Jenkins at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
|Born||Richard Dale Jenkins
May 4, 1947
DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Illinois Wesleyan University|
|Spouse(s)||Sharon R. Friedrick (m. 1969)|
Richard Dale Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his career in the theatre and made his film debut in 1974. He has played supporting roles in films almost every year since 1985 and had lead roles in The Cabin in the Woods and The Visitor, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He played the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under.
Early life 
Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois. His mother, Mary Elizabeth (née Wheeler), was a housewife, and his father, Dale Steven Jenkins, was a dentist. He attended DeKalb High School. Before he was an actor, Jenkins drove a linen truck (his boss was actor John C. Reilly's father). Jenkins earned a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University, before relocating to Rhode Island. While attending Illinois Wesleyan, Jenkins became 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. Some of his earlier film credits include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), How to Make an American Quilt(1995), and Snow Falling On Cedars (1999). He is also a frequent collaborator with the director siblings the Farrelly brothers, who have worked with Jenkins in There's Something About Mary (1998), Outside Providence (1999), Me, Myself, & Irene (2000), Say It Isn't So (2001), Hall Pass (2011) and the 2012 Three Stooges remake. He has also worked occasionally with the Coen Brothers: The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Burn After Reading (2008). He is in North Country (2005), has three memorable scenes as FBI Director James (Robert) Grace in The Kingdom (film) (2007), and in the Step Brothers (2008).
Although known primarily for supporting parts, he had a critically acclaimed lead role in The Visitor (2008), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Jenkins won the International Press Academy's Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama.
Jenkins is perhaps best known for playing Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. His character is the deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, and regularly appears to his family as a ghost or in dreams. He played the role for the show's entire run. He and his castmates received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002.
Personal life 
Six Feet Under episodes 
|Season 1||2001||"Pilot", "The Will", "The Foot", "The Room", "Life's Too Short", "Knock, Knock"|
|Season 2||2002||"In the Game", "The Plan", "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Somebody Else's Eyes", "I'll Take You, The Secret"||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series|
|Season 3||2003||"Perfect Circles", "Nobody Sleeps", "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost"|
|Season 4||2004||"In Case of Rapture", "Grinding the Corn", "Untitled"|
|Season 5||2005||"Time Flies", "Ecotone", "All Alone", "Everyone's Waiting"|
- Benjamin Secher Published: 12:01AM BST 28 Jun 2008 Comments (2008-06-28). "Richard Jenkins: bald, 61 years old - and a star at last". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- Oscars 2009: Mickey, Sean, Frank, Brad and . . . Richard?[dead link]
- "Richard Jenkins Biography (1947-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- "Reilly + Movie Dad Met When He Was Four". Showbizspy.com. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, February 3, 2009
- Maxwell, Erin and Michael Jones. Variety "Film trio feel the Spirit." December 2, 2008
- Kit, Borys; Jay A. Fernandez (2009-01-22). "Two feel Joss Whedon's 'Cabin' pressure". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 21 January 2009.[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Richard Jenkins|
- Richard Jenkins at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Richard Jenkins at everydayyeah.com
- Interview with Richard Jenkins at The Faster Times, Davi Napoleon's Theater Talk.