Johnny Galecki, September 2007
|Born||John Mark Galecki
April 30, 1975
John Mark "Johnny" Galecki (born April 30, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as David Healy in the sitcom Roseanne, Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and as Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D, in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Galecki was born in Bree, Belgium, to American parents. His mother, Mary Lou, is a mortgage consultant, and his father, Richard Galecki, was a member of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Belgium and also worked as a rehabilitation teacher. He has a brother, Nick, and a sister, Allison. Galecki moved to Oak Park, Illinois, with his family when he was three years old.
In 1989, he played Russell "Rusty" Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. His best known early role, though, was as David Healy (first introduced as Kevin Healy) in the U.S. sitcom Roseanne. His character was the artistically talented, curly-haired, soft-spoken boyfriend (later husband) of Darlene, the droll, tomboyish second daughter of the Conner family played by Sara Gilbert. Galecki was cast in the 1997 summer slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer as a jealous loser who has an eye for Jennifer Love Hewitt and the 1998 dark comedy The Opposite of Sex as a gay teen who lies about being molested. In the year 2000, Galecki took a bit of a twist and reunited with the same filmmaker who cast him in Bounce as Seth (a gay man), an assistant to Ben Affleck's character Buddy Amaral, who also helps dodge out with his love life.
Galecki continued his film streak with roles in Suicide Kings as a nebbishy rich kid who folds easily under pressure and brief bit parts in high-profile films such as Bean as a bad-boyfriend biker and a minor supporting part in Vanilla Sky. Galecki showed that he had range as an actor with roles like a young criminal delinquent in A Family Torn Apart, a TV movie based on a true story about a serial murderer and the death of a pair of parents.
Galecki appeared in a first-season episode of My Name Is Earl as a golfer. Without his knowledge and to get free beer, Earl and Randy improve his golf score by making it appear that he got numerous holes-in-one. His obsession with improving his golf game without Earl and Randy's assistance destroys his life — he loses his job and girlfriend and is forced to live out of his car.
He played a character named Trouty on TBS's sitcom My Boys. He also played the half-brother of the main characters, sisters Hope Shanowski and Faith Fairfield, in the TV sitcom Hope & Faith. In late 2006/early 2007, Galecki starred in the Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed as Alex, a male prostitute. In this role, he was required to do a full-frontal nude scene, the first of his acting career. "At its core, the play is about what we all sacrifice to be successful, whatever our careers or goals," he explains. Galecki originated the role earlier in 2006 at Second Stage Theatre. The widely popular comedy by Douglas Carter Beane had a successful run at Second Stage and moved to the Cort Theatre. The play closed on February 18, 2007.
Galecki currently stars as Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D, on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which debuted September 24, 2007. His Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert who also played his girlfriend and later, his wife, in Roseanne, has appeared as a recurring character for the show. Galecki appeared briefly in the 2008 superhero comedy Hancock, alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman. He also appears in the music video of the Dave Matthews Band song "Satellite".
|1987||Murder Ordained||Doug Rule||TV movie|
|1988||A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon||Toby Reardon|
|National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation||Russell 'Rusty' Griswold|
|1990||Blind Faith||John Marshall||TV movie|
|In Defense of a Married Man||Eric||TV movie|
|1991||Backfield in Motion||Tim Seavers||TV movie|
|1993||A Family Torn Apart||Daniel Hannigan||TV movie|
|1994||Without Consent||Marty||TV movie|
|1996||Murder at My Door||Teddy McNair||TV movie|
|Suicide Kings||Ira Reder|
|I Know What You Did Last Summer||Max Neurick|
|1998||The Opposite of Sex||Jason Bock|
|2000||Playing Mona Lisa||Arthur|
|Vanilla Sky||Peter Brown|
|White Like Me||Marcus||Short film|
|2005||Happy Endings||Miles||Uncredited role|
|2007||Who You Know||David||Short film|
|2009||Table for Three||Ted||Direct-to-video release|
|1990||Hardball||Unknow role||Episode: "The Hunt for Honus Wagner"|
|1991||Blossom||Jason||Episode: "Sex, Lies and Teenagers"|
|1990–1991||American Dreamer||Danny Nash||17 episodes.|
|1993||Civil Wars||Student accused of cheating||Episode: "Split Ends"|
|1992–1997||Roseanne||David Healy||92 episodes.
Nominated for four and winner of one Young Artist Award.
|2000||Batman Beyond||Knux (voice)||Episode: "April Moon"|
|The Norm Show||Dale Stockhouse||Episode: "Norm vs. Youth: Part 1"
Episode: "Norm vs. Youth: Part 2"
|2004||LAX||Leland Pressman||Episode: "Finnegan Again, Begin Again"|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Scott||Episode: "Stole Beer from a Golfer"|
|Hope & Faith||Jay||Episode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Daughter"
Episode: "The Restaurant"
Episode: "Jay Date"
|2006-2007||My Boys||Trouty||Episode: "Clubhouse Poison"
Episode: "Take One for the Team"
|2009||Family Guy||Leonard Hofstadter||Episode: "Business Guy"|
|2007-present||The Big Bang Theory||Leonard Hofstadter||Leading role|