8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Simon Helberg
For almost 10 years now, Simon Helberg has been stealing the scenes on The Big Bang Theory as sometimes creepy, sometimes sweet, and always hilarious, Howard Wolowitz. In real life, the actor is down-to-earth and very sweet, quite unlike his on-screen persona, and because so many fans related him to Wolowitz, we dug up 8 things not widely known about the star, so fans can get to know him better outside of his role! Check it out:
8. Destined For Fame
As it turns out, Simon Helberg was well on his way to fame early on thanks to his family who was already involved in the industry. His mother, Harriet, was a casting director while his father, Sandy, was an actor himself. Sandy began his career in New York City before moving to L.A. where he became one of the original members of the iconic Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. He is best known for his roles in High Anxiety, History of the World: Part 1 and Spaceballs.
7. Hidden Talents
By now, fans know that Simon Helberg is a talented and hilarious actor, but he is also hiding some pretty amazing talents. As it turns, the actor was a black belt in karate by the time he was 10 years old. As for a less aggressive talent, Helberg is actually a very skilled pianist which he has shown off a few times on The Big Bang Theory, but also in the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. In fact, Helberg landed the role because of his well-known talent. “The film’s composer Alexandre Desplat came to me and said, ‘You can’t hire someone who can’t play the piano at a really high level. I told my casting director in New York and they immediately said, ‘You want Simon Helberg,'” Florence Foster Jenkins‘ director Stephen Frears revealed.