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Emmys 2011: Jim Parsons wins lead comedy actor

September 18, 2011 |  5:44 pm

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
Jim Parsons won his second consecutive Emmy for lead actor in a comedy on Sunday for his performance as the brilliant, infuriating physicist Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

The 38-year-old Parsons, who also played Cooper on an installment of Fox's animated series "The Family Guy," has also appeared on such series as "Judging Amy" and "Ed." Parsons has said that he had auditioned for 15 to 20 pilots before "Big Bang." He won the Golden Globe in January for the role. This spring, he appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of "The Normal Heart."

His "Big Bang" costar Johnny Galecki was also nominated this year for lead actor in a comedy.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on Fox TV. 

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-- Susan King

Photo: Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory." Credit: Rober Voets/CBS

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