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The Big Bang Theory featured many guest stars over the show’s 12 seasons in cameo and character roles. Dr Wolcott is one of the show’s most memorable characters but who played him? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who played Dr Wolcott on The Big Bang Theory?
Dr Robert Wolcott was introduced in season 11, episode 20 of The Big Bang Theory.
Dr Wolcott was a reclusive topologist, famed for Wolcott’s Theorem and Sheldon Cooper’s (played by Jim Parsons) idol.
He was played by Peter MacNicol in the series, who portrayed the role for just one episode titled The Reclusive Potential.
Viewers will most likely recognise MacNicol from his role as John Cage in Ally McBeal.
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MacNicol played the role of John Cage from 1997 until 2002 and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in 2001.
He then went onto star in the sixth series of 24 as Tom Lennox, alongside Dennis Haysbert and Kiefer Sutherland.
MacNicol is also well known for his role as Dr Larry Fleinhardt in Numbers and Dr Stark on Grey’s Anatomy.
Most recently, MacNicol starred in the political satire series Veep as Jeff Kane.
In Veep, he starred alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale and Gay Cole.
For his performance In Veep, he was nominated for an Emmy.
His other television credits include All Rise, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
MacNicol is also well known for his film career. Most notably, he played Stingo in Sophie’s Choice opposite Meryl Streep.
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He also played Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II and Thomas Renfield in Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Dr Wolcott invited Sheldon to visit his cabin in the woods, so they could discuss his research on the string theory.
When Sheldon met his hero, he quickly learnt Wolcott was crazy and paranoid, afraid strangers will steal his work.
As a result, he wrote his research in code and even his personal letters to Sheldon.
Sheldon contemplated becoming a recluse and living like Dr Wolcott after being amazed at how much he accomplished by isolating himself from the distractions of day-to-day life.
In the end, Sheldon fought against the temptation to live like Dr Wolcott and left the cabin with his Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galekci), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).
Sheldon’s departure only led to Dr Wolcott’s becoming paranoid Sheldon had stolen his work.
The synopsis for the episode reads: “Sheldon takes the guys to a cabin in the middle of nowhere to meet a reclusive scientist.
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