Leonard is one of four characters to appear in every episode of the series, along with Sheldon, Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali. Despite Leonard's reasonable and friendly personality, he occasionally demonstrates a mean streak. In "The Benefactor Factor", an older rich woman (Jessica Walter) propositions Leonard in exchange for a large donation to the physics department; he initially resists and she admits that she planned to make the donation anyway, after which they engage in a one-night stand. Leonard later confirms his commitment to Penny and reassures her that nothing will happen between him and Alex. Leonard and Priya try to maintain a long-distance relationship via Skype (including a failed attempt at cybersex) with Priya continuing to treat Leonard like a submissive partner. Apparently his father was not very affectionate towards him either; he mentions that he had to compete with the bones of an Etruscan boy for his father's attention, but this was likely because his father was away from home a lot for work and wasn't able to get to know his children well. One of Leonard's former girlfriends who is mentioned on several occasions is Joyce Kim, who did not appear until the second season. Near the end of season 12, in "The Maternal Conclusion", Leonard's mother seems to be more supportive of her son's new job as co-lead of the University's Photon entanglement project, even spending time with Leonard as he shows her around his new laboratory. During his relationship with Leslie Winkle, he tells her that many members of his family have died from heart disease and thus he has a genetic disposition to the condition. He is also prone to jealousy, often feeling insecure and defensive whenever Penny interacts with other men, and on one occasion trying to frighten off a British college student she was doing a project with, because Penny commented positively on his accent. Created by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady. He also recalled that despite being a loving mother, she was also very tough. [17], Leonard also has an affair with Raj's younger sister Priya (apparently every time she comes to town), despite a pinky swear with Howard that neither of them would attempt to make a move on her, and Raj giving his strong disapproval. After calming down, Leonard tearfully forgives his mother and himself for the emotional toll he has carried for most of his life. jackets with integrated hoodies) or a combination of the two, brown or red trousers, or (less frequently) jeans and ph… In season 12, Penny announces that she doesn't want to have any children which Leonard somewhat reluctantly supports her decision. [30], Throughout the fourth season, it becomes obvious that Penny is still in love with Leonard. Steam Id for Leonard Hofstadter. After a night out of bonding and drinking with Penny in which she notices an attractive busboy, Beverly kisses Sheldon but realizes she "would rather have the busboy". As a child, he was well known for making up long stories and tales. This actor did what he does best long before landing the part as Leonard, but it was The Big Bang Theory that shot John to stardom. After Penny suggested having sex in "The Launch Acceleration", Leonard breaks the mood by proposing to her accidentally. This deeply upsets Leonard and Penny who thought that Beverly was making a genuine effort in bettering their mother-son relationship. In the morning, Leonard believes that their relationship has resumed, though Penny tells him that the previous night was a mistake. In early episodes, Leonard is reluctant to let Penny know about his recreational activities (such as Klingon Boggle), as he does not want her to see him as a geek. Galecki also appeared in the films National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Prancer (1989), Suicide Kings (1997), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Bookies (2003), In Time (2011), and Rings (2017). Although Leonard feels at home with his geek colleagues, he wants to be more social. For instance, when Penny and Sheldon engaged in a fierce dispute, Leonard gave Penny Sheldon's mother's phone number so she would call her son and scold him for his behavior, thus ending the fight. While certainly a geek by most definitions, he is far less socially inept than Sheldon (who is unable to grasp social norms and is often even dismissive of them), Raj (who was unable to talk to women unless he was under the influence of alcohol or anti-anxiety prescription drugs, and even after getting over his handicap still tended to speak inappropriately), and Howard (who was often seen as "creepy" when flirting with women, including Penny). In the third season premiere, Leonard and Penny finally started a romantic relationship and had intercourse for the first time. When she first moved into the apartment 4B, She was wearing a light blue tank shirt, blue denim shorts, and brown ugg boots. Early in the series, Leonard tried to get rid of his collectables to impress Penny with his maturity. [6] Galecki grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. Character: Sheldon Cooper A genius with a high IQ and low social skills, theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper has become less robotic — though not much less neurotic — over the course of the TV series. In the second season, Leonard began a stable relationship with a physician named Stephanie Barnett (Sara Rue). During their Valentine's Day dinner in "The Tangible Affection Proof", Leonard again tries to propose to Penny and she cuts him off quickly. [21][22] On May 3, 2019, Galecki and Meyer announced that they were expecting their first child together. Real name non and SteamID64 is 76561198815185285. Leonard happily accepts, but during the journey, after Penny expresses happiness that they will get married while knowing everything about each other, Leonard confesses to having shared a drunken kiss with another woman while on the boat in Europe, though he adds that the woman started it and he rejected her. Leonard, just like his friends, Sheldon Cooper, Raj Koothrapalli, and Howard Wolowitz, was incredibly flawed. Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter-Then Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter-Now Johnny may have been known to audiences since the early 90s when he was on Roseanne, but with his role on The Big Bang Theory, he was introduced to a new crowd. First aired October 7, 2010. Galecki made his acting debut in the 1987 CBS miniseries Murder Ordained with JoBeth Williams and future Roseanne co-star John Goodman. When he gets the robotic car stuck in a ditch, he calls his friends over for help and asks Leonard to drive Stephanie home. During his run on Billy, Galecki began making guest appearances on the hit ABC sitcom Roseanne as the younger brother of Mark Healy (Glenn Quinn), who began a relationship with Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert). Leonard's primary health concern is his lactose intolerance: his consuming melon or any dairy products (and according to the pilot episode, even corn) results in flatulence. [2], Galecki was born in Bree, Belgium, to American parents of Polish, Irish, and Italian descent. [11] However, Beverly admits in season 11 that Leonard married the best out of his siblings, after she develops a genuine friendship with Penny. "[12] The play was a commercial and critical success, and Galecki won a 2007 Theater World Award for his performance. They both reveal that they were subconsciously trying to sabotage their relationship, feeling unworthy of the other. After retrieving the laptop from Zack, he shows the couple a video in the laptop that Penny made after her breakup with Leonard showing a drunk Penny apologizing to Leonard and regrets breaking up with him. Subsequently, Priya pressures Leonard into ending his friendship with Penny, which he attempts with extreme reluctance. By the end of the first season, Leonard finally manages to ask Penny out, and they have their first date. Later Penny's old boyfriend Zack Johnson and his new wife wants Leonard to be a surrogate father to their kid since Zack is infertile. Leonard later goes to a wedding with Amy, and they seem to take a liking to each other, though Sheldon disapproves, karate-chopping Leonard and saying, "She's not for you...not for you!". [24] In November 2020, it was reported that Galecki and Meyer had separated.[25]. He stayed in the role for the play's Broadway run at the Cort Theatre in late 2006 and early 2007. RELATED: ‘The Big Bang Theory’: The Real Reason Penny and Leonard’s Relationship Works. Despite being the most eager to have sex, Leonard proves he is quite awkward in these situations. [26], On another occasion, when Leonard's mother was visiting, he and Penny came very close to having sex, but Leonard ruined the moment by suggesting that they were burying their lifelong issues with their parents by doing so, which offended Penny. Leonard finally managed to put a ring on on-again/off-again love interest Penny’s finger in the show’s seventh season. Leonard revealed to Penny that he built a "hugging machine" when he was young in order to compensate for the lack of affection from his mother. jackets with integrated hoodies) or a combination of the two, brown or red trousers, or (less frequently) jeans and physics-themed T-shirts, at night Leonard wears a white t shirt and a maroon robe with white socks. Right when they are about to have sex, however, he tells Alice that he has a girlfriend, thus ending the relationship. In 1989, Galecki portrayed Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Later that day, Alex comes home with Sheldon to work in apartment 4A where Leonard and Penny are. [12] Leonard is embarrassed by his middle name and its humorous connotations, and rarely mentions it, as the name is an obvious embarrassment. On one occasion, when his glasses were broken at the movie theater, he had to surreptitiously return to his apartment and retrieve his backup glasses. [8] "The Staircase Implementation" features a flashback to when Leonard first moved in with Sheldon. However, their relationship is still obviously strained. She has a personality almost identical to Sheldon's, including strict speech patterns, lack of social conventions, and attention to detail, and she is principally responsible for Leonard's difficult childhood. This causes a strain on their friendship; at the end of the episode, Leonard becomes intoxicated and tries to have intercourse with her, prompting Penny to push him out of her apartment, to which Leonard suspects a double standard. Leonard explains to Penny that he moved in despite the difficulty of living with Sheldon because the rent was so reasonable. However, she reveals that she is doing research for her new book that highlights her parenting technique although difficult most of the time, directly resulted in the success of her children. During the show's run, two of Galecki's former Roseanne co-stars appeared on the show: Sara Gilbert (as Leslie Winkle, Leonard's colleague) and Laurie Metcalf (as Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mother). Bio. Galecki appeared briefly in the 2008 superhero comedy Hancock, alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman. [9] Leonard also states in one episode that he suffers from sleep apnea. With the start of season 6, he wants a reluctant Penny to define their relationship in "The Date Night Variable". In "The Gorilla Dissolution", Leonard and Penny become engaged. [16] Leonard also received a dissertation of the year award for his doctoral paper on experimental particle physics. [4] Galecki is the eldest of three children with a brother, Nick, whom he describes as a "mechanical genius" in the automotive industry,[5] and a sister, Allison. [23] Their son, Avery, was born in December 2019. "What They Earn". Leonard finally confronts his mother, telling her of the many ways she has hurt him. [16], While working on The Big Bang Theory, Galecki dated co-star Kaley Cuoco for about two years until December 2009 while the two also played a couple on the show. [14] He also mentioned an Aunt Nancy, apparently a "crazy cat lady" who had 25 cats, died, and was eaten by them. Raj strongly opposes this, and Penny is secretly uncomfortable with Leonard dating someone else, eventually breaking down and crying while talking with her friend Amy Farrah Fowler. This theory was later used as a foundation for a Quantum Guidance System that Sheldon, Leonard and Howard develops for the US Air Force in Season 10. "[19], In August 2018, Galecki started dating Alaina Meyer. The first time Leonard asks Leslie out, she rejects him,[22] and his further relationships with her proved to be only short-lived casual sexual encounters that only happened to satisfy Leslie's libido. In 1989, Galecki portrayed Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Galecki made his acting debut in the 1987 CBS miniseries Murder Ordained with JoBeth Williams and future Roseanne co-star John Goodman. Stephanie makes her debut in "The Lizard-Spock Expansion" (S02E08) where Howard Wolowitz tries to seduce her by taking her to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lets her drive a Mars rover. Leonard became interested in Penny almost immediately after seeing her for the first time. Sh… Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter Though he is generally considered pretty nerdy, Leonard is actually quite savvy when it comes to women, at least when compared to his friends. 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