Happy Birthday to J.K. Simmons. He turned 57 today.
Frequently here on Tumblr, we celebrate the birthdays of our favorite actors, directors, and other artists. But rarely do we celebrate the unsung creators. The ones who shine time and time again, without their deserved recognition.
J.K. Simmons is one of those people. He is what the industry describes as a “character actor”; an unfortunately boxed-in-label. It’s what people called Richard Jenkins until Thomas McCarthy gave him his chance to shine in The Visitor. Take the scene pictured above from Up in the Air. It is Simmons only scene in the film, and it’s one of the most powerful and thoughtful. I hope that in the near future, a director comes along and gives Simmons the lead role he deserves.