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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 59 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Juno Mac MacGuff
La La Land
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 2018 The Front Runner (post-production)
Bill Dixon
 2017/IV Life Support (post-production)
  The Batman (pre-production)
Commissioner Gordon
 2017 Father Figures
Roland Hunt
 2017 Justice League
Commissioner Gordon
 2017 The Snowman
Arve Stop
 2017/I I'm Not Here
 2017 Renegades
 2017 The Bachelors
Bill Palet
 2017 All Nighter
Mr. Gallo
 2016 Patriots Day
Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese
 2016 The Accountant
Ray King
 2016 The Late Bloomer
James Newmans
 2016/I La La Land
 2016 Rock Dog
Khampa (voice)
 2016 Punching Henry
Jay Warren
 2016 Zootopia
Mayor Lionheart (voice)
 2016 Kung Fu Panda 3
Kai (voice)
 2015 Enas allos kosmos
 2015 The Meddler
 2015 Terminator Genisys
 2015 Avril et le monde truqué
Rodrigue (English version, voice)
 2014 Ava & Lala
General Tiger (voice)
 2014 Men, Women & Children
Allison's Dad
 2014 The Rewrite
Dr. Hal Lerner
 2014 Murder of a Cat
Sheriff Frank Hoyle
 2014 The Boxcar Children
Dr. Moore (voice)
 2014 Break Point
 2014/I Barefoot
Dr. Bertleman
 2014 Whiplash
 2013 Labor Day
Mr. Jervis
 2013 3 Geezers!
J Kimball
 2013 Dark Skies
Edwin Pollard
 2013 Jobs
Arthur Rock
 2012 Adventure Planet
President of Capitol State (voice)
 2012 The Words
Mr. Jansen
 2012 Contraband
Captain Camp
 2011 Young Adult
Mavis's Publisher (voice, uncredited)
 2011/I The Good Doctor
Detective Krauss
 2011 The Music Never Stopped
Henry Sawyer
 2010 True Grit
J. Noble Daggett (voice, uncredited)
 2010 Megamind
Warden (voice)
 2010 An Invisible Sign
Mr. Jones
 2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Gruff K-9 (voice)
 2009 Jennifer's Body
Mr. Wroblewski
 2009/I Up in the Air
 2009 Extract
 2009 Post Grad
Roy Davies (as JK Simmons)
 2009 Aliens in the Attic
Skip (voice)
 2009 I Love You, Man
Oswald Klaven
 2009 Red Sands
Lt. Col. Arson
 2009 The Way of War
Sergeant Mitchell
 2009 New in Town
Stu Kopenhafer
 2009 The Vicious Kind
Donald Sinclaire
 2008 Burn After Reading
CIA Superior (as JK Simmons)
 2007 Rendition
Lee Mayer
 2007 Juno
Mac MacGuff
 2007 Postal
Candidate Welles
 2007 Spider-Man 3
J. Jonah Jameson
 2006 The Astronaut Farmer
 2006 First Snow
 2005 Harsh Times
Agent Richards
 2004 Spider-Man 2
J. Jonah Jameson
 2004 The Ladykillers
Garth Pancake
 2004 Hidalgo
Buffalo Bill Cody
 2003 Off the Map
 2002 Spider-Man
J. Jonah Jameson
 2001 The Mexican
Ted Slocum
 2000 The Gift
Sheriff Pearl Johnson
 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 The Jackal
FBI Agent T. I. Witherspoon
 1997 Crossing Fields
 1997 Love Walked In
Mr. Shulman
 1996 Extreme Measures
Dr. Mingus
 1996 The First Wives Club
Federal Marshal
 1994 The Scout
Assistant Coach
 1994 Pom Poko
Seizaemon (English version, voice)
 1994 The Ref
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Radio commercials (voiceover): World Wrestling Federation on pay-per-view See more »

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Alternate Names:

JK Simmons | Jonathan Simmons


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[on his career] If I had any other talent or salable commodity I probably would have gone into it. I mean, aside from the modelling, yeah. See more »


Before playing police psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda on Law & Order (1990), he played a fanatical nut-case suspect on a crossover episode of Law & Order (1990) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993). He is among the few recurring members to have a guest spot as one character on a "Law & Order" series before going on to play a different character in the L&O universe (others include S. Epatha... See more »


Often plays sharp-tongued and short-tempered men who intimidate other characters See more »

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