Jerry O’Connell has been tapped to play Georgie in the Season 11 finale. The casting news was first revealed Wednesday night during a dual PaleyFest panel for Big Bang and prequel series Young Sheldon.
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‘The Big Bang Theory’ cast's salary per episode
‘The Big Bang Theory’ cast's salary per episode
Kaley Cuoco Salary: $1 Million Per Episode
On “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco is Penny Hofstadter, wife of Leonard. Currently a pharmaceutical sales rep, Penny moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, but never got her career in show business off the ground.
Cuoco is one of the highest-paid actresses on television, behind only Sophia Vergara of “Modern Family,” reported Forbes. Cuoco has a net worth of $45 million. Since season eight, she has earned $1 million per episode of “The Big Bang Theory” to play Penny, a leap from her previous salary of $350,000, reported Deadline.com. Additionally, her work on the show has earned her a Critics’ Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award.
Unlike Penny, Cuoco found success in acting at a young age. At present, she has nearly five dozen acting credits to her name, dating back to the 1992 TV movie “Quicksand: No Escape.” Some of her most noteworthy roles include playing Bridget Hennessy on the series “8 Simple Rules” and starring as Gretchen Palmer in “The Wedding Ringer.”
Jim Parsons Salary: $1 Million Per Episode
Jim Parsons is Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.” A theoretical physicist who enrolled in college at the age of 11, Sheldon finds himself to be the perfect human, but his seriously eccentric personality makes him a bit difficult for others to handle. In the Oct. 10 episode of season 10, Sheldon finally decides to move in with long-time girlfriend Amy.
Playing the role of Sheldon has proven incredibly lucrative for Parsons, as he’s been banking $1 million per episode since season eight. His current salary is nearly three times the $350,000 he was earning prior to his contract negotiation, bringing his net worth to $70 million. Beyond monetary gains from the show, he also won a Golden Globe and four Primetime Emmys for his work on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Sheldon is the biggest role Parsons has ever played, but it’s certainly not the only one. He previously appeared on the series “Judging Amy,” lent his voice for Oh in the animated film “Home” and appeared in “Wish I Was Here,” among other projects.
Johnny Galecki Salary: $1 Million Per Episode
Penny’s husband, Dr. Leonard Hofstadter is played by Johnny Galecki. Best friend and former roommate of Sheldon, Leonard is a bit less socially awkward than the rest of his geeky pals and constantly finds himself stuck explaining Sheldon’s peculiar behavior.
Galecki earns $1 million per episode for his work as Leonard on “The Big Bang Theory.” Along with Cuoco and Parsons, he renegotiated his salary to its current rate from $350,000 prior to season eight. In total, Galecki’s net worth is $50 million.
Since starting his career as a child actor in 1987, Galecki has achieved major success. Besides “The Big Bang Theory,” he’s best known for his long-time role as David Healy on the series “Roseanne.” He also starred as Rusty in the cult classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and the horror film “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Simon Helberg Salary: $750,000 Per Episode
Howard Wolowitz is played by Simon Helberg. Prior to settling down with his now-wife Bernadette Rostenkowski, the aerospace engineer considered himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Until she passed away in season eight, Howard had a seriously overbearing mother who tried to control him.
Helberg’s net worth is $45 million, and he earns around $750,000 per episode of the CBS sitcom, reported Deadline. In addition to serious monetary gains, he also won a Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of Howard and has received numerous Screen Actors Guild Award nods.
Beyond his work on “The Big Bang Theory,” Helberg recently starred in the film “Florence Foster Jenkins.” He also has a recurring role voicing the character Bian Zao on the series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” and appeared in the films “Van Wilder: Party Liaison” and “Old School.”
Kunal Nayyar Salary: $750,000 Per Episode
Better known as “Raj,” Kunal Nayyar is Dr. Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali on “The Big Bang Theory.” For the first six seasons of the show, the astrophysicist suffered from the social anxiety disorder selective mutism, which made it impossible for him to talk to women he wasn’t related to.
Nayyar is paid a salary of about $750,000 per episode to play Raj, which has brought the actor’s net worth to $45 million. “The Big Bang Theory” has proven to be a lucky break for the actor — he picked up the role just a few years into his career.
Lately, Nayyar has been keeping a busy schedule. In addition to his obligations for “The Big Bang Theory,” he’s been lending his voice to a number of animated roles, including Vijay Patel on the television series “Sanjay and Craig” and Dr. Pakij on “Fantasy Hospital” — in addition to Guy Diamond in the movie “Trolls.” Previously, he’s guest-starred on “The Mindy Project,” “Sullivan & Son” and “NCIS.”
Mayim Bialik Salary: $100,000 Per Episode
On “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is Dr. Amy Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend. A Harvard-educated neurobiologist, Fowler met Sheldon in the season three finale and has been dating him on-and-off ever since.
Bialik’s net worth is $12 million and she reportedly earns $100,000 per episode for playing the part of Amy, according to numerous media outlets. Earlier this year, the actress told the NY Daily News that she, Cuoco and other cast members were overpaid.
A seasoned actress, Bialik has been recognized with a Critics’ Choice Award and four Primetime Emmy nods for her work on “The Big Bang Theory.” She starred as Blossom Russo on the hit ’90s show “Blossom.” She’s also appeared on a number of television shows, including “7th Heaven,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
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Georgie’s appearance is pegged to Sheldon and Amy’s wedding. He will be joined by Laurie Metcalf, who will reprise her recurring role as Sheldon’s mother Mary and walk her son down the aisle.
Sheldon’s older brother was frequently mentioned, but never seen before the arrival of Young Sheldon, on which the role is played by 15-year-old Montana Jordan. No word yet if Sheldon’s twin sister Missy (Courtney Henggeler) or beloved Meemaw (June Squibb) will be in attendance for the big day.
'Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki through the years
'Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki through the years
Actress Carol Kane and actor Johnny Galecki attending the premiere of 'Lemmon Sisters' on August 27, 1990 at Mann Plaza Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'Gallery' 1991 Sara Gilbert, Johnny Galecki (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 16: ROSEANNE - On set in New York - 10/16/93, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Johnny Galecki (David) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
American actress Sara Gilbert, with elastic bandage on wrist, and Belgian-born actor Johnny Galecki. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 28: ROSEANNE - 'Party Politics' - Season Six - 9/28/93, Johnny Galecki (David), Sara Gilbert (Darlene) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. Jackie and Roseanne plan a house-warming party for Jackie's new home., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 08: ROSEANNE - 'Gallery' 1993 Johnny Galecki (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1995: Actor Johnny Galecki poses for a portrait while attending an event circa 1995 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Galecki attends the Bed of Roses Century City Premiere on January 18, 1996 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Actor Johnny Galecki attends the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For CMT)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: 'The Separation Agitation' -- Pictured: Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Coverage of the CBS series THE BIG BANG THEORY, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Johnny Galecki attends a screening of 'Rings' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Johnny Galecki attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Actor Johnny Galecki visits Build Series to discuss the movie 'Rings' at Build Studio on January 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 25: Sting and Johnny Galecki chat with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki visits at SiriusXM Studios on January 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
The Cast of The Big Bang Theory (actors Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki) pose for a portrait as the winners of 'Favorite Network TV Comedy' at the 2017 People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images Portrait)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Actor Johnny Galecki enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jordana Brewster and Johnny Galecki backstage at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor Johnny Galecki attends Hilarity for Charity's 5th Annual Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen's Halloween at Hollywood Palladium on October 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22: 'The Birthday Synchronicity' -- Pictured: Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). Howard and Bernadette welcome their new baby and Sheldon and Amy celebrate Amy's birthday, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 16: 'The Locomotion Reverberation'-- Pictured: Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). Leonard and Wolowitz try to distract Sheldon when he slows the progress of their guidance system. Also, Penny and Amy take Bernadette out for the night, leaving Raj and Stuart to care for baby Halley, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Dean Norris returns as Colonel Williams. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Johnny Galecki, Musician Billy Gibbons and Photographer Timothy White attend the Cars And Stars Exhibit at Morrison Hotel Gallery on August 11, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Liliane Lathan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: 'The Line Substitution Solution' -- Pictured: Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). Sheldon hires Stuart to spend the day with Amy when he'd rather go to a movie screening. Also, Leonard's mother, Beverly (Christine Baranski), comes to town and Penny struggles to make a connection with her, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 5 (8:00-8:31, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 26: Johnny Galecki arrives at the Red Nose Day Special on NBC at Alfred Hitchcock Theater at Universal Studios on May 26, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Johnny Galecki (2L) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. attend a basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Actors Johnny Galecki and Simon Helberg attend The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles ï¿½he Big Bang Theory' at Dolby Theatre on March 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: (L-R) Producer Aaron L. Gilbert and actors Kyle Gallner and Johnny Galecki attend the premiere of 'The Master Cleanse' during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Alamo Lamar D on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by James Goulden Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: (L-R) Actors Johnny Galecki, Kyle Gallner and writer/director Bobby Miller of 'Master Cleanse' are photographed in the Getty Images SXSW Portrait Studio powered by Samsung at the Samsung Studio on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images for Samsung)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Actor Johnny Galecki attends the 24th and final 'A Night at Sardi's' to benefit the Alzheimer's Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Actors Johnny Galecki (L) and Kaley Cuoco attend the 24th and final 'A Night at Sardi's' to benefit the Alzheimer's Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Actor Johnny Galecki attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'The Bronze' at the Regent Theater on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Johnny Galecki attends 'The Big Bang Theory' 200th episode celebration at Vibiana on February 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: 'The Celebration Experimentation' -- After more than nine years together, the gang finally celebrates Sheldon's birthday, surprising him with a special guest, on the 200th episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Feb. 25 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Seated left to right: Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Adam West, Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki Standing left to right: Mayim Bialik, Sara Gilbert, Kevin Sussman, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Wil Wheaton, Christine Baranski and John Ross Bowie (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Johnny Galecki attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Galecki attends the I Know What You Did Last Summer Hollywood Premiere on October 8, 1997 at GCC Galaxy Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)