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Professor Burke has become a figure in our Farmers commercials, but do you realize just how many ads he's appeared in? The answer is that J.K. Simmons has taken on the persona over seven years ago, the professor has appeared in 65 ads and counting!
The early commercials we created in partnership with our ad agency, RPA, featured professor Burke leading a group of agents around the University of Farmers to demonstrate Farmers knowledge of insurance. When the audience response was measured, the numbers just shot through the roof, and we knew we had something special. The campaign continued to resonate and a few years ago evolved into our We Know From Experience campaign where we feature unbelievable but true claim stories.
J.K. Simmons is an American actor. He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He originally planned to be a singer and studied at the University of Montana to become a composer. He starred as Captain Hook and Mr. Darling opposite gymnastics champ Cathy Rigby in the Broadway and touring revivals of Peter Pan.
Be played Benny South-street in the 1992 Broadway Revival of Guys and Dolls and can be heard on the cast recording. He did a commercial voice-over work, including the voice of the yellow M&M in the candy's TV ads. He's appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and Law & Order Criminal intent. As of 2011 he has made five films with director Sam Raimi; For Love of the Game (1999); The Gift (2000); Spider-Man (2002); Spider-Man 2 (2004); and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
He has won many awards from 2005 to 2007 in Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014 won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. 2015 won a Golden Globe for his Best Performance as an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Film Awards Best Supporting Actor, and Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male.
As of 2017, he has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Cider House Rules (1999), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), True Grit (2010), Whiplash (2014), and La La Land (2016).
Took on the persona of Professor Burke over 7 years ago, and has appeared in 65 ads and counting!