J. K. Simmons
Jonathan Kimble Simmons is an American actor and voice actor. In television, he is best known for playing 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 2018, he starred as Howard Silk in the Starz series Counterpart, his film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and music instructor Terence Fletcher in 2014's Whiplash, he is known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2, Tenzin in The Legend of Korra, Stanford Pines in Gravity Falls, Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 and Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia. He reprised his role as Jameson in various Marvel animated video games, he has appeared in a series of commercials for Farmers Insurance and voices the Yellow M&M. Simmons's performance in Whiplash received widespread critical acclaim and earned him more than thirty accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Simmons was born on January 9, 1955, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the son of Patricia, an administrator, Donald William Simmons, a middle school music teacher. In 1965, when he was 10 years old, his family moved to Worthington, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. From 1970–1972, Simmons attended Thomas Worthington High School, where he participated in drama and choir. In 1973, when he was 18, they moved to Missoula, where his father became director of the School of Music at the University of Montana; the younger Simmons graduated from the University of Montana in 1978 with a music degree. During his tenure, he was part of the music-oriented fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Simmons moved to Seattle and became a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. On Broadway, Simmons played Benny Southstreet in the 1992 revival of Dolls. In 1994 he sang multiple roles in the Wagner opera satire, Das Barbecü, he played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera and starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.
He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order and New York Undercover, as sadistic neo-Nazi inmate Vernon Schillinger on the prison drama Oz, he stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. He plays Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in the series The Closer. In the show Raising Hope, he plays Burt Chance's brother Bruce Chance. In a precursor to joining the Law & Order cast as Skoda, Simmons appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in a Law & Order cross-over episode. Other roles include that of an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995, he played B. R. in the film Thank You for Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as "Mac" McGuff, the title character's father. In all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Daily Bugle.
In 2008, he appeared in Postal as Candidate Welles. He appeared in I Love You, Man as the father of Paul Rudd's character. Simmons starred in several films produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Jennifer's Body. In 2013, he had a small role as Mr. Jervis in Reitman's film Labor Day, he voices Tenzin, an Airbending master and the son of Aang and Katara, in the 2012 Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra. He starred as blind lawyer "Mel Fisher" in Growing Up Fisher. From 2015 to 2016, he voiced the scientist Stanford Pines on the Disney XD cartoon series Gravity Falls. In the 2014 drama film Whiplash, Simmons played Terence Fletcher, an intensely demanding conductor at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music, who bullies and cajoles his student, Andrew Neiman; the wide acclaim for Simmons's performance included. Rolling Stone said "Beat the drums for an Oscar for Simmons." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said "Simmons delivers one of the most memorable performances of the year."
Entertainment Weekly summed up the reaction by saying Simmons's performance "has been universally praised" and that he was "a leading contender for Best Supporting Actor." On January 11, 2015, Simmons won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on February 22, 2015. In January 2015, Simmons was cast in a leading role in the film Kong: Skull Island, though he and Michael Keaton exited the film. Simmons performed a substantial number of voice-over roles alongside his live action work. Several of these have arisen from his J. Jonah Jameson character in Raimi's Spider-Man films, including voices of two newspaper editors in episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. While unnamed, these characters are meant to emulate Jameson. Simmons voiced an editor-in-chief of a newspaper for a 2013 episode of The Hub's Pound Puppies. In 2016, Simmons lent his voice to two animated films, voicing the antagonist Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 and Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia.
Worlds Apart is a 2015 Greek drama film directed by Christoforos Papakaliatis. Worlds Apart consists o
Lou Diamond Phillips
Louis Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came. For the Academy Award–nominated Stand and Deliver, Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award, he made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips' other notable films include Young Guns, Young Guns II, Courage Under Fire, The Big Hit and The 33. In the television series Longmire, he played Henry Standing Bear. Phillips was born at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita Umayam Arañas and Gerald Amon Upchurch, a Marine C-130 crew chief, his mother, a native of Candelaria, Zambales, is Filipina and his father was an American of Scots-Irish descent. Phillips was named after United States Marine Corps legend Leland "Lou" Diamond. After his father died, he took his stepfather's surname Phillips as his own. Phillips was raised in Texas, he graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi in 1980 and from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.
The first low-budget film in which he starred was called Trespasses. Phillips' big break came with the starring role in La Bamba in which he played early rocker, Ritchie Valens. Prior to his cinematic breakthrough, he starred in the Miami Vice episode "Red Tape", portraying detective Bobby Diaz, he played in a movie titled American Me. In 1988, Phillips co-starred with Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama Stand and Deliver, in a role for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, he plays Angel David Guzman, a cholo gangster, inspired by his math teacher, Jaime Escalante, to excel at calculus. Working to master the subject, he develops a friendship with his teacher. Stand and Deliver was filmed before La Bamba. In 1988 and 1990 Phillips co-starred with Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in the Western films Young Guns and Young Guns II, in which he plays Jose Chavez y Chavez, an historical Old West outlaw.
In 1998, he starred as Cisco, the counterpart of the main character Melvin Smiley in the comedy-action movie The Big Hit. In February 2013, Phillips appeared as star of the comedy short film Lucy in the Sky with Diamond, playing a hyperbolized version of himself known as the elusive and mysterious LDP—a renegade, spirit guide, life coach who attempts to help John get over a disconcerting ex-girlfriend; the award-winning short was directed by Joey Boukadakis. In the mid-1990s, Phillips was a vocalist with the Los Angeles–based rock group The Pipefitters. In December 2012, he was featured in Imagine Dragons' music video for "Radioactive", which went on to eclipse 1 billion views on YouTube. In 1996, Phillips made his Broadway debut as the King in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I. Phillips won a Theatre World Award, was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance. On September 11, 2007, Phillips joined the touring troupe for Lerner and Loewe's Camelot in the role of King Arthur.
In July 2014, he replaced the injured Jason Scott Lee in Opera Australia's Melbourne production of The King and I, reprising his role as the King of Siam, playing opposite Lisa McCune as Anna Leonowens. He featured a minor role in the TV sitcom George Lopez as George Lopez's half-brother, he played a role in the first season of the TV series 24 as secret government agent Mark DeSalvo, opposite former Young Guns star Kiefer Sutherland. Phillips played the recurring role of FBI agent Ian Edgerton in the television series Numb3rs. Edgerton is an FBI tracker and sniper who works as an instructor at Quantico FBI Academy when he is not working a case in the field. Phillips won the second season of the NBC reality series, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, over pro wrestler Torrie Wilson. Phillips hosts the weekly series An Officer and a Movie on The Military Channel; this series features various theatrical World War II dramas, with discussion breaks during the film in which Phillips interviews members of the US military and intelligence communities about details of the events that inspired each film.
Phillips had a recurring role as Colonel Telford in the Stargate Universe television series during its two-season run on the SyFy channel 2009-2011. He played the would-be commander of the Destiny expedition, left behind when an accident launches an unsuspecting crew into deep space; the commander works from Earth to bring the crew home coming into conflict with the shipborne command characters. In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. On January 29, 2012, he was announced as the winner with a Zagat score of 28 out of 30, thereby winning $50,000 for his charity. In June 2012, Philips began co-starring in the television series Longmire, about a modern-day sheriff played by Robert Taylor. Phillips played Henry Standing Bear, a Native American, Longmire's best friend helping him with cases and in dealing with the reservation police who do not respect or like outsiders other law enforcement. In 2014, he guest-starred in The Wiggles Rock and Roll PreSchool DVD and made guest appearances on their TV program on ABC.
In 2016, Philips portrayed serial killer Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker. Phillips starred in four
Harris Glenn Milstead, better known by his stage name Divine, was an American actor and drag queen. Associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters, Divine was a character actor performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical productions, adopted a female drag persona for his music career. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a conservative middle-class family, Milstead developed an early interest in drag while working as a women's hairdresser. By the mid-1960s he had embraced the city's countercultural scene and befriended Waters, who gave him the name "Divine" and the tagline of "the most beautiful woman in the world, almost." Along with his friend David Lochary, Divine joined Waters' acting troupe, the Dreamlanders, adopted female roles for their experimental short films Roman Candles, Eat Your Makeup, The Diane Linkletter Story. Again in drag, he took a lead role in both of Waters' early full-length movies, Mondo Trasho and Multiple Maniacs, the latter of which began to attract press attention for the group.
Divine next starred in Waters' Pink Flamingos, which proved a hit on the U. S. midnight movie circuit, became a cult classic, established Divine's fame within the American counterculture. After starring as the lead role in Waters' next film, Female Trouble, Divine moved on to theater, appearing in several avant-garde performances alongside San Francisco drag collective, The Cockettes, he followed this with a performance in Tom Eyen's play Women Behind Bars and its sequel, The Neon Woman. Continuing his cinematic work, he starred in two more of Waters' films and Hairspray, the latter of which represented his breakthrough into mainstream cinema. Independent of Waters, he appeared in a number of other films, such as Lust in the Dust and Trouble in Mind, seeking to diversify his repertoire by playing male roles. In 1981, Divine embarked on a career in the disco industry by producing a number of Hi-NRG tracks, most of which were written by Bobby Orlando, he achieved international chart success with hits like "You Think You're a Man", "I'm So Beautiful", "Walk Like a Man", all of which were performed in drag.
Having struggled with obesity throughout his life, he died from cardiomegaly. Described by People magazine as the "Drag Queen of the Century", Divine has remained a cult figure within the LGBT community, has provided the inspiration for fictional characters and songs. Various books and documentary films devoted to his life have been produced, including Divine Trash and I Am Divine. Harris Glenn Milstead was born on October 1945, at the Women's Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, his father, Harris Bernard Milstead, after whom he was named, had been one of seven children born in Towson, Maryland to a plumber who worked for the Baltimore City Water Department. Divine's mother, Frances Milstead, was one of fifteen children born to an impoverished Serb immigrant couple who had grown up near Zagreb before moving to the United States in 1891; when she was 16, Frances moved to Baltimore where she worked at a diner in Towson, here meeting Harris, a regular customer. Entering into a relationship, they were married in 1938 before both gaining employment working at the Black & Decker factory in Towson.
Due to his problems with muscular dystrophy, Harris was not required to fight for the U. S. armed forces in the Second World War, instead Harris and Frances worked throughout the war in what they saw as "good jobs". Attempting to conceive a child, Frances suffered two miscarriages in 1940 and 1943. By the time of Divine's birth in 1945, the Milsteads were wealthy and conservative Baptists. Describing his upbringing, Divine would recollect: "I was an only child in, I guess, your upper middle-class American family. I was your American spoiled brat." His parents lavished anything that he wanted upon him, including food, he became overweight, a condition he lived with for the rest of his life. Divine preferred to use his middle name, Glenn, to distinguish himself from his father, was referred to as such by his parents and friends. At age 12, Divine and his parents moved to Lutherville, a Baltimore suburb, where he attended Towson High School, graduating in 1963. Bullied because of his weight and perceived effeminacy, he reminisced that he "wasn't rough and tough" but instead "loved painting and I always loved flowers and things."
Due to this horticultural interest, at 15 he took a part-time job at a local florist's shop. Several years he went on a diet that enabled him to drop in weight from 180 to 145 pounds, giving him a new sense of confidence; when he was 17, his parents sent him to a psychiatrist, where he first realized his sexual attraction to men as well as women, something taboo in conventional American society. He helped out at his parents' day care business, for instance dressing up as Santa Claus to entertain the children at Christmas time. In 1963, he began attending the Marinella Beauty School, where he learned hair styling and, after completing his studies, gained employment at a couple of local salons, specializing in the creation of beehives and other upswept hairstyles. Milstead gave up his job and for a while was financially supported by his parents, who catered to his expensive taste in clothes and cars, they reluctantly paid the many bills that he ran up financing lavish parties where he would dress up in drag as his favourite celebrity, actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Milstead built up a large collection of friends, among them David Lochary, who became an actor a
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, film narrator, philanthropist. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby, he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, he has won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Glory, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Wanted, RED, Now You See Me, The Lego Movie, Lucy, he rose to fame as part of the cast of the 1970s children's program The Electric Company. Noted for his deep voice, Freeman has served as a narrator and voice actor for numerous programs and television shows, he is ranked as the fifth-highest box office star with $4.31 billion in total box office grosses, an average of $74.4 million per film. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, he is the son of Mayme Edna, a teacher, Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber, who died on April 27, 1961.
He has three older siblings. According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger. In 2008, a DNA test suggested that among all of his African ancestors, a little over one-quarter came from the area that stretches from present-day Senegal to Liberia and three-quarters came from the Congo-Angola region. Freeman was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Mississippi, he moved during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi. When Freeman was 16 years old, he died of pneumonia. Freeman made his acting debut at age nine, he attended Broad Street High School, a building which serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi. At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.
After four years in the military, he moved to Los Angeles, took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse and dancing lessons in San Francisco in the early 1960s, worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College. During the early 1960s, Freeman worked as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair and was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group in San Francisco, he acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker. Freeman made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers, before debuting on Broadway in 1968's all-black version of Hello, Dolly! which starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. Although his first credited film appearance was in 1971's Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?, Freeman first became known in the American media through roles on the soap opera Another World and the PBS kids' show The Electric Company. Joan Ganz Cooney claims that Freeman hated doing The Electric Company, saying "it was a unhappy period in his life."
Freeman himself admitted in an interview that he never thinks about his tenure with the show, but he acknowledged that, contrary to Cooney’s claims, he was glad to have been a part of it. Since Freeman has considered his Street Smart character Fast Black, rather than any of the characters he played in The Electric Company, to be his breakthrough role. Freeman continued to be involved in theater work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus. Freeman won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents, he received his third Obie Award for his role as a chauffeur for a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy, adapted for the screen in 1989. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise, fatherly characters; as he gained fame, he went on to bigger roles in films such as the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory.
In 1994, he portrayed Red. In the same year he was a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival, he starred in such films as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven and Deep Impact. In 1997, together with Lori McCreary, founded the film production company Revelations Entertainment, the two co-head its sister online film distribution company ClickStar. Freeman hosts the channel Our Space on ClickStar, with specially crafted film clips in which he shares his love for the sciences space exploration and aeronautics. After three previous nominations – a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Street Smart, Best Actor nominations for Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption—he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards. Freeman is recognized for his distinctive voice. In 2005 alone, he provided
David Russell Strathairn is an American actor. Strathairn came to prominence in the 1980s and the 1990s performing in the films of fellow Williams grad John Sayles, including Return of the Secaucus 7, The Brother from Another Planet, City of Hope, Eight Men Out, Limbo. Strathairn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, Good Luck, he is recognized for his role as CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum, a role he reprised in 2012's The Bourne Legacy. He played a prominent role as Dr. Lee Rosen on the Syfy series Alphas from 2011 to 2012 and played Secretary of State William Henry Seward in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the TV film, Temple Grandin. Strathairn was born in San Francisco, the second of three children of Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr. a physician, Mary Frances, a nurse. He is of Scottish descent through his paternal grandfather, Thomas Scott Strathairn, a native of Crieff, of Native Hawaiian ancestry through his paternal grandmother, Josephine Lei Victoria Alana.
Strathairn attended Redwood High School in Larkspur and graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1970. At Williams, he met fellow actor Gordon Clapp and director John Sayles, all of whom have collaborated on many projects, he studied clowning at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Venice and worked as a clown in a traveling circus. Strathairn was nominated for an Academy Award for his starring portrayal of CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in the 2005 biopic Good Night, Good Luck; the film explored Murrow's clash with Senator Joseph McCarthy over McCarthy's Communist "witch-hunt" in the 1950s. Strathairn received Best Actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. In 2010, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his portrayal of Dr. Carlock in the HBO television film Temple Grandin. For that role he won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Other notable film roles include his portrayals of the title character in Harrison's Flowers. A. Confidential. Strathairn is a character actor, appearing in supporting roles in many independent and Hollywood films. In this capacity, he has co-starred in Twisted as a psychiatrist, he has worked with director John Sayles. He made his film debut in Return of the Secaucus 7, worked in the films Passion Fish, Matewan and City of Hope, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award. Alongside Sayles, he played one of the "men in black" in the 1983 film The Brother from Another Planet. Strathairn created the role of Edwin Booth with Maryann Plunkett in a workshop production of Booth! A House Divided, at The Players in New York. Strathairn's television work includes a wide range of roles: Moss, the bookselling nebbish on the critically acclaimed The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. S. 7th Cavalry officer under General Custer's command in Son of the Morning Star. Strathairn had a recurring role on the hit television drama The Sopranos.
Strathairn starred in Miami Vice. Strathairn appeared in We Are Marshall, a 2006 film about the rebirth of Marshall University's football program after the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the team's members. In 2006 he did a campaign ad for congressional candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, he reprised his role as Edward R. Murrow in a speech similar to the one from Good Night, Good Luck, but was altered to reference Gillibrand's opponent John Sweeney. Strathairn plays the lead role in the 2007 independent film, Steel Toes, a film by David Gow and Mark Adam; the film is based on Gow's stage play Cherry Docs, in which Strathairn starred for its American premiere at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia. He played a role in Paramount Pictures' children's film The Spiderwick Chronicles as Arthur Spiderwick. Strathairn appeared in the American Experience PBS anthology series documentary, The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a biography of the physicist, he first played Oppenheimer in the 1989 CBS TV movie Day One.
He plays William Flynn, an FBI agent dealing with anarchism in 1920s New York City, in No God, No Master. In 2009, Strathairn performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters and speeches of everyday Americans, it was adapted from the historian Howar
The Moderns is a 1988 film by Alan Rudolph, which takes place in 1926 Paris during the period of the Lost Generation and at the height of modernist literature. The film stars Linda Fiorentino and John Lone among others. Nick Hart is an expatriate American artist living in Paris among some of the great artists and writers of the time, including Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas. Nick is torn between his wife Nathalie de Ville who hires him to forge her paintings, he must contend with Rachel's current husband, Bertram Stone, who does not know that his wife is still married to another man. Keith Carradine as Nick Hart Linda Fiorentino as Rachel Stone John Lone as Bertram Stone Wallace Shawn as Oiseau Geneviève Bujold as Libby Valentin Geraldine Chaplin as Nathalie de Ville Kevin J. O'Connor as Ernest Hemingway Meg Tilly was set to play the part of Rachel Stone, but withdrew due to scheduling conflicts and Linda Fiorentino signed on to replace her. Mick Jagger and Sam Shepard were considered to play Bertram Stone.
Isabella Rossellini lost to Geraldine Chaplin. The film received positive reviews from critics, it holds a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 reviews, it was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best Supporting Male for John Lone, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. American film critic, Roger Ebert, in his review stated that The Moderns is: "sort of a source study for the Paris of Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s; the Moderns on IMDb The Moderns at Rotten Tomatoes The Moderns at Box Office Mojo