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 42)
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 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 film credits include Loser, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Zodiac, The Invention of Lying, Date Night, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, White House Down, and Under the Silver Lake.

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born and raised in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers.[1]

After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.[2]

Career[edit]

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,[3] and earned him a Theatre World Award.[4]

From 2008—09, Simpson made several guest appearances as Lyle, a fictional intern, on The Late Show with David Letterman.[5] 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).[6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10] The following year, it was announced that Simpson would return for the show's second season.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on September 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.[15] The divorce was finalized in May 2014.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Loser Noah
2001 Slo-Mo Alex Short film
2003 The Academy Short film
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 Old 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 Miss This at Your Peril Frank Corral Short film
2010 Good Intentions Kyle
2010 Date Night Armstrong
2011 The Big Bang Niels Geck
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Mad Scientist Short film
2012 Wake Jimmi Short film
2012 Tracer Gun Ben Short film
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
2015 Gravy Stef
2018 Under the Silver Lake Allen

Television[edit]

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
2005–2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Liam McPoyle 7 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl David Hayes 2 episodes
2007 Girltrash! Valentine 1 episode
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 Virtuality Virtual Man Pilot
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–present Westworld William 12 episodes
2016 This Is Us Andy Fanning Episode: "Last Christmas"
2017 Psych: The Movie Mary Lightly Television film
2017 Wormwood CIA Agent Unknown episodes
2017 Black Mirror James Walton Episode: "USS Callister"
2018 Unsolved Detective Russell Poole 10 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2008 Wanted: Weapons of Fate Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Theatre World Awards Theatre World Award The Farnsworth Invention Won [4]
2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival Best Acting Ensemble The Truth About Emanuel Won [17]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated [7]
2016 Nominated [8]
2017 Westworld Nominated [10]
2018 BAFTA TV Awards Best Supporting Actor Black Mirror (Episode: "USS Callister") Nominated [13]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Westworld Pending [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herzog, Kenny (November 23, 2016). "Westworld's Jimmi Simpson Is Having a Hell of a Year". Paste. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  2. ^ Gelt, Jessica (April 22, 2015). "Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (December 6, 2007). "Broadway's 'The Farnsworth Invention' is pure Sorkin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  5. ^ Leopold, Todd; Hanks, Henry (May 15, 2015). "David Letterman's cast of characters". CNN.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ Nededog, Jethro; Sneider, Jeff (June 10, 2013). "'Breakout Kings' Alum Jimmi Simpson Joins 'House of Cards' (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". SAG-AFTRA. December 10, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. December 9, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Maureen (April 13, 2018). "TV Review: 'Westworld' Season 2 on HBO". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. December 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ Houghton, Rianne (July 24, 2017). "Westworld season 2 brings back Jimmi Simpson aka Young William, but why?". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Jimmi Simpson". Television Academy. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b Bakare, Lanre (April 4, 2018). "Bafta TV awards 2018: full list of nominations". The Guardian. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity Wedding: Melanie Lynskey and Jimmi Simpson". InStyle. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  15. ^ Johnson, James (October 7, 2012). "Melanie Lynskey Files For Divorce From Jimmi Simpson". Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "'Two & A Half Men' & 'Always Sunny' Stars – Nicest Divorce Ever". TMZ. May 23, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ Martinez, Vanessa (April 9, 2013). "'The Retrieval', 'God Loves Uganda' Win "Best" Jury Awards at Ashland Indie Film Festival". IndieWire. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 

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