J.K. Simmons

November 2018

J.K. Simmons has appeared in a diverse range of projects spanning from motion pictures, television and the stage on and off-Broadway. He won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of merciless jazz instructor Fletcher, in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Whiplash.” His performance in the film also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA Award, as well as many critics’ group awards around the world. “Whiplash” premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Film. Also, the film garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

In 2017 Simmons was seen in Universal’s thriller “The Snowman” with Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson. Simmons also starred alongside Owen Wilson and Ed Helms in the Warner Bros. comedy “Father Figures” as well as the highly anticipated “Justice League” where he portrayed the iconic Commissioner Gordon. He currently stars in the Starz series “Counterpart.”

In 2016 Simmons voiced the character of Kai in Dreamworks’ highly anticipated “Kung Fu Panda 3” and also the character of Mayor Leodore Lionheart in Disney’s “Zootopia.” Also that year, Simmons was seen in Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Meddler,” with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, and Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. In addition, Simmons portrayed real-life hero Jeff Pugliese in the 2016 Boston Marathon film “Patriot’s Day,” directed by Peter Berg. That same year, Simmons completed production on an independent film titled “I’m Not Here,” which was directed by his wife, Michelle Schumacher.

Simmons is well known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man” trilogy, and for his memorable portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy “Juno.”

His additional projects include “Terminator: Genisys,” “Jobs,” “Labor Day,” “The Words,” “The Music Never Stopped,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Extract,” “The Vicious Kind,” “I Love You, Man,” “Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” “Contraband,” “Hidalgo,” “The Ladykillers,” “The Mexican,” “Off the Map,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Gift,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Rendition,” “Burn after Reading” and the Academy Award-nominated “Up in the Air.”

On the small screen, Simmons played LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT’s hit series “The Closer.” Also, he played Vern Schillinger on HBO’s acclaimed drama “Oz” and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s “Law & Order.” He guest-starred on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and recurred on TBS’ hit comedy “Men at Work.” Simmons has appeared on Broadway in performances of “Guys and Dolls,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Change in the Heir,” “Peter Pan” and “A Few Good Men.”