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Also Known As: Jonathan Kimble Simmons Died:
Born: January 9, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, singer

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With an uncanny ability to go from understated to over-the-top, seemingly with the flip of a switch, actor J.K. Simmons became an ever-present fixture in film and on television via a tireless work ethic and nuanced performances. Although his early interest was primarily in musical composition, Simmons made a name for himself in the theater, not only as a vocalist, but as an actor of merit. After a run of shows on Broadway and in touring productions, Simmons began making small appearances in films like "The Ref" (1994) and "The Scout" (1994). The talented actor was also landing parts on various television series, most notably two recurring, diametrically-opposed characters appearing simultaneously on two different shows. On the brutal prison drama "OZ" (HBO, 1997-2003), Simmons played a white supremacist with frightening authenticity, while on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) he was the embodiment of empathy and rationality as state psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda. Steadily gaining prominence in a variety of feature film work, Simmons landed the plum role of cantankerous tabloid editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" (2002), earning high marks from legions of comic book fans. In addition to...

With an uncanny ability to go from understated to over-the-top, seemingly with the flip of a switch, actor J.K. Simmons became an ever-present fixture in film and on television via a tireless work ethic and nuanced performances. Although his early interest was primarily in musical composition, Simmons made a name for himself in the theater, not only as a vocalist, but as an actor of merit. After a run of shows on Broadway and in touring productions, Simmons began making small appearances in films like "The Ref" (1994) and "The Scout" (1994). The talented actor was also landing parts on various television series, most notably two recurring, diametrically-opposed characters appearing simultaneously on two different shows. On the brutal prison drama "OZ" (HBO, 1997-2003), Simmons played a white supremacist with frightening authenticity, while on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) he was the embodiment of empathy and rationality as state psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda. Steadily gaining prominence in a variety of feature film work, Simmons landed the plum role of cantankerous tabloid editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" (2002), earning high marks from legions of comic book fans. In addition to reprising the part for "Spider-Man" sequels, Simmons was seemingly everywhere, popping up in the witty features "Thank You for Smoking" (2006), "Juno" (2007) and "Burn After Reading" (2008). Transcending the category of character actor, Simmons became a welcome addition to any cast, ensuring a performance that was often affecting, frequently surprising, and always memorable.

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 Barefoot (2014)
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 Dark Skies (2013)
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 Jobs (2013)
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 Labor Day (2013)
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 Words, The (2012)
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 Contraband (2012)
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1978:
Appeared with Bigfork Summer Theatre in Bigfork, MT
1984:
Toured in musical "Doonesbury," playing roles of B.D. and Roland
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Was member of Seattle Repertory Theatre
1986:
Made TV debut in movie pilot "Popeye Doyle" (NBC)
1987:
Made NYC stage debut in off-Broadway musical "Birds of Paradise"
1990:
Made Broadway debut in "A Change in the Heir"
1991:
Played Captain Hook in Broadway and touring revival of "Peter Pan"
1992:
Had featured role as Benny Southstreet in revival of "Guys and Dolls"; periodically reprised role through 1995
1992:
Featured in PBS documentary "Guys and Dolls Off the Record," about the recording of cast album of Broadway revival
1993:
Co-starred in Neil Simon's play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
1994:
First appearance on NBC's "Law & Order," playing a cameraman who catches crimes committed on tape
1994:
Made feature film debut in comedy "The Ref"
1994:
Played an assistant coach in baseball-themed comedy "The Scout"
1996:
Gave memorable performance as a white supremacist on an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1997:
Lent voice to animated feature "Anastasia"
1997:
Joined cast of gritty HBO prison drama "Oz" as Schillinger, the calm but brutal leader of local Aryan brotherhood
1997:
Played recurring role on NBC's "Law & Order" as police psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda
1998:
Landed small role in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
1999:
Played the team manager in baseball feature "For Love of the Game"; first collaboration with director Sam Raimi
2000:
Portrayed Dr. Skoda on episodes of spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2000:
Re-teamed with director Sam Raimi to play the skeptical town sheriff in "The Gift"
2000:
Had small role as a top-notch surgeon in romantic melodrama "Autumn in New York"
2001:
Played a sleazy Hollywood type in comedy "Hit and Runaway"
2001:
Played the mentor and confidant of Brad Pitt's bumbling con artist in "The Mexican"
2002:
Re-teamed with Raimi to play J. Jonah Jameson in live-action adaptation of "Spider-Man"
2004:
Co-starred in the Coen brothers' film "The Ladykillers"
2004:
Reprised role as Peter Parker's editor-in-chief for Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2"
2005:
Cast as Kyra Sedgwick's superior officer Assistant Chief Will Pope on TNT's "The Closer"
2006:
Appeared in Los Angeles-set crime film "Harsh Times," written and directed by David Ayer
2006:
Cast as Aaron Eckhart's boss in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"
2007:
Once again played Parker's editor J. Jonah Jameson in "Spider-Man 3"
2007:
Appeared in acclaimed HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
2007:
Played title character's father in Jason Reitman's "Juno," scripted by Diablo Cody
2008:
Played a CIA Superior in the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2009:
Featured in dark comedy "Jennifer's Body," written by Diablo Cody
2009:
Co-starred opposite Jason Bateman in Mike Judge's "Extract"
2009:
Landed supporting role in Jason Reitman directed "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney
2010:
Lent voice to character of Warden in animated feature "Megamind"
2011:
Acted opposite Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman
2012:
Acted in crime drama in "Contraband" opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale
2012:
Cast alongside Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"
2013:
Co-starred with Keri Russell in sci-fi thriller "Dark Skies"
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Education

Ohio University: Athens , Ohio -
Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -
HB Studios: New York , New York -
University of Montana: Missoula , Montana - 1978

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