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COCOON and The Thing actor Wilford Brimley has died at the age of 85, US media reports.

Utah-born Brimley found his way into the film industry through stunt work around horse riding.

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The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons reveals he was ‘on the edge of a cliff’ before quitting hit show after 12 series

THE Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons has revealed he was 'on the edge of a cliff' before quitting the hit show after 12 series.

The 47-year-old actor played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom, which came to an end in May last year.

7The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons has revealed he was 'on the edge of a cliff' before quitting the hit show after 12 seriesCredit: Alamy

Jim has been cited as the person who pushed for the show to end after season 12, and in a new interview he has explained his reasons for doing so.

Speaking on David Tennant Does A Podcast With..., Jim told the former Doctor Who actor: "It was a complicated road as you can imagine."

"Our final contract was for the last two years, but no one knew when we signed it what that would mean. I kind of had a suspicion in my heart that that was going to be it for me when I did sign that contract."

Between seasons 11 and 12, Jim starred in the Broadway production Boys in the Band, but he felt increasing pressure as he played catch up in play rehearsals having been tied up with the TV sitcom.

7The 47-year-old actor played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom, which came to an end in May last yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Jim explained his reasons for leaving the show in a chat with fellow actor David TennantCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Recalling his schedule, he said: "We shot our last show of the 11th season on a Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, I flew out to New York and Thursday, I started tech. They’d started without me.

"By Monday, we did our first preview. We ran Monday through Saturday, Sundays off."

To add to Jim's increasing stress levels, one of his beloved dogs was growing increasingly unwell, and the actor feared he wouldn't get to be there in his final days due to his work commitments.

Soon after, the dog had a seizure and Jim and his husband decided to have him put to sleep.

7Jim did a Broadway play between seasons 11 and 12 and it lead to him making a big decision about his future Credit: Getty Images 7Jim and his husband had to have their dog put to sleep during the play's run and he broke his foot during a curtain call Credit: Getty Images

But Jim had no time to grieve and had to plough on with the show, and then on the final night, he slipped and broke his foot during his curtain call.

He continued: "It was the scariest moment for the next couple of days because I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff.

"I was teetering and I saw something really dark below between the death of the dog."

7Jim also thought about his dad dying at 52 and the fact he would be 46 when season 12 finished, and realised he wanted to explore other thingsCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Jim managed to return to the play for the remaining weeks, and when he ended he decided to take stock of his life, and began thinking about his dad who had passed away years before aged just 52.

He told David: "I realised that at the end of Season 12 I would be 46. I’m not superstitious, or anything like that, but it was just a context thing…

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"If you told me that, like my father, I had six years left to live, I think there’s other things I need to try and do.

"I don’t even know what they are, but I can tell that I need to try."

However, Jim admits he didn't necessarily think his exit would mean the show itself would end.

He said: "I never had feelings of not wanting the show to go on without me. In fact, I kind of felt the opposite about it. I don’t even know if I can explain why."

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