Who is Johnny Galecki?
Johnny Galecki is an American actor. He is best known for playing Leonard Hofstadter in the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Bree, Limburg, Belgium
Galecki dated co-stars Sara Gilbert from Roseanne, and Kaley Cuoco, from The Big Bang Theory. In both cases, their characters also dated within the show. In 2018, he started dating Alaina Meyer, and they had a son in 2019. In 2020, they separated.
Galecki debuted professionally in the miniseries Murder Ordained in 1987. In 1989, he appeared in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In 1990, he was cast in American Dreamer and then in Billy.
In 1991, he appeared in Blossom, the sitcom starring Mayim Bialik. In 1993, he was in A Family Torn Apart. Finally, 1995 saw him appear in the music video for Satellite by the Dave Matthews Band.
While he was in Billy, he also started to appear in Roseanne as a guest star. He would become a permanent cast member since 1992 and onward until 1997, when the show ended its run.
Galecki would go on to appear in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Bean, THe Opposite of Sex, Suicide Kings, Vanilla Sky, and Bookies.
In 2005, he got to appear in My Name Is Earl and an adaptation of Peep Show. He also was in My Boys and Hope & Faith.
In 2007, he played Alex in The Little Dog Laughed and earned a 2007 Theater World Award.
Starting in 2007, he played Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory. He was part of the cast of main characters. The series was a huge success and ran between 2007 and 2019, staying as one of the top TV comedies throughout most of its run.
In Big Bang Theory, he worked with cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Kevin Sussman, John Ross Bowie, Carol Ann Susi, Laura Spencer, Wil Wheaton, Brian George, Christine Baranski, Brian Posehn, Laurie Metcalf and Aarti Mann.
In 2008, he was in Hancock. In 2011, he had a role on three episodes of Entourage. In 2011 as well, he was in In Time with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In 2012, he won the Satellite Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for his role as Leonard for a Teen Choice Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Golden Nymph Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, People’s Choice Award, and the Critics’ Choice Television Award.
In 2018, he returned to Roseanne. However, the series was canceled shortly after due to a controversy with Roseanne Barr. In 2018, instead, the series The Conners premiered. It featured all the cast members minus Roseanne Barr. Galecki has made occasional appearances on the series.
Other film roles include 2016’s The Cleanse, which he also produced, 2017’s Rings, and 2019’s A Dog’s Journey.
He was born in Belgium, as his father was stationed there while in the U.S. Air Force.
He had real-life relationships with Sara Gilbert and Kaley Cuoco while their characters dated. For Sara Gilbert, it happened in Roseanne and also in The Big Bang Theory.
For his role as Leonard, he became the second highest-paid male actor on television, receiving a million per episode.
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