Howard Wolowitz

Played by Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is a character on the television show "Big Bang Theory." Howard is not exactly James Bond around women. More often than not, he finds himself in awkward positions and makes questionable comments. He holds an important job at Caltech, in the Department of Applied Physics, although his education and accomplishments are shadowed by his friends and peers. Howard often finds himself ridiculed by the super-genius Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) because he holds a meager masters degree from MIT. His best friend is Rajesh Ramayan "Raj" Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), who holds an equal reputation with women as he is unable to speak to them unless under the influence. Earlier on, Howard often found himself without love, and jealous of the relationship between Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco). But all of that changed one night at the Cheese Cake Factory, when he met the love of his life (or at least girlfriend for now), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Bernadette is not the only woman in Howard's life; his mother, Mrs. Wolowitz (Carol Ann Susi), although never seen on-screen, makes her presence known by yelling very loudly and seems to not accept that her son is an educated man, instead of a young child.

Howard looks as though he has stepped right out of the 1960's; his wardrobe comes complete with v-neck-shirts, turtleneck throw backs, dickeys and a signature geeky belt buckle. He loves comic books and his preferred mode of transportation is a cherry-red Vespa moped. As mentioned, Howard thinks of himself as a ladies man - with cliché pick up lines and miscued sexual advances his modus operandi. He relies heavily on the fact that he "knows" many languages, for instance he once told Penny that she was very pretty in Russian - except he butchered the pronunciation. His relationship with Raj has also been the subject of discussion. The two of them are often very close with one another and share intimate moments.

The most recurring characteristic of Howard is his faith (rather, lack there of): Howard is Jewish. Although openly Jewish, he is not very serious about his faith, which is something of a recurring joke. Howard is penniless and almost the stereotypical Jew - except for his diet, as he chooses not to eat Kosher. Once during dinner, Howard commented over the price of a pork dish, saying "It's getting harder and harder to be a bad Jew." His mother is overtly Jewish, as her voice is heavily accented with the atypical Jewish accent. The biggest surprise that came from his religion was that he revealed that he was only dating Bernadette because she was Catholic, and it would make his mother unhappy.

Overall, Howard is likable and keeps viewers coming back for his quick one liners and his bizarre relationships with his friends.

Memorable Quotes:

"Do you like motorcycles? Cause I ride a hog."

"My people invented the circumcision. You're welcome."

"Haven't you ever been told how beautiful you are in flawless Russian?"

"Well, if you like space stuff, I design components for the International Space Station. Which is in space. Where, I'm sure you know, no one can hear you scream."

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