Jimmi Simpson

Active - 2000 - 2014  |   Born - Nov 21, 1975 in Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Horror

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New Jersey native Jimmi Simpson honed his skills at Bloomburg University and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival before making his on-screen debut in the 2000 college comedy Loser. With his memorable look and quirky style, Simpson had no trouble finding work, taking on recurring roles on 24, Rose Red, Carnivale, My Name Is Earl, Psych, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He would also carve out a niche on the big screen, appearing in movies like Zodiac and The Invention of Lying. Simpson would also become a familiar face to many as Lyle the Intern on The Late Show with David Letterman from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, the actor signed on to act alongside Antonio Banderas and Sam Elliott in the thriller The Big Bang.

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  • Originally a business major in college, he signed up for an introduction-to-theater class thinking it would be easy.
  • After college, spent several years performing in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
  • Met former wife Melanie Lynskey while they were filming the three-part series, Stephen King's 'Rose Red' (2002); costar Emily Deschanel was a bridesmaid at their 2007 wedding in Lynskey's native New Zealand. 
  • Made Broadway debut in 2007 as TV pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth in Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, a role that earned him a Theatre World Award.
  • Appeared as Lyle the Intern on Late Show With David Letterman.