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Alumnus Parsons Wins Golden Globe Award

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jim Parsons’ Hollywood star, growing by leaps and bounds because of his role as nerdy Sheldon Cooper on CBS-TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” shone bright again on Sunday evening.

Parsons, who earned his first Emmy Award last fall, earned his first Golden Globe award, taking the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical. He emerged victorious over a field comprised of Steve Carell (“The Office”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) and Thomas Jane (“Hung”). Carell and Baldwin were among those Parsons beat out for the Emmy.

The Golden Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The event is often portrayed more as an early measuring stick for top motion pictures because it precedes the Oscars. Nevertheless, the 37-year-old actor’s victory Sunday served as a significant milestone and yet another testament to his studies at the University of San Diego.

Parsons, who earned his MFA at USD in 2001 through the College of Arts and Sciences’ partnership with the Old Globe Theatre, credits much of his success to his graduate studies. “The Shakespeare classes were three or four intensive plays in a row,” he recalled in a 2009 USD Magazine interview. “It’s interesting to be that submerged. I learned more about Shakespeare than I ever had in my entire life, but I just felt more prepared in general, as an actor, from it.”

— Inside USD Staff

Read the Summer 2009 USD Magazine article on Jim Parsons by clicking here.

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