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Also Known As: John Mark Galecki Died:
Born: April 30, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Belgium Profession: actor, screenwriter

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Belgian-born actor Johnny Galecki came to prominence on television under the overwhelming shadow of comedienne Roseanne Barr, only to reinvent himself years later as one of the stars of another wildly successful sitcom. After early roles in films like "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (1988) and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989), the talented teen actor gained nationwide recognition as David Healy, boyfriend to the Conner's cynical daughter, Darlene (Sara Gilbert), on the sitcom phenomenon, "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997). Determined not to suffer the fate endured by so many teen TV stars, Galecki continued to hone his craft after "Roseanne" ended, taking on roles in such indie films as "Suicide Kings" (1997) and "The Opposite of Sex" (1998), in addition to several critically lauded endeavors in live theater. A decade later, he returned triumphant to weekly television when he was cast as loveable geek Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the smash hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007- ), co-starring newcomers Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. An intelligent performer who made equally thoughtful career choices, Galecki's patience and perseverance paid off handsomely.

Belgian-born actor Johnny Galecki came to prominence on television under the overwhelming shadow of comedienne Roseanne Barr, only to reinvent himself years later as one of the stars of another wildly successful sitcom. After early roles in films like "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (1988) and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989), the talented teen actor gained nationwide recognition as David Healy, boyfriend to the Conner's cynical daughter, Darlene (Sara Gilbert), on the sitcom phenomenon, "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997). Determined not to suffer the fate endured by so many teen TV stars, Galecki continued to hone his craft after "Roseanne" ended, taking on roles in such indie films as "Suicide Kings" (1997) and "The Opposite of Sex" (1998), in addition to several critically lauded endeavors in live theater. A decade later, he returned triumphant to weekly television when he was cast as loveable geek Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the smash hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007- ), co-starring newcomers Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. An intelligent performer who made equally thoughtful career choices, Galecki's patience and perseverance paid off handsomely.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Invitation, The (2015)
2.
 In Time (2011)
3.
 Table for Three (2009)
4.
 Hancock (2008)
5.
 Chrystal (2004) Barry
6.
 Bookies (2003) Jude
7.
 Vanilla Sky (2001) Peter Brown
8.
 Bounce (2000) Seth
9.
 Playing Mona Lisa (2000) Arthur
10.
 Opposite of Sex, The (1998) Jason Bock
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Milestones close milestones

1982:
At age seven, began performing in community theaters in Chicago
1987:
Made his TV acting debut in "Time Out for Dad" (NBC)
1988:
Made film debut as River Phoenix's brother in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon"
1989:
Took over the role of Rusty for "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
1990:
First starring role on the short-lived NBC comedy series "American Dreamer"
1991:
Played Roseanne Barr's son in the ABC made-for-TV movie "Back Field in Motion"
1992:
Cast as David Healy, the boyfriend of Darlene Conner, on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne"
1993:
Portrayed one of two adopted sons accused of murdering their parents in the NBC TV-movie "A Family Torn Apart"
1997:
Played a jealous loser who has an eye for Jennifer Love Hewitt in the thriller "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
1998:
Cast as a nebbishy rich kid who folds easily under pressure in "Suicide Kings"
1998:
Played a menacing homosexual opposite Christina Ricci in Don Roos' "The Opposite of Sex"
1998:
Sold first screenplay, "Snollygoster"; co-written with Chris Kletzien
2000:
Re-teamed with director Don Roos for a small role in "Bounce"
2003:
Played the lead role in the indie film "Bookies"
2005:
Had a recurring role as the half-brother of the main characters on the TV sitcom "Hope & Faith" (ABC)
2005:
Guest starred on the first-season of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC) as a golfer
2006:
Had a recurring role as Trouty on TBS's sitcom, "My Boys"
2006:
Appeared as a young prostitute in the off-Broadway production of Carter Beene's gay Hollywood satire "The Little Dog Laughed"
2007:
Cast as Leonard Hofstadter, PhD, on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory"
2008:
Had a small role in the superhero comedy "Hancock" alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series
2011:
Cast opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the futuristic thriller "In Time"
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Notes

Working in show business, "you start to think that the show is the end-all and be-all of life. But then I'll go home and realize that for the rest of the world, it's just a half hour in front of the TV." --Johnny Galecki to PEOPLE, April 3, 1995

"He can do comedy really great, and he can also do drama and that is amazing in someone so young." --Roseanne to TV GUIDE, May 4, 1996

"A friend told me that his sister and his assistant agreed that if they could chose one actor to sleep with , it would be Robert Downey Jr. If there was only one they could date, it would be Johnny Depp. And if there was only one they could marry, it would be David from 'Roseanne'." --Galecki to MOVIELINE, September 1997

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Mary Lou Galecki. Mortgage-reduction consultant.
sister:
Allison Galecki. Born c. 1980.
brother:
Nick Galecki. Born c. 1982.

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