J.K. Simmons has appeared in a diverse range of projects spanning from motion 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 around the 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 received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and received awards for Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing in addition to Simmons’ Best Supporting Actor award.
Most recently, Simmons wrapped production on the independent film “The Runaround” that also stars Emile Hirsch. Earlier this year, Simmons completed production on Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant” co-starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, in addition to the “The Meddler” co-starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. This summer, Simmons appeared in the much-anticipated “Terminator” reboot, “Terminator: Genisys” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke.
In 2014, Simmons appeared in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. He also starred on the NBC comedy “Growing Up Fisher”, opposite Jenna Elfman, “The Rewrite” opposite Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and Gillian Raimi’s feature “Murder of a Cat”.
In 2013, he was seen in theaters in the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs”, and in Jason Reitman’s film, “Labor Day”. He is known for playing the character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man” trilogy and memorably, his portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy “Juno”.
Past projects include “The Words”, “The Music Never Stopped”, “Jennifer’s Body”, “Extract”, “The Vicious Kind”, “I Love You Man”, “Beginner’s Guide to 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 hit series “The 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 Recreation”, 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”.