J. K. Simmons

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Simmons in 2014, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Jonathan Kimble Simmons

Place of Birth: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 9, 1955

Ethnicity: English, as well as small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, distant Welsh, Scottish, and Cornish

J. K. Simmons is an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash (2014). His roles also include television’s Oz, the Spider-Man universe, and The Ladykillers, Juno, Patriots Day, and Being the Ricardos, among many other films.

J. K. is the son of Patricia and Donald William Simmons. When he was ten, his family moved to Worthington, Ohio, and at eighteen, to Missoula, Montana, where his father was the University of Montana’s director of the School of Music. He is married to Michelle Schumacher, with whom he has two children.

J. K.’s paternal grandfather was Guy Simmons (the son of William Martin Simmons and Lucinda/Lucina Evalina/Evelina Meachum/Meacham). Guy was born in Illinois. William was the son of Alfred Washington Simmons and Sarah Anne Moulton. Lucinda was the daughter of William Meachum/Meacham and Mary Melissa Griffith.

J. K.’s paternal grandmother was Mamie Catherine Keister (the daughter of William Cooney Keister and Lydia Catherine Smith). Mamie was born in Virginia. William was the son of John Davis Keister and Elizabeth A. Bodkin. Lydia was the daughter of Joseph Smith and Rebecca F. Cook.

J. K.’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Archibald Kimble (the son of Ralph Grierson Kimble and Ellen/Nellie Jemima Stote). J. K.’s grandfather Ralph was born in Kansas. J. K.’s great-grandfather Ralph was the son of Bernard DeWitt Kimble and Delia Porter. Ellen was English, the daughter of The Rev. Amos Hall Stote and Angelina Therese/Theresa Read.

J. K.’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Hazen (the daughter of Lewis Jacob Hazen and Emma Broaddus Lewis). Ruth was born in Illinois. J. K.’s great-grandfather Lewis was the son of Sedgwick Russell Hazen and Mary Isabel/Isabelle Barr. Emma was the daughter of Samuel Mathews Lewis and Sarah Elvira Broaddus/Broadus.

Sources: Genealogies of J. K. Simmons – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of J. K. Simmons (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of J. K.’s paternal great-grandfather, William Martin Simmons – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage records of J. K.’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Smith and Rebecca F. Cook – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of J. K. Simmons (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

4 Responses

  1. Pegzi says:

    I like his brother, Srsly Simmons

  2. Kimmel says:

    For some reason he looks Austrian to me.

  3. ethnic says:

    Here’s some more of J.K. Simmons’s ancestry through his
    great-grandfather William Martin Simmons:

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