The New Nerds We Love (Actors)

by fabnewhollywood | created - 29 May 2014 | updated - 29 May 2014 | Public

1. Jim Parsons

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Having grown up in Houston, and its northern suburb of Spring, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6. Parsons then went on to study theater at the University of Houston. From there he won a place on a two-year Masters course in classical theater at the University of ...

2. Zachary Levi

Actor | Chuck

The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh on September 29, 1980 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Alton Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "...

3. Josh Radnor

Actor | Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended ...

4. Patrick J. Adams

Actor | Suits

A "master artist" according to Variety and "tour-de-force" according to Backstage, Patrick J. Adams has starred as a fraudulent lawyer, a superhero, a veteran, a pro tennis player, and dozens of other memorable characters on stage and screen. For seven seasons Adams has charmed audiences worldwide,...

5. Barrett Foa

Actor | NCIS: Los Angeles

Barrett Foa is a series regular on the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles (2009). He plays tech operator/surfer "Eric Beale" alongside Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Oscar winner Linda Hunt.

Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2009, Foa has been a recurring guest on Entourage (2004) (as Ari's ...

6. Johnny Galecki

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

John Mark Galecki was born in Bree, Belgium, to American parents; his father was stationed there while serving in the U.S. Air Force. When he was three years old, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up with his parents, Mary Lou and Richard Galecki, and siblings, sister Allison (...

7. Jake Johnson

Actor | New Girl

Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and director, most commonly known for playing Nick Miller in the Fox comedy series New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel, for which he has received a Teen Choice Award nomination among others. Johnson also ...

8. Kunal Nayyar

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as ...

9. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

10. Simon Helberg

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Simon Helberg was born and raised in Los Angeles but despite this, and the fact that his father is the actor Sandy Helberg and his mother the casting director Harriet B. Helberg, his main interest as a young boy was karate. In his teens, though, he discovered acting and went on to study at New York...

11. Neil Patrick Harris

Actor | How I Met Your Mother

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...

12. Max Greenfield

Actor | New Girl

Max Greenfield was born on September 4, 1980 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for New Girl (2011), The Big Short (2015) and The Glass Castle (2017). He has been married to Tess Sanchez since August 8, 2008. They have two children.

13. Lamorne Morris

Actor | New Girl

Lamorne Morris is an American actor, comedian and television personality. He is best known for playing Winston in the Fox sitcom New Girl. As a game show host, he hosted the Cartoon Network game show BrainRush. He also worked for BET in the past. He is Originally from Chicago, before wanting to ...

14. Chris O'Dowd

Actor | Bridesmaids

Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd (born 9 October, 1979) is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd (2006). O'Dowd created and is starring in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy (2012). He had a recurring role on the drama series Girls (...

15. Andy Samberg

Actor | Saturday Night Live

Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, to Marjorie (Marrow), a teacher, and Joe Samberg, a photographer. With Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, Samberg is one of three Los Angeles, California-based writer-performer-filmmakers--all childhood friends--dubbed The Lonely Island, whose short ...

16. Bill Hader

Actor | The Skeleton Twins

Bill Hader was born on June 7, 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Skeleton Twins (2014), Inside Out (2015) and Trainwreck (2015). He was previously married to Maggie Carey.

17. Jerry Ferrara

Actor | Entourage

Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens (1998). Other television parts soon followed. ...

18. James Van Der Beek

Actor | Dawson's Creek

James David Van Der Beek was born on March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut, as the oldest of three children of Melinda (Weber), a gymnastics studio owner and Broadway dancer, and Jim Van Der Beek, a cell phone company executive. He has a brother named Jared who was born in 1979, and a sister named...

19. Matt Smith

Actor | Doctor Who

Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who (2005).

Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David ...

20. Rick Donald

Producer | Passenger

Rick Donald is an Australian actor, who is best known for his roles in many TV shows, these include roles in 800 Words (2015), A Place to Call Home (2013), House Husbands (2012), The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013), Donald would also join the Australian Award winning drama series Wentworth (2013) in ...

21. Ryan Hansen

Actor | Veronica Mars

Ryan Hansen is an American actor. He was born in Fountain Valley, California, and raised in El Cajon, California, but has since moved with his wife, Amy Hansen, to Los Angeles. His wife is a former roommate of Kristen Bell (star of Veronica Mars (2004)). Hansen is involved in the campaign, "...

22. Kevin Connolly

Actor | Entourage

Kevin Connolly was born on March 5, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Entourage (2004), Entourage (2015) and The Notebook (2004).

23. Brandon Higa

Actor | Silicon Valley

Brandon Higa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Brandon has recently appeared in roles on HBO's Silicon Valley, ABC Family's Greek, the CW's Gossip Girl, the feature film The Escort, and many more. In addition to his acting skills, Brandon is a fantastic martial artist, who has a wide ...

24. Matthew Moy

Actor | Steven Universe

Matthew Moy was born on February 3, 1984 in San Francisco, California, USA as Matthew James Moy. He is an actor and producer, known for Steven Universe (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and New Warriors.

25. Nick Zano

Actor | The Final Destination

Born in Nutley, NJ, Nick Zano's passion for the movies began when he first watched Goodfellas (1990) at the age of 12. He had long dreamed of becoming a Navy Seal, but all that changed in one afternoon at the cinema. Shortly after that, Zano and his family moved south to West Palm Beach, Florida, ...

26. Jason Biggs

Actor | American Pie

Jason Matthew Biggs was born on May 12, 1978, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, to Angela (Zocco), a nurse, and Gary Biggs, a shipping company manager. Jason has two sisters, Heather, a tax specialist born in 1971, and Chiara, born in 1980. He was raised Catholic, and is of English and mostly Italian ...

27. Chris Colfer

Actor | Struck by Lightning

Chris Colfer is a very talented actor and vocalist who was born on May 27, 1990 in Fresno, California, USA as Christopher Paul Colfer. He is an actor, known for Glee (2009-2015), Struck by Lightning (2012), and The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. His break out role was as Kurt Hummel in Glee, ...

28. Thomas Middleditch

Actor | The Final Girls

Thomas Middleditch was born on March 10, 1982 in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada as Thomas Steven Middleditch. He is known for his work on The Final Girls (2015), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He has been married to Mollie Middleditch since August 22, ...

29. Darren Criss

Actor | Little White Lie

Darren Criss was born on February 5, 1987 in San Francisco, California, USA as Darren Everett Criss. He is an actor, known for Little White Lie (2009), Glee (2009) and American Crime Story (2016). He has been married to Mia Swier since February 16, 2019.

30. Zach Woods

Actor | The Other Guys

Zach Woods was born on September 25, 1984 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for The Other Guys (2010), In the Loop (2009) and Ghostbusters (2016).



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