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Jared Padalecki

Padalecki at the 2008 Comic-Con.
Born Jared Tristan Padalecki
July 19, 1982 (1982-07-19) (age 27)
San Antonio, Texas,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999—present
Spouse(s) Genevieve Cortese (2009)

Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) is an American actor. He grew up in Texas and came to fame in the early 2000s after appearing on the television series Gilmore Girls as well as in several Hollywood films, including New York Minute and House of Wax. Padalecki appears as Sam Winchester on the CW television series Supernatural starring alongside Jensen Ackles.


Early life

Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Sharon L. "Sherri" (née Kammer), a high school English teacher at East Central High School, and Gerald R. Padalecki (nicknamed Gerry), a tax supervisor and accountant.[1][2] He is of Polish and other European American ancestry.[3][4] He has an older brother, Jeff, and a younger sister, Megan. He started taking acting classes at the age of 12.


He attended James Madison High School in San Antonio and was named a candidate for the 2000 Presidential Scholars Program. In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation.[5] Padalecki won FOX's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met his current manager. After graduating from high school in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career, although he had originally planned to attend the University of Texas.[1]


Padalecki's first credit was a minor role in the 1999 film A Little Inside. In 2000, he was cast as Dean Forester on the successful series Gilmore Girls, a role he played until 2005. Throughout the early 2000s, he also appeared in several made-for-television films, including Silent Witness, Close to Home, and A Ring of Endless Light.

Padalecki (right) with his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles in 2008

Padalecki had an uncredited part as a high school bully in 2003's comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which he played after being asked by fellow actor and friend Tom Welling, who played the part of Charlie Baker, and the director of the movie, who both wanted someone bigger than Welling to pick on him. Padalecki originally auditioned for Welling's role, but gave it up in order to film a pilot titled Young MacGyver which was never picked up.[6] In 2004, he appeared in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen comedy New York Minute, and also had a role in the thriller Flight of the Phoenix. In 2005, Padalecki starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton in the horror film House of Wax, and appeared in another horror film, Cry Wolf.[7] The same year, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the WB series, Supernatural. The fifth season began broadcast on September 10, 2009 on the CW. The show is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Padalecki also served as the host of MTV's horror reality series, Room 401.[8]

He appeared in 2008's The Christmas Cottage, in which he played Thomas Kinkade.

Padalecki had the lead role in the new Friday the 13th film alongside Danielle Panabaker, which opened on Friday, February 13, 2009. He plays Clay Miller, a character who heads out to the doomed Camp Crystal Lake in search of his sister who has gone missing.[9]

Personal life

Padalecki dated actress Sandra McCoy with whom he co-starred in the thriller Cry Wolf for three years before becoming engaged in early 2008.[citation needed] They broke off the engagement in April 2008. Padalecki announced the break-up, in attempt to halt rumors, at the Supernatural Dallas Convention during a break from shooting Friday the 13th.[citation needed]

Padalecki married former Supernatural co-star Genevieve Cortese on February 27, 2010[10][11]


Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Little Inside Matt Nelson
2000 Silent Witness Sam TV film
2002 A Ring of Endless Light Zachary Gray
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen bully Uncredited cameo
2004 New York Minute Trey Lipton
Flight of the Phoenix John Davis
2005 House of Wax Wade
Cry Wolf Tom
2007 House of Fears J.P.
2008 Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas Thomas Kinkade
2009 Friday the 13th Clay Miller
Year Title Role Notes
2001 ER Paul Harris "Piece of Mind"
2000-2005 Gilmore Girls Dean Forester Sixty-three episodes, main character
2007 Room 401 himself Host
2005-present Supernatural Sam Winchester Ninety six episodes, main character


  1. ^ a b "Biography - Jared Padalecki". TV Guide.com. TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/detail/celebrity.aspx?tvobjectid=193608&more=ucCelebInfo. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Jared Padalecki Biography (1982-)". http://www.filmreference.com/film/99/Jared-Padalecki.html. 
  3. ^ "Jared Padalecki interview". The Bonnie Hunt Show.
  4. ^ "Jared Tristan Padalecki - aktor". Poland.us. PolishYellowPages. 2006-10-23. http://www.poland.us/strona,9,755,0.html. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Schwan Duo Interpretation" (PDF). The H.B. Mitchell Trophy. National Forensic League. p. 5. http://www.nflonline.org/uploads/NationalTournament/nt601sec3.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Bonnie Hunt". http://www.winchesterbros.com/media/jpf13bhs.wmv. 
  7. ^ Keith, Amy Elisa (November 29, 2005). 26334,1133515,00.html "Celebrity Q&A: Jared Padalecki". People magazine. Time-Warner. http://people.aol.com/people/article/ 26334,1133515,00.html. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Room 401: Cast Bios". http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/room_401/cast.jhtml. 
  9. ^ "Friday the 13th: Jared Padalecki". SuicideGirls.com. January 9, 2009. http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Friday+the+13th%3A+Jared+Padalecki/. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  10. ^ Godwin, Jennifer, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Are Engaged, EOnline.com, 6 Jan 2010. Accessed 14 Feb 2009.
  11. ^ Kubicek, John, Notes from the 'Supernatural' 100th Episode Party, BuddyTV.com, 2 Feb 2010. Quote: "Jared Padalecki talking sweetly about his recent engagement to former co-star Genevieve Cortese." Accessed 14 Feb 2010.

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