J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 64th birthday to Jonathan Kimble Simmons, aka J.K. Simmons! The Academy Award-winning actor first came to fame as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, then segued to a celebrated career in television and finally began an illustrious film career that has endured for 25 years.

Simmons was a long-time theater actor — he had a memorable turn on the 1992 Tony broadcast in a striped purple suit raising his jazz hands in a number from “Guys and Dolls” — until he made his way to television and stunned audiences as white supremacist inmate Vern Schillinger in the HBO series “Oz.” Hollywood then came calling, making a big splash in the “Spider-Man” films and capping it off by winning the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his chilling performance as a music teacher in “Whiplash.”

Though busy filming his Starz series “Counterpoint,” Simmons will return to the screen next summer
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