The Big Bang Theory‘s Leonard Hofstadter comes from good stock.
In addition to having Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski for a mom (as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter), it was announced on Wednesday that two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch has been cast as the scientist’s father.
As shared at the hitcom’s PaleyFest panel, Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, met Hirsch at NBC’s recent James Burrows tribute and invited the former Taxi driver to play the role.
Among what has been revealed to date about Leonard’s dad, he is by some accounts an anthropologist, and he was not affectionate, at all, toward his son. (Fun side note: Last year, TVLine suggested that Hirsch play pops to Howard.)
Hirsch’s post-Taxi credits include Dear John, Numb3rs, Damages and Forever, plus episodes of The Goldbergs and Maron.