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).
James Raymond Simpson
November 21, 1975
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
James Raymond Simpson was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, on November 21, 1975. He has two older brothers. He attended Hackettstown High School, where he took his first acting class. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a BA in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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, and earned him a Theatre World Award. From 2008 to 2009, Simpson made several guest appearances as an intern named Lyle on The Late Show with David Letterman. 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). 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. 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. 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. For his performance in the second season, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
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.
Simpson met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, while working on Rose Red. They married in April 2007. Lynskey filed for divorce in September 2012, citing irreconcilable differences, and they were divorced in May 2014.
Simpson married English actress and comedian Sophia Del Pizzo in April 2019.
|2003||The Academy||Short film|
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Crash|
|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||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||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|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||Allen|
|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|
|2002||Rose Red||Kevin Bollinger||3 episodes|
|2002||The Division||Sean Townsend||Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Mike||Episode: "Bottoms Up"|
|2003||Cold Case||Ryan Bayes||Episode: "Churchgoing People"|
|2005–2013||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Liam McPoyle||7 episodes|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||David Hayes||2 episodes|
|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"|
|2009–2013||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"|
|2008||Wanted: Weapons of Fate||Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson||Voice|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2008||Theatre World Awards||Theatre World Award||The Farnsworth Invention||Won|||
|2013||Ashland Independent Film Festival||Best Acting Ensemble||The Truth About Emanuel||Won|||
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|||
|2018||BAFTA TV Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Black Mirror (Episode: "USS Callister")||Nominated|||
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Westworld||Nominated|||
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