Jack & Jill
Simon Rex is perhaps best recognized for his roles of Michael Russo in the television dramatic comedy series “Jack & Jill” (1999-2001) and Jeff in the first season of the television sitcom “What I Like About You” (2002-2003). He also played a reoccurring role on television’s “Monarch Cove” (2006) and “Felicity” (1999). On the big screen, Rex portrayed George in the huge box office hit “Scary Movie 3” (2003) and its follow-up “Scary Movie 4” (2006). His other film credits include “The Forsaken” (2001), “Pledge This” (2006), “Superhero Movie” (2008), “Sonny Dreamweaver” (2009) and “King of the Avenue” (2010). Rex began his career as a model in his late teens and then had a short career in pornography before breaking into mainstream television. Rex is also a rapper under the name “Dirt Nasty.” He released a self titled album in 2007.
Rex once dated his “Jack & Jill” costar Jaime Pressly. He speaks English and Spanish and co-owns the semi private New York nightclub The Plumm with Chris Noth, David Wells and Noel Ashman. His hobbies include basketball, art, swimming, making music on the computer, playing video games on Playstation, and going to clubs and bars.
San Francisco Native
Childhood and Family:
Simon Rex Cutright was born on July 20, 1974, in San Francisco, California, to a relationship therapist (Paul) and an environmental planner (Zoe). He grew up in the bohemian Mission District of San Francisco and went to the Rooftop School, an alternative public elementary school. He later relocated to Alameda, California, and attended the Lincoln Middle School. He graduated from Alameda High School in 1992. Simon has three stepbrothers and one stepsister.
Scary Movie 3
Simon Rex began his career as a model when he was 18 years old. His first big job arrived when he appeared in a print campaign for Tommy Hilfiger. It was followed by a modeling gig for Levi's and Boss. He continued to model extensively between New York and Europe for three years before eventually moving to television.
At age 19, Rex embarked on a brief career as a porn actor. During this time, he appeared in a string of straight to video releases, including “Young, Hard & Solo II,” “Young, Hard & Solo III” and “Hot Sessions III.”
Rex's luck began to change when he was discovered by MTV and hired as a VJ in 1995. During his two year stint with MTV, he had the chance to interview some of the biggest names in film, television and music, emcee events and make personal appearances around the state. Rex, who trained at the famed Gotham City, also performed in several comedy sketches.
In 1999, Rex entered mainstream acting when he landed a four episode role in the WB television series “Felicity,” starring Keri Russell. He was also cast as a regular on the WB comedy series “Katie Joplin,” playing Tiger French. However, he did not score a big break until he won the important role of Michael 'Mikey' Russo in the series “Jack & Jill,” opposite Ivan Sergei, Amanda Peet, Jaime Pressly, Justin Kirk and Sarah Paulson. He stayed with the show from September 26, 1999, to April 11, 2001.
In 2000, Rex costarred with Aimee Graham, Chris Palermo and Kim Greist in the comedy “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth,” which went straight to video. The next year, he starred with Dylan Bruno and Laura Harris in the comedy “Going Greek,” which was written and directed by Justin Zackham, and Kevin Connolly and Ron Lester in the short “Drum Solo,” which was directed and co-written by Bob Joyce. In addition, he was cast as Pen, a day driver for vampires, in the horror movie “The Forsaken” (2001), starring Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr and Izabella Miko. After “Jack & Jill” went off the air, Rex returned to series television as a regular in the television sitcom “What I Like About You,” which debuted on The WB on September 20, 2002. He stayed with the show until May 9, 2003.
Rex resumed his film career in late 2003 by starring as Charlie Sheen's brother, George, in the comedy “Scary Movie 3.” Directed by David Zucker, the film opened at No. 1 at the America's box office. A box office success, it went on to make over $220 million worldwide against a budget of $48 million.
In 2004, Rex starred as Peter Fowler in the television film “The Karate Dog,” opposite Jon Voight, Jaime Pressly, Pat Morita, Chevy Chase and Nicollette Sheridan, and began a two episode role in the Lori Loughlin series “Summerland.” He followed it up with appearances in the UPN sitcom “Cuts” (2 episodes, 2005) and the WB drama “Everwood” (1 episode, 2005). He also acted opposite Noureen DeWulf and Virginia Williams in the TV comedy “Mindy and Brenda” (2006).
In 2006, Rex joined the cast of Lifetime's “Monarch Cove,” where he portrayed Eddie Lucas. The show ran for fourteen episodes from November 4 until December 16, 2006. Costars of the series included Virginia Williams, Samantha Shelton, Shirley Jones, Matt Funke, Kieren Hutchison, Robert Coleby, Rachel Ward and Vanessa Lengies. The same year, he reprised his role of George Logan in “Scary Movie 4” and portrayed Derek in “National Lampoon's Pledge This,” starring Paris Hilton. Unlike “Scary Movie 4,” “Pledge This” was not well received and went straight to video.
Rex next appeared in the ill-fated supernatural thriller “Rise: Blood Hunter” (2007), starring Lucy Liu, Margo Harshman, Michael Chiklis and Marilyn Manson, portrayed The Human Torch in the David Zucker produced spoof “Superhero Movie” (2008), and acted in “Hotel California” (2008). He then costarred with Erik Palladino, Tyson Beckford and Tatyana Ali in the Geo Santini directed film “Hotel California” (2008) and supported Brian Drolet, Nick Nicotera and Tanja Reichert in “2 Dudes and a Dream” (2009), a comedy directed by Nathan Bexton. His next role was that of Hunter in the film “Sonny Dreamweaver” (2009), opposite Jennifer Gordon and Sunspot Jonz. He then appeared with Mike Assil, Adam Clark and Edward Horowitz in the short “Silver Street” (2009). He also starred in the television film “Rex” (2009) and starred with Ving Rhames and Esai Morales in the thriller “King of the Avenue,” which was released in the U.S. on September 17, 2010. In addition, he portrayed Brian in an episode of the comedy series “Nick Swardson's Pretend Time” called “I Just Got Voodoo'd,” which aired on October 26, 2010.
Recently, in 2011, Rex starred as Kane Connor in the thriller “The Truth About Angels,” which was written and directed by Lichelli Lazar-Lea. Costars of the film included Antonio Del Prete, Monique Gabriela Curnen and Dree Hemingway. He has completed filming supporting roles in the dramatic film “Slightly Single in L.A.” (2011), starring Lacey Chabert, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jonathan Bennett, and the comedy “Boy Toy” (2011), starring Mircea Monroe, Elizabeth Daily and Morgan Fairchild.
Apart from acting, Rex has a side career as a rapper. Known under the name “Dirt Nasty,” he performed with the now-defunct rap group Dyslexic Speedreaders. Rex has also collaborated with other artists like Rich Hil and Andy Milonakis and rapped at the conclusion of Charlie Sheen's “Torpedo of Truth” show in Detroit. His self titled debut album hit the music stores in 2007.