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Jim Parsons '01 (M.F.A.) Earns Emmy Nomination

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When Jim Parsons '01 came to the Old Globe/USD Master of Fine Arts Theatre program he never dreamed he would be starring in a hit comedy show on prime time television. When you add in his recent Emmy nomination Parson’s reality exceeds his wildest dreams. It is Parson’s role as Sheldon Cooper, the brainy, socially inept physicist Ph.D. in The Big Bang Theory that earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Sheldon’s charm seems to be his off-the charts IQ coupled with his complete naivety of most social situations. Whether he is maneuvering the ins and outs of friendships, learning how to drive, experiencing his first cup of coffee or ordering food to go, Sheldon demonstrates an endearing hopelessness in these basic life skills, yet he does it in the most matter of fact fashion. When discussing the responsibility of keeping a friend’s secret he stated, “Well, I am sorry, but you would have had to have expressed that desire before revealing the secret, so that I could choose whether I wanted to accept the covenant of secret-keeping. You can't impose a secret on an ex-post-facto basis. “ (Full Story)

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