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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.

Early Life

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!.


Year Title Role
1994 Above the Rim Starnes
1999 On the Q.T. Peter
1999 Let It Snow Mitch Jennings
2002 Gentleman's Game Walter Kane
2004 Taxi Jesse
2005 Are We There Yet? Frank
2006 Something New Kyle
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Issac
2006 The Insurgents Marcus
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
Year Title Role Notes
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
2004 Spartacus Draba Television film
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
2011 Man Up! Grant
2013 Second Generation Wayans Baron 'The Truth' Fouse
2013-present Ravenswood Simon Beaumont Recurring role

Henry's Gallery

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