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Jensen Ackles

Ackles at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Jensen Ross Ackles
March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01) (age 31)
Richardson, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor. He is notable for his television roles as Eric Brady in Days of our Lives which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel, and as Jason Teague in Smallville. Ackles appears as Dean Winchester on the CW television series Supernatural starring alongside Jared Padalecki.

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Early life

Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor.[1] Ackles has a brother, Joshua, who's three years older, and sister, Mackenzie, who's seven years younger. He is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.[2] He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.[3]

Career

After modeling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of our Lives.[4]

Ackles departed Days of our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role of the young Clark Kent on Smallville, but it was offered to actor Tom Welling instead.[5] After failing to land the part, he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the "brother" of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's sane clone, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

Ackles (left) with his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki in 2008

Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during its final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped. He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling,[6] Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to another actor and the character's name was changed to "Jensen" because the producers of Tru Calling liked Ackles' name. Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing the assistant football coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the CW horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes with their father, (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The fifth season began broadcast on September 10, 2009.[7]

In the summer of 2007, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero. The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. In February 2009, the film was released on DVD exclusively by Blockbuster Home Video. He also appeared on stage from June 5–10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

In the summer of 2008, Ackles was cast in the remake of the cult film My Bloody Valentine 3D, which opened nationwide on January 16, 2009.

Personal Life

After dating for three years, Ackles recently became engaged to actress Danneel Harris, with whom he has been friends for about ten years. The two starred together in Ten Inch Hero.[8]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Blonde Eddie G TV film
2004 The Plight of Clownana Jensen
2005 Devour Jake Gray
2007 Ten Inch Hero Priestly
2009 My Bloody Valentine 3D Tom Hanniger
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sweet Valley High Brad "All Along in the Water Tower"
1996–1997 Mr. Rhodes Malcolm Seven episodes, recurring character
1997 Cybill David "The Wedding"
1997–2000 Days of our Lives Eric Brady Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1998)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2000)
2001–2002 Dark Angel Ben/X5-493 and Alec/X5-494 Nineteen episodes, main character
2002–2003 Dawson's Creek C.J. Twelve episodes, supporting character
2003–2004 Still Life Max Six episodes
2004–2005 Smallville Jason Teague Twenty-two episodes, main character
2005–present Supernatural Dean Winchester ninety episodes, main character
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Star – TV
Won — Italian Serial Awards for Best Young Actor and Supernatural won as Best young Show
Won — Ewwy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2008)

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Jensen Ackles
File:Jensen Ackles 2008 Comic-Con 03
Ackles at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Jensen Ross Ackles
March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01) (age 32)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse Danneel Harris
(2010–present)

Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor. He is notable for his television roles as Eric Brady in Days of our Lives which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel, and as Jason Teague in Smallville. Ackles appears as Dean Winchester on the CW television series Supernatural.

Contents

Early life

Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor.[1] Ackles has a brother, Joshua, who is three years older, and sister, Mackenzie, who is seven years younger. He is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.[2] He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.[3]

Career

After modelling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of our Lives.[4]

Ackles departed Days of our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role of the young Clark Kent on Smallville, but it was offered to actor Tom Welling instead.[5] After failing to land the part, he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the "brother" of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's sane clone, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

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Ackles (left) with his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki in 2008

Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during its final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped. He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling,[6] Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to Eric Christian Olsen and the character's name was changed to "Jensen" because the producers of Tru Calling liked Ackles' name. Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing the assistant football coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the CW horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes with their father, (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The sixth season began broadcast on September 24, 2010.

In the summer of 2007, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero. The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. In February 2009, the film was released on DVD exclusively by Blockbuster Home Video. He also appeared on stage from June 5–10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

In the summer of 2008, Ackles was cast in the remake of the cult film My Bloody Valentine 3D, which opened nationwide on January 16, 2009.

In summer of 2010, Ackles lent his voice as the Red Hood (Jason Todd) for the animated film, Batman: Under The Red Hood, which was released to DVD and Blu-Ray on July 27.

Personal life

After dating for three years, and becoming engaged in November 2009, Ackles married actress Danneel Harris in Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2010.[7] The two starred together in Ten Inch Hero.[8]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Blonde Eddie G TV film
2004 The Plight of Clownana Jensen
2005 Devour Jake Gray
2007 Ten Inch Hero (Boaz) Priestly
2009 My Bloody Valentine 3D Tom Hanniger
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Red Hood (Jason Todd) Voice Only
Television & other media
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Wishbone Michael Duss "Viva Wishbone!" (Episode: 1#34)
1996 Sweet Valley High Brad "All Along in the Water Tower"
1996–1997 Mr. Rhodes Malcolm Seven episodes, recurring character
1997 Cybill David "The Wedding" (Episode: 3#22)
1997–2000 Days of our Lives Eric Brady Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1998)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2000)
2001–2002 Dark Angel Ben/X5-493 and Alec/X5-494 20 episodes, main character
2002–2003 Dawson's Creek C.J. Twelve episodes, supporting character
2003–2004 Still Life Max Six episodes
2004–2005 Smallville Jason Teague Twenty-two episodes, main character
2005–present Supernatural Dean Winchester 104 episodes, main character
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Star – TV
Won — Italian Serial Awards for Best Young Actor and Supernatural won as Best young Show
Won — Ewwy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2008,2010)

References

External links








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