Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons to reign as Bacchus 50

The Krewe of Bacchus names Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons as its 2018 celebrity monarch. Simmons will reign as Bacchus 50 when the parade celebrates its 50th anniversary on Feb. 11, 2018.

Simmons most recently portrayed James Gordon in “Justice League.” The actor co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the New Orleans-shot “Terminator: Genisys.” Simmons won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in “Whiplash.”

Simmons has enjoyed a long-standing career as a character actor and a voice actor on Broadway, in films, television, and video games. Other notable movies for Simmons include roles in the “Spider-Man” franchise, “Juno,” “The Accountant” and “Patriot’s Day.” The actor is also well known as a spokesperson in Farmer’s Insurance television commercials.

“We are elated that a highly accomplished actor of J.K. Simmons stature has agreed to join Bacchus as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary. Fifty years ago the Krewe of Bacchus revolutionized Mardi Gras with new innovations which have created the Mardi Gras experience to be even more gratifying for residents and visitors alike,” krewe captain Clark Brennan said.

Simmons will join the ranks of past Bacchus kings which include Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Anthony Mackie, Jim Caviezel, Harry Connick Jr., Larry King, Andy Garcia, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, G.W. Bailey and others.

Photo courtesy: J.K. Simmons via Facebook

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