HOUSTON—Native Houstonian and U of H grad Jim Parsons took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy Sunday night.
Parsons stars as Sheldon Cooper, a socially awkward – but genius – physicist, in CBS’ hit comedy, "The Big Bang Theory."
In his acceptance speech, Parsons thanked his writers for creating a character that "I enjoy playing and have so much interest in playing week after week."
Speaking later to "The Insider," Parsons said he was caught off-guard by the win. But he thanked his parents for encouraging him throughout his career, especially since he didn’t get his big break until he was in his 30s.
"Honestly, I would thank my parents mostly for that. Not only did they help me, obviously, financially when I needed it... They were always very emotionally supportive of the whole idea," Parsons told "The Insider."
Parsons, 37, was born and raised in the Houston area and attended Klein Oak High School in Spring.
He went on to graduate from the University of Houston in 1999 and attended graduate school at the University of San Diego before moving to New York in 2001 to pursue a career in showbiz.
Parsons initially found work off Broadway and won minor roles in a number of TV shows and movies before he was cast in "The Big Bang Theory."
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.