9 Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In

The Oscar front-runner is set to host Saturday Night Live this weekend – did you know he also starred in The First Wives Club?

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J.K. Simmons has been taking awards season by storm. The Whiplash star not only scored an Academy Award nomination to add to his accolades, but he’s even hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend.

But Simmons, 60, didn’t become a star overnight. In fact, his résumé includes over 140 projects since 1986, some which sent us running to Netflix to refresh our memories.

Without further ado, we proudly present our Nine Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In (some of which he probably wants to forget, too).

1. The First Wives Club (1996)
The revenge comedy featured plenty of stars like Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Maggie Smith, but if you look closely you can find a uniformed Simmons as a Federal marshal in the film.

2. For Love of the Game (1999)
Kevin Costner starred as a washed-up baseball pitcher trying to pitch a perfect game. Simmons played Frank Perry, Costner’s team manager, who finally gives him the shot.

For Love of the Game scene from Todd Hunter on Vimeo.

3. The Ref (1994)
Any true Denis Leary fan remembers this one. In his first film role, Simmons played a military-school commander who is blackmailed by a cat burglar (Leary) holding a family hostage. You can also find a relatively unknown Kevin Spacey playing the dad in the comedy.

4. The Cider House Rules (1999)
You may remember Simmons as handyman Ray Kendall, father of Charlize Theron‘s character Candy in the John Irving classic. Simmons eventually reunited with Theron when he did the narration for her 2011 film Young Adult.

5. The Mexican (2001)
We’ll understand if you don’t remember Simmons in the film, let alone the movie itself. The actor played Ted Slocum in this Brad PittJulia Roberts vehicle, which didn’t exactly thrill audiences.

6. Hidalgo (2004)
He may be hiding under a huge cowboy hat, but that’s definitely Simmons as Buffalo Bill Cody in the Viggo Mortensen film about a cowboy and his horse competing in a desert race. This is also a rare opportunity to see Simmons with a full head of hair!

7. Autumn in New York (2000)
Simmons would probably prefer that this one remain forgotten, since it was trashed by critics. In the film, Simmons plays Tom Grady, a doctor who helps Winona Ryder‘s character cope with her terminal heart condition.

8. Juno (2007)
People really started to pay attention to his acting chops when Simmons took on the role of Mac MacGuff, father to Juno (Ellen Page). In fast, many consider his scenes with screen wife Allison Janney as the film’s biggest scene-stealers.

9. I Love You, Man (2009)
Simmons reunited with his Cider House Rules costar Paul Rudd, playing the actor’s macho father who connects more with his other son, played by Andy Samberg. Their “blow it up” fist bump is legendary.

BONUS: The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1995)
Okay, so this one isn’t a film, but if you were a child of the ’90s, you’ll likely remember the popular Nickelodeon series. Blink and you’ll probably miss Simmons , who played Barber Dan to the redheaded brothers.

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