J.K. Simmons The Closer Bio

JK Simmons As Chief Pope On The Closer
JK Simmons As Chief Pope On The Closer : Photo: TNT

J.K. Simmons has appeared in feature film, television and stage performances, but, before he achieved his success in acting, Simmons studied to become a composer at the University of Montana. Simmons’ feature-film credits include the Spider-Man movies; Hidalgo; The Ladykillers; The Mexican, with Brad Pitt; For Love of the Game; The Gift; Off the Map, Thank You for Smoking, First Snow, The Astronaut Farmer, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Rendition, and the upcoming Juno.

In addition to feature films, Simmons has played several guest-starring roles on award-winning series such as Arrested Development, nip/tuck, ER, Spin City and Law & Order.  He played Vern Schillinger in Tom Fontana’s OZ for six seasons on HBO.

Simmons’ stage career includes Broadway performances of Guys and Dolls, A Few Good Men, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Peter Pan, with the latter two touring nationally.  His off-Broadway productions include Birds of Paradise and Das Barbecu.