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Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor. In television, he has played Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, Vernon Schillinger on the HBO series Oz, and Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer. From 2017 to 2019, he starred as Howard Silk in the Starz series Counterpart.
His film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), and music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2 (2011), Tenzin in The Legend of Korra (2012–2014), Stanford “Ford” Pines in Gravity Falls (2015–2016), Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Mayor Leodore Lionheart in Zootopia (2016), the titular character in Klaus (2019), and Omni Man in the Amazon Prime action animated series Invincible (2021). He reprised his role as Jameson in various Marvel media unrelated to the Sam Raimi trilogy, including multiple animated series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). He has also appeared in a series of commercials for Farmers Insurance, and also voices the Yellow M&M. He also starred in the third season of the IFC comedy series Brockmire. In 2020, he had a recurring role on the Apple TV+ miniseries Defending Jacob as Billy Barber. In 2020, he also had a recurring role on the miniseries The Stand.
Simmons's performance in Whiplash received widespread critical acclaim and earned him many accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Roles in Idea Wiki
- Ultimate Spider-Man and the New Avengers - J. Jonah Jameson (2 episodes)
- Justice League: Rings of the Force - Dr. Eggman
- Argo & Marin: A Sonic Star Wars Story - Dr. Eggman
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Webbed Champion - Dr. Ivo Robotnik (1 episode)
- Sonic Mania - Dr. Ivo Robotnik
- The Invincible Boys - Nolan Grayson / Omni-Man