Derrick Simmons (director)

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Derrick Simmons
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, stunt artist, filmmaker, record producer, songwriter, entrepreneur
Years active 1984-present

Derrick Simmons is an American actor, film director, producer, stunt artist, music producer and entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

Derrick Simmons was born in Queens, New York. He attended Harbor JHS of Performing Arts in Harlem, New York and later attended Talent Unlimited High School where he majored in drama.[1]


Derrick Simmons started his acting career at age 10 by appearing in a National Burger King commercial where he appeared opposite Stacey Dash.

As a stuntman has performed in more than 175 films.[2][3] He wrote, produced and directed three films, and as an actor he has performed in around 40 titles.[4]

Main works[edit]

Simmons has worked as actor and stuntman in various television programs such as Law & Order, New York Undercover,[5] The Wire, Third Watch, Oz,[6] Hack, The Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, The David Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards.[7]

Some of Simmons's feature film credits include Deja Vu,[8] American Gangster,[9] A Bonx Tale,[10] Tower Heist,[11] Ray (where he stunt doubled Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles),[12] Spike Lee's Inside Man,[13] Precious,[14] Find Me Guilty,[15] The Purge: Election Year[16] and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[17]

Film production[edit]

Derrick Simmons production company Derrick Simmons Film Works has produced three feature film titles. Jump Offs (2007),[18] Women Do it Better (2009)[19][20] and Nobody's Perfect (2016),[21][22] hosted by Cannes World Cinema Initiative.[23]

Music production[edit]

Derrick is CEO of Phat Tune Recording.[24]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Simmons won the best feature film award at the Mt Vernon Film Festival and the best director award at Pocono Mountains Film Festival.[25]

In 2016 he was nominated as a member of the stunts crew of The Blacklist in the category Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series in the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[26]


  1. ^ Johnson, Laurie and Anderson, Susan Heller (September 1, 1983). "NEW YORK DAY BY DAY". NY Times.
  2. ^ "Derrick Simmons". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  3. ^ Simmons, Derrick (2014-10-09), Derrick Simmons Action Stunt Reel, retrieved 2017-07-06
  4. ^ "Official website - Filmography". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  5. ^ New York Undercover (TV Series 1994–1999), retrieved 2017-07-07
  6. ^ ""Oz": Ten Years Later". LOGO News. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  7. ^ ""House of Cards" Chapter 43 (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  8. ^ "Deja Vu credits" (PDF).
  9. ^ "American Gangster - Movie credits". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  10. ^ "A Bronx Tale - Film information, facts, quotes and goofs - Celebs Journal". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  11. ^ Tower Heist, retrieved 2017-07-07
  12. ^ Ray (2004), retrieved 2017-07-07
  13. ^ Inside Man (2006), retrieved 2017-07-07
  14. ^ "Precious (2009/II)". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  15. ^ Find Me Guilty (2006), retrieved 2017-07-07
  16. ^ The Purge: Election Year (2016), retrieved 2017-07-07
  17. ^ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)". Unicircles. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  18. ^ Jump Offs (2007), retrieved 2017-07-07
  19. ^ "Derrick Simmons Film Works Presents The Double Screening Movie World Premiere of "Jump Offs" and "Women Do It Better"". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  20. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Women Do It Better". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  21. ^ " Nobody's Perfect: A Derrick Simmons Film: Derrick Simmons, Lexi Moeller, Don Wallace, Rick Aiello: Amazon Digital Services LLC". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  22. ^ Nobody's Perfect (2016), retrieved 2017-07-07
  23. ^ WorldPeaceInitiative (2015-06-01), Cannes World Cinema Initiative: Nobody's Perfect Q & A, retrieved 2017-07-07
  24. ^ "ABOUT US | Phat Tune Recording | The Official Site". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  25. ^ Works, Derrick Simmons Film. "She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not. "NOBODY'S PERFECT," A Derrick Simmons Film". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  26. ^ "Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016: Complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. 2016-01-30. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-07-07.

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