Johnny Galecki

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Johnny Galecki

Born

4/30/1975, Bree, Belgium

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Gender

Male

Also Known As

John Galecki, Johnny Galeki
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With his tangle of curly, brown hair and sensitive half-smile, Johnny Galecki captured viewers hearts and perfected his comic facets over a five season (1992-1997) run on ABC's ground-breaking sitcom, Roseanne. Cast as David Healy, he made a name for himself as the soft-spoken, gentle-hearted, and most times,…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Johnny, along with such celebrity guests as Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Vanessa Williams, Paula Abdul, Sara Ramirez, and Pink, attended the 2007 TV Guide's post-Emmy party, a French burlesque-inspired gala which was held at the Hollywood hotspot, Les Deux. The red and black dominated event featured white-wigged women dressed as Marie Antoinette scattered around the premises serving champagne and swinging seductively on large chair swings, and a large set up under a tent with plush couches for guest seating providing the stage for musical entertainment, Kanye West, John Legend, and Band From TV (Hugh Laurie on keyboards, Greg Grunberg on drums, James Denton on guitar, and lead singers: Bachelor Bob Guiney and Bonnie Somerville from Kitchen Confidential).

    • Johnny will reunite with former "girlfriend"/"wife," fellow ABC sitcom, Roseanne, alum, Sara Gilbert, who will guest star in a multiple-episode arc on the CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, in which Galecki co-stars as one of two socially awkward scientists embarking on the "real" world after a voluptuous woman becomes their new neighbor. Gilbert will play the part of a physicist colleague and possible love interest of Johnny's character.

    • Johnny, originally considered for the part of Sheldon, a genius who can handle calculus equations, but can't decipher how to talk to the opposite sex, opted for the ever-so-slightly more socially adjusted Leonard role on the CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

    • Johnny was presented the Theatre World Award for his Broadway performance in The Little Dog Laughed at the by-invitation-only, 63rd annual awards ceremony held on June 5, 2007 at New Worlds Stages (New York, NY). A Theatre Award honoree is chosen by the Theatre World Awards committee with the award traditionally bestowed upon theatre newcomers by former award winners. Johnny was one of twelve recipients to receive the 2007 Theatre World Award, which remains the oldest one given for a debut theatre performance on On or Off-Broadway.

    • Johnny smokes Parliament Light Brand cigarettes.

    • Johnny loves the 1970s television sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter.

    • Johnny's late father, who was an instructor for the visually impaired, blindfolded him as a young boy and had him run his fingers over Braille books to teach him thankfulness and to not take what he had for granted.

    • Johnny's role in the Broadway play, The Little Dog Laughed (2006-2007), required a full-frontal nudity scene, the first of his acting career.

    • Johnny's mother, Mary Lou Galecki, is a mortgage reduction consultant; his late father was a rehabilitation teacher for blind veterans. Johnny is an older sibling to sister, Allison, and brother, Nick.

    • Johnny's final appearance (February 18,2007) in the Broadway production of Carter Beene's gay Hollywood satire, The Little Dog Laughed, was a special performance he and other cast members generously played pro bono for the Actors' Fund, the national human services organization that helps professionals in the performing arts and entertainment.

    • Johnny nearly missed his first two previews of the Broadway comedy, The Little Dog Laughed (2006), until CBS reworked the schedule of The Big Bang Theory, a TV pilot in which he co-stars, and was filming.

    • Johnny, who lived the first three years of his life in Belgium didn't remember anything about living overseas, except that it was inexplicably orange. As an adult, he found a photo of his family's home in Belgium. The carpeting was orange.

    • Johnny considers his late father and his former TV mother-in-law, Roseanne, to be two of his greatest teachers.

    • Johnny worked along side Tony Award nominee, Paxton Whitehead, and actress, Dina Waters, to record his first audio theatre CD, a hilarious farce titled The Foreigner, by Larry Shue. The CD was produced and distributed by L.A. Theatre Works, known for bringing together the world's greatest actors to perform classic and contemporary plays.

    • Johnny and Chris Kletizier co-wrote the screenplay for Snollygaster, about a group of college students hiding a secret.

    • Johnny won critical recognition in 1998 for his portrayal of a whiny, unwitting accomplice in the kidnapping of a mob boss kingpin played by Christopher Walken in Suicide Kings. It is the credit he is most proud of.

    • Johnny appeared on the NBC television drama A Family Torn Apart in 1993. He played an adopted son accused of aiding in the murder of his parents. He then went on to play a manic-depressive youth in Without Consent on ABC in 1993.

    • Johnny made his television debut in the 1987 NBC made-for-TV movie, Time Out For Dad, starring Dick Butkus and Harriet Nelson.

    • Johnny was sued in a paternity suit on October 6, 2006. A 31 year old woman alleged she had a one-night stand with Galecki eleven years prior, which resulted in the paternity of her son. She sued for back child support in the amount of $500.00 a week. The case was dismissed when the woman failed to appear on the scheduled court date.

    • Johnny was nominated in 1993 through 1995 for the Young Artist Award for his portrayal of David Healy on the ABC television sitcom, Roseanne, winning the award in 1994.

    • Johnny has appeared in the Dave Matthews Band music video, Satellite, and a music video for Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, as well.

    • Johnny starred in the made for TV movie, Backfield In Motion, with the production team of Roseanne and Tom Arnold in 1991. They offered him a role on their hit television sitcom, Roseanne (ABC), the following year.

    • Johhny received a Joseph Jefferson Citation nomination at age eleven for his role as John Henry in a Chicago stage production of The Member Of The Wedding.

    • Johnny moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his family when he was three years old. He now (2007) resides in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago he currently calls home.

    • Although born in Belgum, Johnny Galeki is an American actor. His father was a member of the U. S. Air Force stationed there.

    • Johnny's parents denied his request of getting a piercing at the age of ten. He proceeded on his own, piercing his left ear using a safety pin and an ice cube. After the puncture, Johnny's father remarked, "It looks like a dog gnarled your ear."

  • Quotes

    • Johnny: I do theatre as often as possible; basically when I can afford to do theatre, whenever they'll have me.

    • Johnny: (sweetly, when asked about the possible unrest on the set of 'Roseanne') Honestly, it's really nothing more than a very comfortable workplace.

    • Johnny: (about the homosexually-themed Broadway satire, 'The Little Dog Laughed', in which he performed) At its core, the play is about what we all sacrifice to be successful, whatever our careers or goals.

    • Johnny: (about his co-starring role in the television drama, 'A Family Torn Apart') I wanted to do something a little diverse from that people were use to seeing me doing. I'm just a big fan of true-life crime stories. I'm not a violent person.

    • Johnny: (about society's fascination with celebrity life) There's an interesting dynamic of people wanting to know all the details, but also wanting to be part of this fantasy world.

    • Johnny: (about back-to-back homosexual roles in the movies, 'The Opposite of Sex' and 'Bounce') As far as typecasting, I'd played the same character on TV for five years (David on Roseanne), so I wasn't concerned about playing two consecutive gay characters. And, they were well-written and very different gay characters. There were more interesting aspects to the characters than their sexuality.

    • Johnny: (talking about stage vs. screen work) As a Chicago boy who can't dance or sing, I didn't have many Broadway ambitions.

    • Johnny: I absolutely love what I do, and it can become troublesome because I enjoy immersing myself entirely in my work, when I have an opportunity. It's at times probably annoying at best to those around me, but they understand it's what I love doing and that I'm happiest when I'm doing it. I'm pathetically early everyday.

    • Johnny: (regarding his acting performances) Honestly, I haven't seen a lot of what I've done. My job is done as soon as I'm done. The process interests me, not the product.

    • Johnny: Sometimes, you don't have to delve into the cerebral to find the answers. A lot of the answers are literally right in front of your face.

    • Johnny: I'm usually the guy who, after I wrap a movie or close a play, will punch the steering wheel and say, 'That's what I should have done there!'

    • Johnny: So many people– and I, myself, am guilty of this– are interested in the lives of actors and other people we have no personal investment in. It's just curiosity, I suppose. But, it's something I'm not proud of.

    • Johnny: (about accepting a role in the romantic comedy-drama, 'Bounce') I wanted to do a bigger movie with a broader audience. I realized there are people between coasts that have no idea I've worked since Roseanne.

    • Johnny: (about what he learned from Roseanne Barr while working on the sitcom, 'Roseanne') Don't be afraid to do it your way, to speak up, to say 'no' to anyone.

    • Johnny: Right now, I'm very healthy, I have no vices left– except sugary breakfast cereal, and absinthe, of course.

    • Johnny: I once had a gay producer tell me I had to do something about my eyebrows.

    • Johnny: I don't know what to do with myself between films. I end up doing unhealthy things like shopping and drinking. I'm pretty schizophrenic about it.

    • Johnny: I am still pretty shy when it comes to autographs, sometimes I am riding the subway after a show, and no one notices me. I will sit there the whole ride, making eye contact, and nothing. That is why I still ride the subway, if it were to change, I'd have to spring for a taxi, who wants that?

    • Johnny: I am still close to my friends from the cast of Roseanne. It was hard when Glenn died, I took it hard, we were close. We knew that he had demons, but thought that he was getting better. Hey, maybe he was, and had one weak moment. I think either way, He is in Heaven now, looking down on us, wishing things were different.

    • Johnny: Eventually, I plan to do it all. Write, act, direct, and produce my own vehicle to star in. It's something that I have been wanting to do for years now.

    • Johnny: I like all kinds of music, even country. I say that, because whenever you ask someone what they like to listen to, everyone says 'everything but rap and country'. Come to think of it, I like rap too.

    • Johnny: It was funny be considered a poster boy for teenage girl crushes, I never thought THAT could happen! It was embarassing, but it was also a big boost to the ego.

    • Johnny: I am so much more than just 'David' on Roseanne. I am a film star, a stage actor, a screen writer, and a aspiring director. David is so 90's, lets move on now.

    • Johnny: I went through my party years rather quickly, I must say. I tinker with it every now and then, but for the most part, I am a home-body, and it suits me.

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