J.K. SIMMONS (Ray King) is an Oscar-winning actor whose
illustrious career includes diverse roles in projects spanning film, television,
and the stage, both on and off-Broadway.
In 2015, Simmons swept every major Best Supporting Actor award for his
performance in the acclaimed drama "Whiplash," culminating with his Academy
Award win. The film, directed by Damien Chazelle and also starring Miles Teller,
garnered four more Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. For his portrayal
of merciless jazz instructor Terence Fletcher, Simmons also won Screen Actors
Guild, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Critics' Choice, and BAFTA Awards. In
addition, he was named the year's Best Supporting Actor by numerous critics
groups, including those in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and London,
among others, both in the U.S. and abroad. "Whiplash" had premiered at the 2014
Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury
Prize for Best Film.
Simmons has a wide range of films upcoming. Later this year, he appears with
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land," which reunited him with Chazelle,
and Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," about the Boston Marathon bombing. Among his
other upcoming films are the comedy "Bastards," with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms;
the crime drama "The Snowman," starring Michael Fassbender; the drama "I'm Not
Here," directed by his wife, Michelle Schumacher; and the romantic drama "The
Bachelors," also starring Julie Delpy. In November 2017, he will be seen in the
action adventure "Justice League," joining the ensemble cast as one of DC
Comics' most indelible characters, Commissioner Gordon.
Simmons is well known to moviegoers for the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam
Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, and for his portrayal of the off-beat father, Mac
McGuff, in Jason Reitman's hit comedy/drama "Juno." He had earlier worked with
Raimi on "For the Love of the Game" and "The Gift." He has also collaborated
multiple times with Reitman, on the films "Labor Day," "Up in the Air" and
"Thank You for Smoking," and the Coen brothers, on "Burn After Reading" and "The
His more recent films include "The Meddler," opposite Susan Sarandon and Rose
Byrne; "Terminator: Genisys," with Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the animated
features "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "Zootopia." Simmons' long list of credits also
includes "Jobs"; "The Words," with Bradley Cooper; "Contraband"; "The Music
Never Stopped"; "A Beginner's Guide to Endings"; "Jennifer's Body"; "Extract";
"I Love You, Man"; "The Vicious Kind"; "Rendition"; "Hidalgo"; Gore Verbinski's
"The Mexican"; "Off the Map"; and Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules," to
name only a portion.
On the small screen, Simmons will star in the new sci-fi drama series
"Counterpart," for the Starz cable network. He previously played LAPD Assistant
Chief Will Pope in TNT's hit series "The Closer" and Vern Schillinger on HBO's
acclaimed drama "Oz," and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC's "Law &
Order." He has also had regular, recurring or guest starring roles on more than
70 other television and cable programs.
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
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