J. K. Simmons
|J. K. Simmons|
J. K. Simmons at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009
|Born||Jonathan Kimble Simmons
January 9, 1955
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Schumacher (m. 1996)|
Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor of film, television and stage. He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and the voices of Cave Johnson in the 2011 puzzle game Portal 2 and Tenzin in The Legend of Korra. Simmons also provides the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in the Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Avengers Assemble animated series. Simmons is also known for appearing in a series of television commercials for Farmers Insurance.
Simmons' performance as music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014) received universal acclaim and earned him more than 30 accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award.
Jonathan Kimble Simmons was born on January 9, 1955 in Grosse Pointe a suburb of Detroit, Michigan., the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, middle school music teacher. When he was ten, in 1965, his family moved to Worthington, Ohio, and when he was 18, in 1973, they moved to Missoula, Montana, where his father became Director of the School of Music at the University of Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1978 with a music degree, where he joined Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Simmons was a Broadway actor and singer. He played Benny Southstreet in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and in 1994, he sang multiple roles in the Wagner opera satire, Das Barbecu. He also played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera and starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.
Film and television roles
Simmons is known for his television roles as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist, who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order and New York Undercover, and as sadistic neo-Nazi inmate Vernon Schillinger on the prison drama Oz. He also stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. He played B.R. in the film Thank You For Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as "Mac" McGuff, the title character's father. He played Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer. In an interesting precursor to his joining the Law & Order cast as Skoda, Simmons appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in a Law & Order cross-over episode.
In all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson (as well as in the expanded video game adaptation of Spider-Man 3). Other roles includes that of an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, and Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon kid's show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995. In 2008, Simmons played a CIA Superior in Burn After Reading and appeared in Postal as Candidate Wells. He also appeared in I Love You, Man.
Simmons has starred in several films produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Jennifer's Body. In 2013, he had a small role as Mr. Jervis in Reitman's film Labor Day. He voices Tenzin, an Airbending master and the son of Aang and Katara, in the 2012 Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra. He starred as blind lawyer "Mel Fisher" in Growing Up Fisher.
In 2014, Simmons starred as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash. Fletcher is an intensely demanding conductor at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music, where he bullies and cajoles the protagonist, Andrew Neiman, played by Miles Teller. Simmons wide acclaim includes an Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor. Rolling Stone said "Beat the drums for an Oscar for Simmons". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said "Simmons delivers one of the most memorable performances of the year." Entertainment Weekly summed up the reaction by saying "Simmons' performance has been universally praised... a leading contender for Best Supporting Actor". On January 11, 2015 Simmons won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in Whiplash. In January 2015 Simmons was cast in a leading role in the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island. On February 22, 2015, Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2014 film Whiplash.
Simmons has performed a substantial number voice-over roles alongside his live action work. Several of these have arisen from his J. Jonah Jameson character in Spider-Man films, including voices of two newspaper editors in episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. While unnamed, these characters are clearly meant to emulate Jameson (one, bearing Jameson's appearance, demands "pictures of Spider-Man", then on being reminded he works at a poetry journal, demands "poems about Spider-Man"). Likewise, Simmons voiced an editor-in-chief of a newspaper (with Jameson's appearance and mannerisms) for a 2013 episode of The Hub's Pound Puppies. He has resumed his role as the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Avengers Assemble. He said he would like to reprise the role again in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man series, a reboot of the Spider-Man film series. Other voice-over work is heard in friend Reitman's film Young Adult, as the protagonist's boss via a series of voicemails. Simmons provides the voice of the yellow M&M in the product's commercials, as well as the 3-D film I Lost My M in Vegas, playing at M&M's World in Las Vegas. He has also done voice-over work for Norelco razors. He also provided the voice of General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. He recorded an audio book for Tom Clancy's Net Force: Point of Impact.
In the world of television commercials, Simmons has been featured as Professor Nathaniel Burke of the University of Farmers in television commercials for Farmers Insurance Group, beginning in 2010.
Simmons has appeared as the anti-communist U. S. President Howard T. Ackerman in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and a series of promotional advertisements parodying the 2008 presidential elections. In these advertisements, he offers himself (as Ackerman) as an alternative to other, unnamed presidential candidates and used the slogan "Vote for me, if you want to live."
|1994||Ref, TheThe Ref||Siskel|
|1994||Scout, TheThe Scout||Assistant Coach|
|1996||First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives Club||Federal Marshal|
|1996||Extreme Measures||Dr. Mingus|
|1997||Love Walked In||Mr. Shulman|
|1997||Jackal, TheThe Jackal||FBI Agent Timothy I. Witherspoon|
|1997||Anastasia||Ensemble and vocals|
|1999||Hit and Runway||Ray Tilman|
|1999||Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House Rules||Ray Kendall|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Frank Perry|
|1999||I Lost My M in Vegas||Yellow (voice)||Short film|
|2000||Autumn in New York||Dr. Tom Grandy|
|2000||Gift, TheThe Gift||Sheriff Pearl Johnson|
|2001||Mexican, TheThe Mexican||Ted Slocum|
|2002||Spider-Man||J. Jonah Jameson|
|2003||Disposal||Older Hunter||Short film|
|2003||Off the Map||George|
|2004||Hidalgo||Buffalo Bill Cody|
|2004||Ladykillers, TheThe Ladykillers||Garth Pancake|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||J. Jonah Jameson|
|2005||Thank You for Smoking||B. R.|
|2005||Pom Poko||Seizaemon (voice)||English dub|
|2005||Harsh Times||Agent Richards|
|2006||Astronaut Farmer, TheThe Astronaut Farmer||Jacobson|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||J. Jonah Jameson|
|2008||Burn After Reading||CIA Superior|
|2009||Vicious Kind, TheThe Vicious Kind||Donald Sinclaire|
|2009||New in Town||Stu Kopenhafer|
|2009||Way of War, TheThe Way of War||Sergeant Mitchell|
|2009||Red Sands||Lt. Col. Arson|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Oswald Klaven|
|2009||Aliens in the Attic||Skip (voice)|
|2009||Post Grad||Roy Davies|
|2009||Up in the Air||Bob|
|2009||Jennifer's Body||Mr. Wroblewski|
|2010||4192: The Crowning of the Hit King||Narrator|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Ed|
|2010||Invisible Sign, AnAn Invisible Sign||Mr. Jones|
|2010||Beginner's Guide to Endings, AA Beginner's Guide to Endings||Uncle Pal|
|2010||True Grit||Lawyer Daggett (voice)||Uncredited|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Gruff K-9 (voice)|
|2011||Music Never Stopped, TheThe Music Never Stopped||Henry Sawyer|
|2011||The Good Doctor||Detective Krauss|
|2011||Blackstone||Detective Burke||Short film|
|2011||Young Adult||Mavis' Publisher (voice)||Uncredited|
|2012||The Words||Mr. Jansen|
|2012||Contraband||Captain Redmond Camp|
|2013||Whiplash||Band Teacher||Short film|
|2013||3 Geezers!||J Kimball|
|2013||Labor Day||Mr. Jervis|
|2013||Dark Skies||Edwin Pollard|
|2013||The Heeler||Roscoe||Short film|
|2013||The Magic Bracelet||The Shaman||Short film|
|2014||The Boxcar Children||Dr. Moore (voice)|
|2014||Murder of a Cat||Sheriff Hoyle|
|2014||The Rewrite||Dr. Lerner|
|2014||Men, Women & Children||Mr. Doss|
|2014||Ava & Lala||General Tiger (voice)|
|2015||Terminator Genisys||In post-production|
|2015||Still Punching the Clown||Jay Warren||In post-production|
|2015||Rock Dog||Khampa (voice)||Filming|
|1986||Popeye Doyle||Patrolman in Park||Television movie|
|1994||Law & Order||Jerry Luppin||Episode: "Sanctuary"|
|1995||New York News||Episode: "Welcome Back Cotter"|
|1995||Adventures of Pete & Pete, TheThe Adventures of Pete & Pete||Barber Dan||Episode: "Saturday"|
|1996||Homicide: Life on the Street||Col. Alexander Rausch||Episode: "For God and Country"|
|1996||Swift Justice||Mel Turman||Episode: "Stones"|
|1996, 1998||New York Undercover||Sgt. Treadway / Dr. Emil Skoda||2 episodes|
|1997||Face Down||Herb Aames||Movie|
|1997||Spin City||Kevin Travis||Episode: "Hot in the City"|
|1997–2003||Oz||Vernon Schillinger||56 episodes|
|1997–2010||Law & Order||Dr. Emil Skoda||45 episodes|
|1998||Remember WENN||Captain Amazon||Episode: "All's Noisy on the Pittsburgh Front"|
|1999||Saturday Night Live||Vernon Schillinger||Episode: "Jerry Seinfeld/David Bowie"|
|2000||Third Watch||Frank Hagonon||Episode: "Demolition Derby"|
|2000–2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Emil Skoda||6 episodes|
|2002||Path to War||CIA Briefer||Movie|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Emil Skoda||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2002||Homeward Bound||Jim Ashton||Pilot|
|2003||John Doe||Lucas Doya||Episode: "The Rising"|
|2003||Everwood||Phil Drebbles||Episode: "Burden of Truth"|
|2004||3: The Dale Earnhardt Story||Ralph Earnhardt||Movie|
|2004||ER||Gus Loomer||Episode: "Impulse Control"|
|2004||The D.A.||Dep. Dist. Atty. Joe Carter||2 episodes|
|2004||Without a Trace||Mark Wilson||Episode: "Two Families"|
|2004||Jury, TheThe Jury||Ron Stalsukilis||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Ike Connors||Episode: "Kimber Henry"|
|2004–2006||Justice League Unlimited||General Wade Eiling (voice)||5 episodes|
|2005||Arrested Development||General Anderson||Episode: "Switch Hitter"|
|2005||Jack & Bobby||Cyrus Miller||Episode: "Running Scared"|
|2005||Numb3rs||Dr. Clarence Weaver||Episode: "Vector"|
|2005–2012||Closer, TheThe Closer||Assistant Chief Will Pope||109 episodes|
|2006||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Harry Ravitch||Episode: "Duck and Cover"|
|2006–2007||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Tabloid Editor (voice)||2 episodes|
|2007||Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee||James McLaughlin||Movie|
|2007||Queens Supreme||Ernest Fingerman||Episode: "Let's Make a Deal"|
|2007||Kim Possible||Martin Smarty (voice)||3 episodes|
|2007–2011||American Dad!||Judge / McCreary (voices)||3 episodes|
|2008||Phineas and Ferb||J.B. (voice)||Episode: "Toy to the World"|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Magister Ghilhil (voice)||Episode: "Darkstar Rising"|
|2009||Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, TheThe Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Poseidon / Captain (voices)||4 episodes|
|2009–2010||Party Down||Leonard Stiltskin||2 episodes|
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||O'Flaherty Sr. (voice)||Episode: "Stu is Good at Something"|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Evil Star (voice)||Episode: "Revenge of the Reach!"|
|2010||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Magister Ghilhil (voice)||Episode: "Escape From Aggregor"|
|2010–2013||Generator Rex||White Knight (voice)||34 episodes|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Frank Forrest||Episode: "One Cabeza, Two Cabeza, Three Cabeza... DEAD!"|
|2011||Raising Hope||Bruce Chance||Episode: "The Cultish Personality"|
|2011||Desert Car Kings||Narrator||10 episodes|
|2011–2013||Pound Puppies||Lieutenant Rock / Mr. Withers (voices)||2 episodes|
|2011–2014||Robot Chicken||Vern Schillinger / Master Chief (voices)||2 episodes|
|2012||Best Friends Forever||Don||Episode: "Put a Pin It"|
|2012||Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||Episode: "Along Came a Spider"|
|2012||The Venture Bros.||Ben (voice)||Episode: "A Very Venture Halloween"|
|2012–2014||Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra||Tenzin (voice)||41 episodes|
|2012–present||Ultimate Spider-Man||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||38 episodes|
|2012–2014||Men at Work||P. J. Jordan||5 episodes|
|2013||Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||Special|
|2013||Parks and Recreation||Mayor Stice||Episode: "Partridge"|
|2013||Family Tools||Tony Shea||10 episodes|
|2013–2015||Avengers Assemble||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||5 episodes|
|2013–2015||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||7 episodes|
|2014||Growing Up Fisher||Mel Fisher||13 episodes|
|2014||Chozen||Gary Cullens (voice)||Episode: "Family Weekend (or How Gary Got His Groove Back)"|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Lennie Turtletaub (voice)||4 episodes|
|2015||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "J.K. Simmons/D'Angelo"|
|2000||M&M's: The Lost Formulas||Yellow Peanut (voice)|
|2008||Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||President Howard T. Ackerman|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)|
|2011||Portal 2||Cave Johnson (voice)|
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Tenzin (voice)|
Awards and nominations
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- The Detroit Free Press, "Tribute From The Heart", by Julie Hinds, February 24, 2015, page A1
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- Stanley, Alessandra (February 21, 2014). "The Fun of Having a Single Parent". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
- "J.K. Simmons: The friendly face behind this year's scariest movie villain".
- "J.K. Simmons Wins Golden Globe for ‘Whiplash’ Role".
- "J.K. Simmons Reveals Kong: Skull Island Details; Keaton All But Confirms Involvement".
- McNary, Dave (2015-02-22). "J.K. Simmons Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 2015-02-22.
- Outlaw, Kofi (August 6, 2012). "‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Should J.K. Simmons Return as J. Jonah Jameson?". screenrant.com. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "University of Farmers Insurance". The Inspiration Room.
- Red Alert Universe > Factions > Factions, Units, & Characters, President Ackerman character information.
- Miller, Greg (2011-03-11). "PAX: Portal 2 Nabs J.K. Simmons". IGN. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- "Edge Online - Video game features, reviews & industry jobs". Edge Online.
- "Men at Work Exclusive: J.K. Simmons Returns to Face Off Against John Michael Higgins". TVGuide.com.
- "The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". sagawards.org.
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- "The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". sagawards.org.
- "The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". sagawards.org.
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