|Born||June 29, 1973|
Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kellogg Community College|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
Lance Barber (born June 29, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for playing George Cooper, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon (2017–present), as well as Bill Ponderosa on the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Barber was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan and developed an interest in acting at the age of seven, after seeing a performance of Grease at the Barn Theatre. He acted at Pennfield High School, from which he graduated in 1991, and performed in school productions from Kellogg Community College while earning his associate degree.
After a year at the Barn Theatre, alongside Jennifer Garner, Barber moved to Chicago and spent five years working his way up in The Second City improvisational comedy troupe. He then moved to Los Angeles and had his first television role in On the Spot, an improv sketch show that ran for five episodes on The WB in 2003. He credits his breakthrough to the 2005 HBO series The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, in which he played Paulie G., a television writer. In 2010, he landed the recurring role of Bill Ponderosa on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He reprised his role as Paulie G. when HBO brought back The Comeback in 2014. He also starred in episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, Californication, Monk, The Mentalist, and Grey's Anatomy.
Barber played Jimmy Speckerman, who bullied Leonard Hofstadter at high school, in one episode of The Big Bang Theory. He was cast as George Cooper Sr., father of Sheldon Cooper, in the spin-off Young Sheldon that premiered in 2017, and mentioned in an interview that some fans were confused by his different roles in the two related series. Barber also played Cooper in "The VCR Illumination", a 2018 episode of the parent show's twelfth season; the character is deceased in the series but appears on a video tape that Sheldon unexpectedly watches.
|TBA||El Tonto||Side Kick|
|2019||Raunch and Roll||Crash||In post-production|
|2017||Never Seen You Shine So Bright||Neil||Short film|
|2010||Dead Cat||–||Short film|
|2008||Shades of Ray||Karaoke Singer|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Dinkie|
|2006||Breakdown||Logan Conner||Short film|
|2006||The Lather Effect||Paul Helling|
|2005||The Godfather of Green Bay||Kenny Caruso|
|2005||The Poet of Canis||The Poet||Short film|
|2003||Patching Cabbage||Ryan||Short film|
|2002||Like Mike||Director in Commercial||(Uncredited)|
|2017–present||Young Sheldon||George Cooper Sr.||TV series (83 episodes, continuing)|
|2011, 2018||The Big Bang Theory||George Cooper Sr. / Jimmy Speckerman||TV series (2 episodes)|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Bill Ponderosa||TV series (11 episodes)|
|2017||All Hail King Julien||Bruce||TV series (episode: One More Cup, Part 2)|
|2016–2017||Black-ish||Dr. Gabler||TV series (2 episodes):|
|2016||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Patrick||TV series (episode: Captain Latvia)|
|2014–2016||Faking It||Lucas / Karma's Dad||TV series (8 episodes)|
|2015||Dr. Ken||Phil Stockton||TV series (episode: The Master Scheduler)|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Larry||TV series (episode: One for the Money, Two for the Show)|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Drew||TV series (episode: Speechless)|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Tyler||TV series (episode: Straight Outta Cleveland)|
|2014||Bob's Burgers||Justgrillin'||TV series (episode: Uncle Teddy) (voice)|
|2014||We Got Next||Jay||TV movie|
|2013||Timms Valley||–||TV series (episode: 2nd Executive)|
|2013||The Crazy Ones||Clyde||TV series (episode: Models Love Magic)|
|2013||Franklin & Bash||Teddy Lazlow||TV series (episode: Control)|
|2013||Whitney||Nate||TV series (episode: Sorry!)|
|2012||Baby Daddy||Tommy||TV series (episode: The Daddy Whisperer)|
|2012||The Soul Man||Mr. Richardson||TV series (episode: Pastor Interference)|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Guard #1||TV series (episode: The Magician's Code: Part 2)|
|2012||Key and Peele||Cop||TV series (episode #1.2 (2012)|
|2011||Harry's Law||David Kerwin||TV series (episode: Purple Hearts)|
|2010||Justified||Frank||TV series (episode: Long in the Tooth)|
|2010||United States of Tara||Sully||TV series (2 episodes):|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Phil||TV series (episode: Suicide Is Painless)|
|2010||Men of a Certain Age||Hardware Store Manager||TV series (episode: Father's Fraternity)|
|2009||Single White Millionaire||Seth Mortin||TV movie|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Al Wayons||TV series (episode: Bad Seed)|
|2009||Monk||Bill the Deliveryman||TV series (episode: Mr. Monk Is Someone Else)|
|2008||The Mentalist||Daniel Cardeira||TV series (episode: Red-Handed)|
|2008||The Middleman||Johnny John||TV series (episode: The Cursed Tuba Contingency)|
|2007||The Hill||Eric||TV movie|
|2007||Californication||Nick Lowry||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2007||Insatiable at IMDb||Jerry Marinelli||TV series (episode: Pilot)|
|2006||Thick and Thin||Kevin||TV series (episode: Mary Moves On)|
|2006||Untitled Patricia Heaton Project||Pete||TV movie|
|2001–2006||Gilmore Girls||Hugo Gray / the Man at Inn||TV series (2 episodes):|
|2005, 2014||The Comeback||Paulie G.||TV series (21 episodes)|
|2005||Joey||Steve||TV series (episode: Joey and the High School Friend)|
|2004||Come to Papa||Phillip||TV series (episode: The Crush)|
|2004||Faking the Video||Billy the Fake Director||TV series|
|2004||Yes, Dear||Man||TV series (episode: Who Done It?)|
|2003||On the Spot||Ensemble Player||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2002||What I Like About You||Phone Guy||TV series (episode: Spa Day)|
|2001||ER||Howard Norden||TV series (episode: Start All Over Again)|
- "Lance Barber finds a home in television". Battle Creek Enquirer. November 14, 2014. Archived from the original on March 2, 2022. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
- Metz, Nina (December 11, 2014). "Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- "Young Sheldon interview: Lance Barber on playing Sheldon's father George Cooper Sr". CarterMatt. September 22, 2017. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- Dumaraog, Ana (December 9, 2018). "Big Bang Theory's Young Sheldon Crossover Resolves Its Biggest Continuity Issue". Screenrant. Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
- "Lance Barber – Filmography". IMDb. Archived from the original on January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
- "Lance Barber". TV Guide. Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.