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J. K. Simmons

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J. K. Simmons

TV and Movie Actor


Who is J. K. Simmons?

J. K. Simmons, born Jonathan Kimble Simmons, is an American television and movie actor. While probably best known for his role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s television series Law and Order, and as the spokesperson in the Farmers Insurance commercials, he also plays the main character(s) in the Starz television series Counterpart. In addition to his television roles, J. K. Simmons has appeared in a number of films including as a voice character in a number of animated films and video games. J. K. Simmons has been nominated for and won numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2014 film Whiplash.

Famous Kin

J. K. Simmons is a direct descendant of King Edward I and a number of Magna Carta sureties including, but not limited to, Sir Saher de Quincy, Robert de Ros, and Henry de Bohun. His royal kinships also include Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Diana, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, Ferdinand II of Aragon (1st King of a united Spain), King Henry VIII and at least four of his wives. Presidential kin for J. K. Simmons include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, William Henry Harrison, Grover Cleveland, Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Sam Houston (President of the Republic of Texas), and a number of other U. S. presidents.

Fellow celebrities in J. K. Simmons’s family tree include Bill Paxton, Ed Helms, Sara Paxton, Kyra Sedgwick, Alan Ladd, George Hamilton, Humphrey Bogart, Dick Clark, Meghan Markle, Walt Disney, Kate Upton, Halle Berry, Grace Slick, Christopher Reeve, Mark Wahlberg, Keri Russell, Donnie Wahlberg, Paget Brewster, John Cena and many others.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for J. K. Simmons

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Glenn Close

Movie, Television, and Stage Actress

8th cousin
via Thomas Hazen

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Gov. Thomas Dudley

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Gov. Thomas Dudley

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Nicholas Audley

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Marmion

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

19th cousin 2 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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William Crowninshield Endicott

United States Secretary of War

5th cousin 4 times removed
via Lydia Peabody

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Gov. Thomas Dudley

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William Wentworth

(c1616 - 1696/7)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir John Marmion

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William Wentworth

(c1616 - 1696/7)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

14th cousin 7 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

English Polar Explorer

14th cousin 1 time removed
via John Denton

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John Dos Passos

American Novelist

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom

14th cousin 1 time removed
via John Denton

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Winthrop Rockefeller

37th Governor of Arkansas

20th cousin
via Sir John Howard

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Francis Peabody

(c1613 - 1697/8)
Planter passenger 1635

9th great-grandfather

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William Perkins

(1607 - 1682)
William & Francis passenger 1632

8th great-grandfather

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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John Mansfield

(c1601 - 1674)
Susan & Ellen passenger 1635

9th cousin 10 times removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Thomas Howlett

(c1606 - c1678)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

9th great-grandfather

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Thomas French

(c1587 - c1639)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

10th great-grandfather

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Leonard Chester

(c1610 - 1648)
Great Migration Immigrant 1633

12th cousin 9 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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