J.K. SIMMONS (Captain McKenna) has appeared in a diverse
range of projects
spanning motion pictures, television, and the stage on and off-Broadway. He won
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of merciless jazz
in Sony Pictures Classics' Whiplash. Simmons' performance in the film also
earned 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
and won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Film. The film
five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.
Simmons starred in the critically acclaimed Starz series Counterpart, where
both primary characters as two vastly differing versions of themselves. The
series was created
by Justin Marks.
Last year, Simmons was seen in Jason Reitman's The Front Runner with Hugh
and Vera Farmiga. Also last year, he appeared in Universal's thriller The
Snowman, with Michael
Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, and the Warner Bros. comedy Father Figures,
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 and voiced the character of Mayor Leodore Lionheart in Disney's Zootopia.
Also, in 2016,
Simmons was seen in Sony Pictures Classics' The Meddler, with Susan Sarandon and
Byrne; and Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant, with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick.
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
I'm Not Here, directed by his wife Michelle Schumacher.
He is known for playing the character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's
and for his portrayal of the offbeat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the
hit comedy Juno.
Past projects include Terminator: Genisys, Jobs, Labor Day, The Words, The Music
Stopped, Jennifer's Body, Extract, The Vicious Kind, I Love You Man, Beginner's
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
The Closer. He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO's acclaimed drama Oz and had
role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC's Law & Order. Simmons has had guest starring
roles on NBC's
Parks and Recreation, and a recurring role on TBS' hit comedy Men at Work. He
the Broadway stage in Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Change in
the Heir, Peter
Pan, and A Few Good Men.
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