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Richard Jenkins

Jenkins at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
Born Richard Dale Jenkins
May 4, 1947 (1947-05-04) (age 62)
DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Sharon Rayna Friedrick

Richard Dale Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American stage, film, and television actor. After beginning his career in theatre, Jenkins made his television debut in 1974 and has since appeared in supporting roles in several film and television productions. He came to prominence in the early 2000s for playing the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, and along with the show's principal cast, he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002.

He gained mainstream success for his lead role in the film The Visitor (2008) that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.


Early life

Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb, a university town in Illinois. His mother, Mary Elizabeth (née Wheeler), was a housewife, and his father, Dale Steven Jenkins, was a dentist.[1][2][3] Before he was an actor, Jenkins drove a linen truck (his boss was actor John C. Reilly's father).[4][5] Jenkins earned a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University before relocating to Rhode Island. While attending Illinois Wesleyan, Jenkins was a member of Phi Gamma Delta.



He worked as an actor with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island while breaking into film with a bit part in Feasting with Panthers (1974), a television movie, and continued as a celebrated member of Trinity's resident acting company and served as Artistic Director of the theatre from 1990-4.


Since his film debut in the television movie Feasting with Panthers (1974), he has steadily been working in film and television. Some of his earlier film credits include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Snow Falling On Cedars (1999), North Country (2005). He is also an occasional collaborator with the director siblings the Farrelly brothers, who have worked with Jenkins in There's Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself, & Irene (2000), Outside Providence (1999), and Say It Isn't So (2001). He has also worked frequently with the Coen Brothers: The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Burn After Reading (2008). Although known primarily for supporting parts, he had a critically acclaimed lead role in The Visitor (2007), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.[6] Jenkins won the International Press Academy's Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama.

Jenkins has been cast in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror The Cabin in the Woods (2010).[7]


Jenkins is perhaps best known for playing Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. His character is a deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, who regularly appears to his family as a ghost or in a dream. He played the role since the show began in 2001, through to its final season in 2005. He and his castmates received their Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002.

Personal life

He married Sharon Rayna Friedrick on August 23, 1969 and together they have two children, Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale. He currently resides in Cumberland, Rhode Island.[3]



Year Film Role Notes
1985 Silverado Kelly
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Dr. Wilkes
The Manhattan Project Radiation Controls Officer - Medatomics Lab
1987 Rachel River Cordell
The Witches of Eastwick Clyde Alden
1988 Little Nikita Richard Grant
Stealing Home Hank Chandler
1989 Sea of Love Gruber
Blaze Picayune
How I Got Into College Bill Browne
1990 When You Remember Me Vaughan Made For TV
Challenger Gregory Jarvis Made For TV
Blue Steel Attorney Mel Dawson
1993 Undercover Blues Frank
And the Band Played On Dr. Marc Conant Made For TV
1994 It Could Happen to You C. Vernon Hale
Trapped in Paradise Agent Shaddus Peyser
Wolf Detective Bridger
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Howell Saunders
The Indian in the Cupboard Victor
1996 Flirting with Disaster Paul Harmon Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
A Couch in New York Campton
The Boys Next Door Bob Klemper Made For TV
Eddie Carl Zimmer
1997 Absolute Power Michael McCarty
1998 There's Something About Mary Psychiatrist Uncredited
The Impostors Johnny Leguard
1999 Random Hearts Truman Trainor
Snow Falling on Cedars Sheriff Art Moran
The Mod Squad Det. Bob Mothershed
Outside Providence Barney
The Confession Cass O'Donnell
2000 What Planet Are You From? Don Fisk
Me, Myself & Irene Agent Boshane
2001 Say It Isn't So Walter Wingfield
The Man Who Wasn't There Walter Abundas
One Night at McCool's Father Jimmy
2002 Stealing Harvard Honorable Emmett Cook
Changing Lanes Walter Arnell
Sins of the Father Bobby Frank Cherry Made For TV
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Shake
Intolerable Cruelty Freddy Bender
The Core Gen. Thomas Purcell
The Mudge Boy Edgar Mudge
2004 Shall We Dance Devine
I ♥ Huckabees Mr. Hooten Uncredited
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Frank Bascombe
Rumor Has It Earl Huttinger
North Country Hank Aimes
2007 The Kingdom Robert Grace
2008 The Visitor Prof. Walter Vale [chlotrudis Award for Best actor]
Method Fest Independent Film Festival for Best Actor
Moscow International Film Festival for Best Actor
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
The Broken John McVey
Step Brothers Dr. Robert Doback
Burn After Reading Ted Treffon
The Tale of Despereaux Principal Voice Only
2009 Waiting for Forever Richard Twist
2010 Dear John Mr. Tyree
The Rum Diary Lotterman post-production
Let Me In Abby's Guardian filming
2011 The Cabin in the Woods TBA post-production
Eat, Pray, Love Richard filming

Six Feet Under episodes

Year Season Episodes
2001 Season 1 "Pilot", "The Will", "The Foot", "The Room", "Life's Too Short", "Knock, Knock"
2002 Season 2 "In the Game", "The Plan", "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Somebody Else's Eyes", "I'll Take You"
2003 Season 3 "Perfect Circles", "Nobody Sleeps", "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost"
2004 Season 4 "In Case of Rapture", "Grinding the Corn", "Untitled"
2005 Season 5 "Time Flies", "Ecotone", "All Alone", "Everyone's Waiting"


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