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Henry Oswald Simmons, Jr. is an American actor. He is well known for playing Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC police drama NYPD Blue from 2000-2005. Simmons plays Simon Beaumont on ABC Family's Ravenswood. He is married to the actress Sophina Brown, who also plays his wife in the series.
Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS agent. He is one of three children, including his twin sister, and another sister. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship to Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, where he earned a business degree.
While attending Franklin Pierce College, he experimented in theater. After graduating from college, he briefly worked at a Fortune 500 company in Stamford. Unhappy with his job, Simmons began to study acting and after a few bit roles, he landed a recurring role on the soap opera, Another World.
Simmons is best known for playing Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC drama, NYPD Blue. He also played Queen Latifah's boyfriend in the 2004 action/comedy film Taxi. He had a leading role in the new CBS legal drama Shark, starring James Woods, and played a leading role in World's Greatest Dad. He recently starred in the ABC-TV comedy series Man Up!.
|1994||Above the Rim||Starnes|
|1999||On the Q.T.||Peter|
|1999||Let It Snow||Mitch Jennings|
|2002||Gentleman's Game||Walter Kane|
|2005||Are We There Yet?||Frank|
|2006||Madea's Family Reunion||Issac|
|2007||South of Pico||Dr. Walter Chambers|
|2009||World's Greatest Dad||Mike Lane|
|2011||From the Rough||Kendrick Paulsen Jr.|
|2014||No Good Deed|
|1994||Saturday Night Live||Basketball Player|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Kevin Lewis||One episode|
|1994–95||New York Undercover||Jackson||Two episodes|
|1999||Another World||Tyrone Montgomery||2 years|
|2000–05||NYPD Blue||Det. Baldwin Jones||106 episodes|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Jesse||Television film|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Curtis Wilson||Two episodes|
|2006–08||Shark||Issac Wright||32 episodes|
|2009||The Cleaner||Bobby Carmichael||One episode|
|2009||Georgia O'Keeffe||Jean Toomer||Television film|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Andrew Ballard||One episode|
|2009||Raising the Bar||One episode|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Baron 'The Truth' Fouse|
|2013-present||Ravenswood||Simon Beaumont||Recurring role|