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JK Simmons Is a Proud Father of Two Grown-up Kids — Explore His Wise Thoughts on Parenting

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 30, 2021
06:20 A.M.
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Jonathan Kimble "J.K." Simmons is an A-list actor, and among his many achievements, his status as a dad gives him utmost pride. Here's a look through Simmons' ideas on parenting.


Hollywood star J.K. Simmons is a revered actor whose expertise makes him one of a kind. Although the "Whiplash" star rarely shows off his children on social media, he is a proud father of two.

The actor is among the few movie stars who can perfectly deliver the role of villain, and he has scores of film credits to back this up. However, JK's fiction riles in no way reflect his real life as a father.

J.K. Simmons on the 67th Season of "Today" show on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images



In his hay days, the "Father Figure" actor never really envisioned himself as a father. He confirmed this in an interview where he noted that his siblings had already become parents.

JK noted that the questions asked mainly by his parents were about when he would get married and have children. The actor shared that his worldview used to be about having a good life, a thriving career with no wife and kids.

J.K. Simmons and family at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images


However, when he met his partner, and movie director, Michelle Schumacher, JK knew he wanted to start a family. He explained that they made a decision to have children and followed through with it.

[JK] once shared his experience about handling his kids in their early puberty years.

J.K. Simmons and his Wife Michelle Schumacher at the "Whiplash" premiere after party on October 6, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images


Now, the couple is parents to 18-year-old Joe and Olivia, who is 16. For JK, being a dad has posed an unexpected joy that he basks in daily. The "Spiderman" actor has gleaned a powerful line about parenting from his wife.

JK shared that Schumacher mentioned that the more significant percentage of parenthood is all about love. And for them, love entails being there at all times, as well as paying attention.



The father-of-two made it known that it was necessary to be there for one's kids. However, now that his children are in their teenage years, he has learned to recline a little.

"The Accountant' actor made it known that it was a pretty tricky way to transition from being there all the time to realize that one needed to halt a little because the kids were teenagers.


He shared tidbits about his children, making it known that his son was more interested in music and the aspects of writing and playing multiple instruments. However, JK's daughter sees her dad as a mentor and has decided to follow the acting path.

The "Whiplash" star once shared his experience about handling his kids in their early puberty years. At the time, he had just starred as a dad in the 2016 movie "The Late Bloomer."


JK stated that all he had learned from that stage of parenthood had to do with promising one's kids always to be there when needed. He referred to puberty as a long process.

"The Tomorrow War" actor shared that the best thing was to make sure the kids were comfortable enough to share observations about their bodies. Speaking of his own puberty experience, the Oscar winner noted that it was "complicated."



Back in 2015, when JK bagged the best supporting actor role at the Oscars for "Whiplash," his appearance on stage and soul-stirring speech created a lasting impression.

The audience and millions of viewers were left sizzling with emotions. The actor had left a simple message telling everyone to pick up their cell phone and call their parents.


The actor shared that anyone whose parents were still alive should not hesitate to call and remind them of their love. He added that the parents also deserved appreciation messages.

Many took to social media, sharing that they had felt the impact of his speech. JK would later reveal that his speech had been spontaneous and reflected what his father taught him.


JK was born to music teacher Donald William Simmons and Patricia Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe in Michigan. He attended the University of Montana, where he initially studied music.

This was because JK was quite keen on having a music career and becoming a composer. However, his plans changed after a while, and he ventured into the acting sphere.

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