Simon Helberg

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Simon Helberg
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Helberg at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009
Born (1980-12-09) December 9, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Medium Stand-up, Film, Television
Nationality American
Years active 1999–present
Spouse Jocelyn Towne (m. 2007)
Children Adeline (b. 2012)
Wilder (b. 2014)

Simon Helberg (born December 9, 1980) is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, currently in its eighth season, for which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He has appeared on the sketch comedy series MADtv and is also known for his role as Moist in the Joss Whedon-led web miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Personal life[edit]

Helberg was born on December 9, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to Jewish parents. He is the son of actor Sandy Helberg and casting director Harriet Helberg (née Birnbaum).

Inspired by the film The Karate Kid, Helberg trained extensively in karate during his childhood and earned a black belt at the age of 10.[1] He was raised in Judaism, "Conservative to Reform but more Reform as time went on."[2]

Helberg attended middle and high school at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, with Jason Ritter, who later became his roommate at NYU.[3] He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts,[4] where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.[5]

Helberg is married to actress Jocelyn Towne; they married in 2007. Jocelyn's uncle is screenwriter Robert Towne.[6] Helberg and Towne had their first child, daughter Adeline, on May 8, 2012.[7] A son, Wilder Towne Helberg, was born on April 23, 2014.


For many years[quantify], Helberg performed with comedian Derek Waters as the sketch comedy duo Derek & Simon. In 2007, the two starred together in Derek & Simon: The Show, a web series they created with comedian Bob Odenkirk for the comedy website Super Deluxe. They also made two short films "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card" (co-starring Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader) and "Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette" (co-starring Casey Wilson and Emily Rutherfurd) and had a pilot deal with HBO in 2005. One of Helberg's earliest jobs in television was briefly joining the cast of MADtv for one season in 2002.

Helberg appeared in the 2002 feature film Van Wilder as one of the geeky students for whom Van Wilder was throwing a party. He had a minor role in the 2003 movie Old School. In 2004, he was in two episodes of Reno 911!: Student Driver in Raineesha X and Hooker Buying Son in Not Without My Mustache. He had a small role in the sixth episode of Quintuplets, Get a Job, as a man called Neil working behind the counter at a shoe shop where Paige and Patton were working.

He also played a small role in the film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as a Jewish record producer. In 2004, he appeared in the film A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. Helberg played the minor role of Terry in George Clooney's 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, where he had one line. In 2005, he had a bit part on Arrested Development as Jeff, an employee of the film studio where Maeby worked. From 2006-07, he had a minor supporting role as Alex Dwyer in the drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In 2006, he appeared in a series of comical TV commercials for Richard Branson's UK financial services company Virgin Money. He made a short appearance on The Soup in 2011.

He also appeared as the character Moist in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and had a small role in the pilot of the Judd Apatow-produced sitcom Undeclared. In the 2009 Coen brothers film A Serious Man, he played junior Rabbi Scott Ginsler. He had a minor role in the season 4 finale of The Guild as one of the Game Masters ("GM").

Beginning in 2007, Helberg has been playing Howard Wolowitz, a geeky, wannabe "Casanova" with an eccentric fashion sense,[8] in the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mumford College Roommate
2001 Ruling Class Fred Foster TV movie
2002 The Funkhousers Donnie Funkhouser TV movie
Van Wilder Vernon
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Computer Wizard
2003 Old School Jerry
Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales Adam(DGA Trainee) TV Special
2004 A Cinderella Story Terry Andersons
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. CBS page
2006 Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette Simon
The Pity Card Simon
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Al
The TV Set TJ Goldman
For Your Consideration Junior Agent
2008 Careless Stewart
Evan Almighty Staffer
Mama's Boy Rathkon
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Dreidel L'Chaim
2009 A Serious Man Rabbi Scott Ginsler
2011 The Selling Young Husband
Let Go Frank
2013 I am I Seth
2014 We'll Never Have Paris Quinn


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Popular Gus Latrine Episode: "Coup"
Cursed Andy Tinker Episode: "And then Jack Became the Voice of Cougars"
Son of the Beach Billy Episode: "It's Showtime at the Apollo 13!"
Undeclared Jack Episode: "Prototype"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch The Spokesman Episode: "Time After Time"
2002–2003 MADtv Various Episode: "Episode #8.6"
Episode: "Episode #8.7"
Episode: "Episode #8.9"
Episode: "Episode #8.10"
Episode: "Episode #8.16"
2003 Less than Perfect Arthur Episode: "It Takes a Pillage"
2004 Quintuplets Neil Episode: "Get a Job"
Reno 911! Various Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"
Episode: "Raineesha X"
2005 Unscripted Various Episode: "Episode #1.5"
Episode: "Episode #1.6"
Life on a Stick Stan/Vinnie Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Liking Things the Way They Aren't"
Arrested Development Jeff Episode: "Meat the Veals"
2004–2006 Joey Seth Tobin Episode: "Joey and the Party"
Episode: "Joey and the Assistant "
Episode: "Joey and the Big Move"
Episode: "Joey and the Wedding"
2006 The Jake Effect Bill Skidelsky Episode: "Flight School"
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Alex Dwyer 14 episodes
2007 Derek and Simon: The Show Simon 13 Episodes
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Matt Menard Episode: "Bad Luck Brad"
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Howard Wolowitz Main Character;
Critics Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actor Award (2013)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer (2010)
2008 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Moist Episode: "Act I"
Episode: "Act II"
Episode: "Act III"
2009 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Moist TV Special
2010 The Guild Kevinator- Official Game Master Episode: "Guild Hall"
2010–2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ronaldo Recurring Character
2011–present Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Bian Zao Voice
Recurring Character
2012 Weasel Town Kenny Rogers, Hotel Clerk, Burt Reynolds, Jerry, Dr. Baxter, Sean's Mom and Dad Web series
2013 Drunk History Frank Mason Robinson Episode: Atlanta
2014-present The Tom and Jerry Show Napoleon Voice
Recurring Character


  1. ^ Fancast Interview: The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg Visited January 22, 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ Miller, Gerri (4 September 2007). "Fall TV Preview: Simon Helberg". Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Lindhome, Riki. "Making It #1: Jason Ritter". Nerdist. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eight Tisch Alumni Nominated for 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Big Bang Theory Cast: Simon Helberg". Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Balls of Steel: I Am I ... and Then Some - Script Magazine". 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  7. ^ Sarah Michaud and Monica Rizzo (27 January 2012). "Baby on the Way for Simon Helberg". People. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Quillard, Bobby (16 August 2010). "Talk Nerdy to Me: Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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