September 19, 2011 / 3:17 AM / 8 years ago

Jim Parsons wins best comedy actor Emmy

Actor Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory" holds up his Emmy award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 18, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jim Parsons won the Emmy for best comedy actor on Sunday for his role in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Parsons, 38, made it twice in a row with his performance as geeky physicist Sheldon Cooper on the CBS series. With its rattling, tight dialogue and physical comedy, the role proved a career breakthrough for Parsons, bringing him an Emmy in 2010 and a Golden Globe.

It has also opened the door to more and bigger movie roles, including one in the upcoming comedy “The Big Year” alongside Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sheri Linden

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