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Jim Parsons wins fourth Emmy as best actor in comedy series

Monday, August 25, 2014
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Jim Parsons accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his work on “The Big Bang Theory” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello, Invision (AP)

Jim Parsons accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his work on “The Big Bang Theory” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Jim Parsons, the lovable geek on “The Big Bang Theory,” is the winner of his fourth Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy series.

Parsons, who is openly gay, previously won the Emmy in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his role as Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS sitcom. He also was nominated in 2009 and 2012.

His rivals in the best-actor category were Ricky Gervais, Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, Louis C.K. and William H. Macy.

Watch Parsons accept the award:

Earlier this month, Parsons signed a new three-year contract to continue on “Big Bang Theory,” and the reported $1 million per episode paycheck makes him one of the highest paid performers on network television.

Full Emmy Awards coverage here

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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