Jim Parsons Net Worth and How Much Money He Turned Down to Walk Away from The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons

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Jim Parsons has enjoyed a successful run on the CBS series The Big Bang Theory. How much has the actor made from his work on the show and from various acting projects and movies?

Here is Jim Parson’s net worth, how he makes his money, and how much he turned down to walk away from The Big Bang Theory.

The early days

Parsons had an early start in the acting world. His very first role was an appearance in a school play when he was six years old. The acting bug never quite left him, so he proceeded to study theater at the University of Houston. After that, he enrolled in a graduate program in classical theater at The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program. He graduated in 2001 with a master’s degree in fine arts.

His rise to fame

One of Parsons’ first TV jobs was playing the role of Chet on an episode of Ed. After playing a few more small parts in various television shows, he went on to play the role of Rob Holbrook in the TV series Judging Amy, which ran from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, Parsons landed the role of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.

How he makes his money

Parsons also uses his acting talent through voice. His first voice-over role was in 2010 in the TV series Glenn Martin DDS. He provided the voice for the character of Draven in the episode “Jackie’s Get-Witch-Quick Scheme.” He was also the voice of the character Oh in the animated DreamWorks movie Home, working alongside celebrities Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez.

Endorsement deals also add to Parsons’ wealth. He landed his first endorsement deal with Intel in 2014. Furthermore, Parsons lends his voice-over skills to The Big Bang Theory spinoff show Young Sheldon. In addition, he makes money behind the scenes as a producer. Parsons has been a producer for Young Sheldon, A Kid Like Jake, and the documentary First in Human.

Jim Parsons net worth

In 2017, Forbes named Parsons one of the highest-paid TV actors. He earned $27.5 million that year. This is partly because of his high salary from The Big Bang Theory. Parsons made $1 million per episode ($24 million per season) in 2017. However, he and his fellow castmates later took a $100,000 annual pay cut so that co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could earn higher salaries. Jim Parsons has an estimated net worth of $100 million.

How much money Jim Parsons turned down

After 12 seasons on the hit CBS sitcom, Parsons reportedly decided he wanted to walk away from the show. Since he is the main character, it would be difficult to do the show without him. There had been discussions of two more seasons, but it wasn’t meant to be. According to Entertainment Weekly, Parsons turned down more than $50 million by declining to do seasons 13 and 14.  

In a joint statement Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions expressed their gratitude to fans of the show: “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

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