Johnny Galecki

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Johnny Galecki
Johnny Galecki 2011.jpg
Galecki at Comic-Con 2011
BornJohn Mark Galecki
(1975-04-30) April 30, 1975 (age 39)
Bree, Belgium
Years active1987–present
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Johnny Galecki
Johnny Galecki 2011.jpg
Galecki at Comic-Con 2011
BornJohn Mark Galecki
(1975-04-30) April 30, 1975 (age 39)
Bree, Belgium
Years active1987–present

John Mark "Johnny" Galecki (born April 30, 1975)[1] is a Belgian-born American actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory since 2007 and as David Healy in Roseanne from 1992 to 1997. He also appeared in the films National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Suicide Kings (1997), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Bookies (2003), Hancock (2008), and In Time (2011).

Early life[edit]

Galecki was born in Bree, Belgium, to American parents of Polish, Irish, and Italian descent.[2] His mother, Mary Lou Noon, was a mortgage consultant, and his father, Richard Galecki (deceased), was a member of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Belgium and also worked as a rehabilitation teacher.[3] Galecki is the eldest of three children with a brother, Nick, whom he describes as a "mechanical genius" in the automotive industry,[4] and a sister, Allison.[5] Galecki grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.[6]

During an interview with New Zealand radio station ZM, Galecki recalled his childhood relationship with his mother. As a child, he was well known for making up long stories and tales. In such situations, his mother used to make him play the "quiet game", where he had to see how long he could go without talking. He also recalled that despite being a loving mother, she was also very tough. One phrase she would lovingly use was, "I love you, now get out."[7]


Galecki made his acting debut in the 1987 CBS miniseries Murder Ordained with JoBeth Williams and future Roseanne co-star John Goodman. In 1989, Galecki portrayed Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. One of his best known roles was as David Healy (first introduced as Kevin Healy) in the U.S. sitcom Roseanne. He also appeared in the 1995 music video for the Dave Matthews Band song "Satellite". Galecki was cast in the 1997 summer slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer and the 1998 dark comedy The Opposite of Sex. In the year 2000, Galecki reunited with Opposite of Sex director Don Roos, who cast him in Bounce.

Galecki in July 2008

Galecki continued his film streak with roles in Suicide Kings (1997) and brief bit parts in high-profile films such as Bean (1997), and a minor supporting part in Vanilla Sky (2001). Galecki played a young delinquent in A Family Torn Apart, a 1993 TV movie based on a true story about a serial killer. He was also in the 2003 film Bookies, a comedy thriller film written by Michael Bacall and directed by Mark Illsley. The story revolves around the lives of four college students. Galecki appeared as a golfer in a 2005 episode of My Name Is Earl entitled "Stole Beer from a Golfer".[8]

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 sitcom Hope & Faith. In late 2006 and early 2007, Galecki starred in the Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed as a prostitute called Alex. 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.[9] 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, with Galecki taking home a 2007 Theater World Award for his performance.

Galecki currently plays the role of Leonard Hofstadter in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which debuted September 24, 2007. He was originally asked to play the role of Sheldon Cooper, but he said he was better suited for the role of Leonard Hofstadter. Two of his former Roseanne cast members have appeared on the show. During his role as David Healy, Sara Gilbert played the role of his longtime girlfriend and later wife, Darlene Conner. She has appeared as Leslie Winkle, a colleague. Laurie Metcalf, formerly cast in the role of Roseanne's sister Jackie Harris has appeared as Mary Cooper, mother of Leonard's roommate, Sheldon. Galecki is a cellist, a talent which has been used on the show. As of August 2013, Galecki and his Big Bang costars Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons each earn $325,000 per episode.[10] As of August 2014, the three costars will now earn $1 million per episode.[11]

Galecki appeared briefly in the 2008 superhero comedy Hancock, alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman. In July 2011, Galecki played a parody version of himself in three episodes of Entourage. He also appeared in the film In Time (2011) with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

Personal life[edit]

As a teenager, Galecki dated his Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert. He and Gilbert remain close friends.

Galecki owns 360 acres (150 ha) of land in Santa Margarita, California. His property includes vineyards and a log cabin.[12] While working on The Big Bang Theory, Galecki privately dated co-star Kaley Cuoco for roughly two years until December 2009 while the two also played boyfriend-and-girlfriend on the show. Cuoco told CBS Watch that they have remained on good terms since ending their relationship.[13] As of January 2014, he is dating actress Kelli Garner.[14] Media reports in August 2014 said the two had broken up.[15]



1987Murder OrdainedDoug Rule
1988A Night in the Life of Jimmy ReardonToby Reardon
1989PrancerBilly Quinn
1989National Lampoon's Christmas VacationRussell "Rusty" Griswold
1990Blind FaithJohn Marshall
1990In Defense of a Married ManEric
1991Backfield in MotionTim Seavers
1993A Family Torn ApartDaniel Hannigan
1994Without ConsentMarty
1996Murder at My DoorTeddy McNair
1997BeanStingo Wheelie
1997Suicide KingsIra Reder
1997I Know What You Did Last SummerMax Neurick
1998The Opposite of SexJason Bock
2000Playing Mona LisaArthur
2001Morgan's FerryDarcy
2001Vanilla SkyPeter Brown
2004White Like MeMarcusShort film
2005Happy EndingsMilesUncredited
2007Who You KnowDavidShort film
2009Table for ThreeTed
2011In TimeBorel
2013CBGBTerry Ork


1988Married... with ChildrenTryout scorekeeperEpisode: "Polk high"
1990–1991American DreamerDanny Nash17 episodes
1991BlossomJasonEpisode:"Sex, Lies and Teenagers"
1992BillyDavid MacGregor13 episodes.
1992–1997RoseanneKevin / David Healy92 episodes
Nominated for four and winner of one Young Artist Award
1993Civil WarsStudentEpisode: "Split Ends"
2000Batman BeyondKnuxVoice
Episode: "April Moon"
2000The Norm ShowDale StockhouseEpisodes: "Norm vs. Youth: Part 1" and "Norm vs. Youth: Part 2"
2004LAXLeland PressmanEpisode: "Finnegan Again, Begin Again"
2005My Name Is EarlScottEpisode: "Stole Beer from a Golfer"
2005Hope & FaithJay3 episodes
2006American Dad!ArnieEpisode: "Irregarding Steve"
2006–2007My BoysTrouty3 episodes
2007–presentThe Big Bang TheoryDr. Leonard HofstadterSatellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
2009Family GuyLeonard HofstadterVoice
Episode: "Business Guy"
2011EntourageParody of himself3 episodes

Music videos[edit]

1995Dave Matthews Band"Satellite"


  1. ^ "Johnny Galecki". Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Galecki, Johnny (May 3, 1992). "Johnny Galecki". The Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Galecki Biography (1975–)". Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Conan Show Schedule January 2–6, 2012". Team Coco. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Johnny Galecki Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Gnocchi from Skokie that Sang Karaoke". Conan. Season 2. Episode 103. June 13, 2012. TBS.
  7. ^ "ZM's interview with Johnny". ZM Online. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gates, Anita (November 8, 2005). "WHAT'S ON TONIGHT". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Johnny Galecki Biography. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Battaglio, Stephen; Schneider, Michael (August 26, 2013). "What They Earn". TV Guide. pp. 16 - 20.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 4, 2014). "'Big Bang Theory' Trio Inks New Deals, Securing Hefty Pay Raises". Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Johnny Galecki On Family & His Life Upstate 01/05/12 – Video @". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Morgan, Hudson (September 2010). "Justify Her Love". CBS Watch. 
  14. ^ "Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner". 
  15. ^ Marquina, Sierra; Brown, Brody (August 26, 2014). "Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner Have Decided to Amicably Split: Details". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 

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