Judd Hirsch To Star As Leonard’s Father In ‘The Big Bang Theory’ | TV News
We’ve already met his mother Beverly (Christine Baranski), but now it’s finally time to meet the dad of Leonard Hofstadter… The anthropologist and fellow Dr. Hofstadter – who has been mentioned occasionally over the sitcom’s nine series, will be played by Judd Hirsh.
Best known for his role as Alex Rieger in 80s US TV series Taxi, Hirsh has also starred in numerous films and TV shows, such as: A Beautiful Mind, Independence Day and The Goldbergs. Speaking at PaleyFest in Los Angeles, Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter explained how Hirsh was cast for the role: “I ran up to him and just kind of bombarded him with verbalisation”.
Galeki also revealed that he actually watched three seasons of Hirsh in Taxi when shooting the pilot of The Big Bang Theory “I did share with him, and this is true, that when we were shooting the pilot, I watched the first two or three seasons”.
He continued: “Not because I wanted to base Leonard on his character, but the purpose that his character served in this group of people. [He was] just as much, at times, a voice of reason as he was just as confused as everyone else”. The Big Bang Theory series 9 continues on Thursdays at 8:30pm on E4.
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