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J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1955-01-09

113 Movies · 26 TV Series

Biography

Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American television, film, and voice actor. In television, he is known for his work by playing Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, Vernon Schillinger on the HBO series Oz, and Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer. From 2017 to 2019, he starred as Howard Silk in the Starz series Counterpart. His film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), and music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2 (2011), Tenzin in The Legend of Korra (2012–2014), Stanford Pines in Gravity Falls (2015–2016), Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) and Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia (2016). He reprised his role as Jameson in various Marvel media unrelated to the Sam Raimi trilogy, including multiple animated series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). He has also appeared in a series of commercials for Farmers Insurance, and also voices the Yellow M&M. He also starred in the third season of the IFC comedy series Brockmire. In 2020, he had a recurring role on the Apple TV+ miniseries Defending Jacob as Billy Barber. Simmons's performance in Whiplash received widespread critical acclaim and earned him many accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Award and BAFTA Award as "Best Actor in a Supporting Role".

Personal Life

Simmons and his wife, Michelle Schumacher, have two children. Their daughter, Olivia Simmons, has appeared in two films, The Only Good Indians, which was released in 2009, and I'm Not Here, from 2017. Son Joe Simmons has also made occasional appearances in low-budget films. Simmons admits in an interview that he encouraged their interest in acting.Simmons is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers. He threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Tigers on April 6, 2015, for Opening Day. He played the Tigers' manager in For Love of the Game (1999). He is also a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, having spent his formative years in Ohio.Simmons is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men's music fraternity, and was initiated in 1975 at University of Montana.During Mardi Gras 2018, Simmons was awarded King of Bacchus by the Krewe of Bacchus.

Early Life

Simmons was born on January 9, 1955, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher at Parcells Middle School. One of three children, J.K. Simmons attended Ferry Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods. In 1965, when he was 10 years old, his family moved to Worthington, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. From 1970–1972, Simmons attended Worthington High School, where he participated in drama, football, and choir. In 1973, when he was 18, they moved to Missoula, Montana, where his father became director of the School of Music at the University of Montana. The younger Simmons graduated from the University of Montana in 1978 with a music degree. During his tenure, he became a member of the music-oriented fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Later, Simmons moved to Seattle and became a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Simmons would from there on make his way up in the acting world. Simmons eventually landed a role in Broadway in 1992.

Movies & TV Series

2017.

9 Movies · 3 TV Series
TV
No Activity

No Activity

2017
Set against the backdrop of a major drug cartel bust, the series follows two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together, two criminals who are largely kept in the dark, two disp...
TV
Brockmire

Brockmire

3.5
2017
A famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife's serial infidelity decides to reclaim his career and lo...
Justice League

Justice League

6.31
2017
Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone t...
The Black Ghiandola

The Black Ghiandola

2017
The Black Ghiandola is a story about a young man risking his life to save a young girl he has grown to love, after his family has been killed in the Apocalyptic world of Zombies.
Punching Henry

Punching Henry

2017
Comedian Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his story of failure to the screen. But when a major network gets involved, Henry must decide whether he wants to ma...
All Nighter

All Nighter

8
2017
When a globe-trotting, workaholic father trying to visit his daughter on a last minute layover in Los Angeles discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend, still nursi...
TV
Counterpart

Counterpart

5.82
2017
Howard Silk is a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a paral...
American Renegades

American Renegades

3.67
2017
In the midst of the Balkan wars, a squad of Navy SEALs attempts to unravel a long-forgotten mystery after discovering an enormous treasure trove hidden at the bottom of a lake in Serbia.
Father Figures

Father Figures

5.7
2017
Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
The Snowman

The Snowman

5.49
2017
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
I'm Not Here

I'm Not Here

5
2017
A man struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon realizes that time isn't the enemy he thinks it is.
The Bachelors

The Bachelors

2017
After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help t...

2016.

9 Movies
The Meddler

The Meddler

8
2016
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near...
Patriots Day

Patriots Day

4.18
2016
In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the Boston Mara...
Rock Dog

Rock Dog

4.75
2016
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events....
The Accountant

The Accountant

5.89
2016
As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3

6.31
2016
Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
La La Land

La La Land

6.54
2016
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced w...
Zootopia

Zootopia

6.36
2016
Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia's police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case - even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde t...
Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon

Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon

2016
The Pines family confronts the evil spirit Bill for the final time, deciding their ultimate fate and greatest sacrifice.
The Late Bloomer

The Late Bloomer

2016
A sex therapist goes through puberty after the successful removal of a benign tumor resting against his pituitary gland. He experiences all the changes and effects of puberty over a three-week period....

2014.

8 Movies · 3 TV Series
The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children

2014
Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which, they furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with their grandfather they have never me...
TV
BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

6.06
2014
Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90s - 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about every...
TV
Wild Hawaii

Wild Hawaii

2014
Seven millions years ago Hawaii rose from the sea a volcanic wasteland, how these islands transformed themselves into paradise is a story that defies the odds and challenges our expectations. Nat Geo ...
The Rewrite

The Rewrite

2014
An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.
Break Point

Break Point

2014
Jimmy Price is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he's officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circui...
Murder of a Cat

Murder of a Cat

2014
When someone murders his beloved cat, Clinton, an adult child, demands justice. Taking it upon himself to solve the case, he teams up with an unlikely ally, Greta, and the two set out to find the culp...
Men, Women & Children

Men, Women & Children

2014
Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, a...
TV
Growing Up Fisher

Growing Up Fisher

3.5
2014
It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical.
Barefoot

Barefoot

2014
The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding an improbable ...
Whiplash

Whiplash

5.92
2014
Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Ava & Lala

Ava & Lala

2014
Ava, a spirited and imaginative girl, meets a curious animal named Lala. Together they go on a wild and magical adventure, where they encounter new animal friends and battle with the evil General Tige...

2013.

8 Movies · 2 TV Series
TV
LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

2013
Spider-Man and Marvel's Super Heroes take on a mischievous Loki and a team of super villains in an all-new LEGO adventure.
TV
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

6.32
2013
A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
Jobs

Jobs

6
2013
The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

6.5
2013
Villainous Loki is amassing an army to conquer Earth! His antics are keeping Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. busy as they tackle a host of bad guys.
The Magic Bracelet

The Magic Bracelet

2013
'The Magic Bracelet' mysteriously links best friends Angela, Ashley and a cheese obsessed dog. When Ashley inherits a totem bracelet from a friend who died of Mitochondrial Disease - the same illness ...
3 Geezers!

3 Geezers!

6
2013
Follow actor J Kimball as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts convalescent home, he quickly discovers that his perceptio...
Dark Skies

Dark Skies

6.33
2013
From the producers of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Bar...
Labor Day

Labor Day

7
2013
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options bec...
The Heeler

The Heeler

2013
Ty Cooper is forced to find a new heeler when his partner and mentor Roscoe is unable to compete in the upcoming World Series of Team Roping.
Whiplash

Whiplash

8
2013
A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student. This is the 18 min short film that the feature film was based on.

2010.

7 Movies
Megamind

Megamind

6.16
2010
Bumbling supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.
A Beginner's Guide to Endings

A Beginner's Guide to Endings

2010
The film centers on three brothers who, upon learning they only have a few days left to live, set off to reverse a lifetime of mistakes. Hopper and Simmons are playing the brothers' father and uncle, ...
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

6
2010
The ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest.
True Grit

True Grit

6.57
2010
Following the murder of her father by a hired hand, a 14-year-old farm girl sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find—a man with 'true grit'—Reuben J...
4192: The Crowning of the Hit King

4192: The Crowning of the Hit King

2010
On the evening of September 11, 1985, before a sellout crowd at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Pete Rose stood on the edge of history. With one swing he would collect more hits than anyone in the h...
An Invisible Sign

An Invisible Sign

6
2010
Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crise...
Crazy on the Outside

Crazy on the Outside

2010
A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking th...

2009.

11 Movies · 2 TV Series
TV
Party Down

Party Down

6.75
2009
Party Down is an American comedy television series that follows a Los Angeles, California, catering team for the titular company. The sextet of aspiring Hollywood actors and writers, as well as drifti...
TV
Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

6.14
2009
Hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American to...
The Vicious Kind

The Vicious Kind

2009
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.
Up in the Air

Up in the Air

7.4
2009
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who spends his life in planes, airports, and hotels, but just as he is about to reach a milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets a woman wh...
Extract: Mike Judge's Secret Recipe

Extract: Mike Judge's Secret Recipe

2009
The cast and crew reflect on the making of the movie, "Extract."
Red Sands

Red Sands

2009
During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.
Aliens in the Attic

Aliens in the Attic

5.75
2009
A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.
Post Grad

Post Grad

2009
Ryden Malby has a master plan. Graduate college, get a great job, hang out with her best friend and find the perfect guy. But her plan spins hilariously out of control when she’s forced to move back h...
Extract

Extract

1
2009
The owner of a factory that produces flavor extracts, Joel Reynold seems to have it all, but really doesn't. What's missing is sexual attention from his wife, Suzie. Joel hatches a convoluted plan to ...
The Way of War

The Way of War

2009
Paramilitary operative David Wolfe stumbles upon an international conspiracy connecting presidential cabinet members to a Middle Eastern terrorist plot. Wanting to expose the truth, Wolfe defies order...
Jennifer's Body

Jennifer's Body

6.75
2009
A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man

6.33
2009
Peter Klaven is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as hi...
New in Town

New in Town

2009
Lucy Hill is an ambitious up-and-coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment – in ...
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