Henry Simmons, 2016
|Born||Henry Oswald Simmons, Jr.
July 1, 1970
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
|Years active||1994 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Sophina Brown (2010 - present)|
|Awards||Grand Jury Award for Best Actor at the American Black Film Festival for his portrayal of Dr. Walter Chambers in South of Pico|
Henry Oswald Simmons, Jr. (born July 1, 1970) is an American actor. He is known for portraying NYPD Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC police drama, NYPD Blue, from 2000-2005, and as Agent Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Life and career
Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS Revenue Officer. He is one of three children, including his twin sister, and another sister. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship to Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, where he earned a business degree.
While attending Franklin Pierce College, he experimented in theater. After graduating from college, he briefly worked at a Fortune 500 company in Stamford. Unhappy with his job, Simmons began to study acting and after a few bit roles, he landed a recurring role on the soap opera, Another World.
Simmons is best known for playing Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC drama, NYPD Blue for six seasons. He also played Queen Latifah's boyfriend in the 2004 action/comedy film Taxi. He had a leading role in the CBS legal drama Shark, starring James Woods, and played a leading role in World's Greatest Dad. He recently starred in the ABC-TV comedy series Man Up!. His 2014 projects included feature films From the Rough, starring Taraji P. Henson, and No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
Since 2014, Simmons appears on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portraying mechanic S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie. After being a recurring character on season 2, he was promoted as a regular character for season 3.
Simmons can be seen in a 2015 Lexus commercial, answering the question "What makes us, us."
|1994||Above the Rim||Starnes|
|1999||On the Q.T.||Peter|
|1999||Let It Snow||Mitch Jennings|
|2002||Gentleman's Game, AA Gentleman's Game||Walter Kane|
|2005||Are We There Yet?||Frank|
|2006||Madea's Family Reunion||Issac|
|2006||Insurgents, TheThe Insurgents||Marcus|
|2007||South of Pico||Dr. Walter Chambers|
|2009||World's Greatest Dad||Mike Lane|
|2011||From the Rough||Kendrick Paulsen Jr.|
|2014||No Good Deed||Jeffery Granger|
|1994||Saturday Night Live||Basketball Player|
|1994||Cosby Mysteries, TheThe Cosby Mysteries||Kevin Lewis||One episode|
|1994–95||New York Undercover||Jackson||Two episodes|
|1997–99||Another World||Tyrone Montgomery|
|2000–05||NYPD Blue||Det. Baldwin Jones||106 episodes|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Jesse||Television film|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Curtis Wilson||Two episodes|
|2006–08||Shark||Issac Wright||32 episodes|
|2009||The Cleaner||Bobby Carmichael||One episode|
|2009||Georgia O'Keeffe||Jean Toomer||Television film|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Andrew Ballard||One episode|
|2009||Raising the Bar||One episode|
|2012||"Common Law"||Morgan Watkins||One Episode|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Baron 'The Truth' Fouse|
|2014–present||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie||Recurring (Season 2; 22 episodes)
Series regular (Season 3–; 21 episodes)
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Shakir “The Shark” Wilkins||Episode "American Disgrace"|
- CBS bio
- CBS bio
- Strom, Marc (August 7, 2014). "Henry Simmons Joins Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Marvel.
- White, Brett (June 4, 2015). ""Agents Of SHIELD" Ups Henry Simmons To Series Regular". Comic Book Resources.
- 2016 Lexus GS F SPORT “Start” Commercial. Lexus of Tulsa. April 27, 2016.
- Miller, Gerri (2011-10-17). "Henry Simmons Lightens Up: He plays it for laughs in Man Up!". BET.com.