Leonard, though, is buoyed by optimism over Penny's admission. After Penny suggested having sex in "The Launch Acceleration", Leonard breaks the mood by proposing to her accidentally. [15] The show, despite its high ratings, was cancelled after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. Leonard is one of four characters to appear in every episode of the series, along with Sheldon, Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali. Leonard then tells her that when she is ready to get married, she can propose to him. Fictional character in The Big Bang Theory. This encounter causes some tension between Leonard and Penny, who is somewhat judgmental of Leonard's doing so. He stayed in the role for the play's Broadway run at the Cort Theatre in late 2006 and early 2007. Shortly after moving in, during a rocketry experiment Leonard, Raj and Howard conducted, Sheldon observed miscalculations Leonard made in mixing the rocket fuel and subsequently saved Leonard's life by pulling him out of the building elevator just before the fuel capsule exploded. [5] Johnny Galecki was originally asked to play the role of Sheldon Cooper, but thought he would be "better suited" for the character of Leonard. [9] Leonard also states in one episode that he suffers from sleep apnea. Penny admits that she likes the new, more assertive Leonard. [32] Penny eventually resolves to stay in Leonard's life by ingratiating herself to Priya.[33]. From the season 6 finale, "The Bon Voyage Reaction" Leonard heads to the United Kingdom to work on a physics project seeking the hydrodynamics equivalent of the Unruh effect, sponsored by Professor Stephen Hawking, for three months on a ship in the North Sea. While the geeky physicist had some great qualities, he may have been a little overrated. [17], Galecki owns 360 acres (150 ha) of land in Santa Margarita, California. As a child, he was well known for making up long stories and tales. These include deliberately triggering Sheldon's obsessive compulsive problems, mocking Howard and Raj whenever they slip up, and making sniping comments when Penny's commitment issues flare up. Despite being the most eager to have sex, Leonard proves he is quite awkward in these situations. In season 12, Penny announces that she doesn't want to have any children which Leonard somewhat reluctantly supports her decision. Originally from New Jersey and a graduate of Princeton University, Leonard works as a Caltech experimental physicist, mainly working with lasers, and shares an apartment with colleague Sheldon Cooper in Pasadena, California. Leonard is an experimental physicist, who shares an apartment with colleague and best friend Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Bio. Galecki said at the time, "At its core, the play is about what we all sacrifice to be successful, whatever our careers or goals. 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. Leonard Hofstadter (859) Sheldon Cooper (779) Penny (Big Bang Theory) (574) Rajesh Koothrappali (435) Howard Wolowitz (427) Amy Farrah Fowler (273) Bernadette Rostenkowski (205) Penny (70) Stuart Bloom (53) Mary Cooper (37) Include Relationships Sheldon Cooper/Penny (281) Leonard Hofstadter/Penny (168) Sheldon Cooper/Amy Farrah Fowler (127) [13] By 2014, the three were earning US$1 million per episode.[14]. When lamenting the possibility that the Hofstadter name would die out with him after Penny expressed a desire not to have children, Sheldon points out that not only did his brother Michael have children but that his sister had five sons who bore the surname Hofstadter (although the personal circumstances under which the latter occurred was not specified). [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. They later meet and Penny does have the courage to tell him "no" and not break up with him as she did two years previously when he told her that he loved her. Leonard's friends recalled on many occasions that they were together for only 27 days, after which Joyce, later revealed to be a spy, defected to North Korea.[21]. 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. Penny then said that she gave the laptop to Zack after her breakup with Leonard. First aired October 7, 2010. In the season finale, Leonard leaves for an overseas job for four months and Penny is confident enough in their relationship to wait for him. After Amy and Penny observes Alex and Leonard in the Caltech cafeteria talking, Penny, although having reservations with her relationship with Leonard is bothered with the thought of him with another woman. From that meeting Leonard comes to terms with his insecurities and he and Penny are able to become more comfortable in dealing with their mutual fears about their relationship. [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. John Mark Galecki (born April 30, 1975)[1] is an American actor. [20] Galecki, in a media statement, said wildfire was "the threat ... we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile. Initially, after feeling that Penny was not for him, Leonard turned his attention to fellow scientist Leslie Winkle. 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). His neighbor across the hall, Penny, captures Leonard’s heart early on, with the two finally marrying during the ninth season after years of on-off dating. In the second season, Leonard began a stable relationship with a physician named Stephanie Barnett (Sara Rue). [11] However, Beverly admits in season 11 that Leonard married the best out of his siblings, after she develops a genuine friendship with Penny. Leonard Hofstadter is a main character of The Big Bang Theory. [25] Although the relationship went well, even earning Sheldon's approval, Leonard felt uncomfortable with Stephanie moving in with him, and the relationship ended. During their Valentine's Day dinner in "The Tangible Affection Proof", Leonard again tries to propose to Penny and she cuts him off quickly. Leonard plays the cello. 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[11] He played a character named Trouty on TBS's sitcom My Boys, and the half-brother of the main characters, sisters Hope Shanowski and Faith Fairfield, in the sitcom Hope & Faith. Right when they are about to have sex, however, he tells Alice that he has a girlfriend, thus ending the relationship. [11] In the second-season finale, when Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj were due to leave for a three-month scientific expedition to the North Pole, Penny privately expresses sadness, and wishes that he would not leave.[27]. [17], Leonard has been established to have been a child prodigy, and a gifted scientist with an impressive knowledge of theoretical physics. He also suffers from asthma, as it is apparent in multiple episodes that he needs his inhaler in order to perform a variety of activities inluding sports and sex. As seen in the season 1 episode "The Hamburger Postulate", he and Leslie Winkle practice their instruments and then leave to have sex, which Leonard calls "a little musical foreplay". [18], Besides Penny, Leonard has been involved with only a few other women. This act proves to be lethal for Howard's chances with Stephanie, as she and Leonard end up making out in the car. 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. Although Leonard feels at home with his geek colleagues, he wants to be more social. [18], Although Leonard's attempts to disprove the existence of dark matter were made moot by the work of another physicist, Leonard helped to solidify proof of the hypothetical matter's existence with a photomultiplier, and was invited as keynote speaker to a topical conference by the Institute of Experimental Physics for his successful research on super solids.[19]. Leonard is a brilliant young physicist with an extremely high IQ. 6 Her Last/Maiden Name Is Never Revealed Penny is the only main character whose last/maiden name is never revealed. Sh… Joyce Kim is the name that's often dropped but we've only seen flashbacks of her. He dropped out of school after 8th grade, attending high school for only one day. [16] Leonard also received a dissertation of the year award for his doctoral paper on experimental particle physics. Leonard is named after actor/producer Sheldon Leonard,[4] and Nobel Prize in Physics Laureate Robert Hofstadter. 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. She has Alzheimer's disease and apparently "had an episode" during her visit, which resulted in her stripping off her clothes and carving the turkey. One of Leonard's former girlfriends who is mentioned on several occasions is Joyce Kim, who did not appear until the second season. During their renewed relationship Penny has dismissed comments about him ever leaving or dumping her or about worrying about his unfaithfulness around other women and strippers as in the episode "The Stag Convergence". Leonard sees this as another opportunity to grovel and try to get Penny to sleep with him, so she leaves. In the season 8 finale, Penny asks Leonard to marry her that night in Las Vegas. [7], Because he has lived with Sheldon for several years, Leonard knows him better than his other colleagues: this has led Sheldon to believe (slightly erroneously) that Leonard is his best friend. 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. However, they seem to have developed a good, affectionate rapport by the time of Leonard and Penny's impending second wedding ceremony in the season 9 finale. Leonard is the leader of the the Big Bang Theory gang. Leonard then decides to confess his behavior to Priya via Skype, but he is shocked to learn that Priya has also betrayed him, sleeping with her former boyfriend; Priya defends that they both slipped up a little, but Leonard corrects her saying that he slipped a little, while she slipped a lot, bringing the conversation to a strained end. Advertisement In 1989, Galecki portrayed Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. In the morning, Leonard believes that their relationship has resumed, though Penny tells him that the previous night was a mistake. "[13] Leonard describes his aunt, however, as "one of the hairiest women you'll ever meet". Galecki is a cellist, a talent that was used on the show. 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