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Jonathan Kimble Simmons

Also Known As: "Kim"
Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Donald William Simmons and Private
Husband of Private
Brother of Private and Private

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About J.K. Simmons

Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and the voice of Cave Johnson in the 2011 puzzle game Portal 2. In 2014, he portrayed Terence Fletcher in Whiplash, for which he received widespread critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.


Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a college professor. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio and Missoula, Montana, and attended the University of Montana.

In 1996, Simmons married Michelle Schumacher, with whom he has three children. His brother, David, is a singer-songwriter, and his sister, Elizabeth, is a professor at the University of Washington.

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J.K. Simmons's Timeline

January 9, 1955
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States