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Jimmi Simpson

This article is about the American actor. For the British motorcyclist, see Jimmie Simpson.
Jimmi Simpson
The Mother of Invention.
Born James Raymond Simpson
(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 38)
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Producer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Lynskey (m. 2007)

James Raymond "Jimmi" Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor. He has had recurring roles on the television shows 24, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Psych, My Name Is Earl, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the Late Show with David Letterman. His film credits include Date Night, The Invention of Lying, D. E. B. S., Zodiac, Seraphim Falls, Stay Alive, Herbie: Fully Loaded, White House Down, and Loser.

Personal life

Simpson was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers.

He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in acting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, he worked in theater at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Simpson then spent four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

He met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, when he co-starred with her in the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red. They became engaged in 2005, and married on April 14, 2007, in a chapel overlooking a vineyard on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand.[1] Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on October 1, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.[2]


Simpson made his film debut in 2000 as Noah in Amy Heckerling's Loser and continued with further theater, television, and film work. In 2008, Simpson starred on Broadway in the play The Farnsworth Invention as Philo T. Farnsworth, often claimed (incorrectly) to be the inventor of the television, winning a Theatre World Award for his performance. Other theater credits include: Tartuffe, The Rainmaker (Broadway), Camino Real, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Simpson has guest starred in episodes of Cold Case, NYPD Blue, How I Met Your Mother and House, and has had recurring roles on 24, Carnivàle, CSI, My Name is Earl, Psych and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he appears frequently as Liam McPoyle. In addition, he guest starred in 15 episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman, as "Lyle the Intern" (2008–2009). He recently appeared in the feature films The Invention of Lying, directed by Ricky Gervais,[3] The Mother of Invention and Date Night, alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey.[4]

He appears on the show Breakout Kings, starring as Lloyd Lowery, an inmate/former child prodigy with a penchant for gambling; the series was canceled on May 17, 2012.[5] He appeared as Joshua Speed in the feature film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Loser Noah
2004 D. E. B. S. Scud
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Crash
2006 Stay Alive Phineus
2007 Seraphim Falls Big Brother
2007 Zodiac Mike Mageau (Older)
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Chris
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Jackson
2009 Taking Chances Charlie Cabonara
2009 The Invention of Lying Bob (Coke advert)
2010 Good Intentions Kyle
2010 Date Night Armstrong
2010 The Mother of Invention Martin Wooderson
2011 The Big Bang Niels Geck
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Joshua Speed
2012 The Knights of Badassdom Ronnie Kwok
2013 White House Down Skip Tyler
2013 Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes Arthur Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Rose Red Kevin Bollinger TV mini series
2002 The Division Sean Townsend 1 episode
2002 24 Chris 3 episodes
2003 NYPD Blue Mike 1 episode
2003 Cold Case Ryan Bayes 1 episode, "Churchgoing People"
2005 Carnivàle Lee 2 episodes
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Liam McPoyle 5 episodes
2006 My Name is Earl David Hayes 2 episodes
2007 Girltrash! Valentine
2008 Eleventh Hour Will Sanders 1 episode
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thomas Donover 2 episodes
2008 Late Show with David Letterman Lyle the Intern 12 episodes
2009 House M. D. Fr. Daniel Bresson 1 episode, "Unfaithful"
2009 Virtuality Virtual Man
2009 Psych Mary Lightly 3 episodes
2010 Party Down Jackal Onassis 1 episode
2011–2012 Breakout Kings[5] Lloyd Lowery 23 episodes
2011 How I Met Your Mother Pete Durkenson 1 episode
2013 Person of Interest Logan Pierce 1 episode


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • The Farnsworth Invention
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