Simpson at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
James Raymond Simpson
November 21, 1975
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Bloomsburg University (B.A)|
(m. 2007; div. 2014)
Sophia Del Pizzo (m. 2019)
James Raymond Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his work on television, which includes It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Late Show with David Letterman, Psych, Breakout Kings, House of Cards, Hap and Leonard, Westworld, Black Mirror, and Unsolved.
His feature film credits include Loser (2000), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Zodiac (2007), The Invention of Lying (2009), Date Night (2010), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), White House Down (2013), and Under the Silver Lake (2018).
In 2000, Simpson made his feature film debut in the teen comedy Loser, directed by Amy Heckerling. This was followed by various roles on television, including the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red, and appearances on 24, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, and Carnivàle. Subsequent film roles included Herbie: Fully Loaded, with Lindsay Lohan (2005); Seraphim Falls, with Liam Neeson (2006); and David Fincher's critically acclaimed Zodiac (2007).
In 2008, Simpson starred in The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway, opposite Hank Azaria. His portrayal of Philo T. Farnsworth was described as "superb" by The Chicago Tribune, and earned him a Theatre World Award.
From 2008–09, Simpson made several guest appearances as Lyle, a fictional intern, on The Late Show with David Letterman. During that time, he also appeared in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, My Name is Earl, House, and Psych; and had supporting roles in the films The Invention of Lying, directed by Ricky Gervais (2009), and Date Night, with Steve Carell (2010).
Other notable credits include the cult TV comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which he appeared over several seasons as Liam McPoyle, and the A&E series Breakout Kings, where he starred as Lloyd Lowery.
From 2012–14, Simpson appeared in the films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Truth About Emanuel, and White House Down. He then appeared as Gavin Orsay, a recurring character, on the Netflix series House of Cards (2014–15). For this, Simpson — along with the rest of the main cast — was nominated on two occasions for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
In 2016, Simpson starred with James Purefoy on the first season of SundanceTV's Hap and Leonard. That same year, he appeared in a principal role on the first season of HBO's Westworld. His portrayal of William — a visitor to Westworld; a futuristic Wild West-themed amusement park populated by androids — was described as "spellbinding" by Variety. For his work on Westworld, Simpson was once again nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The following year, it was announced that Simpson would return for the show's second season. For his performance in the second season, he received a nomination at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2017, Simpson starred in "USS Callister", the first episode of the fourth season of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed anthology series, Black Mirror. For his performance, he received a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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. Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on September 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in May 2014.
He married actress Sophia Del Pizzo in April 2019.
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Crash|
|2007||Seraphim Falls||Big Brother|
|2007||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||Chris|
|2007||Zodiac||Old Mike Mageau|
|2008||A Quiet Little Marriage||Jackson|
|2009||The Mother of Invention||Martin Wooderson|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Bob|
|2009||Taking Chances||Charlie Cabonara|
|2011||The Big Bang||Niels Geck|
|2012||Hello I Must Be Going||Phil|
|2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Joshua Speed|
|2013||The Truth About Emanuel||Arthur|
|2013||White House Down||Skip Tyler|
|2013||Knights of Badassdom||Ronnie Kwok|
|2014||The Last Time You Had Fun||Jake|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||Allen|
|TBA||Breaking News in Yuba County||Filming|
|TBA||El Tonto||Talk Show Host|
|2002||Rose Red||Kevin Bollinger||3 episodes|
|2002||The Division||Sean Townsend||Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Mike||Episode: "Bottoms Up"|
|2003||Cold Case||Ryan Bayes||Episode: "Churchgoing People"|
|2005–2013||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 the intern||15 episodes|
|2009||House||Father Daniel Bresson||Episode: "Unfaithful"|
|2009–2013||Psych||Mary Lightly||5 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|
|2014||The Newsroom||Jack Spaniel||3 episodes|
|2016||Hap and Leonard||Soldier||6 episodes|
|2016–2018||Westworld||William||Main role (Season 1), Guest (Season 2)|
|2016||This Is Us||Andy Fanning||Episode: "Last Christmas"|
|2017||Psych: The Movie||Mary Lightly||Television film|
|2017||Wormwood||CIA Agent||2 episodes|
|2017||Black Mirror||James Walton||Episode: "USS Callister"|
|2018||Unsolved||Detective Russell Poole||10 episodes|
|2018||Dream Corp LLC||Patient 21||Episode: "Deep Impact"|
|2019||Into the Dark||Peter Rake||Episode: Treehouse|
|2019||Perpetual Grace, LTD||James||Main Role|
|2008||Wanted: Weapons of Fate||Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson|
|2003||The Academy||Short film|
|2010||Miss This at Your Peril||Frank Corral||Short film|
|2011||The Death and Return of Superman||Mad Scientist||Short film|
|2012||Tracer Gun||Ben||Short film|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Theatre World Awards||Theatre World Award||The Farnsworth Invention||Won|||
|2013||Ashland Independent Film Festival||Best Acting Ensemble||The Truth About Emanuel||Won|||
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|||
|2018||BAFTA TV Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Black Mirror (Episode: "USS Callister")||Nominated|||
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Westworld||Nominated|||
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