Meet the Maine Native with a Big Role in HBO’s Hilarious Emmy-Decorated Show ‘Veep’
The 2017 Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday and HBO’s ‘Veep’ scored a massive 17 nominations. This recent haul adds to the already impressive number of nominations and awards this show has scored, including another nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Among the cast of this hilarious comedy is Maine native Timothy Simons. Tim Simons’ role as Jonah Ryan has evolved over the show’s six seasons, but one thing remains: Jonah Ryan is the character everyone loves to hate. Nothing is off limits as the other characters hurl insults his way. My favorite Jonah nicknames include these (some NSFW) monikers: Useless Piece of Human Scaffolding, Supercalifragilisticexpialid*ckcheese, and The Pointless Giant.
Timothy Simons is from Readfield, Maine, just outside of Augusta. He graduated from Maranacook High School and went on to become a Black Bear at the University of Maine in Orono. That’s where he dove into theater full force, performing in UMaine’s productions and taking acting courses from late theatre professor Sandra Hardy.
He may own his role on an Emmy Award winning show, but Timothy’s climb to fame was decorated with smaller acting roles in national commercials. Some of Timothy’s earliest work included playing Abraham Lincoln in a Geico commercial and some guy who really likes Bank of America in a Bank of America credit card ad.
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The latest season of ‘Veep’ features Jonah Ryan in an even larger role as he takes office despite everyone’s doubts. If you’re not already on the ‘Veep’ train, time to buy a one way ticket. You’ll never laugh harder or hear more brutal insults anywhere else on television.
Case In Point: One of the best lines in ‘Veep’ history concerns Timothy Simons’ character. This is the infamous “Croissant” scene, where Selina Meyer (played by JLD) slams character Dan Egan for trying to get information from Jonah Ryan.
CAREFUL! This scene uses some very colorful NSFW language.
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You can see Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, and our hometown boy Timothy Simons in ‘Veep’ on HBO, HBO GO, and HBO Now. Dive into the six seasons ASAP and see why the show has earned so many Emmy Awards and nominations.