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J.K. Simmons

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. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide


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J.K. Simmons Trivia

When was J.K. Simmons born?
J.K. Simmons date of birth: January 9, 1955

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Closer: Season 03?
J.K. Simmons was Asst. Chief Will Pope in The Closer: Season 03

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Closer: Season 02?
J.K. Simmons was Asst. Chief Will Pope in The Closer: Season 02

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in The Closer: Season 01?
J.K. Simmons was Will Pope in The Closer: Season 01

Who did J.K. Simmons play in New in Town?
J.K. Simmons was Stu Kopenhafer in New in Town

What role did J.K. Simmons portray in 3?
J.K. Simmons played Ralph Earnhardt in 3

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Ladykillers?
J.K. Simmons was Garth Pancake in The Ladykillers

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?
J.K. Simmons was McLaughlin in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

What role did J.K. Simmons play in First Snow?
J.K. Simmons played Fortune Teller in First Snow

What role did J.K. Simmons portray in Off the Map?
J.K. Simmons played George in Off the Map

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Mexican?
J.K. Simmons was Ted in The Mexican

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Juno?
J.K. Simmons was Mac MacGuff in Juno

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Postal?
J.K. Simmons was Candidate Wells in Postal

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Oz: Season 06?
J.K. Simmons was Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 06

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Oz: Season 05?
J.K. Simmons was Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 05

What role did J.K. Simmons play in Oz: Season 04?
J.K. Simmons played Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 04

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Oz: Season 03?
J.K. Simmons was Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 03

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Oz: Season 02?
J.K. Simmons was Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 02

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Oz: Season 01?
J.K. Simmons was Vern Schillinger in Oz: Season 01

What role did J.K. Simmons portray in Hidalgo?
J.K. Simmons played Buffalo Bill Cody in Hidalgo

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Spider-Man 2?
J.K. Simmons was J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 2

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in For Love of the Game?
J.K. Simmons was Frank Perry in For Love of the Game

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Jackal?
J.K. Simmons was Witherspoon in The Jackal

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Spider-Man?
J.K. Simmons was J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Spider-Man 3?
J.K. Simmons was J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 3

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Burn After Reading?
J.K. Simmons was CIA Superior in Burn After Reading

Who did J.K. Simmons play in Harsh Times?
J.K. Simmons was Agent Richards in Harsh Times

What role did J.K. Simmons portray in Thank You for Smoking?
J.K. Simmons played BR in Thank You for Smoking

Who did J.K. Simmons play in The Astronaut Farmer?
J.K. Simmons was Jacobson in The Astronaut Farmer

What role did J.K. Simmons play in The Gift?
J.K. Simmons played Sheriff Pearl Johnson in The Gift

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Autumn in New York?
J.K. Simmons was Dr. Grandy in Autumn in New York

Who did J.K. Simmons portray in Extreme Measures?
J.K. Simmons was Dr. Mingus in Extreme Measures


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