"J. K. Simmons"


Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor.

He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and the voices of Cave Johnson in the 2011 puzzle game Portal 2 and Tenzin in The Legend of Korra. Simmons is also known for appearing in a series of television commercials for Farmers Insurance.

His 2014 performance as music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash earned him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and earned him the Best Supporting Actor trophy at the 68th British Academy Film Awards.

Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a college professor. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio and Missoula, Montana, and attended the University of Montana. He was a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Simmons was a Broadway actor and singer. He played Benny Southstreet in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and in 1994, he sang multiple roles in the Wagner opera satire, Das Barbecu. He also played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera and starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.

Simmons is known for his television roles as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist, who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order and New York Undercover, and as sadistic neo-Nazi inmate Vernon Schillinger on the prison drama Oz. He also stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. He played B.R. in the film Thank You For Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as "Mac" McGuff, the title character's father. He played Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer. In an interesting precursor to his joining the Law & Order cast as Skoda, Simmons appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in a Law & Order cross-over episode.

In all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson (as well as in the expanded video game adaptation of Spider-Man 3). Other roles includes that of an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, and Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon kid's show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995. In 2008, Simmons played a CIA Superior in Burn After Reading and appeared in Postal as Candidate Wells. He also appeared in I Love You, Man.

Simmons has starred in several films produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Jennifer's Body. In 2013, he had a small role as Mr. Jervis in Reitman's film Labor Day. He voices Tenzin, an Airbending master and the son of Aang and Katara, in the 2012 Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra. He starred as blind lawyer "Mel Fisher" in Growing Up Fisher.



In 2014, Simmons starred as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash. Fletcher is an intensely demanding conductor at the fictional Schaffer Conservatory of Music, where he bullies and cajoles the protagonist, Andrew Neyman, played by Miles Teller. The film's wide acclaim includes an Academy Award nomination under Best Supporting Actor for Simmons. Rolling Stone said "Beat the drums for an Oscar for Simmons". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said "Simmons delivers one of the most memorable performances of the year." Entertainment Weekly summed up the reaction by saying "Simmons' performance has been universally praised... a leading contender for Best Supporting Actor". On January 11, 2015 Simmons won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in Whiplash. In January 2015 Simmons was cast in a leading role in the upcoming action horror film Kong: Skull Island.

Simmons has performed a substantial number voice-over roles alongside his live action work. Several of these have arisen from his J. Jonah Jameson character in Spider-Man films, including voices of two newspaper editors in episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. While unnamed, these characters are clearly meant to emulate Jameson (one, bearing Jameson's appearance, demands "pictures of Spider-Man", then on being reminded he works at a poetry journal, demands "poems about Spider-Man"). Likewise, Simmons voiced an editor-in-chief of a newspaper (with Jameson's appearance and mannerisms) for a 2013 episode of The Hub's Pound Puppies. He has resumed his role as the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Avengers Assemble. He said he would like to reprise the role again in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man series, a reboot of the Spider-Man film series. Other voice-over work is heard in friend Reitman's film Young Adult, as the protagonist's boss via a series of voicemails. Simmons provides the voice of the yellow M&M in the product's commercials, as well as the 3-D film I Lost My M in Vegas, playing at M&M's World in Las Vegas. He has also done voice-over work for Norelco razors. He also provided the voice of General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. He recorded an audio book for Tom Clancy's Net Force: Point of Impact.

In the world of television commercials, Simmons has been featured as Professor Nathaniel Burke of the University of Farmers in television commercials for Farmers Insurance Group, beginning in 2010.

Simmons has appeared as the anti-communist U. S. President Howard T. Ackerman in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and a series of promotional advertisements parodying the 2008 presidential elections. In these advertisements, he offers himself (as Ackerman) as an alternative to other, unnamed presidential candidates and used the slogan "Vote for me, if you want to live." In April 2011, he appeared in Portal 2 as the voice of Aperture Science founder Cave Johnson, a performance that was lauded as the "surprise star turn" of the game.


Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994The RefSiskel
1994The ScoutAssistant Coach
1996The First Wives ClubFederal Marshal
1996Extreme MeasuresDr. Mingus
1997Love Walked InMr. Shulman
1997Crossing FieldsGuy
1997The JackalFBI Agent Timothy I. Witherspoon
1997AnastasiaEnsemble and vocals
1998CelebritySouvenir Hawker
1998Above FreezingHoyd
1999Hit and RunwayRay Tilman
1999The Cider House RulesRay Kendall
1999For Love of the GameFrank Perry
1999I Lost My M in VegasYellow (voice)Short film
2000Autumn in New YorkDr. Tom Grandy
2000The GiftSheriff Pearl Johnson
2001The MexicanTed Slocum
2002Spider-ManJ. Jonah Jameson
2003DisposalOlder HunterShort film
2003Off the MapGeorge
2004HidalgoBuffalo Bill Cody
2004The LadykillersGarth Pancake
2004Spider-Man 2J. Jonah Jameson
2005Thank You for SmokingB. R.
2005Pom PokoSeizaemon (voice)English dub
2005Harsh TimesAgent Richards
2006First SnowVacaro
2006The Astronaut FarmerJacobson
2007Spider-Man 3J. Jonah Jameson
2007PostalCandidate Welles
2007JunoMac MacGuff
2007RenditionLee Mayer
2008Burn After ReadingCIA Superior
2009The Vicious KindDonald Sinclaire
2009New in TownStu Kopenhafer
2009The Way of WarSergeant Mitchell
2009Red SandsLt. Col. Arson
2009JewnoFatherShort film
2009I Love You, ManOswald Klaven
2009Aliens in the AtticSkip (voice)
2009Post GradRoy Davies
2009ExtractBrian
2009Up in the AirBob
2009Jennifer's BodyMr. Wroblewski
20104192: The Crowning of the Hit KingNarrator
2010Crazy on the OutsideEd
2010An Invisible SignMr. Jones
2010A Beginner's Guide to EndingsUncle Pal
2010MegamindWarden (voice)
2010True GritLawyer Daggett (voice)Uncredited
2010Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty GaloreGruff K-9 (voice)
2011The Music Never StoppedHenry Sawyer
2011The Good DoctorDetective Krauss
2011BlackstoneDetective BurkeShort film
2011Young AdultMavis' Publisher (voice)Uncredited
2012The WordsMr. Jansen
2012ContrabandCaptain Redmond Camp
2013WhiplashBand TeacherShort film
20133 Geezers!J Kimball
2013JobsArthur Rock
2013Labor DayMr. Jervis
2013Dark SkiesEdwin Pollard
2013The HeelerRoscoeShort film
2013The Magic BraceletThe ShamanShort film
2014WhiplashTerence Fletcher
2014BarefootDr. Bertleman
2014Break PointJack
2014The Boxcar ChildrenDr. Moore (voice)
2014Murder of a CatSheriff Hoyle
2014The RewriteDr. Lerner
2014Men, Women & ChildrenMr. Doss
2014Ava & LalaGeneral Tiger (voice)
2015Terminator GenisysIn post-production
2015Still Punching the ClownJay WarrenIn post-production
2016Rock DogKhampa (voice)Filming
2016The AccountantFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Popeye DoylePatrolman in ParkTelevision movie
1994Law & OrderJerry LuppinEpisode: "Sanctuary"
1995New York NewsEpisode: "Welcome Back Cotter"
1995The Adventures of Pete & PeteBarber DanEpisode: "Saturday"
1996Homicide: Life on the StreetCol. Alexander RauschEpisode: "For God and Country"
1996Swift JusticeMel TurmanEpisode: "Stones"
1996, 1998New York UndercoverSgt. Treadway / Dr. Emil Skoda2 episodes
1997Face DownHerb AamesMovie
1997Spin CityKevin TravisEpisode: "Hot in the City"
1997–2003OzVernon Schillinger56 episodes
1997–2010Law & OrderDr. Emil Skoda45 episodes
1998Remember WENNCaptain AmazonEpisode: "All's Noisy on the Pittsburgh Front"
1999Saturday Night LiveVernon SchillingerEpisode: "Jerry Seinfeld/David Bowie"
2000Third WatchFrank HagononEpisode: "Demolition Derby"
2000–2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Emil Skoda6 episodes
2002Path to WarCIA BrieferMovie
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentDr. Emil SkodaEpisode: "Crazy"
2002Homeward BoundJim AshtonPilot
2003John DoeLucas DoyaEpisode: "The Rising"
2003EverwoodPhil DrebblesEpisode: "Burden of Truth"
20043: The Dale Earnhardt StoryRalph EarnhardtMovie
2004ERGus LoomerEpisode: "Impulse Control"
2004The D.A.Dep. Dist. Atty. Joe Carter2 episodes
2004Without a TraceMark WilsonEpisode: "Two Families"
2004The JuryRon StalsukilisEpisode: "Last Rites"
2004Nip/TuckIke ConnorsEpisode: "Kimber Henry"
2004–2006Justice League UnlimitedGeneral Wade Eiling (voice)5 episodes
2005Arrested DevelopmentGeneral AndersonEpisode: "Switch Hitter"
2005Jack & BobbyCyrus MillerEpisode: "Running Scared"
2005Numb3rsDr. Clarence WeaverEpisode: "Vector"
2005–2012The CloserAssistant Chief Will Pope109 episodes
2006The West WingHarry RavitchEpisode: "Duck and Cover"
2006–2007The SimpsonsTabloid Editor (voice)2 episodes
2007Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeJames McLaughlinMovie
2007Queens SupremeErnest FingermanEpisode: "Let's Make a Deal"
2007Kim PossibleMartin Smarty (voice)3 episodes
2007–2011American Dad!Judge / McCreary (voices)3 episodes
2008Phineas and FerbJ.B. (voice)Episode: "Toy to the World"
2008Ben 10: Alien ForceMagister Ghilhil (voice)Episode: "Darkstar Rising"
2009The Marvelous Misadventures of FlapjackPoseidon / Captain (voices)4 episodes
2009–2010Party DownLeonard Stiltskin2 episodes
2010The Life & Times of TimO'Flaherty Sr. (voice)Episode: "Stu is Good at Something"
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldEvil Star (voice)Episode: "Revenge of the Reach!"
2010Ben 10: Ultimate AlienMagister Ghilhil (voice)Episode: "Escape From Aggregor"
2010–2013Generator RexWhite Knight (voice)34 episodes
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Frank ForrestEpisode: "One Cabeza, Two Cabeza, Three Cabeza... DEAD!"
2011Raising HopeBruce ChanceEpisode: "The Cultish Personality"
2011Desert Car KingsNarrator10 episodes
2011–2013Pound PuppiesLieutenant Rock / Mr. Withers (voices)2 episodes
2011–2014Robot ChickenVern Schillinger / Master Chief(voices)2 episodes
2012Best Friends ForeverDonEpisode: "Put a Pin It"
2012Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesJ. Jonah Jameson (voice)Episode: "Along Came a Spider"
2012The Venture Bros.Ben (voice)Episode: "A Very Venture Halloween"
2012–2014The Legend of KorraTenzin (voice)41 episodes
2012–presentUltimate Spider-ManJ. Jonah Jameson (voice)38 episodes
2012–2014Men at WorkP. J. Jordan5 episodes
2013Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadJ. Jonah Jameson (voice)Special
2013Parks and RecreationMayor SticeEpisode: "Partridge"
2013Family ToolsTony Shea10 episodes
2013–2015Avengers AssembleJ. Jonah Jameson (voice)5 episodes
2013–2015Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.J. Jonah Jameson (voice)7 episodes
2014Growing Up FisherMel Fisher13 episodes
2014ChozenGary Cullens (voice)Episode: "Family Weekend (or How Gary Got His Groove Back)"
2014BoJack HorsemanLennie Turtletaub (voice)4 episodes
2015Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "J.K. Simmons/D'Angelo"


Video game

YearTitleRole
2000M&M's: The Lost FormulasYellow Peanut (voice)
2008Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3President Howard T. Ackerman
2007Spider-Man 3J. Jonah Jameson (voice)
2011Portal 2Cave Johnson (voice)
2014The Legend of KorraTenzin (voice)


Awards and nominations

YearAwardWorkResult
2006Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2008Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastJunoNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting EnsembleI Love You, ManNominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting EnsmebleUp in the AirNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best EnsembleNominated
2010Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2011Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2014African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWhiplashWon
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Georgia Film Critics Association for Best Supporting ActorWon
Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
North Texas Film Critics Film Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Village Voice Film Poll – Best Supporting ActorWon
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2015Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureWon
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Academy Award for Best Supporting ActorPending
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting RoleWon
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting MalePending
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the YearWon
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureWon
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleWon

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