Simpson as Martin Wooderson on the set of The Mother of Invention.
|Born||James Raymond Simpson
November 21, 1975
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
|Years active||2000– Present|
|Spouse(s)||Melanie Lynskey (m. 2007)|
James Raymond "Jimmi" Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor. He has had recurring roles on the television shows 24, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Psych, My Name Is Earl, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the Late Show with David Letterman. His film credits include Date Night, The Invention of Lying, D. E. B. S., Zodiac, Seraphim Falls, Stay Alive, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Loser.
He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in acting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, he worked in theater at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Simpson then spent four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
He met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, when he co-starred with her in the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red. They became engaged in 2005, and married on April 14, 2007, in a chapel overlooking a vineyard on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand. Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on October 1, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.
Simpson made his film debut in 2000 as Noah in Amy Heckerling's Loser and continued with further theatre, television, and film work. In 2008, Simpson starred on Broadway in the play The Farnsworth Invention as Philo T. Farnsworth, often claimed (incorrectly) to be the inventor of the television, winning a Theatre World Award for his performance. Other theatre credits include: Tartuffe, The Rainmaker (Broadway), Camino Real, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Simpson has guest starred in episodes of Cold Case, NYPD Blue, How I Met Your Mother and House, and has had recurring roles on 24, Carnivàle, CSI, My Name is Earl, Psych and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he appears frequently as Liam McPoyle. In addition, he guest starred in 15 episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman, as "Lyle the Intern" (2008–2009). He recently appeared in the feature films The Invention of Lying, directed by Ricky Gervais, The Mother of Invention and Date Night, alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
He appears on the show Breakout Kings, starring as Lloyd Lowery, an inmate/former child prodigy with a penchant for gambling; the series was canceled on May 17, 2012. He appeared as Joshua Speed in the feature film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
|2004||D. E. B. S.||Scud|
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Crash|
|2007||Seraphim Falls||Big Brother|
|2007||Zodiac||Mike Mageau (Older)|
|2007||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||Chris|
|2008||A Quiet Little Marriage||Jackson|
|2009||Taking Chances||Charlie Cabonara|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Bob (Coke advert)|
|2010||The Mother of Invention||Martin Wooderson|
|2011||The Big Bang||Niels Geck|
|2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Joshua Speed|
|2012||The Knights of Badassdom||Ronnie Kwok|
|2013||Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes||Arthur||Post-production|
|2002||Rose Red||Kevin Bollinger||TV mini series|
|2002||The Division||Sean Townsend||1 episode|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Mike||1 episode|
|2003||Cold Case||Ryan Bayes||1 episode, "Churchgoing People"|
|2005||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Liam McPoyle||5 episodes|
|2006||My Name is Earl||David Hayes||2 episodes|
|2008||Eleventh Hour||Will Sanders||1 episode|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Thomas Donover||2 episodes|
|2008||Late Show with David Letterman||Lyle the Intern||12 episodes|
|2009||House M. D.||Fr. Daniel Bresson||1 episode, "Unfaithful"|
|2009||Psych||Mary Lightly||3 episodes|
|2010||Party Down||Jackal Onassis||1 episode|
|2011-2012||Breakout Kings||Lloyd Lowery||23 episodes|
|2011||How I Met Your Mother||Pete Durkenson||1 episode|
|2013||Person of Interest||Logan Pierce||1 episode|
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- ANDREEVA, NELLIE (May 17, 2012). "A&E’s ‘Breakout Kings’ Cancelled After Two Seasons". Deadline. Retrieved May 17, 2012.