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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 January 1955Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameJonathan Kimble Simmons
Nickname Kim
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

J.K. Simmons was born on January 9, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jonathan Kimble Simmons. He is an actor, known for The Closer (2005), Spider-Man (2002) and Juno (2007). He has been married to Michelle Schumacher since 1996. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Michelle Schumacher (1996 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays leaders and authority figures
Often plays fathers and family men
The role of J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker/Spider-Man's hot-tempered boss.

Trivia (19)

He is the father of two children. He has a sister, Elizabeth Simmons O'Neill, and a brother David.
Is the voice of the yellow peanut M&M on the commercials since the late 1990s, replacing John Goodman after the original 1995 commercials. In 2000, a video game was produced, M&M's: The Lost Formulas (2000), in which he portrayed Yellow Peanut.
Does voice-over work for Norelco razors.
Graduated from the University of Montana. Received an Achievement Award for the university in April 2002. Studied to become a composer before getting to musicals and acting.
His character of Dr. Emil Skoda is one of the few Law & Order (1990) recurring characters to span all three incarnations: the original series; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) (the medical examiner, Elizabeth Rodgers (Leslie Hendrix), has also appeared on all three shows).
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 Merkerson and Jerry Orbach). Ice-T played a criminal who met a "striking" fate in Exiled (1998) before going on to star as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
Attended the Ohio State University while living in Worthington, Ohio. Still remains a huge fan of Ohio State sports today.
Has appeared in four films with Bruce Campbell. The first two were Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004), both directed by Sam Raimi. The third was The Ladykillers (2004) directed by Ethan Coen, who frequently collaborates with Raimi, followed by another appearance with Campbell in Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Played the manager of his hometown pro baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, in For Love of the Game (1999).
Wore a wig to play J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man films.
Met his wife, Michelle Schumacher, during a tour of "Peter Pan".
Has been in all the feature films of Jason Reitman.
Has played the same character (Dr. Emil Skoda) in four different series: Law & Order (1990), New York Undercover (1994), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001).
Breakthrough role was as Vern Schillinger in HBO's first hour-long drama, the critically-acclaimed prison series Oz (1997).
Has played the same character (J. Jonah Jameson) in three different series: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010), Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) and Marvel's Avengers Assemble (2013).
Attended the Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, and was interviewed by Canadian news show "E Talk" (2002). [January 2008]
In the well known and very long running TV commercials for Farmer's Insurance, he portrays a professor at the seemingly fictional Farmer's University, which has labs or classrooms which teach students about disasters, accidents, and more. However, according to the Farmer's Insurance website: "If you become an agent, you'll find out firsthand: The University of Farmers is, in fact, a real place. Our award-winning training program focuses on the Four Business Basics: Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Financial Management. Our non-traditional insurance courses are what set us apart, including a car rotisserie and an all-weather model home.".
The name of his Farmer's Insurance TV commercials character is Prof. Nathaniel Burke, which was not spoken, but seen on the nameplate on his desk.
He has English, as well as some Scots-Irish, German, and Welsh, ancestry.

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