Jimmi Simpson

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Jimmi Simpson
Jimmi Simpson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Simpson at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born James Raymond Simpson
(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 41)
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Lynskey (m. 2007; div. 2014)

James Raymond Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor. He is known for his television work, which includes roles on Westworld, Person of Interest, The Newsroom, House of Cards, Breakout Kings, Psych, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, My Name Is Earl, and 24.

His film credits include White House Down, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Date Night, Zodiac, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Loser.

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers.

After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.


Simpson made his film debut in the teen comedy Loser (2000), which was followed by guest spots on episodes of NYPD Blue, Cold Case and Carnivàle, as well as roles in the films D.E.B.S., Herbie: Fully Loaded, Stay Alive, Seraphim Falls, and David Fincher's Zodiac.

In 2008, Simpson starred in The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway. His portrayal of Philo T. Farnsworth was described as "superb" by The Chicago Tribune,[1] and earned him a Theatre World Award.[2]

From 2008 to 2009, Simpson appeared as Lyle the Intern on The Late Show with David Letterman. During that time, he also appeared on episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, My Name is Earl, House and Psych, and had supporting roles in the films The Invention of Lying and Date Night.

Other notable credits include the cult TV comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which Simpson appears frequently as Liam McPoyle, and the A&E series Breakout Kings, where he starred as Lloyd Lowery.

In 2012, Simpson appeared in the films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Truth About Emanuel, and White House Down. He also appeared as a recurring character on House of Cards.[3]

Simpson currently appears as William on the HBO series Westworld. His character is a guest in the fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced Wild West-themed amusement park populated by androids dubbed "hosts", who has formed a protective bond with the lead host, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood).

Personal life[edit]

Simpson met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, when they both appeared in Rose Red. The pair became engaged in 2005 and married on April 14, 2007, in a chapel near Queenstown, New Zealand.[4]

Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on September 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.[5] The divorce was finalized on May 23, 2014.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Loser Noah
2004 D.E.B.S. Scud
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Crash
2006 Stay Alive Phineus
2007 Seraphim Falls Big Brother
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Chris
2007 Zodiac Mike Mageau
2007 Final Draft Chad
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Jackson
2009 The Mother of Invention Martin Wooderson
2009 The Invention of Lying Bob
2009 Taking Chances Charlie Cabonara
2010 Good Intentions Kyle
2010 Date Night Armstrong
2011 The Big Bang Niels Geck
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Joshua Speed
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Phil
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Arthur Best Acting Ensemble – Ashland Independent Film Festival[7]
2013 White House Down Skip Tyler
2013 Knights of Badassdom Ronnie Kwok
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Jake
2015 Gravy Stef
2018 Under the Silver Lake In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Rose Red Kevin Bollinger 3 episodes
2002 The Division Sean Townsend Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002 24 Chris 3 episodes
2003 NYPD Blue Mike Episode: "Bottoms Up"
2003 Cold Case Ryan Bayes Episode: "Churchgoing People"
2005 Carnivàle Lee 2 episodes
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Liam McPoyle 7 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl David Hayes 2 episodes
2008 Eleventh Hour Will Sanders Episode: "Resurrection"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thomas Donover 2 episodes
2008–2009 Late Show with David Letterman Lyle 15 episodes
2009 House Father Daniel Bresson Episode: "Unfaithful"
2009 Virtuality Virtual Man Pilot
2009–2013 Psych Mary Lightly 4 episodes
2010 Party Down Jackal Onassis / Dennis Episode: "Jackal Onassis Backstage Party"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Pete Durkenson Episode: "The Naked Truth"
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Lloyd Lowery 23 episodes
2013 Unsupervised Matthew / Dean Jacobs Voice
Episode: "The Great Traveler's Road"
2013, 2016 Person of Interest Logan Pierce 2 episodes
2014–2015 House of Cards Gavin Orsay 17 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014, 2015)
2014 The Newsroom Jack Spaniel 3 episodes
2016 Hap and Leonard Soldier 6 episodes
2016 Westworld William 8 episodes
2016 This Is Us Andy Fanning 1 episode
2017 Black Mirror Episode: "USS Callister"
2018 Unsolved Detective Russell Poole


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Girltrash! Valentine 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Wanted: Weapons of Fate Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson


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