Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles on television as Dr. Emil Skoda in NBC's Law & Order (and having appeared in other shows in the Law and Order franchise), Assistant Police Chief Will Pope in TNT's The Closer, neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger in the HBO prison drama Oz, and on film as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man franchise.

Personal life

Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Patricia (née Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a college professor.[1][2] He has a brother, David (a singer-songwriter), and a sister, Elizabeth. He attended the University of Montana[3] and was a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.[3]


Musical theatre

Prior to his film & television career, Simmons was a Broadway actor and singer. He was in the revival of Guys and Dolls as Benny Southstreet. He also played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera. He also starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.

Notable film and television roles

Simmons is known for his TV roles as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist, who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order and New York Undercover, and as the sadistic inmate Vernon Schillinger on the prison drama Oz. He also stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. He played B.R. in the film Thank You For Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as "Mac" McGuff, the title character's father. Currently, he plays Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer.

He also played J. Jonah Jameson in all three Spider-Man movies and the expanded video game adaption of Spider-Man 3. Simmons provided his voice for two newspaper editors in two episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. The characters are never named, but are obviously meant to emulate the character of Jameson (one, bearing Jameson's appearance, even demands "pictures of Spider-Man", then on being reminded he works at a poetry journal, demands "poems about Spider-Man").

Simmons also provides the voice of the yellow M&M in the product's commercials, as well as the 3-D movie "I Lost My M in Vegas" playing at M&M's World in Las Vegas, NV. He has also done voiceover work for Norelco razors. He also provided the voice of General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. He recorded an audio book for Tom Clancy's Net Force Point of Impact. Like many of his Law & Order co-stars, he also appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in an episode that crossed over with Law & Order before Simmons joined the cast as Skoda. He also played a small role as an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, alongside his Juno co-stars, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. As well, he played Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon kid's show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995. In 2008 he had a small but highly entertaining part as the "CIA Superior" in "Burn After Reading".

He has recently appeared as the anti-communist U. S. President Howard T. Ackerman in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and a series of promotional advertisements parodying the 2008 presidential elections. In these advertisements, he offers himself (as Ackerman) as an alternative to other, unnamed presidential candidates and used the slogan "Vote for me, if you want to live."[4]

Simmons appears also in Postal as Candidate Wells.

Simmons is quickly becoming known for starring in movies that are produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Jennifer's Body, written by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Popeye Doyle Patrolman in Park TV Movie
1994 The Ref Siskel
Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko Seizaemon Voice only (English version)
a.k.a. Pom Poko
The Scout Assistant Coach
Law & Order Jerry Luppin Episode: "Sanctuary"
1995 New York News Unknown Episode: "Welcome Back Cotter"
The Adventures of Pete & Pete Barber Dan Episode: "Saturday"
1996 Law & Order Col. Alexander Rausch Episode: "For God and Country" (Part I)
Homicide: Life on the Street Col. Alexander Rausch Episode: "For God and Country" (Part II)
Swift Justice Mel Turman Episode: "Stones"
The First Wives Club Federal Marshal
Extreme Measures Dr. Mingus
1997 Love Walked In Mr. Shulman
Spin City Kevin Travis Episode: "Hot in the City"
Crossing Fields Guy
The Jackal FBI Agent T. I. Witherspoon
Anastasia Ensemble and Character Vocals
Face Down Herb Aames TV Movie
1996, 1998 New York Undercover Sergeant Treadway Episode: "Unis"
Psychologist Episode: Mob Street
1998 Celebrity Souvenir Hawker
Remember WENN Captain Amazon Episode: "All's Noisy on the Pittsburgh Front"
Above Freezing Hoyd
1999 Hit and Runway Ray Tilman
The Cider House Rules Ray Kendall
For Love of the Game Frank Perry
I Lost My M in Vegas Yellow Voice Only
Saturday Night Live Vern Schillinger Episode: "Jerry Seinfeld/David Bowie"
2000 Third Watch Frank Hagonon Episode: "Demolition Derby"
Beautiful Joe Unknown Uncredited
Autumn in New York Dr. Tom Grandy
The Gift Sheriff Pearl Johnson
2001 Disney's Recess Various People
2000–2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Emil Skoda 6 Episodes
2002 Homeward Bound Jim Ashton TV Movie
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Emil Skoda Episode: "Crazy"
Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson
Path to War CIA Briefer TV Movie
1997–2003 Oz Vern Schillinger 56 Episodes
2003 Disposal Older Hunter
Off the Map George
John Doe Lucas Doya Episode: "The Rising"
Everwood Phil Drebbles Episode: "Burden of Truth"
2004 ER Gus Loomer Episode: "Impulse Control"
Hidalgo Buffalo Bill Cody
The Ladykillers Garth Pancake
The D.A. Dep. Dist. Atty. Joe Carter Episode: "The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky"
Episode: "The People vs. Achmed Abbas"
Without a Trace Mark Wilson Episode: "Two Families"
The Jury Ron Stalsukilis Episode: "Last Rites"
Spider-Man 2 J. Jonah Jameson
Nip/Tuck Ike Connors Episode: "Kimber Henry"
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Ralph Earnhardt TV Movie
1997–2004, 2010 Law & Order Dr. Emil Skoda 45 Episodes
2005 Arrested Development General Anderson Episode: "Switch Hitter"
Jack & Bobby Cyrus Miller Episode: "Running Scared"
Numb3rs Dr. Clarence Weaver Episode: "Vector"
Thank You for Smoking BR
Harsh Times Agent Richards
2004–2006 Justice League General Wade Eiling Voice only
5 Episodes
2006 The West Wing Harry Ravitch Episode: "Duck and Cover"
First Snow Vacaro
The Astronaut Farmer Jacobson
2006, 2007 The Simpsons J. Jonah Jameson Voice only
Episode: "Moe'N'a Lisa"
Tabloid Editor Voice only
Episode: "Homerazzi"
2007 Spider-Man 3 J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 3 J. Jonah Jameson Video game
Voice only
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee James McLaughlin TV Movie
Queens Supreme Ernest Fingerman Episode: "Let's Make a Deal"
Kim Possible Martin Smarty Voice only
3 Episodes
Postal Candidate Welles
Juno Mac MacGuff
Rendition Lee Mayer
2007, 2008 American Dad! Judge Voice only
Episode: "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"
McCreary Voice only
Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2008 Phineas and Ferb J.B. Voice only
Episode: "Toy to the World"
Burn After Reading CIA Superior
Ben 10: Alien Force Magister Ghilhil Voice only
Episode: "Darkstar Rising"
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 President Howard T. Ackerman Video game
2009 The Vicious Kind Donald Sinclaire
New in Town Stu Kopenhafer
The Way of War Sergeant Mitchell
Red Sands Lt. Col. Arson
I Love You, Man Oswald Klaven
Aliens in the Attic Skip Voice Only
Post Grad Roy Davies
Extract Brian
Up in the Air Bob
Jennifer's Body Mr. Wroblewski
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Poseidon Voice only
4 Episodes
2005–2010 The Closer Assistant Chief Will Pope 88 Episodes
2009–2010 Party Down Leonard Stiltskin Episode: "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen"
Episode: "Precious Lights Pre-School Auction"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Guardians of the Universe, Evil Star, Kyle "Ace" Morgan Voice only
Episode: "Revenge of the Reach!"
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Magister Ghilhil Voice only
Episode: "Escape From Aggregor"
Generator Rex White Knight Voice only
Crazy on the Outside Ed
An Invisible Sign of My Own Mr. Jones Post-Production
A Beginner's Guide to Endings Unknown Post-Production
The Good Doctor Unknown Post-Production


  1. "J. K. Simmons Biography". 
  2. "Jonathan Kimble (“J. K.”) Simmons". rootsweb. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "J. K. Simmons Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 
  4. Red Alert Universe > Factions > Factions, Units, & Characters, President Ackerman character information.

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