Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Henry Simmons Upped to Series Regular for Season 3

Agents of SHIELD Season 3 Henry Simmons

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to fortify its ranks.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the ABC drama has promoted Henry Simmons to series regular status for Season 3 — on the heels of doing same for series newcomer Luke Mitchell.

Simmons made his debut as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie in the Season 2 premiere, as part of newly installed Director Coulson’s expanded team. He went on to appear in every episode thereafter, though there was a moment just before the Season 2 finale when it appeared Mack had called it quits, saying he was unable to work for a man who was so alien-friendly.

But when colleague Bobbi went missing and with the Inhuman threat escalating, Mack stuck around to trap teleporter Gordon and help fight the good fight.

Prior to his S.H.I.E.L.D. run, Simmons’ TV credits included NYPD Blue, Shark, Man Up and Another World.

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  1. Yes, got my wish and they better not kill this sexy hunk of man

  2. Behzad Sandila says:

    Well it’s about time!

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Happy to see Henry Simmons promoting to series regular in the upcoming third season. He was so good on NYPD Blue and he wasn’t as funny in the short lived ABC sitcom Man Up back in 2011.

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    That’s one for the plus column on the keep or dump scorecard :-)

  5. JC says:

    Good news. Mac, Bobbi, Hunter, and Lincoln are good additions to the team last season.

  6. Missy Kelly says:

    The Headline should have been – Henry Simmons Abs and Henry Simmons upped to series regular! Yeah – great character for the show

  7. S.M. Dixon says:

    Bobbi isn’t missing. You’re thinking of Gemma.

    • Zach says:

      I had to read it a couple times too. They’re talking about why Mack came back to the team after calling it quits before the finale. It’s just worded poorly.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        That passage has been tweaked for maximum crystal clarity (though I thought it read A-OK.)

    • JC says:

      He’s talking about what happened in the season finale. Bobbi had gone missing after being kidnapped.

  8. Brigid says:

    Yum! Loving this decision. I love his character and him:)

  9. Steve F. says:

    Great news! At least Mack was able to redeem himself in the finale. Now, any word on Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood returning to the show (seeing how their spinoff was cancelled and all)?

    • Daisy says:

      I’m indifferent to Adrianne Palicki but would not mind Nick Blood.

    • Zorkel says:

      They’ve already stated both will be back. The reason they didn’t pick up the spinoff was because thy wanted to keep both with the rest of the cast on this show.

  10. John NYC says:

    As I wrote in the thread where people complained of his status: just early days.

    Glad to see, I like the character.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You are a wise man, John NYC. People think that all these deals/decisions are made at the exact same time, when that is not the case.

  11. rhewtani says:

    Guess I’m glad that he didn’t get the axe.

  12. Well Henry certainly deserves the promotion as Mack was in every single s2 episode!

    I just have no idea how they’re going to handle 10 regulars when their way to deal with 8 was to drop one from 8 episodes, one just popped in for 2 minutes every ep and 2 others barely got an arc that was focused on them.

    • Robert Dassler says:

      That was season two. This will be season three. Everything in AoS has been trial and error. The writers don’t get the props they deserve but they are pretty smart in seeing what works and what doesn’t and making course corrections when necessary.

  13. AW says:

    Wonderful! I’ve enjoyed this actor’s work since CBS’s Shark. He is a fantastic actor!

  14. Johnathan says:


  15. bj says:

    That’s great news. I love the character, and the actor.

  16. Nala says:

    Awesome! Mack and Lincoln are great, so glad they’re both regulars now!

  17. The Grinch says:

    “I’m the guy who killed Gordon”, is my favorite line of TV this past season. Glad he’s staying.

  18. pam says:


  19. Dominique says:

    yess!!! this makes me so happy, i love this character! and quite frankly it would’ve been rude not to up his status considering he’s appeared in every ep, whereas luke mitchell only appeared in a handful. this is some excellent news!

  20. All Mack does is whine all the time.

    • Robert Dassler says:

      He must be an AoS fan. Or a lapsed “fan” who hasn’t watched since a few episodes into season one.

  21. Robert Dassler says:

    Woot woot! I’m sure all those people who were trashing AoS yesterday for not giving Henry Simmons a regular gig are feeling pretty silly today. If the cast are going to SDCC this year they are going to need a bigger table. The more the merrier I say.

  22. Chloe says:

    Finally! Hot Stuff, I mean, Henry Simmons is on contract.

  23. Robin says:

    Excellent! First Lincoln and now Mac! Love them!

  24. A says:

    Best news of the day! Now can Tripp come back?

  25. ? says:

    Great news. You don’t see a character like his on television every day and his friendship with Fitz was one of the best parts of last season. I certainly found him way more interesting than Hunter, but that seems to be just me . . .

  26. jax says:

    woo hoo! love Mack! :)

  27. Anon says:

    Awesome news! Mack’s my favorite. :D

  28. S says:

    YOU get to be a “SHIELD” regular! And YOU get to be a “SHIELD” regular! EVERYBODY gets to be a “SHIELD” regular!

  29. playdoc says:

    I liked Tripp way better.