J. K. Simmons
|J. K. Simmons|
Simmons at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
|Born||Jonathan Kimble Simmons
January 9, 1955
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Schumacher (m. 1996)|
Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles on television as Dr. Emil Skoda in NBC's Law & Order (and other shows in the Law & Order franchise), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger in the HBO prison drama Oz, as Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer; on film as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and for voice-over work in animation and video games. He also appears in multiple commercials for Farmers Insurance Group.
Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a college professor. He has a brother, David (a singer-songwriter), and a sister, Elizabeth (a University of Washington professor). He was raised in Columbus, Ohio and Missoula, Montana, and attended the University of Montana. Simmons 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 TV 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 the sadistic Aryan 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. Until recently he played Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer.
He also played J. Jonah Jameson in all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films and the expanded video game adaptation of Spider-Man 3. Simmons provided his voice for two newspaper editors in two episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. The characters are never named, but are obviously meant to emulate the character of Jameson (one, bearing Jameson's appearance, even demands "pictures of Spider-Man", then on being reminded he works at a poetry journal, demands "poems about Spider-Man"). Similarly, 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.
Simmons also 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, NV. He has also done voiceover 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. Like many of his Law & Order co-stars, he also appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in an episode that crossed over with Law & Order before Simmons joined the cast as Skoda. He also played a small role as an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, alongside his Juno co-stars, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. As well, he played Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon kid's show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995. In 2008, he had a small part as the "CIA Superior" in Burn After Reading. Simmons appears also in Postal as Candidate Wells. He has also been featured as Professor Nathaniel Burke of the University of Farmers in television commercials for Farmers Insurance Group beginning in 2010. He also played Paul Rudd's father in I Love You, Man.
Simmons is quickly becoming known for starring in films that are produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Jennifer's Body, written by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. He also lent his voice to Reitman's film Young Adult voicing the protagonist's boss through a series of voicemails and in 2013 Simmons had a small role of Mr. Jervis (neighbor of the female protagonist) in Reitman's latest film Labor Day.
Simmons voices the character of Tenzin, an Airbending master and the son of Aang and Katara, in the 2012 Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra. Also, he has resumed his role as the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. 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.
Simmons currently stars as a blind lawyer in Growing Up Fisher.
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." In April 2011, he appeared in Portal 2 as the voice of Aperture Science founder Cave Johnson, a performance that was lauded as the "surprise star turn" of the game.
|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 T. 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|
|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||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||BR|
|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)|
|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||Young Adult||Mavis's publisher (voice)||Uncredited|
|2012||The Words||Mr. Jansen|
|2013||Labor Day||Mr. Jervis|
|2013||Dark Skies||Edwin Pollard|
|2013||The Magic Bracelet||The Shaman||Short|
|2014||Murder of a Cat||Sheriff Hoyle|
|2014||Untitled Marc Lawrence film||Dr. Lerner||Post-production|
|2014||Men, Women & Children||Post-production|
|1986||Popeye Doyle||Patrolman in Park||Television film|
|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||Sergeant Treadway / Dr. Emil Skoda||2 episodes|
|1997||Spin City||Kevin Travis||Episode: "Hot in the City"|
|1997||Face Down||Herb Aames||Television film|
|1997–2003||Oz||Vernon Schillinger||56 episodes|
|1997–2004, 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||Vern 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||Homeward Bound||Jim Ashton||Television film|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Emil Skoda||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2002||Path to War||CIA Briefer||Television film|
|2002||Homeward Bound||Jim Ashton||Television film|
|2003||John Doe||Lucas Doya||Episode: "The Rising"|
|2003||Everwood||Phil Drebbles||Episode: "Burden of Truth"|
|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||3: The Dale Earnhardt Story||Ralph Earnhardt||Television film|
|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||Television film|
|2007||Queens Supreme||Ernest Fingerman||Episode: "Let's Make a Deal"|
|2007||Kim Possible||Martin Smarty (voice)||3 episodes|
|2007–2008, 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!"|
|2010–2013||Generator Rex||White Knight (voice)||34 episodes|
|2010||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Magister Ghilhil (voice)||Episode: "Escape From Aggregor"|
|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|
|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–present||Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra||Tenzin (voice)||23 episodes|
|2012–present||Ultimate Spider-Man||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||28 episodes|
|2012–present||Men at Work||P.J. Jordan||5 episodes|
|2013||Parks and Recreation||Mayor Stice||Episode: "Partridge"|
|2013||Family Tools||Tony Shea||10 episodes|
|2013||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||3 episodes|
|2013–2014||Avengers Assemble||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||4 episodes|
|2013||Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload||J. Jonah Jameson (voice)||Television film|
|2014–present||Growing Up Fisher||Mel Fisher||12 episodes|
|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)|
Awards and nominations
Nominated - Critics Choice Award Best Acting Ensemble (shared with cast)
- 2009–Up in the Air
- 2006–The Closer
- 2008–The Closer
- 2009–The Closer
- 2010–The Closer
- 2011–The Closer
- "J. K. Simmons Biography". FilmReference.com.
- "Jonathan Kimble ("J. K.") Simmons". rootsweb.
- "J. K. Simmons Biography". Yahoo! Movies.
- "J. K. Simmons". PlaybillVault.com.
- "University of Farmers Insurance," The Inspiration Room, Friday, October 22, 2010.
- "‘Labor Day (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- Outlaw, Kofi (August 6, 2012). "‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Should J.K. Simmons Return as J. Jonah Jameson?". Screenrant. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- 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.
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