September 19, 2011 / 1:47 AM / in 6 years

Jim Parsons wins best comedy actor Emmy

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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