Kunal Nayyar stars as Rajesh Koothrappali, an Astrophysicist that works with Sheldon and Leonard at Caltech. He is best friends with Wolowitz and lives in an apartment by himself.  Rajeesh is from India and communicates with his parents back at home via video conferencing software.

Rajeesh is a bit of a celebrity after he was named in People's "30 Under 30."  Rajeesh has major social anxiety and can only talk to women under the influence of alcohol.

Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali Quotes

I'm telling you dude there's a seat on the Hogwart's Express with your name on it.

Raj

Leonard: Hi. I'm Leonard. You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz electric. I'm going to pick you up at eight, show you a night you will never forget.
Raj: Where are we going?

TBBT Quotes

Mrs. Cooper: Shelly! I'm so glad you're here!
Sheldon: I saw you having naked sex.

Penny: I give up, he's impossible
Sheldon: I can't be impossible, I exist. I believe what you meant to say is, "I give up, he's improbable."