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Simon Helberg, world renowned for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, has one Golden Globe nomination, along with 12 other nominations and 5 accolades to his name. Here are some really interesting things to know about the American actor:

  1.  He is the first cast member of "The Big Bang Theory," to receive a Golden Globe Award nomination for the feature film, for his performance in the 2016 movie "Florence Foster Jenkins."
  2.  His character Howard in "The Big Bang Theory," has a signature clothing article that he wears in virtually every episode - dickie worn under some type of outerwear. He is usually known to have a pin on the left side of his dickie of the head of a space alien, and he wears large belt buckles.
  3.  It was reported that for his character Cosme McMoon in the "Florence Foster Jenkins" movie, he did his own piano player, while his co-star Meryl Streep did all her own singing.
  4.  Before making it big, he was featured in a number of minor roles in various movies and TV series. In the early 2002, he joined the cast of "MADtv" for one season.
  5.  He was cast as one of the geeky students in the party and appears for a few minutes in the 2002 feature film "Van Wilder," starring Ryan Renolds.
  6.  He is well known worldwide for his various voice imitations, especially that of Nicolas Cage and Al Pacino, which is considered to be his famous trademark.
  7.  Simon Maxwell Helberg was born on December 9, 1980 to actor Sandy Helberg and casting director Harriet Helberg in Los Angeles.
  8.  His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust and came to the U.S. after World War II. His mother is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.
  9.  In his childhood, he had always been interested in Karate, rather than acting career. In fact, he got his black belt in karate, when he was just 9 years old.
  10.  He went to Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, before joining the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During his time at the NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he trained at The Atlantic Theater Company.
  11.  He had a one line dialogue for his character of CBS Page in the most popular 2005 movie "Good Night, and Good Luck," starring George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, David Strathairn and Patricia Clarkson.
  12.  He was featured in a series of comical TV commercials for Richard Branson's UK financial services company Virgin Money in the year 2006.
  13.  For his role as Howard in "The Big Bang Theory," he reportedly learned to play the piano and is now a professional piano player.
  14.  He, along with his co-star Streep in the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins," is said to have recorded all of their songs together at Abbey Road prior to filming. However, after the shooting was completed, the director of the movie Stephen Frears asked them to perform all of the music live on set.
  15.  He made his directorial debut with the 2014 movie "We'll Never Have Paris," a romantic comedy, in which he stars alongside Melanie Lynskey.
  16.  The movie's title "We'll Never Have Paris," is said to be a reference to the very famous line "We'll Always Have Paris" from the most popular movie of 1942 "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.
  17.  He along with comedian Derek Waters, is known to have performed as a sketch comedy duo "Derek & Simon," since the early 2000s.
  18.  The pair along with comedian Bob Odenkirk" have even made two short films - "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card" and the "Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette."
  19.  His character of Cosme McMoon in "Florence Foster Jenkins," is actually gay, which is only hinted at in the movie. However, Helberg has confirmed it in several interviews.
  20.  In fact, in preparation for his role as Cosme McMoon, he reportedly researched what life was like for a closeted gay man of the era by reading about the life of Broadway composer Cole Porter, who was a gay who married to a woman.
  21.  His movie "We'll Never Have Paris," in which the story revolves around Quinn and Devon, is actually based on his real life engagement/transcontinental breakup to his wife Jocelyn Towne.
  22.  It is reported that in all the scenes involving their lunch at the University canteen in "The Big Bang Theory," he reportedly pretends to eat the food by moving his mouth like he is chewing it.
  23.  In the year 2007, he created the Derek & Simon: The Show, a web series, with comedians Derek Waters and Bob Odenkirk for the comedy website Super Deluxe, dealing with Derek, Simon, their friends and their problems with women.
  24.  The said show is said to have different versions as the trio had even made a pilot for HBO, which actually never aired. Next, it was featured in the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, and many other film festivals, before being on the WHOLPHIN dvd's.
  25.  His performance as Cosme McMoon in the "Florence Foster Jenkins" earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, in the year 2016.
  26.  Through his role as Howard Wolowitz in the comedy series "The Big Bang Theory," he reportedly has 11 award nominations and was also the winner of the 2013 Critics' Choice TV Award for the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
  27.  He married Jocelyn Towne, an American actress who has been featured in a number of minor roles in movies and TV series, on July 15, 2007. Jocelyn is the niece of Robert Towne, the renowned writer and filmmaker.
  28.  The duo welcomed their first child - a daughter - Adeline Towne Helberg on May 8, 2012. Helberg and Towne had a second child - a son - Wilder Towne Helberg on April 23, 2014.
  29.  He, along with his "The Big Bang Theory" co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, were among the top four highest paid television actors, since June 2015.
  30.  In fact, he has been ranked at #3 in the Forbes magazine's list of "World's Highest Paid TV Actors" in the year 2018, with a total income of $23.5 million.
  31.  Simon Helberg Net Worth: $45 Million

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