J.K. Simmons

Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American character actor and voice actor. In television, he is known for playing Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison-drama Oz, and Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer. Since 2017, he has executive produced and starred in the Starz series Counterpart. His film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and music instructor Terence Fletcher in 2014's Whiplash. He is also known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2 (2011), Tenzin in The Legend of Korra (2012), Stanford Pines in Gravity Falls, Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) and Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia (2016). Simmons also reprised his role as J. Jonah Jameson in various Marvel animated series and video games. He has also appeared in a series of highly popular television commercials for Farmers Insurance. Simmons's performance in Whiplash (2014) received widespread critical acclaim and earned him more than thirty accolades, including the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Counterpart (2017)
Starring as Howard Silk (10 episodes)
No Activity (2017)
Guest starring as Leon Fordham
Live with Kelly & Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons (2 episodes)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons (2 episodes)
Hollywood Sessions (2014)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons
Growing Up Fisher (2014)
Starring as Mel Fisher (13 episodes)
Marvel's Avengers: Secret Wars (2013)
Guest starring as J. Jonah Jameson (2 episodes)
Family Tools (2013)
Starring as Tony Shea
Men at Work (2012)
Guest starring as P.J. Jordan (5 episodes)
The Legend of Korra (2012)
Starring as Tenzin (17 episodes)
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Guest starring as J. Jonah Jameson
Raising Hope (2010)
Guest starring as Bruce Chance
Archer (2009)
Guest starring as Detective Bob Harris (4 episodes)
Parks and Recreation (2009)
Guest starring as Mayor Stice
Party Down (2009)
Guest starring as Leonard (2 episodes)
The Closer (2005)
Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Clarence Weaver
  • Episode 1x03: Vector (Feb 4, 2005)
The Venture Bros. (2004)
Guest starring as Ben
Arrested Development (2003)
Guest starring as General Anderson
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Guest starring as Ike Connors
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons (2 episodes)
Without a Trace (2002)
Guest starring as Mark Wilson
Everwood (2002)
Guest starring as Phil Drebbles
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Dr. Emil Skoda (6 episodes)
Oz (1997)
Starring as Vernon "Vern" Schillinger (56 episodes)
Law & Order (1990)
Guest starring as Dr. Emil Skoda
  • Episode 10x09: Sundown (Dec 15, 1999)
The Simpsons (1989)
Guest starring as J. Jonah Jameson
Guest starring as Tabloid Editor
Guest starring as JJ Gruff
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons (2 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as J.K. Simmons (2 episodes)