It might surprise you to learn that J K Simmons didn’t start off initially as an actor or a voice actor, he was at the outset of his career, a singer who had a degree in music. However, in the late 70s, J K made a transition to pursuing a career on television as an actor. Sequel to this, the now renowned thespian recorded his earliest screen work in 1986 and has since then been on successful projects like Law & Order, Vernon Schillinger, Counterpart, OZ, The Closer and many others. His cap has equally been feathered with many awards in recognition of his prowess for the many commercially successful works he has been on.
Find out more about the man who you can rightfully refer to as Dr. Emil Skoda or Chief Will Pope; characters he portrayed in two of his best works so far.
J K Simmons Biography
Many years ago, precisely on January 9, 1955, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S, J K Simmons began life as a tot named Jonathan Kimble Simmons. He was born to Patricia (née Kimble) and Donald William Simmons. While his mom worked as an administrator, his father was a music school teacher who taught middle school students and later a college professor. J K has as his siblings David Simmons and Elizabeth Simmons. His brother grew to become a singer and songwriter, sort of maintaining the family tradition.
Tracing the childhood of J K Simmons, records reveal that when he was about 10 years old, his family relocated to Worthington, Ohio which saw him attending Thomas Worthington High School (1970-72) and by 1973, they settled in Missoula, Montana as his father secured a job as the director of music at the University of Montana (UM).
Perhaps, being born into a family where his father taught music greatly influenced J K Simmons’ choice of a career in music. He subsequently studied and obtained a music degree from the University of Montana. In his time in college, Simmons was notably a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia which is a musically inclined men’s fraternity, he worked operetta productions in opera houses prior to his emergence as a music director at Bigfork Summer Playhouse. When he moved to Seattle after his graduation, he also worked with the Seattle Repertory Theatre as a member.
The UM trained musician recorded his first stage appearance in The Fantasticks which showed in the Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington. This first stage performance was followed by his portrayal of a featured singer in Five by Five which also showed in the same theatre both in the year 1981. As he steadily grew with his performances on the stage, J K Simmons ventured into acting in films in the late 80s and in the 90s, he had already become a go-to person whenever roles demanding an actor of his caliber was scripted. Simmons acted in The Scout, a Twentieth Century-Fox production in the year 1994 as an assistant coach, Hit and Runaway (1991) as Ray Tilman, Dr. Emil Skoda’s recurring role in Law & Order (1997-present), Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man (2002) and many others.
The Michigan born actor had critical acclaim for his work in Whiplash (2014) which geared up his career. He won the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, BAFTA Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, AACTA Awards as Best International Supporting Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Awards as Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and many others all in 2014 for his expert portrayal of Terence Fletcher, a ruthless jazz instructor at Shaffer in the Damien Chazelle written and directed drama film which also stared Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist and Paul Reiser.
J K Simmons has been in the film industry for a very long time, his career witnessed a resurgence in the year 2014 following his portrayal of the character Terence Fletcher in the drama film Whiplash. This film got him an Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor and for this and all that he has done, the actor has his net worth given to be at about $10 million.
Wife and Family Life
Being someone that is art inclined all round, when J K Simmons went seeking for love, he found his with Michelle Schumacher an American actress, who he walked down the aisle with in the year 1996. The two have remained married since then and unlike what is typical of celebrity marriages in Hollywood, their’s has been scandal free or better put, scandal-proof. The union between the two celebrity couples saw to the birth of two children, a daughter named Olivia Simmons and her brother named Joe Simmons.
The family life of J K Simmons, his wife Michelle Schumacher and their two kids is nothing short of ideal and an epitome of what a marital union between two celebrity couples should be. In one of J.K’s new movies (I’m Not Here) that stared Maika Monroe and Sebastian Stan which he co-wrote with his wife who then directed, he revealed that having his better half direct a movie that had him baring it all was a nice experience for him and nothing short of amazing.