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”.
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?
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— Johnny Galecki (@JohnnyGalecki1) January 28, 2013
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.