Jimmi Simpson is an American actor who was born on November 21, 1975, in Hackettstown, New Jersey, in the United States. Simpson grew up with his two older brothers and attended Hackettstown High School. He went on to attend Bloomsburg University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theater. Simpson went on to perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. His film debut came in 2000 when he appeared in the comedy film "Loser". He quickly began securing roles on various television shows including the Stephen King miniseries "Rose Red", "24", "NYPD Blue", "Cold Case", and "Carnivale". Simpson also appeared in several films including "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with Lindsay Lohan, "Seraphim Falls" with Liam Neeson, and "Zodiac" in 2007.
The following year, Simpson landed a starring role as Philo T. Farnsworth in the Broadway play "The Farnsworth Invention" with Hank Azaria. Simpson's performance earned him a Theatre World Award. In 2001, Simpson began dating his co-star from "Rose Red" Melanie Lynskey and in 2005 they got engaged. Simpson and Lynskey were married in a chapel in Queenstown, New Zealand on April 14, 2007. Lynskey filed for divorce on September 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences and by May of 2014, the divorce was finalized.