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J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons is an American actor. He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music). He had originally planned to be a singer and studied at the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson
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 2017 I'm Not Here (post-production)
 2017 The Snowman (post-production)
Arve Støp
 2017 The Lake (completed)
 2016 Patriots Day (post-production)
Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese
 2016 Bastards (completed)
 2016 The Accountant (completed)
Ray King
 2016 The Late Bloomer
James Newmans
 2016/I La La Land
 2016 Rock Dog
Khampa (voice)
 2016 Zootopia
Mayor Lionheart (voice)
 2016 Kung Fu Panda 3
Kai (voice)
 2015 The Meddler
 2015 April and the Extraordinary World
Rodrigue (English version, voice)
 2014 Ava & Lala
General Tiger (voice)
 2014 Men, Women & Children
Allison's Dad
 2014 The Rewrite
Dr. Hal Lerner
 2014 The Boxcar Children
Dr. Moore (voice)
 2014 Break Point
 2013 3 Geezers!
J Kimball
 2013 Jobs
Arthur Rock
 2012 Echo Jew Gong Lok
President of Capitol State (voice)
 2012 The Words
Mr. Jansen
 2011 Young Adult
Mavis's Publisher (voice, uncredited)
 2011/I The Good Doctor
Detective Krauss
 2010 True Grit
J. Noble Daggett (voice, uncredited)
 2010 Megamind
Warden (voice)
 2010 An Invisible Sign
Mr. Jones
 2009/I Up in the Air
 2009 Extract
 2009 Post Grad
Roy Davies (as JK Simmons)
 2009 Aliens in the Attic
Skip (voice)
 2009 Red Sands
Lt. Col. Arson
 2009 The Vicious Kind
Donald Sinclaire
 2008 Burn After Reading
CIA Superior (as JK Simmons)
 2007 Juno
Mac MacGuff
 2007 Postal
Candidate Welles
 2006 The Astronaut Farmer
 2006 First Snow
 2005 Harsh Times
Agent Richards
 2003 Off the Map
 2001 The Mexican
Ted Slocum
 2000 Autumn in New York
Dr. Tom Grandy
 2000 Beautiful Joe (uncredited)
 1999 For Love of the Game
Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
 1999 The Cider House Rules
Ray Kendall
 1999 Hit and Runway
Ray Tilman
 1998 Above Freezing
 1998 Celebrity
Souvenir Hawker
 1997 Anastasia
Ensemble and Character Vocals (voice)
 1997 Crossing Fields
 1997 Love Walked In
Mr. Shulman
 1996 The First Wives Club
Federal Marshal
 1994 The Scout
Assistant Coach
 1994 Pom Poko
Seizaemon (Disney Dub 2004) (English version, voice)
 1994 The Ref
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Audiobook: Narrated "Dreamland: Strike Zone" by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice See more »

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4 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

JK Simmons | Jonathan Simmons


5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

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The best compliment I ever got from the public or producers or directors is that I just totally blend in and become the character and they don't notice me and that the play happens or the movie happens or the TV show happens. See more »


He is the father of two children. He has a sister, Elizabeth Simmons O'Neill, and a brother David. See more »


Often plays leaders and authority figures See more »

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