Henry Oswald Simmons
July 1, 1970
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Franklin Pierce University|
Henry Oswald Simmons (born July 1, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie in the ABC superhero drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2020) and Baldwin Jones in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue (2000–2005).
Early life and education
Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut. He is 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 University, where he earned a business degree.
While attending Franklin Pierce University, he experimented in theater. 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.
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. After being a recurring character in the second season, he was promoted to a series regular for season 3, and for all remaining seasons.
In 2021 he was cast as the lead in the Ava DuVernay series, Cherish the Day.
Simmons married actress Sophina Brown in May 2010.
|1994||Above the Rim||Starnes|
|1997||13 Bourbon St.||-|
|1999||On the Q.T.||Peter|
|Let It Snow||Mitch Jennings|
|2001||On the Q.T.||Peter|
|2002||A Gentleman's Game||Walter Kane|
|2005||Are We There Yet?||Carl|
|Lackawanna Blues||Jesse||TV movie|
|Madea's Family Reunion||Issac|
|2007||South of Pico||Dr. Walter Chambers|
|2009||World's Greatest Dad||Mike Lane|
|Georgia O'Keeffe||Jean Toomer||TV movie|
|2011||From the Rough||Kendrick Paulsen Jr.|
|2012||Superman vs. The Elite||Efrain Baxter (voice)||Video|
|2013||Stalkers||Cliff Wagner||TV movie|
|2014||No Good Deed||Jeffery Granger|
|Saint Francis||Peter||TV movie|
|1994||Saturday Night Live||Johnny||Episode: "Martin Lawrence/Crash Test Dummies"|
|The Cosby Mysteries||Kevin Lewis||Episode: "Expert Witness"|
|1994–1995||New York Undercover||Jackson / Trapp||Episode: "The Friendly Neighborhood Dealer" & "High on the Hog"|
|1997–1999||Another World||Tyrone Montgomery||Regular Cast|
|2000–2005||NYPD Blue||Det. Baldwin Jones||Main cast: season 7-12|
|2004||Spartacus||Draba||TV mini series|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Curtis Wilson||Recurring cast|
|2006–2008||Shark||Issac Wright||Main cast|
|2009||The Cleaner||Bobby Carmichael||Episode: "Standing Eight"|
|CSI: Miami||Andrew Ballard||Episode: "Point of Impact"|
|Raising the Bar||Officer Howard||Episode: "Oh, Say Can You Pee"|
|2011||Let's Stay Together||Mike||Episode: "Daddy's Home"|
|Man Up||Grant Sweet||Main cast|
|2012||Common Law||Morgan Watkins||Episode: "The Ex-Factor"|
|2013||Bones||Tom Molnor||Episode: "The Corpse on the Canopy"|
|Second Generation Wayans||Baron 'The Truth' Fouse||Recurring cast|
|Coogan Auto||Louis||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Visit"|
|2013–2014||Ravenswood||Simon Beaumont||Recurring cast|
|2014||Transparent||Derek||Episode: "Original Pilot"|
|Reckless||Dr. Charles Briggs||Episode: "And So It Begins"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Shakir Wilkins||Episode: "American Disgrace"|
|2014–2020||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie||Recurring cast: season 2, main cast: season 3-7|
|2016||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot||Episode: "Progress"|
|Cherish The Day||Ellis Moran||Main cast|
- ^ Henry Simmons: Actor. People.com (May 8, 2000). Retrieved on 2016-11-19.
- ^ a b Henry Simmons. Cbs.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2016.
- ^ Henry Simmons (Wiki, Wife, Divorce, Gay, Shirtless, Net Worth). Unapix.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2016.
- ^ 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.
- ^ White, Brett (June 4, 2015). ""Agents Of SHIELD" Ups Henry Simmons To Series Regular". Comic Book Resources.
- ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 7, 2021). "Henry Simmons & Joy Bryant to Star in Season 2 of OWN Anthology Drama Series 'Cherish the Day'". Deadline. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
- ^ Miller, Gerri (October 17, 2011). "Henry Simmons Lightens Up: He plays it for laughs in Man Up!". BET.com.
- 1970 births
- Living people
- African-American male actors
- American male film actors
- American male television actors
- Franklin Pierce University alumni
- Male actors from Stamford, Connecticut
- 20th-century American male actors
- 21st-century American male actors
- 20th-century African-American people
- 21st-century African-American people