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THE FRONT RUNNER

J.K. SIMMONS (Bill Dixon) has appeared in a diverse range of projects spanning from motion pictures, television and the stage on and off-Broadway. He won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of merciless jazz instructor, 'Fletcher' in Sony Pictures Classics' Whiplash. His performance in the film also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA Award, as well as many critics' group awards around the world. Whiplash premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Film. The film also garnered five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

In addition to The Front Runner Simmons can currently be seen staring in the critically acclaimed Starz series Counterpart where he portrays both primary characters as two vastly differing version of themselves. Created by Justin Marks, the series premiered in January of this year and is currently in production of Season 2. He was recently seen in Universal's thriller The Snowman with Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson and the Warner Bros. comedy Father Figures with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. In 2017, he was seen in the highly anticipated Justice League where he portrayed the iconic 'Commissioner Gordon.'

In 2016, Simmons voiced the character of Kai in Dreamworks' highly anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 that released in January and voiced the character of 'Mayor Leodore Lionheart' in Disney's Zootopia which released in March. Also, in 2016, Simmons was seen in Sony Pictures Classics The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne and Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. Simmons also portrayed the real-life hero Jeff Pugliese in the 2016 Boston marathon film Patriot's Day directed by Peter Berg. That same year Simmons completed production on an independent film entitled I'm Not Here which was directed by his wife Michelle Schumacher.

He is known for playing the character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider Man trilogy and memorably, his portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy Juno. Past projects include Terminator: Genisys, Jobs, Labor Day, The Words, The Music Never Stopped, Jennifer's Body, Extract, The Vicious Kind, I Love You Man, Beginner's Guide to Endings, Contraband, Hidalgo, The Ladykillers, The Mexican, Off the Map, For Love of the Game, The Gift, Thank You for Smoking, Rendition, Burn After Reading and the Academy Award-nominated Up in the Air.

On the small screen, Simmons played LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT's hit series The Closer. He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO's acclaimed drama Oz, and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC's Law & Order. He has had guest starring roles on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and a recurring role on TBS' hit comedy Men at Work. Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of "Guys and Dolls," "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "A Change in the Heir," "Peter Pan" and "A Few Good Men."

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