WASHINGTON -- Jim Parsons, Emmy nominee and star on the critically acclaimed CBS comedy series "The Big Bang Theory," from Warner Bros. Television, will receive the 2010 NAB Television Chairman's Award during the NAB Show Television Luncheon. Sponsored by VCI Solutions, the Luncheon will be held Monday, April 12 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
"Jim Parsons is a singularly gifted comedic talent who provides laugh-out-loud entertainment every Monday night on CBS," said NAB Television Board Chairman Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Corporation Broadcast Group. "His breakthrough performance has helped revitalize the sitcom genre, and NAB is proud to recognize him during this year's NAB Show."
Parsons has been nominated for several awards for his role as Sheldon Cooper, a highly intellectual theoretical physicist on "The Big Bang Theory," co-created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. Cited as "a marvelous discovery, creating the most hysterical misfit since Monk" by TV Guide, Parsons’ portrayal has earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor and a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. Additionally, "The Big Bang Theory" won the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; was selected as one of the programs of the year for 2009 by the American Film Institute; and won the People's Choice Award 2010 for Favorite TV Comedy.
Parsons' other television credits have included a recurring role on the CBS show "Judging Amy" and an appearance on the NBC program "Ed." He has appeared on the big screen in Todd Phillips' "School for Scoundrels," opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, as well as Chris Terrio's "Heights," opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden. Parsons has also appeared in several independent films, including Zach Braff's "Garden State," Kevin Connolly's "Gardener of Eden" and Danny Leiner's "The Great New Wonderful."
With a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of San Diego's Old Globe Theater, Parsons has an extensive theater background that includes roles in the "The Castle" for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, "The Countess" for the Globe Theater, and "The Tempest" and "As You Like It" for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Established to recognize individuals for a significant breakthrough in one or more specific art disciplines in television, the Television Chairman's Award first debuted last year with four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, who was honored as a breakthrough producer, accepting the award.
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