J.K. Simmons

Highest Rated: 97% Zootopia (2016)
Birthday: Jan 9, 1955
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Jonathan Kimble Simmons was originally a singer, with a degree in music from the University of Montana. He turned to theater in the late 1970s and appeared in many regional productions in the Pacific Northwest before moving to New York in 1983. He appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway shows and also did some television -- his early roles included the portrayal of a white supremacist responsible for multiple murders in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. In that same vein, Simmons first gained wide exposure as Vern Schillinger, the leader of an Aryan Brotherhood-type organization in prison in the HBO series Oz. Parlaying his small-screen notoriety into feature film opportunities, Simmons had a small part in the 1997 thriller The Jackal and played a leading role in Frank Todaro's low-budget comedy Above Freezing, a runner-up for the most popular film at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. Also in 1997, Simmons increased his television prolificacy by taking on the role of Dr. Emil Skoda, the consulting psychiatrist to the Manhattan district attorney's office in the series Law and Order. By 1999, Simmons was showing up in such prominent films as The Cider House Rules and the baseball drama For Love of the Game, directed by Sam Raimi. The director again enlisted Simmons for his next film, 2000's The Gift. After a supporting turn in the disappointing comedy The Mexican, Simmons teamed with Raimi for the third time, bringing cigar-chomping comic-book newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson screaming to life in the 2002 summer blockbuster Spider-Man. In 2004, he would reprise the role in the highly anticipated sequel, Spider-Man 2. That same year, along with appearing alongside Tom Hanks in the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers, Simmons continued to be a presence on the tube, costarring on ABC's midseason-replacement ensemble drama The D.A.His career subsequently kicking into overdrive, the popular character actor was in increasingly high demand in the next few years, enjoying a productive run as a voice performer in such animated television series' as Justice League, Kim Possible, The Legend of Korra, and Ultimate Spider-Man (the latter of which found him reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson), as well as turning in memorable performances in Jason Reitman's Juno, Mike Judge's Extract, and as a hard-nosed captain in the 2012 crime thriller Contraband. Meanwhile, in 2005, he joined the cast of TNT's popular crime drama The Closer as Assistant Chief Will Pope -- a role which no doublt played a part in the cast earning five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Ensemble Cast. Simmons continued to work steadily in movies, returning to the Spider-Man franchise in 2007. That same year he co-starred as the father of a pregnant teen in Juno, which led to him being cast regularly by that film's director Jason Reitman in many of his future projects including Up In the Air and Labor Day. It was Reitman who got Simmons the script for Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's directorial debut. The actor took the part of an abusive, but respected music teacher and the ensuing performance garnered Simmons multiple year-end awards including a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ghost Draft Actor 2020
No Score Yet Klaus Actor 2019
No Score Yet 21 Bridges Actor 2019
40% I'm Not Here Steve 2019
No Score Yet 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) Actor 2019
6% American Renegades Levin 2018
No Score Yet DRUG$ Narrator 2018
60% The Front Runner Bill Dixon 2018
No Score Yet The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island Dr. Moore 2018
No Score Yet Detroit: Comeback City Actor 2018
80% A Boy Called Sailboat Actor 2018
17% Father Figures Ronald Hunt $16.8M 2017
83% The Bachelors Bill Ponder Bill Palet 2017
7% The Snowman Arve Støp $6.7M 2017
8% All Nighter Mr. Gallo 2017
83% Punching Henry Actor 2017
47% Rock Dog Khampa $9.5M 2017
80% Patriots Day Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese $31.9M 2017
63% Worlds Apart (Enas Allos Kosmos) Actor $59.6K 2017
No Score Yet La La Land Sing Along Bill 2017
91% La La Land Bill $151.1M 2016
51% The Accountant Ray King $86.2M 2016
20% The Late Bloomer Actor 2016
85% The Meddler Zipper $4.3M 2016
97% Zootopia Mayor Leodore Lionheart $341.3M 2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 Kai $128.4M 2016
70% Break Point Jack 2015
26% Terminator Genisys Detective O'Brien $75.7M 2015
66% The Rewrite Dr. Hal Lerner $0.4M 2015
27% Murder of a Cat Sheriff Hoyle 2014
93% Whiplash Terence Fletcher 2014
33% Men, Women & Children Allison's Dad $0.6M 2014
No Score Yet The Boxcar Children Actor 2014
14% Barefoot Dr. Bertleman $12.3K 2014
35% Labor Day Mr. Jervis $13.4M 2014
No Score Yet Adventure Planet Actor 2014
28% Jobs Arthur Rock $16.2M 2013
No Score Yet 3 Geezers! J. Kimball 2013
42% Dark Skies Edwin Pollard $17.5M 2013
24% The Words Mr. Jansen $11.5M 2012
66% The Good Doctor Detective Krauss $3.7K 2012
51% Contraband Captain Camp $66.5M 2012
0% An Invisible Sign Mr. Jones 2011
67% The Music Never Stopped Henry Sawyer $0.3M 2011
No Score Yet 4192: The Crowning Of The Hit King Narrator 2011
72% Megamind Warden $148.3M 2010
13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Gruff K-9 $43.5M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside Ed $64.9K 2010
33% A Beginner's Guide To Endings Uncle Pal 2010
No Score Yet Generator Rex, Vol. 1 Actor 2010
70% The Vicious Kind Donald Sinclaire 2009
91% Up in the Air Bob $83.8M 2009
44% Jennifer's Body Mr. Wroblewski $16.1M 2009
62% Extract Brian $10.7M 2009
8% Post Grad Roy Davies $6.3M 2009
32% Aliens in the Attic Skip $25M 2009
83% I Love You, Man Oz $71.4M 2009
No Score Yet Red Sands Lt. Col. Arson 2009
28% New In Town Stu Kopenhafer $16.7M 2009
78% Burn After Reading CIA Superior $60.4M 2008
29% The Little Red Truck Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Way of War Sergeant Mitchell 2008
94% Juno Mac MacGuff $143.4M 2007
47% Rendition Lee Mayer $9.7M 2007
9% Postal Candidate Welles 2007
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee McLaughlin 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 J. Jonah Jameson $336.6M 2007
58% First Snow Vacaro $0.2M 2007
48% Harsh Times Agent Richards $3.4M 2006
58% The Astronaut Farmer Director Jacobson $11M 2006
86% Thank You for Smoking Budd `BR' Rohrabacher $24.9M 2006
No Score Yet 3 Ralph Earnhardt 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 J. Jonah Jameson $373.4M 2004
54% The Ladykillers Garth Pancake 2004
46% Hidalgo Buffalo Bill Cody $67.3M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Actor 2004
70% Off the Map George $1.3M 2003
No Score Yet Path to War CIA Briefer 2002
90% Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson $403.8M 2002
No Score Yet Hit And Runway Actor 2001
55% The Mexican Ted $66.6M 2001
57% The Gift Sheriff Pearl Johnson $11.2M 2000
19% Autumn in New York Dr. Grandy 2000
71% The Cider House Rules Ray Kendall 1999
45% For Love of the Game Frank Perry 1999
32% Hit and Runway Ray 1999
41% Celebrity Souvenir Hawker 1998
No Score Yet Love Walked In Mr. Shulman 1998
23% The Jackal Witherspoon 1997
No Score Yet Face Down Herb Aames 1997
56% Extreme Measures Dr. Mingus 1996
49% The First Wives Club Federal Marshall 1996
72% The Ref Siskel 1994
No Score Yet Popeye Doyle Actor 1986

TV

CREDIT
100% Counterpart
2017
Howard Silk Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet No Activity
2017
Guest Leo
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2011
84% The Closer
2005-2012
Will Pope Asst. Police Chief Will Pope
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Long Haired Businessmen
2017
Himself
  • 2017
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Major Lazer
2015-2016
Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
100% Gravity Falls
2012-2016
Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2015
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
35% Growing Up Fisher
2014
Mel Fisher
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2014
8% Men at Work
2012-2013
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
13% Family Tools
2013
Tony Shea
  • 2013
No Score Yet Ultimate Spider-Man
2012-2014
Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
48% Best Friends Forever
2012
Don
  • 2012
96% Raising Hope
2010-2014
Bruce
  • 2011
93% Party Down
2009-2010
Leonard Stiltskin
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Narrator
  • 2008
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Dr. Clarence Weaver
  • 2005
75% Arrested Development
2003
Garvey
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Jury
2004
Ron Stasukitis
  • 2004
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Ike Connors
  • 2004
  • 2003
92% Everwood
2002-2006
Phil
  • 2003
89% Oz
1997-2003
Vern Schillinger
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Dr. Emil Skoda Dr. Skoda Jerry Luppin Dr. Skola
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Frank
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Dr. Emil Skoda Skoda
  • 2000
  • 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Col. Alexander Nathaniel Rausch
  • 1998
  • 1996
66% Spin City
1996-2002
Kevin Travis
  • 1997
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Treadway
  • 1996
No Score Yet Growing Up Fisher
Mel Fisher
89% Veronica Mars
2019
Clyde Prickett

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