Stephen Hawking’s legendary career as a theoretical physicist made him a minor celebrity — even in Hollywood.
The best-selling author, who died Tuesday at 76, found himself in front of the camera several times over his lifetime in sitcoms that hit on just the perfect amount of nerdiness.
“The Big Bang Theory”
The CBS sitcom has managed to collect an impressive list of celebrity guest actors over its lifetime, but Hawking may be among the most influential.
Stephen Hawking, legendary physicist, dead at 76
Playing himself, Hawking was the hero of Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon), down to some inappropriate impressions of his “creepy computer voice.”
The scientist appeared in seven episodes, including the 200th episode to sing “Happy Birthday” to Sheldon over Skype.
The British physicist lent his voice to four episodes of “The Simpsons.” In one, “They Saved Lisa’s Brain,” he even came to Springfield to tell the residents that their utopia will never succeed.
In a season two episode of “Futurama,” Hawking joins the Vice Presidential Action Rangers, led by Al Gore, who aim to protect the space-time continuum. He also appeared as a detached head in the movie “The Beast with a Billion Backs.”
Stephen Hawking’s life celebrated after physicist’s death
“Star Trek: The Next Generation”
The season six finale of “Next Generation” found Hawking, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton as holograms playing poker with Lt. Commander Data.
Hawking, a self-proclaimed “Star Trek” fan, was introduced at a screening for the 1991 documentary film “A Brief History of Time,” based on his book, by Leonard Nimoy.
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