Johnny Galecki, 42, one of the stars of The Big Bang Theory on CBS, said that he still loves living in central California, despite his ranch burning down on Monday in a wildfire. Galecki, who plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory, was not at his residence, located near San Luis Obispo, when the wildfire occurred.
According to the New York Daily News, Johnny Galecki said living in the San Luis Obispo area, despite the risk of wildfires, “was worth it.” The brush fire that burn his ranch down was fast-moving, tearing through approximately 1,600 acres as well as the actor’s ranch and house. Variety reported that San Luis Obispo is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The wildfire that raged in California caused around 250 people to flee their homes. On Tuesday, fire officials in San Luis Obispo said that three structures had been destroyed by the wildfire. Galecki’s home was one of the three.
Galecki has not yet seen the destruction the wildfire did to his land and house. The fire was around 40 percent contained when this article went to press. Galecki said he plans to check out his property once the wildfire is totally contained.
Johnny Galecki said that living in an area that sometimes experiences fires that are “vicious,” might “seem crazy to some.” He stated that living in such a beautiful, rural area made it all “worthwhile,” despite the chance that a wildfire might end up burning down one’s house. Galecki added he was “very relieved” that nobody had been hurt by the wildfire.
Galecki thanked all of the fire fighters who had come out and risked their lives to combat the wildfire. He thanked the Sheriff’s Office and CalFire. He also said some heartfelt words about the spirit and strength of the local community, and he stated he already has plans to rebuild in the same area.
The Big Bang Theory actor said that it was not the structures that makes a community what it is, but it was the people who did. He stated that as soon as “the smoke has cleared,” it will be “a time to reach out and rebuild.” Galecki sai that rebuilding will make the “community even closer and stronger” than it was before the wildfire happened.
There are thousands of wildfires every year in California’s “rural areas,” due to the state’s dry and hot summers. The frequent wildfires has led to much debate in California about the best ways to protect houses that are constructed in the state’s most fire-prone areas.
Besides being one of today’s highest-paying stars on The Big Bang Theory, earning a reported $1 million per episode, Johnny Galecki has appeared in numerous other television series and movies in his career. One of his earliest television roles was on Rosanne, from 1992-1997. ABC has rebooted the series for this coming fall. Movies Galecki has appeared in include Prancer and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, both released in 1989, as well as the 1997 horror flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and his most recent movie, another horror film, the 2017 movie, Rings.
By John Samuels
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