After nine seasons of The Big Bang Theory we are finally going to meet Leonard’s father in the form of Judd Hirsch.
The announcement was made during the show’s PaleyFest panel and was made by Johnny Galecki himself. Galecki revealed that he had suggested the role to Hirsch at a recent NBC event.
“I ran up to him and just kind of bombarded him with verbalization,” said Galecki, revealing that he drew elements from Hirsch’s Alex Reiger to mold the character of Leonard. “I did share with him, and this is true, that when we were shooting the pilot I watched the first two or three seasons [of ‘Taxi’]. 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 returns at the end of this month on March 31st.