Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Helberg at PaleyFest 2013 for The Big Bang Theory
Born Simon Maxwell Helberg
(1980-12-09) December 9, 1980
Los Angeles, United States
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Actor, comedian, musician[1][2]
Years active 1999–present
Television The Big Bang Theory
Religion Judaism (Conservative, and Reform later in life)
Spouse(s) Jocelyn Towne (m. 2007)
Children 2
Parent(s) Sandy Helberg (father)
Harriet B. Helberg (mother)
Relatives Mason Helberg (brother)

Simon Maxwell Helberg[3] (born December 9, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, and musician, best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

He 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.

Early life

Helberg was born on December 9, 1980, in Los Angeles.[3] He is the son of actor Sandy Helberg and casting director[4] Harriet Helberg.[3] He was raised in Judaism, "Conservative to Reform but more Reform as time went on."[5]

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.[6] He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts,[7] where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.[4]


Since the early 2000s, Helberg performed with comedian Derek Waters as the sketch comedy duo Derek & Simon.[8] 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.

In 2007, Helberg was cast as Howard Wolowitz,[5][9] in the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

He 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.

In 2016, Helberg starred alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears; he played pianist Cosmé McMoon.[10]

Personal life

Helberg married actress Jocelyn Towne on July 15, 2007.[11] Towne's uncle is screenwriter Robert Towne.[12] Their first child, daughter Adeline, was born on May 8, 2012.[13] A son, Wilder Towne Helberg, was born on April 23, 2014.[14]

On May 12, 2016, Helberg revealed on The Late Late Show with James Corden that he has a black belt in karate.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mumford College Roommate
2002 Van Wilder Vernon
2003 Old School Jerry
2004 A Cinderella Story Terry Andersons
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 Careless Stewart
2007 Evan Almighty Staffer
2007 Mama's Boy Rathkon
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Dreidel L'Chaim
2009 A Serious Man Rabbi Scott Ginsler
2011 The Selling Young Husband
2011 Let Go Frank
2013 I Am I Seth Also executive producer
2014 We'll Never Have Paris Quinn Also director, writer and producer
2015 Hollywood Adventures Translator
2016 Florence Foster Jenkins Cosmé McMoon


Year Title Role Notes
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!"
2001 Undeclared Jack Episode: "Prototype"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch The Spokesman Episode: "Time After Time"
2002 The Funkhousers Donnie Funkhouser Pilot
2002–2003 MADtv Various 5 episodes
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 Unscripted 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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  2. Goldberg, Lesley. "'Big Bang Theory's' Kate Micucci on Howard's 'Song for Bernadette': Simon Helberg 'Nailed It' in One Take (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
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  7. "Eight Tisch Alumni Nominated for 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Tisch School of the Arts. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  8. Fox, Jesse David (September 1, 2015). "Bob Odenkirk Talks to Derek Waters About Drunk History, Drinking With David Simon, and the State of Sitcoms". Vulture.
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  10. "Florence Foster Jenkins". August 12, 2016 via IMDb.
  11. Raz, Gali (March 12, 2014). "Simon Helberg Gets Together With His Real Life Wife Jocelyn Towne To Direct A Movie – On Their Romance". Jewish Business News. Archived from the original on July 12, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. Note: Webber, Us Weekly (below), gives marriage year as 2012.
  12. Bowerman, Jeanne Veillette (August 18, 2011). "Balls of Steel: I Am I ... and Then Some – Script Magazine". Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  13. Michaud, Sarah; Rizzo, Monica (January 27, 2012). "Baby on the Way for Simon Helberg". People. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  14. Webber, Stephanie (June 24, 2014). "Simon Helberg and Wife Jocelyn Towne Welcome Second Child, Baby Boy Wilder Towne Helberg". Us Weekly. Retrieved January 4, 2015.

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