Henry Simmons

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Henry Simmons
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Simmons in 2019
Henry Oswald Simmons

(1970-07-01) July 1, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materFranklin Pierce University
Years active1994–present
(m. 2010)

Henry Oswald Simmons (born July 1, 1970)[citation needed] is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Baldwin Jones in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue (2000–2005) and Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie in the ABC superhero drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014-2020).

Early life and education[edit]

Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut. He is the son of Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS Revenue Officer.[1] He is one of three children, including his twin sister, and another sister. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship to Franklin Pierce University, where he earned a business degree.[2]

While attending Franklin Pierce University, he experimented in theater.[2] After graduating from college, he briefly worked at a Fortune 500 company in Stamford. Unhappy with his job, Simmons moved to New York City and began to study acting and after a few bit roles, he landed a recurring role on the soap opera Another World.


Simmons played Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC drama NYPD Blue for six seasons. He had a leading role in the CBS legal drama Shark, a leading role in World's Greatest Dad, and the ABC-TV comedy series Man Up!

His film work includes the 2004 action/comedy film Taxi, From the Rough, and 2014's No Good Deed.[3]

Simmons won the Grand Jury Award for Best Actor at the American Black Film Festival, for his portrayal of Dr. Walter Chambers in the 2007 film South of Pico.

From 2014 to 2020, Simmons starred in the ABC superhero drama series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portraying S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie.[4] After being a recurring character in the second season, he was promoted to a series regular for season 3,[5] and for all remaining seasons.

Personal life[edit]

Simmons married actress Sophina Brown in May 2010.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Above the Rim Starnes
1999 On the Q.T. Peter
1999 Let It Snow Mitch Jennings
2002 A Gentleman's Game Walter Kane
2004 Taxi Jesse
2005 Are We There Yet? Carl
2006 Something New Kyle
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Issac
2006 The Insurgents Marcus
2007 South of Pico Dr. Walter Chambers
2009 World's Greatest Dad Mike Lane
2011 From the Rough Kendrick Paulsen Jr.
2012 Superman vs. The Elite Prof. Efrain Baxter
2014 No Good Deed Jeffery Granger


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Saturday Night Live Johnny Episode: "Martin Lawrence/Crash Test Dummies"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Kevin Lewis Episode: "Expert Witness"
1994–1995 New York Undercover Jackson 2 episodes
1997–1999 Another World Tyrone Montgomery 8 episodes
2000–2005 NYPD Blue Det. Baldwin Jones 123 episodes
2004 Spartacus Draba Television film
2005 Lackawanna Blues Jesse Television film
2006 Pepper Dennis Curtis Wilson 2 episodes
2006–2008 Shark Issac Wright 32 episodes
2009 The Cleaner Bobby Carmichael Episode: "Standing Eight"
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Jean Toomer Television film
2009 CSI: Miami Andrew Ballard Episode: "Point of Impact"
2009 Raising the Bar Officer Howard Episode: "Oh, Say Can You Pee"
2011 Man Up Grant 13 episodes
2011 Let's Stay Together Mike Episode: "Daddy's Home"
2012 Common Law Morgan Watkins Episode: "The Ex-Factor"
2013 Bones Tom Molnor Episode: "The Corpse on the Canopy"
2013 Second Generation Wayans Baron 'The Truth' Fouse 2 episodes
2013–2014 Ravenswood Simon Beaumont 8 episodes
2014–2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie 111 episodes
2014 Transparent Derek Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Shakir Wilkins Episode: "American Disgrace"


  1. ^ Henry Simmons: Actor. People.com (May 8, 2000). Retrieved on 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ a b Henry Simmons. Cbs.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Henry Simmons (Wiki, Wife, Divorce, Gay, Shirtless, Net Worth). Unapix.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Strom, Marc (August 7, 2014). "Henry Simmons Joins Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." Marvel. Archived from the original on March 23, 2015.
  5. ^ White, Brett (June 4, 2015). ""Agents Of SHIELD" Ups Henry Simmons To Series Regular". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ Miller, Gerri (October 17, 2011). "Henry Simmons Lightens Up: He plays it for laughs in Man Up!". BET.com.

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