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J.K. Simmons

Born: 1955

Biography

Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor. He has been cited as one of the greatest contemporary character actors, and has appeared in over 200 film and television roles since his debut in 1986. He is an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award winner, among other accolades. His film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), tobacco industry executive B.R. in Thank You for Smoking (2005), Mac MacGuff in Juno (2007), music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014), Bill in La La Land (2016), William Frawley in Being the Ricardos (2021), and Commissioner James Gordon in the DC Extended Universe films Justice League (2017), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021), and Batgirl (2022). He reprised his role as Jameson in various Marvel media unrelated to the Sam Raimi trilogy, including multiple animated series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Sony's Spider-Man Universe films Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Spider-Man: No Way Home (both 2021), and the web series TheDailyBugle.net (2019; 2021). On television, he is known for playing Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, white supremacist prisoner Vernon Schillinger on the HBO series Oz, and Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer. From 2017 to 2019, he starred as Howard Silk in the Starz series Counterpart. He has also appeared in a series of commercials for Farmers Insurance and starred in the third season of the IFC comedy series Brockmire. In 2020, he had recurring roles on the miniseries Defending Jacob and The Stand. As a voice artist, he is known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2 (2011), Tenzin in The Legend of Korra (2012–2014), Stanford “Ford” Pines in Gravity Falls (2015–2016), Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Mayor Leodore Lionheart in Zootopia (2016), the titular character in Klaus (2019), Pig Baby in Season 4 of the HBO Max animated series Infinity Train (2021), and Nolan “Omni-Man” Grayson in the Amazon Prime action animated series Invincible (2021). He has been the voice of the Yellow M&M since 1996.
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan, USA

Resources

Movies

Spider-Man

J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man

Spider-Man 2

J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 3

J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 3

Hidalgo

Buffalo Bill Cody in Hidalgo

The Gift

Sheriff Pearl Johnson in The Gift

The Jackal

FBI Agent T. I. Witherspoon in The Jackal

Burn After Reading

CIA Superior in Burn After Reading

Rendition

Lee Mayer in Rendition

The Ladykillers

Garth Pancake in The Ladykillers

Extreme Measures

Dr. Mingus in Extreme Measures

The Mexican

Ted Slocum in The Mexican

Up in the Air

Bob in Up in the Air

Juno

Mac MacGuff in Juno

Off the Map

George in Off the Map

Harsh Times

Agent Richards in Harsh Times

Post Grad

Roy Davies in Post Grad

The Vicious Kind

Donald Sinclaire in The Vicious Kind

Thank You for Smoking

BR in Thank You for Smoking

Extract

Brian in Extract

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

James McLaughlin in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Crazy on the Outside

Ed in Crazy on the Outside

New in Town

Stu Kopenhafer in New in Town

The Way of War

Sergeant Mitchell in The Way of War

Megamind

Warden (voice) in Megamind

First Snow

Vacaro in First Snow

I Love You, Man

Oswald Klaven in I Love You, Man

Jennifer's Body

Mr. Wroblewski in Jennifer's Body

The Words

Mr. Jansen in The Words

The Music Never Stopped

Henry Sawyer in The Music Never Stopped

Contraband

Captain Camp in Contraband

An Invisible Sign

Mr. Jones in An Invisible Sign

A Beginner's Guide to Endings

Uncle Pal in A Beginner's Guide to Endings

Jobs

Arthur Rock in Jobs

Crossing Fields

Guy in Crossing Fields

3 Geezers!

J. Kimball in 3 Geezers!

Hit and Runway

Ray Tilman in Hit and Runway

Love Walked In

Mr. Shulman in Love Walked In

Whiplash

Fletcher in Whiplash

Barefoot

Dr. Bertleman in Barefoot

The Ref

Siskel in The Ref

Murder of a Cat

Sheriff Frank Hoyle in Murder of a Cat

The Cider House Rules

Ray Kendall in The Cider House Rules

Men, Women & Children

Allison's Dad in Men, Women & Children

Dark Skies

Edwin Pollard in Dark Skies

Celebrity

Souvenir Hawker in Celebrity

Face Down

Herb Aames in Face Down

Punching Henry

Jay Warren in Punching Henry

Rock Dog

Khampa (voice) in Rock Dog

Renegades

Levin in Renegades

Break Point

Jack in Break Point

Terminator Genisys

O'Brien in Terminator Genisys

Labor Day

Mr. Jervis in Labor Day

Father Figures

Ronald Hunt in Father Figures

The Rewrite

Dr. Hal Lerner in The Rewrite

The Boxcar Children

Dr. Moore (voice) in The Boxcar Children

Whiplash

Fletcher in Whiplash

Zootopia

Mayor Leodore Lionheart (voice) in Zootopia

Worlds Apart

Sebastian in Worlds Apart

The Accountant

Ray King in The Accountant

The Astronaut Farmer

Jacobson in The Astronaut Farmer

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kai (voice) in Kung Fu Panda 3

Justice League

Commissioner James Gordon in Justice League

The Meddler

Randall Zipper in The Meddler

The Bachelors

Bill Palet in The Bachelors

Patriots Day

Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese in Patriots Day

La La Land

Bill in La La Land

The Magic Bracelet

The Shaman in The Magic Bracelet

I'm Not Here

Steve in I'm Not Here

The Late Bloomer

James Newmans in The Late Bloomer

Young Adult

Mavis' Publisher (voice) (uncredited) in Young Adult

Postal

Candidate Welles in Postal

Red Sands

Lt. Col. Arson in Red Sands

Aliens in the Attic

Skip (voice) in Aliens in the Attic

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Gruff K-9 (voice) in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

True Grit

J. Noble Daggett (voice) (uncredited) in True Grit

The Good Doctor

Detective Krauss in The Good Doctor

Ava & Lala

General Tiger (voice) in Ava & Lala

Popeye Doyle

Patrolman in Park in Popeye Doyle

The Scout

Assistant Coach in The Scout

For Love of the Game

Frank Perry in For Love of the Game

Autumn in New York

Dr. Tom Grandy in Autumn in New York

Path to War

CIA Briefer in Path to War

3: The Dale Earnhardt Story

Ralph Earnhardt in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story

Above Freezing

Hoyd in Above Freezing

The Heeler

Roscoe in The Heeler

Blackstone

Detective Burke in Blackstone

Disposal

Older Hunter in Disposal

4192: The Crowning of the Hit King

Narrator (voice) in 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King

A Boy Called Sailboat

Ernest in A Boy Called Sailboat

The Snowman

Arve Støp in The Snowman

All Nighter

Mr. Gallo in All Nighter

The Black Ghiandola

Ralph Aceto in The Black Ghiandola

The Front Runner

Bill Dixon in The Front Runner

Klaus

Klaus (voice) in Klaus

The First Wives Club

Federal Marshall in The First Wives Club

Detroit: Comeback City

Himself - Narrator in Detroit: Comeback City

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island

Dr. Moore (voice) in The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island

Guys and Dolls: Off the Record

Himself / Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls: Off the Record

21 Bridges

Captain Matt McKenna in 21 Bridges

Drug$

Narrator in Drug$

Broadway's Lost Treasures II

Benny Southstreet (segment "Guys & Dolls") in Broadway's Lost Treasures II

Palm Springs

Roy in Palm Springs

Spider-Man: Far From Home

J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home

3 Days with Dad

Joey in 3 Days with Dad

The Tomorrow War

James Forester in The Tomorrow War

Marmaduke

Zeus (voice) in Marmaduke

Extract: Mike Judge's Secret Recipe

Self in Extract: Mike Judge's Secret Recipe

Walt Whitman

Narrator (voice) in Walt Whitman

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Orville in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Zack Snyder's Justice League

Commissioner James Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League

Being the Ricardos

William Frawley in Being the Ricardos

Rushing or Dragging

Terrence Fletcher (Archive Audio) in Rushing or Dragging

National Champions

Coach James Lazor in National Champions

Ride the Eagle

Carl in Ride the Eagle

The Tomorrow War 2

Slade in The Tomorrow War 2

Spider-Man: No Way Home

J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Seal Team

Claggart (voice) in Seal Team

You Can't Run Forever

Wade in You Can't Run Forever

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

J. Jonah Jameson (uncredited) in Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Spider-Man 2: Making the Amazing

Self in Spider-Man 2: Making the Amazing

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ivo Shandor in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Captain Putty (voice) in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Glorious

Ghat (voice) in Glorious

Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home

Self (archive footage) in Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home

The Union

in The Union

Little Brother

Warren Duffy in Little Brother

Rally Road Racers

Gnash (voice) in Rally Road Racers

Prophets of Change

Narrator in Prophets of Change

Red One

Santa Claus in Red One

Rivals: Ohio State vs. Michigan

Narrator in Rivals: Ohio State vs. Michigan

One Day as a Lion

Walter Boggs in One Day as a Lion

Starwater

in Starwater

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

J. Jonah Jameson (voice) in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart

Ben (voice) in The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart

Fanboy

J.K. / Frank Perry in Fanboy

Phineas and Ferb: The O.W.C.A. Files

Napoleon / Additional Voices (voice) in Phineas and Ferb: The O.W.C.A. Files

I Lost My M in Vegas

Yellow in I Lost My M in Vegas

Juror No. 2

in Juror No. 2

Hypergalactic

(voice) in Hypergalactic

The Accountant 2

Ray King in The Accountant 2

SNL 1975

Milton Berle in SNL 1975

Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon

Ford Pines (voice) in Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon

The Prince

in The Prince

TV Shows

The Simpsons

Victor Kleskow (voice) in The Simpsons

American Dad!

Judge (voice) in American Dad!

Jack & Bobby

in Jack & Bobby

Homicide: Life on the Street

in Homicide: Life on the Street

Arrested Development

General Anderson in Arrested Development

New York News

in New York News

Party Down

Leonard Stiltskin in Party Down

Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man

J. Jonah Jameson (voice) in Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man

Growing Up Fisher

Mel Fisher in Growing Up Fisher

LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

J. Jonah Jameson (voice) in LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload

Third Watch

in Third Watch

John Doe

in John Doe

The Closer

Will Pope in The Closer

Everwood

Phil Drebbles in Everwood

Without a Trace

Mark Wilson in Without a Trace

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Dr. Emil Skoda in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Nip/Tuck

in Nip/Tuck

New York Undercover

in New York Undercover

ER

Gus Loomer in ER

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Dr. Emil Skoda in Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The Jury

in The Jury

Family Tools

in Family Tools

Oz

Vernon Schillinger in Oz

Counterpart

Howard Silk in Counterpart

Law & Order

Emil Skoda in Law & Order

The Legend of Korra

Tenzin (voice) in The Legend of Korra

The D.A.

Dep. Dist. Atty. Joe Carter in The D.A.

Gravity Falls

Stanford Pines (voice) in Gravity Falls

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Self in Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Desert Car Kings

Himself - Narrator in Desert Car Kings

Saturday Night Live

Self - Host in Saturday Night Live

No Activity

Leo in No Activity

Brockmire

Matt "The Bat" Hardesty in Brockmire

Veronica Mars

Clyde Pickett in Veronica Mars

BoJack Horseman

Lenny Turtletaub (voice) in BoJack Horseman

Explained

Narrator (voice) in Explained

INVINCIBLE

Nolan Grayson / Omni-Man (voice) in INVINCIBLE

Parks and Recreation

Mayor Stice in Parks and Recreation

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Frank Dillman in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Wild Hawaii

Narrator (voice) in Wild Hawaii

Coronavirus, Explained

Self - Narrator in Coronavirus, Explained

The Stand

General Starkey in The Stand

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Self in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Guardian (voice) in Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics

Self in Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics

Men At Work

P.J. Jordan in Men At Work

Night Sky

Franklin York in Night Sky

The Great North

Tusk Johnson (voice) in The Great North

Justice League Unlimited

Eiling (voice) in Justice League Unlimited

Justice League Unlimited

General Eiling (voice) in Justice League Unlimited

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Voice Over (voice) in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Talk

Self - Guest in The Talk

Goliath

George Zax in Goliath

The West Wing

Harry Ravitch in The West Wing

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Magister Gilhil / Plumber (voice) in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Kim Possible

Martin Smarty (voice) in Kim Possible

Kim Possible

Martin Smarty / Additional voices (voice) in Kim Possible

American Dad!

Jed Farnsworth (voice) in American Dad!

American Dad!

Dean of CIA Academy (voice) in American Dad!

American Dad!

Gene (voice) in American Dad!

Pound Puppies

Lt. Rock (voice) in Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

Mr. Withers (voice) in Pound Puppies

Spin City

Kevin in Spin City

The Oscars

Self in The Oscars

Home Movie: The Princess Bride

The Grandfather in Home Movie: The Princess Bride

The Venture Bros.

Ben (Old Man Potter) (voice) in The Venture Bros.

Law & Order

Jerry Luppin in Law & Order

Major Lazer

President Whitewall (voice) in Major Lazer

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

J. Jonah Jameson (voice) in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Phineas and Ferb

Napoleon (voice) in Phineas and Ferb

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Self in Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Phineas and Ferb

J.B. (voice) in Phineas and Ferb

American Masters

Edward Hopper in American Masters

NTSF:SD:SUV::

Frank Forrest in NTSF:SD:SUV::

What Lives Inside

Benjamin 'Pops' Delaney in What Lives Inside

Defending Jacob

Billy Barber in Defending Jacob

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Self - Guest in Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Archer

Detective (voice) in Archer

Saturday Night Live

Self - Cameo (uncredited) in Saturday Night Live

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Self in The Kelly Clarkson Show