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J. K. Simmons

J. K. SimmonsAKA Jonathan Kimble Simmons

Born: 9-Jan-1955
Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man

J. K. Simmons was born in Michigan, but his family moved to Ohio in his youth, and to Montana when he was 17. He majored in music at the University of Montana, and thought he was going to be a singer. When it became clear that wasn't going to happen, he tried out as an actor at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, Montana, in 1977. Simmons appeared on stage in many local and regional musicals, comedies, dramas, and Shakespeare plays before moving to New York in 1983. He first appeared on Broadway in 1990, and his biggest Broadway hits came as Benny Southstreet in a long-running revival of Guys and Dolls, and as Captain Hook opposite Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan.

On television, he has played Vern Schillinger, the neo-Nazi leader in Oz, and Dr. Emil Skoda, the sardonic, cynical criminal psychologist on Law & Order and assorted spin-offs. During commercial breaks, Simmons provides the voice of the yellow M&M candy. In movies, he played J. Jonah Jameson, the cigar-chomping newspaperman in the Spider-Man movies, and sang in the cartoon feature Anastasia. Simmons was also in The Ref, The First Wives Club, The Jackal, The Cider House Rules, Hidalgo, and The Ladykillers, and Above Freezing, a low-budget comedy about a florist who gets stuck in a walk-in refrigerator with Simmons and a stash of marijuana.

Wife: Michelle Schumacher (actress, Oz)

    University: BA Music, University of Montana
    University: Ohio State University

    Endorsement of Mars M&Ms
    Endorsement of Zürich Financial Services Farmers Insurance

    TELEVISION
    The Legend of Korra Tenzin (2012-)
    The Closer Asst. Police Chief Will Pope (2005-)
    Oz Vern Schillinger (1997-2003)
    Law & Order Dr. Emil Skoda (1994-2010)
    Celebrity Poker Showdown Contestant (2005)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Break Point (8-Mar-2014)
    Barefoot (2-Feb-2014)
    Dark Skies (21-Feb-2013)
    Jobs (25-Jan-2013)
    The Words (27-Jan-2012)
    Contraband (12-Jan-2012) · Captain Camp
    The Good Doctor (23-Apr-2011)
    The Music Never Stopped (20-Jan-2011)
    Megamind (30-Oct-2010) · Warden [VOICE]
    4192: The Crowning of the Hit King (22-Oct-2010) · Narrator
    An Invisible Sign (7-Oct-2010) · Mr. Jones
    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (29-Jul-2010) · Gruff K-9 [VOICE]
    Crazy on the Outside (8-Jan-2010) · Ed
    Jennifer's Body (10-Sep-2009) · Mr. Wroblewski
    Up in the Air (5-Sep-2009) · Bob
    Extract (4-Sep-2009)
    Post Grad (13-Aug-2009) · Roy Davies
    Aliens in the Attic (30-Jul-2009) · Skip [VOICE]
    I Love You, Man (20-Mar-2009)
    Red Sands (24-Feb-2009)
    New in Town (29-Jan-2009) · Stu Kopenhafer
    The Vicious Kind (17-Jan-2009) · Donald
    Burn After Reading (27-Aug-2008)
    The Way of War (10-May-2008) · Mitchell
    Rendition (7-Sep-2007)
    Juno (1-Sep-2007)
    Postal (21-Jul-2007) · Candidate Welles
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (27-May-2007)
    Spider-Man 3 (16-Apr-2007)
    The Astronaut Farmer (23-Feb-2007)
    Harsh Times (18-Aug-2006) · Agent Richards
    First Snow (5-May-2006)
    Thank You for Smoking (9-Sep-2005) · BR
    3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (11-Dec-2004)
    Spider-Man 2 (30-Jun-2004)
    The Ladykillers (26-Mar-2004)
    Hidalgo (17-Feb-2004) · Buffalo Bill Cody
    Off the Map (22-Jan-2003)
    Path to War (18-May-2002)
    Spider-Man (3-May-2002)
    The Mexican (2-Mar-2001)
    The Gift (20-Dec-2000)
    Autumn in New York (11-Aug-2000) · Dr. Grandy
    For Love of the Game (15-Sep-1999) · Frank Perry
    The Cider House Rules (7-Sep-1999)
    Hit and Runaway (17-Apr-1999)
    Celebrity (7-Sep-1998)
    Above Freezing (1998)
    Anastasia (21-Nov-1997) · Ensemble Vocals
    The Jackal (14-Nov-1997) · Witherspoon
    Love Walked In (18-Jan-1997)
    Extreme Measures (27-Sep-1996) · Dr. Mingus
    The First Wives Club (20-Sep-1996) · Federal Marshal
    The Scout (30-Sep-1994) · Assistant Coach
    The Ref (9-Mar-1994) · Siskel


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