Jimmi Simpson

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Jimmi Simpson
Born James Raymond Simpson
(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 46)
Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Lynskey (m. 2007–14)

James Raymond "Jimmi" Simpson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his television work, which includes roles in The Newsroom, House of Cards, Breakout Kings, Psych, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, My Name Is Earl and 24. His film credits include White House Down, Date Night, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Loser.

Early life

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

After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.


Simpson made his film debut in the teen comedy Loser (2000), which was followed by guest spots in episodes of NYPD Blue, Cold Case and Carnivàle, as well as roles in the films D.E.B.S., Herbie: Fully Loaded, Stay Alive, Seraphim Falls and David Fincher's Zodiac. In 2008, Simpson starred in The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway. His portrayal of Philo T. Farnsworth was described as "superb" by The Chicago Tribune,[1] and earned him a Theatre World Award.[2]

From 2008 to 2009, Simpson appeared as fictional character Lyle the Intern on The Late Show with David Letterman. During that time, he also appeared in episodes of CSI, My Name is Earl, House and Psych, and had supporting roles in The Invention of Lying and Date Night. Other notable credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which Simpson appears frequently as Liam McPoyle, and the A&E series Breakout Kings, where he starred as Lloyd Lowery.

Most recently, Simpson appeared in the films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Truth About Emanuel and White House Down. He also appeared as a recurring character on House of Cards.[3]

Personal life

Simpson met actress Melanie Lynskey in 2001, when they both appeared in Rose Red. The pair became engaged in 2005 and married on April 14, 2007, in a chapel near Queenstown, New Zealand.[4]

Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on September 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.[5] The divorce was finalized on 23 May 2014.[6]



Year Title 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 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Chris
2007 Zodiac Mike Mageau
2007 Final Draft Chad
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 Good Intentions Kyle
2010 Date Night Armstrong
2011 The Big Bang Niels Geck
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Joshua Speed
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Phil
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Arthur Best Acting Ensemble – Ashland Independent Film Festival[7]
2013 White House Down Skip Tyler
2013 Knights of Badassdom Ronnie Kwok
2014 Gravy Stef
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Jake


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Rose Red Kevin Bollinger 3 episodes
2002 The Division Sean Townsend Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002 24 Chris 3 episodes
2003 NYPD Blue Mike Episode: "Bottoms Up"
2003 Cold Case Ryan Bayes Episode: "Churchgoing People"
2005 Carnivàle Lee 2 episodes
2005–present 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 15 episodes
2009 House Father Daniel Bresson Episode: "Unfaithful"
2009 Virtuality Virtual Man Pilot
2009–2013 Psych Mary Lightly 4 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 Person of Interest Logan Pierce Episode: "One Percent" (Season 2)
2014–2015 House of Cards Gavin Orsay 8 episodes
Pending – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2015)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014)
2014 The Newsroom Jack Spaniel 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Girltrash! Valentine 1 episode

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Wanted: Weapons of Fate Wesley "The Killer II" Gibson


  1. "Broadway's 'The Farnsworth Invention' is pure Sorkin". Chicago Tribune. December 6, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Past Recipients - Theatre World Awards".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "'Breakout Kings' Alum Jimmi Simpson Joins 'House of Cards' (Exclusive)". June 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "In Style Weddings (2007)". In Style. Retrieved 2009-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Melanie Lynskey Files For Divorce From Jimmi Simpson". Retrieved 2012-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "'Two & A Half Men' & 'Always Sunny' Stars - Nicest Divorce EVER". TMZ. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The Truth About Emanuel - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved May 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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