Jimmi Simpson

James Raymond Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in television series such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Late Show with David Letterman, Psych, Breakout Kings, House of Cards, Hap and Leonard, Westworld, Black Mirror, and Unsolved. Simpson has also appeared in films such as Loser (2000), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Zodiac (2007), The Invention of Lying (2009), Date Night (2010), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), White House Down (2013), and Under the Silver Lake (2018).

Jimmi Simpson
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Simpson in July 2017
James Raymond Simpson

(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 45)
Years active2000–present
Known forWestworld[1]
  • (m. 2007; div. 2014)
  • Sophia Del Pizzo
    (m. 2019)

Early lifeEdit

James Raymond Simpson was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, on November 21, 1975. He has two older brothers.[2] He attended Hackettstown High School, where he took his first acting class.[3] After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a BA in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.[4]


In 2000, Simpson made his feature film debut in the teen comedy Loser. This was followed by various roles on television, including the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red and appearances on 24, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, and Carnivàle. Subsequent film roles included Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Seraphim Falls (2006), and Zodiac (2007). In 2008, Simpson starred as Philo T. Farnsworth in The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway. His portrayal was described as "superb" by The Chicago Tribune,[5] and earned him a Theatre World Award.[6] From 2008 to 2009, Simpson made several guest appearances as an intern named Lyle on The Late Show with David Letterman.[7] During that time, he also appeared in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, My Name is Earl, House, and Psych, as well as having supporting roles in the films The Invention of Lying (2009), and Date Night (2010). Other notable credits include the comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which he has appeared as Liam McPoyle over several seasons, and the A&E series Breakout Kings, where he starred as Lloyd Lowery.

From 2012 to 2014, Simpson appeared in the films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Truth About Emanuel, and White House Down. He then appeared as Gavin Orsay, a recurring character, on the Netflix series House of Cards (2014–2015).[8] For this, Simpson—along with the rest of the main cast—was nominated on two occasions for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[9][10] In 2016, Simpson starred in the first season of SundanceTV's series Hap and Leonard. That same year, he appeared in a principal role on the first season of HBO's series Westworld. His portrayal of William, a visitor to the titular futuristic Wild West-themed amusement park populated by androids, was described as "spellbinding" by Variety.[11] For his work on Westworld, he was once again nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[12] For his performance in the second season,[13] he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.[14]

In 2017, Simpson starred in "USS Callister", the first episode of the fourth season of the anthology sci-fi drama series Black Mirror. For his performance, he received a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Simpson met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, while working on Rose Red. They married in April 2007.[16] Lynskey filed for divorce in September 2012, citing irreconcilable differences,[17] and they were divorced in May 2014.[18]

Simpson married English actress and comedian Sophia Del Pizzo in April 2019.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Loser Noah
2001 Slo-Mo Alex Short film
2003 The Academy Short film
2003 Final Draft Chad
2004 D.E.B.S. Scud
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Crash
2006 Stay Alive Phineus
2007 Seraphim Falls Big Brother
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Chris
2007 Zodiac Older Mike Mageau
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Jackson
2009 The Mother of Invention Martin Wooderson
2009 The Invention of Lying Bob
2009 Taking Chances Charlie Cabonara
2010 Miss This at Your Peril Frank Corral Short film
2010 Good Intentions Kyle
2010 Date Night Armstrong Gold
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Mad Scientist Short film
2011 The Big Bang Niels Geck
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Phil
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Joshua Speed
2012 Wake Jimmi Short film
2012 Tracer Gun Ben Short film
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Arthur
2013 White House Down Skip Tyler
2013 Knights of Badassdom Ronnie Kwok
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Jake
2015 Gravy Stef
2018 Under the Silver Lake Allen
2020 Unhinged Andy
2021 Breaking News in Yuba County Petey Buttons
2021 Silk Road Chris Talbert
TBA El Tonto Talk Show Host Post-production
TBA The Georgetown Project Tom Post-production
TBA Shriver Detective Karpas Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Rose Red Kevin Bollinger 3 episodes
2002 The Division Sean Townsend Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002 24 Chris 3 episodes
2003 NYPD Blue Mike Episode: "Bottoms Up"
2003 Cold Case Ryan Bayes Episode: "Churchgoing People"
2005 Carnivàle Lee 2 episodes
2005–2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Liam McPoyle 7 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl David Hayes 2 episodes
2007 Girltrash! Valentine 1 episode
2008 Eleventh Hour Will Sanders Episode: "Resurrection"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thomas Donover 2 episodes
2008–2009 Late Show with David Letterman Lyle the intern 15 episodes
2009 House Father Daniel Bresson Episode: "Unfaithful"
2009 Virtuality Virtual Man Pilot
2009–2013 Psych Mary Lightly 5 episodes
2010 Party Down Jackal Onassis / Dennis Episode: "Jackal Onassis Backstage Party"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Pete Durkenson Episode: "The Naked Truth"
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Lloyd Lowery 23 episodes
2013 Unsupervised Matthew / Dean Jacobs (voice) Episode: "The Great Traveler's Road"
2013–2016 Person of Interest Logan Pierce 2 episodes
2014 The Newsroom Jack Spaniel 3 episodes
2014–2015 House of Cards Gavin Orsay 17 episodes
2016 Hap and Leonard Soldier 6 episodes
2016 This Is Us Andy Fanning Episode: "Last Christmas"
2016–2020 Westworld William Main role (season 1)
recurring role (season 2)
guest role (season 3)
2017 Psych: The Movie Mary Lightly Television film
2017 Wormwood CIA Agent 2 episodes
2017 Black Mirror James Walton Episode: "USS Callister"
2018 Unsolved Detective Russell Poole 10 episodes
2018–2020 Dream Corp LLC Patient 21 2 episodes
2019 Into the Dark Peter Rake Episode: "Treehouse"
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD James 10 episodes
2020 The Twilight Zone Phil Hayes Episode: "Meet in the Middle"
2020 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Mary Lightly Television film
2021 Solar Opposites Ethan (voice) Episode: "The Apple Pencil Pro"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Wanted: Weapons of Fate Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Theatre World Awards Theatre World Award The Farnsworth Invention Won [6]
2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival Best Acting Ensemble The Truth About Emanuel Won [20]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated [9]
2016 Nominated [10]
2017 Westworld Nominated [12]
2018 BAFTA TV Awards Best Supporting Actor Black Mirror (Episode: "USS Callister") Nominated [15]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Westworld Nominated [14]


  1. ^ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/westworlds-jimmi-simpson-to-star-in-new-version-of-the-man-who-fell-to-earth/1100-6489252/
  2. ^ Herzog, Kenny (November 23, 2016). "Westworld's Jimmi Simpson Is Having a Hell of a Year". Paste. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Newman, Melinda. "Jimmi Simpson, Hollywood’s Favorite Creep; Jimmi Simpson, star of SundanceTV's upcoming Hap and Leonard, recalls his 'really great' Hackettstown upbringing and "Jersey Style" barbecues.", New Jersey Monthly, March 1, 2016. Accessed July 25, 2018. "At Hackettstown High, he took one drama class 'and it didn't quite make sense to me,' Simpson says."
  4. ^ Gelt, Jessica (April 22, 2015). "Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Jones, Chris (December 6, 2007). "Broadway's 'The Farnsworth Invention' is pure Sorkin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Leopold, Todd; Hanks, Henry (May 15, 2015). "David Letterman's cast of characters". CNN.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Nededog, Jethro; Sneider, Jeff (June 10, 2013). "'Breakout Kings' Alum Jimmi Simpson Joins 'House of Cards' (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". SAG-AFTRA. December 10, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. December 9, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Ryan, Maureen (April 13, 2018). "TV Review: 'Westworld' Season 2 on HBO". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. December 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Houghton, Rianne (July 24, 2017). "Westworld season 2 brings back Jimmi Simpson aka Young William, but why?". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Jimmi Simpson". Television Academy. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Bakare, Lanre (April 4, 2018). "Bafta TV awards 2018: full list of nominations". The Guardian. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Celebrity Wedding: Melanie Lynskey and Jimmi Simpson". InStyle. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Johnson, James (October 7, 2012). "Melanie Lynskey Files For Divorce From Jimmi Simpson". Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  18. ^ "'Two & A Half Men' & 'Always Sunny' Stars – Nicest Divorce Ever". TMZ. May 23, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Celebrity Weddings 2019: Jimmi Simpson and Sophia Del Pizzo". Us Weekly. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  20. ^ Martinez, Vanessa (April 9, 2013). "'The Retrieval', 'God Loves Uganda' Win "Best" Jury Awards at Ashland Indie Film Festival". IndieWire. Retrieved July 14, 2018.

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