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J.K. Simmons



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Snowman
  • Arve Støp
2017
No Score Yet All Nighter
  • Mr. Gallo
2017
No Score Yet Rock Dog
  • Khampa
2017
No Score Yet Renegades
  • Actor
2017
78% Patriots Day
  • Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese
2017
57% Worlds Apart (Enas Allos Kosmos)
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Bastards
  • Actor
2017
93% La La Land
  • Bill
2016
51% The Accountant
  • Ray King
2016
20% The Late Bloomer
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet And Punching the Clown
  • Actor
2016
98% Zootopia
  • Mayor Leodore Lionheart
2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Kai
2016
67% Break Point
  • Jack
2015
25% Terminator Genisys
  • Detective O'Brien
2015
64% The Rewrite
  • Dr. Hal Lerner
2015
30% Murder of a Cat
  • Sheriff Hoyle
2014
94% Whiplash
  • Terence Fletcher
2014
32% Men, Women & Children
  • Allison's Dad
2014
No Score Yet The Boxcar Children
  • Actor
2014
14% Barefoot
  • Dr. Bertleman
2014
34% Labor Day
  • Mr. Jervis
2014
No Score Yet Adventure Planet
  • Actor
2014
27% Jobs
  • Arthur Rock
2013
No Score Yet 3 Geezers!
  • J. Kimball
2013
41% Dark Skies
  • Edwin Pollard
2013
24% The Words
  • Mr. Jansen
2012
66% The Good Doctor
  • Detective Krauss
2012
51% Contraband
  • Captain Camp
2012
0% An Invisible Sign
  • Mr. Jones
2011
65% The Music Never Stopped
  • Henry Sawyer
2011
No Score Yet 4192: The Crowning Of The Hit King
  • Narrator
2011
73% Megamind
  • Warden
2010
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Gruff K-9
2010
8% Crazy on the Outside
  • Ed
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
2009
43% Jennifer's Body
  • Mr. Wroblewski
2009
63% Extract
  • Brian
2009
8% Post Grad
  • Roy Davies
2009
31% Aliens in the Attic
  • Skip
2009
84% I Love You, Man
  • Oz
2009
No Score Yet Red Sands
  • Lt. Col. Arson
2009
29% New In Town
  • Stu Kopenhafer
2009
78% Burn After Reading
  • CIA Superior
2008
29% The Little Red Truck
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Way of War
  • Sergeant Mitchell
2008
94% Juno
  • Mac MacGuff
2007
47% Rendition
  • Lee Mayer
2007
8% Postal
  • Candidate Welles
2007
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • McLaughlin
2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • J. Jonah Jameson
2007
58% First Snow
  • Vacaro
2007
48% Harsh Times
  • Agent Richards
2006
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Director Jacobson
2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Budd `BR' Rohrabacher
2006
No Score Yet 3
  • Ralph Earnhardt
2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • J. Jonah Jameson
2004
55% The Ladykillers
  • Garth Pancake
2004
47% Hidalgo
  • Buffalo Bill Cody
2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
70% Off the Map
  • George
2003
No Score Yet Path to War
  • CIA Briefer
2002
89% Spider-Man
  • J. Jonah Jameson
2002
No Score Yet Hit And Runway
  • Actor
2001
56% The Mexican
  • Ted
2001
57% The Gift
  • Sheriff Pearl Johnson
2000
20% Autumn in New York
  • Dr. Grandy
2000
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Ray Kendall
1999
46% 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
15% The Jackal
  • Witherspoon
1997
No Score Yet Face Down
  • Herb Aames
1997
55% Extreme Measures
  • Dr. Mingus
1996
39% The First Wives Club
  • Federal Marshall
1996
22% The Scout
  • Assistant Coach
1994
71% The Ref
  • Siskel
1994
No Score Yet Popeye Doyle
  • Actor
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Dr. Emil Skoda Dr. Skoda Jerry Luppin Dr. Skola
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
48% Best Friends Forever
2012
  • Don
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Will Pope Asst. Police Chief Will Pope
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Ike Connors
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
8% Men at Work
2012-2013
  • Actor
78% Party Down
2009-2010
  • Leonard Stiltskin
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Garvey
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dr. Emil Skoda Skoda
Oz
1997-2003
  • Vern Schillinger
13% Family Tools
2013
  • Tony Shea
36% Growing Up Fisher
2014
  • Mel Fisher
Growing Up Fisher
  • Mel Fisher
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Bruce
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet Major Lazer
2015
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Dr. Clarence Weaver
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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