Awards Emmy '13 Spotlight: Lead Actor in a Comedy Published 1:26 PM PDT, September 3, 2013 6 View Slideshow ⟶ Getty Images The 2013 Emmys are closing in, and ET is breaking down your list of contenders! This week, we turn our attention to the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy category. The Big Bang Theory has worked marvels for Jim Parson's career as he plays the quirky genius "Dr. Sheldon Cooper." Parsons' Sheldon has more scholastic degrees than fathomable and with his nomination this year, equally as many Emmy nominations. For his sarcastic, egotistical character, the 40-year-old actor has been nominated for all but one season of Big Bang, winning the Outstanding Lead Actor award in back-to-back years.