Simon Maxwell Helberg
December 9, 1980
|Alma mater||New York University Tisch School of Arts|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, musician|
|Television||The Big Bang Theory|
Jocelyn Towne (m. 2007)
|Parent(s)||Sandy Helberg (father) |
Harriet B. Birnbaum (mother)
Simon Maxwell Helberg (born December 9, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, and musician. He is best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–present), for which he won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and as Cosmé McMoon in the film Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
Helberg has appeared on the sketch comedy series MADtv and is also known for his role as Moist in Joss Whedon's web miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). He has further performed in films such as Old School (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and A Serious Man (2009).
Helberg was born on December 9, 1980, in Los Angeles. He is the son of actor Sandy Helberg and casting director Harriet Helberg (née Birnbaum). He was raised in Judaism, "Conservative to Reform but more Reform as time went on."
Helberg attended middle and high school at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, with Jason Ritter, who later became his roommate at New York University. He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.
Since the early 2000s, 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.
In 2004, he appeared in the film A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. Helberg played the minor role of Simon 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 played a small role in the 2007 film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as a Jewish record producer.
He appeared as the character Moist in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and had a small role in the pilot episode 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.
In 2016, Helberg starred alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears; he played pianist Cosmé McMoon and his performance was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Helberg married actress Jocelyn Towne on July 15, 2007. Towne's uncle is screenwriter Robert Towne. Helberg and Towne's first child, daughter Adeline, was born on May 8, 2012. A son, Wilder Towne Helberg, was born on April 23, 2014.
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Terry Ferrell|
|2005||Good Night, and Good Luck.||CBS page|
|2006||Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette||Simon||Short film; also writer and producer|
|2006||The Pity Card||Simon||Short film; also writer and producer|
|2006||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Al|
|2006||The TV Set||TJ Goldman|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Junior Agent|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Dreidel L'Chaim|
|2009||A Serious Man||Rabbi Scott Ginsler|
|2011||The Selling||Young Husband|
|2013||I Am I||Seth||Also executive producer|
|2014||We'll Never Have Paris||Quinn Berman||Also director, writer and producer|
|2016||Florence Foster Jenkins||Cosmé McMoon||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2001||Popular||Gus Latrine||Episode: "Coup"|
|2001||Cursed||Andy Tinker||Episode: "And then Jack Became the Voice of Cougars"|
|2001||Ruling Class||Fred Foster||Pilot|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Billy||Episode: "It's Showtime at the Apollo 13!"|
|2002||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||The Spokesman||Episode: "Time After Time"|
|2002||The Funkhousers||Donnie Funkhouser||Pilot|
|2003||Less than Perfect||Arthur||Episode: "It Takes a Pillage"|
|2003||Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales||Adam||Television special|
|2004||Quintuplets||Neil||Episode: "Get a Job"|
|2004||Reno 911!||Various||2 episodes|
|2005||Life on a Stick||Stan / Vinnie||2 episodes|
|2005||Arrested Development||Jeff||Episode: "Meat the Veals"|
|2004–2006||Joey||Seth Tobin||4 episodes|
|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||Simon||13 Episodes; also co-creator, writer and producer|
|2007||The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman||Matt Menard||Episode: "Bad Luck Brad"|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Howard Wolowitz||Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012–2015)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer (2010)
|2008||Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog||Moist||3 episodes|
|2010||The Guild||Kevinator- Official Game Master||Episode: "Guild Hall"|
|2010–2012||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Ronaldo (voice)|
|2011–2016||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Bian Zao (voice)||8 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Frank Mason Robinson||Episode: "Atlanta"|
|2014||The Tom and Jerry Show||Napoleon (voice)||3 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans"|
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