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Creator / J. K. Simmons

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Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons (born January 9, 1955 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan) is an American actor and voice actor. Though active since 1986, his current rise to fame began in 1994 with his 53 appearances as consulting psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda across the Law & Order franchise. Since 2001, he has been typecast for Large Ham acting roles, particularly as J. Jonah Jameson across lots of the Spider-Man media (most notably in the Sam Raimi film trilogy), as possibly insane business tycoon Cave Johnson in Portal 2, the Ax-Crazy neo-Nazi prisoner Vernon Schillinger in Oz, and as the sadistic music teacher Terence Fletcher in his Academy Award-winning role in Whiplash. He played the role of Tenzin in The Legend of Korra and was the voice of the Author in Gravity Falls. He also portrayed Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man in Invincible (2021). He's the voice of Yellow in the M&M's commercials as well as Professor Nathaniel Burke of the University of Farmers in commercials for Farmers Insurance Group.

In January 2018, he began starring in the sci-fi thriller series Counterpart on the Starz channel.

Roles performed by J. K. Simmons


Voice Roles

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  • Star-Making Role: While Simmons earned recognition as the ominous skinhead Schillinger, he broke out as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man films, turning him into a prolific and recognizable character actor, and he has reprised the role many times in different projects, including on The Simpsons and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spider-Man: Far From Home. His hair-raising performance as a Sadist Teacher in Whiplash got him an Oscar and turned him into a household name.
  • Typecasting: Simmons often plays amiable, avuncular characters, even when those characters are Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil. By contrast, many of his other roles are forceful or manic to a certain degree. His specialty seems to be in playing characters with characteristics on both sides.


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Not Quite My Tempo

Terence Fletcher scares the hell out of Andrew.

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