Johnny Simmons

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Johnny Simmons
Born Johnny James Simmons
(1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 29)
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Johnny James Simmons (born November 28, 1986) is an American actor, mostly known for his roles as Dylan Baxter in Evan Almighty (2007), Chip Dove in Jennifer's Body (2009), Neil "Young Neil" Nordegraf in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and Brad Hayes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).

Early life[edit]

Johnny James Simmons was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and was raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Nathan Adams Elementary School and T. C. Marsh Middle School for his early education. In 2005, he graduated from W. T. White High School.


Simmons (center) at the premiere of Jennifer's Body, September 2009

Simmons landed his first feature film role in the 2007 comedy Evan Almighty. He portrayed Dylan Baxter, the oldest of the three sons of Steve Carell's Evan Baxter and Lauren Graham's Joan Baxter. He then starred in a number of films, including the 2009 children's comedy Hotel for Dogs, opposite Jake T. Austin and Emma Roberts. Also in 2009, Simmons starred in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body as Chip Dove (although it was first reported that he would be playing a character named Nikolai).[1] Chip is the boyfriend of Amanda Seyfried's character Anita "Needy" Lesnicki.

In 2010, he starred in the comedy film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, portraying Young Neil, a 20-year-old bass guitarist and fan of the fictional band Sex Bob-omb. In 2011, he was cast in a supporting role for the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum led comedy 21 Jump Street (2012).[2] The film opened at SXSW on March 12, and was released theatrically on March 16, 2012.[3]

Also in 2012, Simmons co-starred as the closeted quarterback Brad Hayes, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, in the teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[2] The film is an adaptation of the Stephen Chbosky novel of the same name. In February 2013, he was cast in The CW's television drama movie Blink.[4] In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in the music video for Drake's single "Hold On, We're Going Home".[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 My Ambition Jules Walters Short film
2007 Evan Almighty Dylan Baxter
2007 Boogeyman 2 Paul
2008 Trucker Teenager #1
2008 The Spirit Young Spirit
2009 Hotel for Dogs Dave
2009 The Greatest Ryan Brewer
2009 Jennifer's Body Chip Dove
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Neil "Young Neil" Nordegraf
2010 The Conspirator John Surratt
2011 Grow Up Already Andy Short film
2012 21 Jump Street Billiam Willingham
2012 A Bag of Hammers Kelsey at 18
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Brad Hayes
2013 The To Do List Cameron
2013 Whiplash Andrew Neiman Short film
2014 The Baddest Part Bobby Short film
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Jeff Jansen
2015 Frank and Cindy G.J. Echternkamp
2014 The Phenom Hopper Gibson Post-production
2016 The Late Bloomer Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Numb3rs Matt McCrary Episode: "Killer Chat"
2011 Cinema Verite Kevin Loud Television film
2012 Elementary Adam Kemper Episode: "Child Predator"
2013 Blink Dodge Trask Television film
2014 Klondike Jack London Miniseries; 6 episodes
2015 The Good Wife Erik Barsetto Episode: Innocents


  1. ^ Perry, Byron (March 5, 2008). "Johnny Simmons". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Simmons Cast in 21 JUMP STREET and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER". Collider. April 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Channing Tatum's SXSW "21 Jump Street" Premiere". Celebrity Gossip. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Actor to Co-Star in CW's 'Blink'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rating the Acting in Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" Video". Complex. September 24, 2013. 

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