Henry Simmons

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Henry Simmons
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Simmons in 2019
Henry Oswald Simmons, Jr.

(1970-07-01) July 1, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materFranklin Pierce University
Years active1994–present
Sophina Brown (m. 2010)
AwardsGrand 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 21, 1970)[citation needed] 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[edit]

Early life[edit]

Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, 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 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!. Recently his projects included feature films From the Rough, starring Taraji P. Henson, and No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.[3]

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.[4] After being a recurring character on season 2, he was promoted as a regular character for season 3 and season 4.[5]

Simmons can be seen in a 2015 Lexus commercial, answering the question "What makes us, us."[6]

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Sophina Brown in May 2010.[7]


Year Title Role
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 Basketball Player
1994 The 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
2004 Spartacus Draba Television film
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
2011 Man Up Grant
2012 "Common Law" Morgan Watkins One Episode
2013 Second Generation Wayans Baron 'The Truth' Fouse
2013–2014 Ravenswood Simon Beaumont
2014–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie Recurring in season 2
Series regular for season 3–6
2014 Transparent Derek Episode "Pilot"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Shakir "The Shark" 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. ^ 2016 Lexus GS F SPORT “Start” Commercial. Lexus of Tulsa. April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Miller, Gerri (October 17, 2011). "Henry Simmons Lightens Up: He plays it for laughs in Man Up!". BET.com.

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