek Waters, a comedian and longtime friend of Simon, and he worked together on the online series “Derek & Simon” in 2007. At a period when online series weren’t considered seriously, the series debuted on the website “Super Deluxe” and quickly gained popularity.
Simon played a pivotal role in his career in 2007. He was given the chance to play one of the show’s pivotal roles. A group of young American science nerds and their daily life are shown in the sitcom. ‘Howard Wolowitz,’ an aeronautical engineer, was portrayed by Simon. A “Critics’ Choice Television Award” for “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” was given to Simon as a result of the success of the series.
He spent the most of the following decade working on “The Big Bang Theory,” but he also continued to make appearances in movies and TV shows. He had appearances in movies including “Evan Almighty” and “Mama’s Boy” in 2007.
When he played a rabbi in the 2009 film “A Serious Man,” he underwent a significant image makeover. The movie ended up being a huge critical and financial success.
He acted as “Frank” in the comedy-drama “Let Go” in 2012. One of the worst movies in Simon’s career, the movie was a critical and financial flop.
In 2014, Simon co-starred in the comedy-drama “We’ll Never Have Paris,” which he also wrote, directed, and produced. After the failure, Simon never again donned the director’s hat, and the movie garnered incredibly negative reviews.
Simon made an appearance in the 2016 movie “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, he portrayed one of the key characters. The movie was both critically and financially successful, and Simon was nominated for a “Golden Globe Award.”
Individual Life of Simon Helberg
Before getting married to the actor Jocelyn Towne in 2007, Simon dated her for a period. Robert Towne, a well-known screenwriter, has a niece named Jocelyn. Adeline, a girl, was born to the couple in 2012; Wilder, a son, was born in 2014. The only main character in “The Big Bang Theory” who is a father is Simon.
Estimated Net Worth of Simon Helberg
The estimated net worth of Simon Helberg is around $1 million.