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Simon Helberg
Born Simon Maxwell Helberg
December 9, 1980 (1980-12-09) (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Jocelyn Towne (2007-present)

Simon Maxwell Helberg (born December 9, 1980) is an American actor and comedian. Helberg is best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He was also a member of the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv for one season.


Early life

Helberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor Sandy Helberg. He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Inspired by the film The Karate Kid, Helberg trained in karate extensively during his childhood, earning a black belt at age 10.[1]


Helberg is one half of the comedy duo Derek & Simon, with his comedy partner Derek Waters. The two most recently starred together in the web series Derek & Simon: The Show on the comedy website Super Deluxe, which they created with comedian Bob Odenkirk.

Helberg officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2002, as a feature performer, for the eighth season. Helberg's tenure on MADtv was limited to only one season. At the end of season eight, his contract was not renewed.

Helberg appeared in the 2002 feature film National Lampoon's Van Wilder as one of the "Geeky" students for whom Van Wilder was throwing a party.

He had a minor role in the 2003 movie Old School.

In 2004, he was in two episodes of Reno 911!: Student Driver in Raineesha X and Hooker Buying Son in Not Without My Mustache.

He had a small role in Quintuplets, episode 6, Get a Job; as a man called Neil working behind the counter at a shoe shop where Paige and Patton were working.

He also played a small role in the film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as a Jewish record producer.

In 2004 he appeared in the film A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray; Helberg played the minor role of Terry.

In George Clooney's 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck Helberg had a minor role where he had one line. Only his back was filmed.

From 2006 to 2007, he had a minor supporting role as Alex Dwyer in the drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

In 2006, Helberg appeared in a series of comical TV commercials for Richard Branson's UK financial services company Virgin Money.

In 2005 he had a bit part on Arrested Development as Jeff, an employee of the film studio where Maeby works.

Beginning in 2007, Helberg played Howard Wolowitz, a geeky nerd in the comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

He also appeared as the character Moist in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and had a small role in the pilot of the Judd Apatow-produced sitcom Undeclared.

In the 2009 Coen brothers' film A Serious Man he played junior Rabbi Scott Ginzler.




Year Film Role Notes
2001 Popular Gus Latrine Episode: "Coup"
Cursed Andy Tinker Episode: "And then Jack Became the Voice of Cougars"
Son of the Beach Billy Episode: "It's Showtime at the Apollo 13!"
Undeclared Jack Episode: "Prototype"
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch The Spokesman Episode: "Time After Time"
2002–2003 MADtv Various Episode: "Episode #8.6"
Episode: "Episode #8.7"
Episode: "Episode #8.9"
Episode: "Episode #8.10"
Episode: "Episode #8.16"
2003 Less than Perfect Arthur Episode: "It Takes a Pillage"
2004 Quintuplets Neil Episode: "Get a Job"
Reno 911! Various Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"
Episode: "Raineesha X"
2005 Unscripted Various Episode: "Episode #1.5"
Episode: "Episode #1.6"
Life on a Stick Stan/Vinnie Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Liking Things the Way They Aren't"
Arrested Development Jeff Episode: "Meat the Veals"
2004–2006 Joey Seth Episode: "Joey and the Party"
Episode: "Joey and the Assistant "
Episode: "Joey and the Big Move"
Episode: "Joey and the Wedding"
2006 The Jake Effect Bill Skidelsky Episode: "Flight School"
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Alex Dwyer 14 episodes
2007 Derek and Simon: The Show Simon 13 Episodes
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Matt Menard Episode: "Bad Luck Brad"
2008 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Moist Episode: "Act I"
Episode: "Act II"
Episode: "Act III"
2009 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Moist TV Special
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Howard Wolowitz Lead Role


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Mumford College Roommate
2001 Ruling Class Fred Foster TV movie
2002 The Funkhousers Donnie Funkhouser TV movie
Van Wilder Vernon
2003 Old School Jerry
Tracy Ullman in the Trailer Tales Adam(DGA Trainee) TV Special
2004 A Cinderella Story Terry Anderson
2005 Good Night and Good Luck CBS page
2006 Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette Simon
The Pity Card Simon
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Al
The TV Set TJ Goldman
For Your Consideration Junior Agent
2007 Careless Stewart
Evan Almighty Staffer
Mama's Boy Rathkon
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Dreidel L'Cheim
2009 A Serious Man Rabbi Scott


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