• Johnny Galecki was born on April 30th, 1975 in Belgium.
• He is best known for his roles as Leonard Hofstadter in “The Big Bang Theory” and David Healy in “Roseanne”.
• He has had numerous other roles and has won several awards.
• He currently has an estimated net worth of over $50 million.
• He is active on Instagram, with over 2.2 million followers.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 30, 1975
FactBy age 7, he began performing in such prestigious theater productions as "Fiddler on the Roof", "Pippin" and "Galileo", opposite Brian Dennehy at The Goodman Theater in Chicago.
PaymentsEarned $1,000,000 per episode + more than 1 point of the series' backend money (2014-2017) from The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Born John Mark Galecki on the 30th April 1975 in Bree, Belgium, he is an actor, best known to the world as Leonard Hofstadter in the highly-acclaimed sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (2007-present), and previously as David Healy in the sitcom “Roseanne” (1992-1997). He has had several other popular roles, but these two are hallmarks of his career.

Early Life and Acting Debut

Although born in Belgium, Johnny spent his childhood in Oak Park, Illinois USA; he is of part-Polish, Italian and Irish ancestry. While growing up, Johnny wasn’t alone as he has two younger siblings, brother Nick and sister Allison.

From an early age, Johnny wanted to become an actor, and when he was only four years old he told his parents that he would be on TV when he grew up. Well, he accomplished his dreams, but before that Johnny honed his skills in Chicagoan theaters; he made his acting debut when only six years old, appearing in the play “Fiddler on the Roof”, continuing with theater appearances and eventually receiving a Joseph Jefferson Citation nomination for portraying John Henry in “The Member of the Wedding”.

On-Screen Debut

At just 12, Johnny made his first screen appearance, playing Matt Kowalski in the television film “Time Out for Dad”, followed by another television film appearance in “Murder Ordained” the same year. He then played Toby Reardon in the film “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon” in 1988, while in 1989 he gained recognition for portraying Rusty in the comedy film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis. He was then cast as Danny Nash in the TV series “American Dreamer” from 1990 to 1991, before in 1992 making a big breakthrough playing David Healy in the sitcom “Roseanne”.


Portraying the younger brother of Mark Healy, Johnny became one of the main characters in the series, even if those weren’t the plans. He featured in 92 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning series, and he himself received the Young Artist Award in the category Best Youth Comedian for his performance. His net worth and popularity reached new heights during those years, and he became quite sought-after by producers and directors.

Career After Roseanne

Now an accomplished actor, it became quite easy for Johnny to acquire new roles; he was cast in the horror film “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1997 co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anne Heche. The following year, Johnny featured in the dark comedy film “The Opposite of Sex”, starring Christine Ricci, Martin Donovan and Lisa Kudrow, while in the early 2000s, Johnny had roles in such films as “Vanilla Sky” (2001), “Bookies” (2003) and “Chrystal” (2004). In 2007 he was chosen for the part of Leonard Hofstadter in the TV comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” – created by the memorable duo Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, Johnny was teamed up with Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco as the main stars of the TV series.

Rise to Prominence

The sitcom being something new in the industry, it soon received attention from the public, which resulted in high ratings and massive success, both critical and commercial. Although Johnny first auditioned for the role of Sheldon Cooper, he thought that the role of Leonard would suit him better, and apparently he wasn’t wrong. From the first episode Johnny became a TV star, and his net worth massively increased – according to sources, since 2014 Johnny earns $1 million per episode. He has also earned several nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Aside from the role of Leonard Hofstadter, Johnny hasn’t been seen on screen since the series began airing. However, he still managed to secure roles in such films as “Table for Three” (2009), then “In Time” (2011), and most recently “Rings” (2017).

How Rich Johnny Galecki Is?

Johnny started acting at a really young age and since then has committed to his vocation. He has appeared in more than 50 film and TV titles, which have contributed significantly to his net worth, particularly since he started earning $1 million per episode in “The Big Bang Theory”, and according to sources is now estimated at over $50 million. Pretty neat, don’t you think?

Life Behind the Scene

Despite his short stature, Johnny has dated a number of beauties, including his co-star Kaley Cuoco, but the couple broke up after a two-year-long relationship, but apparentlyremain good friends. He has also dated Kelli Garner and Katie Waissell, while since 2015 Johnny has been in a relationship with Ariella Nicole.

Johnny owns 360 acres of land located in Santa Margarita, California, on which he had a vineyard, but his possessions were destroyed in the Hill Fire of 2017.

Social Media Presence

Since attaining world fame, Johnny has become an Instagram star with over 2.2 million followers. His main focus is his work, though, in his posts you can see a lot of Johnny’s other interests. He hasn’t been quite focused on his Twitter account, though he has more than 50,000 people following him. If you are not a fan of Johnny already on Twitter, this is a good chance for you to start following one of the best TV actors of the present day.

General Info

Full NameJohnny Galecki
Date Of BirthApril 30, 1975
Height1.65 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor


ParentsMary Lou Galecki, Richard Galecki
SiblingsNick Galecki, Allison Galecki


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy, TV Land Innovator Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Star—Family Show, Golden Globe Aw...
MoviesNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Hancock, Rings, I Know What You Did Last Summer, In Time, Vanilla Sky, Prancer, The Opposite of Sex, Suicide Kings, Bounce, The Master Cleanse, CBGB, A Family Torn Apart, Playing Mona Lisa, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Bean, Morgan's Ferry, Table for T...
TV ShowsRoseanne, Billy, American Dreamer, The Big Bang Theory

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The Big Bang Theory (2007)$1,000,000 per episode + more than 1 point of the series' backend money (2014-2017)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)$350,000 per episode + 0.25 point of series' backend money (2013-2014)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)$300,000 per episode (2012-2013)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)$250,000 per episode (2011-2012)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)$200,000 per episode (2010-2011)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)Up to $60,000 per episode (2007-2010)


1We have Nobel Prize winners asking if they can guest-star on the show. The image of the scientist in the last 10 to 15 years has changed dramatically. It used to be the pasty guy in the basement with beakers, and now it's Steve Jobs. They're almost the rock stars of our age.
2[on understanding the scientific concepts of physics] We're incredibly true to the science on the [The Big Bang Theory (2007)]. Even the whiteboards have actual formulas on them, and supposedly they are very funny sometimes. I don't know how that can be, but that's what I'm told.
3[on preparing to portray a scientist on The Big Bang Theory (2007)] We did try. We talked to physicists at UCLA. We watched Nova (1992). I tried to read some books but they gave me anxiety attacks by page two. We realized that we can't pretend to think like geniuses. But we can learn to relate to them, emotionally.
4I'm not at all competitive. I'd rather play Solitaire than ping-pong.
5(On how he landed his role on Roseanne (1988)) That character was interesting, because it really grew organically, just in playing it. Initially, it was only supposed to be a couple of lines. Rose and I had worked together on a TV movie. She got me an episode, to do one scene on the show. There wasn't much there to do. Kind of rile things up with Sara Gilbert. It wasn't a whole lot to study or create or crawl into. But after that one episode, she asked me to do three more episodes, and then she asked me to do three years. You've got to understand: I was a massive fan of the show. I remember watching the pilot with my family in Chicago, when I was a kid. That show's time slot really governed when my family ate dinner. So I was very intimidated, being on that set, surrounded by television heroes of mine. That scared little rabbit that I was, observing all of this from the shadowy corners of the stage, was something the writers were brilliant enough to observe and inoculate into the character. Eventually, that became something. The way they wrote it and the way I played it. And it fortunately played so well off the "Darlene" character, too. My spinelessness and her strength.
6(On National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)) I was still living in Chicago with my family. I was 13, and I read for that role on tape. They flew me out to read with Chevy Chase. They must have been really hard up; I'm not sure why I got that role. I was fresh off the stage in Chicago. I had never done anything comedic before. I don't consider myself a comedic actor now, but I certainly wasn't then. I think I have a good idea, a good notion, a good inkling maybe of what's funny and what isn't. I think I can serve a good joke pretty well. But I wasn't bringing much comedic to the table whatsoever at 13.
7(On his part in Hancock (2008)) Sometimes the scripts change a lot, and this was the case for Hancock (2008). Both Thomas Lennon and I read for our minuscule roles in Hancock (2008). There were a couple of great scenes that we had initially. Then, the script was rewritten after they'd cast us and after they'd negotiated our contracts and everything. I think I'm like fourth-billed in that movie. Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman and me. And yet I'm a glorified extra. I really have no lines whatsoever. Neither Thomas nor I knew that until we got to the set and saw the new draft of the script. Honestly, the impetus to that gig was to work with Peter Berg, because I've been a fan of his for a long time. There was one moment early on the first day where Thomas and I looked at the new draft and thought, "We don't have any lines anymore". "Should we go home?" Jason Bateman kept looking at us going, "What are you guys doing here?" We were extras. But I very much wanted to be on a Peter Berg set.
8(On making I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)) I don't remember really how that came to be. I used to know Jennifer Love Hewitt. We lived in the same apartment building when I was about... jeez, I guess it was when I was doing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), so I was about 13 or 14. She and my little sister were friends, so I knew her a little bit. I think she suggested me for that role. It was a pretty cut-and-dried gig. I remember doing a body cast for a scene where they open a trunk, and my dead body is in it, and there's a crab crawling out of my mouth. I got a call that production was shut down, because Jennifer was so upset by seeing this image of me with a crab crawling out of my mouth. They were asking if I would call her and reassure her that I was very much alive.
9(On making Vanilla Sky (2001)) That was a blast, because I got to hang around New York for three or four weeks and play Boggle with supermodels. Cameron Crowe wouldn't give out scripts, and I'm a homework guy, so I called him and I said, "You've got to tell me something. Give me something I can invest myself in so I feel prepared when I show up in the morning". He said, "Listen to The Beatles", which was, you know, not much of a help at all. I think I may have hung up on him. [Laughs]. But he wouldn't give out a script! So every day I would show up, and there'd be a couple of pages in my trailer. A line or two, or no lines. I never knew how big or small my role was going to be. I just showed up every day. I did invest myself in listening to The Beatles, because I had nothing else to work with, and I learned that he had based a lot of it in The Beatles. My character's name, "Peter Brown", was the name of the assistant to John and Yoko, and I think he appears in the lyrics to "The Ballad Of John And Yoko". But it was good fun. Tom Cruise was amazing - a really, really nice guy.
10(On co-starring in NBC's A Family Torn Apart (1993) which co-stars Neil Patrick Harris): "I wanted to do something a little diverse from that people were used to seeing me do. I'm just a big fan of true-life crime stories. I'm not a violent person".
11Right now, I'm very healthy. I have no vices left. Except sugary breakfast cereal. And absinthe, of course.
12(On appearing in Don Roos's edgy dark comedy The Opposite of Sex (1998)): "I wanted to do a bigger movie with a broader audience. I realized there are people between the coasts that have no idea I've worked since Roseanne (1988).
13I don't know what to do with myself between films. I end up doing unhealthy things like shopping or drinking. I'm pretty schizophrenic about it.


1Used a pin to poke a hole through his ear lobe at the age of ten because his parents would not allow him to get his ear pierced professionally.
2Former smoker. He quit shortly before the eighth season of The Big Bang Theory (2007) began. He started smoking when he was only a teenager.
3Is 6 years, to the day, older than his The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-star, Kunal Nayyar.
4Guest-starred on Blossom (1990) with Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory (2007), as her date in 1991. In 2011, their characters dated again in The Big Bang Theory: The Pulled Groin Extrapolation (2011) episode of The Big Bang Theory (2007).
5Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
6He is of Polish, Irish and Italian descent.
7Was considered for the role of John "Doc" Bradley in Flags of Our Fathers (2006).
8He is a vegetarian.
9Close friend of Sara Gilbert.
10Older brother of Nick Galecki and Allison Galecki.
11Star/producer/writer Roseanne Barr of Roseanne (1988) praises Galecki's "great vulnerability".
12By age 7, he began performing in such prestigious theater productions as "Fiddler on the Roof", "Pippin" and "Galileo", opposite Brian Dennehy at The Goodman Theater in Chicago.
13At the age of 11, he received a Joseph Jefferson citation nomination for his critically-acclaimed performance as "John Henry" in "The Member of the Wedding".
14In 1991, he starred in the made-for-TV movie Backfield in Motion (1991), which co-starred the production team of Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold. The next year, Galecki joined the cast of Roseanne (1988) as Darlene's sensitive and put-upon boyfriend, David.
15Born in Belgium where his father was stationed while serving in the US Air Force. He moved to Chicago when he was 3 years old.




The Big Bang Theory2006-2016TV SeriesLeonard Hofstadter
The Master Cleanse2016
CBGB2013Terry Ork
In Time2011Borel
Entourage2011TV SeriesJohnny Galecki
Family Guy2009TV SeriesLeonard Hofstadter
Table for Three2009Ted
Who You Know2007ShortDavid
My Boys2006-2007TV SeriesTrouty
American Dad!2006TV SeriesArnie
Hope & Faith2005-2006TV SeriesJay
Peep Show2005TV MovieMark
My Name Is Earl2005TV SeriesScott
Happy Endings2005Miles (uncredited)
LAX2004TV SeriesLeland Pressman
White Like Me2004ShortMarcus
Becoming Glen2002TV MovieGlen
Two Families2002TV Movie
Vanilla Sky2001Peter Brown
Morgan's Ferry2001Darcy
Bagtime2001TV Movie
Norm2000TV SeriesDale Stackhouse
Playing Mona Lisa2000Arthur
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesKnux
The Opposite of Sex1998Jason Bock
I Know What You Did Last Summer1997Max Neurick
Suicide Kings1997Ira Reder
Bean1997Stingo Wheelie
Roseanne1992-1997TV SeriesDavid Healy Kevin Healy
Murder at My Door1996TV MovieTeddy McNair
Without Consent1994TV MovieMarty
A Family Torn Apart1993TV MovieDaniel Hannigan
Civil Wars1993TV SeriesGreg Stolbach
Billy1992TV SeriesDavid MacGregor
Backfield in Motion1991TV MovieTim Seavers
American Dreamer1990-1991TV SeriesDanny Nash
Blossom1991TV SeriesJason
In Defense of a Married Man1990TV MovieEric
Hardball1990TV Series
Blind Faith1990TV Mini-SeriesJohn Marshall
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation1989Rusty
Prancer1989Billy Quinn
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon1988Toby Reardon
Murder Ordained1987TV MovieDoug Rule
Time Out for Dad1987TV MovieMatt Kowalski


The Big Bang Theory2007-2016TV Series performer - 12 episodes


The Master Cleanse2016executive producer
Here's Your Damn Family2014TV Series executive producer
This Is All of Us2013Documentary short executive producer
Bagtime2001TV Movie producer


Here's Your Damn Family2014TV Series


Happy Endings2005special thanks


52 Annual TV Week Logie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Scream Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Big Bang Theory: Physicist to the Stars2009Video shortHimself / Leonard Hofstadter
The Big Bang Theory: Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hyphothesis of the Big Bang Theory2009Video shortHimself / Leonard Hofstadter
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Big Bang Theory: Quantum Mechanics of the Big Bang Theory2008Video shortHimself / Leonard Hofstadter
The 6th Annual TV Land Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
CBS Cares2000TV SeriesHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jon Stewart Show1995TV SeriesHimself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Comedy Series
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Big Bang Theory
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows2016TV SpecialHimself
Lip Sync Battle2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - Big Bang Theory
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Cameo #39
The Love Me Cat Show2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Emmys Red Carpet Live2012TV MovieHimself
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2012TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHimself
The Big Bang Theory: Access All Areas2012TV MovieHimself
The Big Bang Theory: It All Started with a Big Bang2012TV MovieHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Leonard Hofstadter
Sesame Street2011TV SeriesHimself
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
2011 MuchMusic Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Rachael Ray2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Bang Theory: Set Tour with Simon & Kunal2010Video shortHimself / Leonard Hofstadter
The Big Bang Theory: Take Out with the Cast of the Big Bang Theory2010Video shortHimself
The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The View2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

L'IA et Mathieu2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Big Bang Theory
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesRusty Griswold
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself - Dancing on 'Big Bang Theory' Set
Roseanne1995TV SeriesDavid Healy


Won Awards

2016Festival TrophyScreamfestBest ActorThe Master Cleanse (2016)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, Comedy or MusicalThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2008Innovator AwardTV Land AwardsRoseanne (1988)
1994Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Youth ComedianRoseanne (1988)

Nominated Awards

2016Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Family TV ActorThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: ChemistryThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV BromanceThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2012Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2012Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Male Scene StealerThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
1995Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy SeriesRoseanne (1988)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Recurring in a Television SeriesRoseanne (1988)
1992Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesAmerican Dreamer (1990)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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