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.