Quotes by: J. K. Simmons

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J. K. Simmons
Simmons in 2009
Born Jonathan Kimble Simmons
(1955-01-09) January 9, 1955 (age 62)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Alma mater University of Montana
Occupation
Actor Voice Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Michelle Schumacher (m. 1996)
Children 2

I've had a contemptuous relationship with authority throughout my life. I found myself at odds with authority, and I'm disdainful of blind authority.
J. K. Simmons
Generally, if I read something that I think is really good and that I feel a connection with and is right for me, I see and hear who the guy is, as manifested by me.
J. K. Simmons
I have a degree in music, yeah, from the University of Montana. I studied voice and composition and conducting and all that.
J. K. Simmons
I would like to find, or I would like a part to come to me that is like the part that Dennis Franz was fortunate to be able to play on 'NYPD Blue,' a sort of similar-looking actor to me, a generic, bald white guy who you would often think of as playing the authority figure. But he was the disgruntled middle-man. That would be a fun character.
J. K. Simmons
Fortunately, for the first 20 years in my career, I didn't have any other responsibilities outside of myself. I didn't have a wife and kids, so I could afford to sort of barely scrape by, to do theater.
J. K. Simmons
A lot of the stuff about white-supremacist groups was very family-friendly: 'We just love our people.' One the surface, you go, 'Gee, what's wrong with loving your people?' But when you love your people to the exclusion of everything else that's remotely different, that's when you get into trouble.
J. K. Simmons
I never had intention of coming to New York or L.A. and actually doing more than scraping by - you know, doing plays. And as my career sort of progressed of its own volition, I did come to New York.
J. K. Simmons
I'm just first of all looking for a part that's well written and speaks to me.
J. K. Simmons
There's another film - a little Greek movie - that hopefully is going to get some distribution here in the U.S., called 'Worlds Apart,' where I also play a 60-year-old guy who looks a lot like J.K. Simmons, who has a romantic relationship with an appropriate woman.
J. K. Simmons
I had many, many mentors that I worked with. Music teachers, choir directors, directors in summer stock or in regional theater. You know, people I was able to work with repeatedly and learn from who were really sort of appropriate people for me to work with at a given time in my development as an actor.
J. K. Simmons
When I read the script and saw the jazz music setting, and when I read the name of the filmmaker was Damien Chazelle, I immediately got this mental image of Antoine Fuqua.
J. K. Simmons
I started out as a singer and a musician, and I was taught that your job is just to get out of the way of Brahms or Arthur Miller or Shakespeare and convey the brilliance that they created.
J. K. Simmons
I've been your yellow M&M for, oh, at least two decades or so, and I've done a lot of other animated stuff in between.
J. K. Simmons
I'm not a fan of any genre but am a fan of movies that are intelligent and/or funny. That goes across all genres: a horror movie, a zombie movie, alien invaders, chick flick, or raunchy comedy. If it's well done, I'm a fan.
J. K. Simmons
When I got out of college, I moved to Seattle because it was the nearest big city and still didn't know if I wanted to be a composer, conductor, singer, actor. I just got day jobs and auditioned and took what came, and the theater doors were the ones opening the most.
J. K. Simmons
After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life.
J. K. Simmons
On 'Oz' one day, I got a chunk of a camera embedded in my head, and I was passed out on the floor geysering blood while the set medic stood over me, freaking out. No help whatsoever. I ended up going to the ER and getting nine stitches in my head - real Frankenstein stitches.
J. K. Simmons
Almost every character I've ever played - and sometimes this is very conscious and sometimes it's not - I need to find what they love.
J. K. Simmons
When we were shooting 'Oz,' my wife was doing 'Beauty and the Beast' on Broadway, singing and dancing. It was an interesting dichotomy in our house.
J. K. Simmons
With these big superhero movies, everybody is so tight-lipped about everything, there's a certain amount of just going on faith.
J. K. Simmons
People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you've reached 'adulthood.'
J. K. Simmons
I play tons of authority figures, whether it's the dad or the cop or the boss. I think it's a combination of how I look, who I am.
J. K. Simmons
I do respond well to a director, a teacher - someone who doesn't accept mediocrity.
J. K. Simmons
If I was doing a musical, I would never listen to the cast album, because I wanted to do my version of something.
J. K. Simmons
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