5 Most Stunning J.K. Simmons' Performances, Ranked

5 Most Stunning J.K. Simmons' Performances, Ranked
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The actor is unforgettable in almost every role he portrays, so choosing five best of the best was a rather tough call.

J. K. Simmons is an incredibly versatile actor who has appeared in countless very different roles throughout his prolific career.

Heroes, villains, comedic and dramatic characters – he has proven time and again that he can play them all, adding his own unique and unforgettable touch to every role he has taken on.

So here are five of his best and most memorable roles.

5. Mac MacGuff – Juno (2007)

In this comedy-drama, the actor plays the father of the titular Juno, a high school student played by Elliot Page who discovers that she has accidentally gotten pregnant by her friend Paulie, played by Michael Cera.

Simmons brings a heartfelt touch of parental love to the movie, helping his daughter come to terms with her newfound problems and responsibilities.

4. Omni-Man – Invincible TV Series (2021-present)

Robert Kirkman definitely took casting for the TV adaptation of his own comics very seriously, as J.K. Simmons proved to be an absolutely perfect choice to play Nolan Grayson, or Omni-Man.

The actor perfectly conveyed the character's inner conflict between choosing his family or his mission, as well as his swings between being a hero of the day and a ruthless agent of alien invaders.

3. CIA Superior – Burn After Reading (2008)

Though his role in this 2008 black comedy was a supporting one, so much so that he never even got a real name, Simmons stole every second he was on screen.

His portrayal of a CIA superior was absolutely hilarious, and his iconic dialogue at the end of the film was the icing on the cake.

2. J. Jonah Jameson – Sam Raimi 's Spider-Man Trilogy (2002-2007)

Speaking of unforgettable and hilarious dialogue, almost every scene with the ill-tempered editor of the Daily Bugle featured endlessly quotable one-liners that are forever etched in the minds of fans.

The actor's portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson became so iconic that he reprised the role after Spider-Man became part of the MCU, much to the delight of fans.

1. Terence Fletcher – Whiplash (2014)

The cruel and merciless conductor Terence Fletcher is perhaps the most intense role of the actor's entire career.

His on-screen rivalry with Miles Teller's Andrew Neiman was an absolutely unforgettable thrill ride that kept viewers glued to the screen until the credits rolled, and for many fans, forever linked the actor to this particular performance.