THE FRONT RUNNER
J.K. SIMMONS (Bill Dixon) has appeared in a diverse range of projects spanning
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
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
In addition to The Front Runner Simmons can currently be seen staring in the
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
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
In 2016, Simmons voiced the character of Kai in Dreamworks' highly anticipated
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
He is known for playing the character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider Man
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
Jennifer's Body, Extract, The Vicious Kind, I Love You Man, Beginner's Guide to
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
On the small screen, Simmons played LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT's hit
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 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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