Ackles at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Jensen Ross Ackles
March 1, 1978
Dallas, Texas, United States
Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Eric Brady in Days of our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. Ackles currently stars as Dean Winchester on the CW series Supernatural.
Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor. 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. 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.
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.
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, a role offered to actor Tom Welling instead. Next 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 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, 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, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The eighth season began broadcast on October 3, 2012.
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.
After dating actress, model, and gymnast Danneel Harris for three years, and becoming engaged in November 2009, they married in Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2010. Ackles considers himself a non-denominational Christian. On January 7, 2013, Ackles' representative confirmed that the couple is expecting their first child.
|2004||The Plight of Clownana||Jensen||Short film|
|2007||Ten Inch Hero||(Boaz) Priestly|
|2009||My Bloody Valentine 3D||Tom Hanniger|
|2010||Batman: Under the Red Hood||Jason Todd / Red Hood||DC Original animated film; voice role|
|1996||Wishbone||Michael Duss||Episode 1.34: "Viva Wishbone!"|
|1996||Sweet Valley High||Brad||Episode 3.17: "All Along in the Water Tower"|
|1996–97||Mr. Rhodes||Malcolm||7 episodes|
|1997||Cybill||David||Episode 3.22: "The Wedding"|
|1998–2002||Days of our Lives||Eric Brady #6||Role held: November 6, 1998–July 31, 2000
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer (1998)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1998–2000)
|2001||Blonde||Eddie G||Television film|
|2001–02||Dark Angel||Alec McDowell / X5-494, Ben / X5-493||Main cast; 22 episodes|
|2002–03||Dawson's Creek||C.J.||Recurring cast; 12 episodes|
|2003–04||Still Life||Max||Main cast; 6 episodes; unaired series|
|2004–05||Smallville||Jason Teague||Main Cast (Season 4); 22 episodes|
|2005–present||Supernatural||Dean Winchester||Main role
Directed three episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor (2011)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star (2006)
|2011||Supernatural: The Anime Series||Dean Winchester||Voice role, 2 episodes|
|2011||The 3rd Birthday||Kyle Madigan|
Awards and Nominations
|1998||Days of Our Lives||Soap Opera Digest Award||Best Male Newcomer||Won|
|1998||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|1999||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2000||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2006||Supernatural||Teen Choice Award||TV - Choice Breakout Star||Nominated|
|2006||Supernatural||Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "In My Time of Dying")||Nominated|
|2007||Supernatural||SFX Award||Best TV Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Supernatural||Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "What Is and what Should Never Be")||Nominated|
|2008||Supernatural||Ewwy Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2009||Supernatural||Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "In the Beginning")||Nominated|
|2010||Supernatural||Ewwy Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2010||Supernatural||Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "The End")||Nominated|
|2011||Supernatural||TV Guide Award||Favourite Actor||Won|
|2012||Supernatural||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|
|2013||Supernatural||Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2012 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "We Need To Talk About Kevin")||Pending|
|2013||Supernatural||People's Choice Award||Favorite Dramatic TV Actor||Nominated|
|2013||Supernatural||SFX Award||Best TV Actor||Pending|
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