Howard is named after and based on a computer programmer known by the show's co-creator Bill Prady.
He also apparently attends High Holy Day services, as Sheldon once critically commented that he was not available to compete in Halo during those times. Among the main male characters in the show, Howard is distinctive for being an engineer rather than a physicist and lacking a doctoral degree. is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Simon Helberg.He lived with his mother for several seasons before eventually moving in with his wife Bernadette Rostenkowski.Until he returned from space in season six his personal transportation was a Vespa motor scooter, which he eventually traded for a Mini Countryman. Although in the show, Howard has been mentioned as speaking these languages, the writers have not explored his proficiency much.Unlike Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj, Howard lacks a Ph.D., instead having a Master's degree from MIT (he first studied in medical school but dropped out since he was terrified of blood).He is also fond of (and collects) decorative belt buckles, but wears only one belt; his collection includes a Nintendo controller, a silver Batman logo, a 45 RPM record insert, a Klingon communicator, and a buckle containing the superhero the Flash.Although Jewish, Howard often rebels against the religion and even goes as far as mocking Judaism. Like his friends, Howard is an avid fan of comic books and superheroes.For instance, he eats pork, and when the price of pork went up at the group's favorite Chinese restaurant, he remarked "it's getting tougher and tougher to be a bad Jew".On another occasion, when Howard tried to date Sheldon's sister, Missy, he said he would kill his rabbi with a pork chop if his religion was an impediment, and one of the reasons he was happy to continue dating Bernadette (who is Catholic) was that it gave him the chance to really annoy his mother.