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J K Simmons

(Assistant Police Chief Will Pope)

J.K. Simmons has performed in feature films and television and on stage but, before he achieved success in acting, Simmons studied to become a composer at the University of Montana.

Simmons' feature film credits include the "Spider-Man" movies; "Hidalgo," with Viggo Mortensen; "The Ladykillers," with Tom Hanks; "The Mexican," with Brad Pitt; "For Love of the Game," with Kevin Costner; "The Gift"; "Off the Map"; "First Snow"; and "Thank You for Smoking."

In addition to feature films, Simmons has played several guest-starring roles on award-winning series such as "Arrested Development," "Nip/Tuck," "ER," "Spin City" and "Law & Order."  He played Vern Schillinger in Tom Fontana's "Oz" for six seasons on HBO.

Simmons' stage career includes Broadway performances of "Guys and Dolls," "A Few Good Men," "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" and "Peter Pan," touring nationally with the latter two.  His off-Broadway productions include "Birds of Paradise" and "Das Barbecu."