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Jared Padalecki
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Padalecki at Comic-Con in 2016
Born Jared Tristan Padalecki
(1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 34)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Residence Austin, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Genevieve Nicole Cortese (m. 2010)
Children 2

Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on Supernatural. He grew up in Texas and rose to fame in the early 2000s after appearing on the television series Gilmore Girls as well as such films as New York Minute and House of Wax.

Early life

Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Gerald and Sherri Padalecki.[1][2] His father is of Polish descent, while his mother has German, Scottish, French, and English ancestry.[3]


He was a 2000 candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.[1] In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation.[4] Although he had originally planned to attend the University of Texas after graduating from high school in 2000, Jared decided to move Los Angeles, California instead to pursue an acting career.[1]


Padalecki with Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles

Padalecki won Fox Broadcasting's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met an agent.[5] His first role was a minor role in the 1999 film A Little Inside. In 2000, he was cast as Dean Forester on the television series Gilmore Girls, a role he played until 2005. Throughout the early 2000s, he appeared in several made-for-television films, including Silent Witness, Close to Home, and the Disney Channel Original Movie A Ring of Endless Light.[citation needed]

Padalecki had an uncredited role 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 Charlie Baker, and the director of the movie, who wanted someone larger than Charlie 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 as Trey Lipton, a cute boy to whom the Olsens' characters are attracted. He also landed a short role in the thriller Flight of the Phoenix alongside Dennis Quaid and Hugh Laurie. In 2005, Padalecki starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton in House of Wax as Wade. In 2005, he appeared in Cry Wolf, another horror film, as Tom.[7]

That same year, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the WB series, Supernatural. Sam and his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, fighting demons and angels, and dealing with all manner of fantasy & sci-fi genre. The show is currently in its twelfth season on the CW. It owns the title of the longest-running North American sci-fi series in history.[8]

In 2007, Jared served as the host of MTV's horror reality series, Room 401, which was discontinued after only eight episodes due to poor ratings.[9]

He had the lead role in 2008's The Christmas Cottage as Thomas Kinkade, alongside acclaimed actor Peter O'Toole.

He also had the lead role in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th as Clay Miller, a character who heads out to Camp Crystal Lake in search of his sister who has gone missing.[10]

Personal life

Padalecki married former Supernatural guest star Genevieve Cortese (who played the demon Ruby during the show's fourth season) on February 27, 2010 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The couple resides in Austin, Texas with their two sons.[11][12][13] The couple is expecting their third child, due in March 2017.[14]

Always Keep Fighting

In March 2015, Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign through His first campaign raised funds for To Write Love On Her Arms, which supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The cause is particularly close to Padalecki, who has been candid about his own struggles with depression.[15] For the second campaign in the Always Keep Fighting series in April 2015, Padalecki partnered with co-star Jensen Ackles to release a shirt featuring both of their faces, to benefit their newly formed joint charitable fund. Over 70,000 shirts were sold.[16][17] Most recently, Padalecki launched a third campaign selling a further 40,000 shirts.[18]

During San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, more than 6,000 fans surprised Padalecki at the Supernatural panel by holding up candles for him, after having revealed his battle with depression earlier in the year.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Little Inside, AA Little Inside Matt Nelson
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen High School Bully Uncredited
2004 New York Minute Trey Lipton
2004 Flight of the Phoenix John Davis
2005 House of Wax Wade
2005 Cry Wolf Tom
2007 House of Fears J.P. Uncredited
2008 Christmas Cottage Thomas Kinkade
2009 Friday the 13th Clay Miller
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Silent Witness Sam TV movie
2000–2005 Gilmore Girls Dean Forester Recurring (season 1, 4 & 5)
Main cast (season 2–3): 63 episodes
2001 ER Paul Harris Episode: "Piece of Mind"
2002 Ring of Endless Light, AA Ring of Endless Light Zachery Gray TV movie
2003 Young MacGyver Clay MacGyver "Pilot"; never picked up
2005–present Supernatural Sam Winchester Lead Role
2007 Room 401 Himself Cancelled after 8 episodes
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Sam Winchester Voice role, 22 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Dean Forester Episode: "Fall"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Drama
Gilmore Girls
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star
House of Wax
2007 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "Croatoan")
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Drama Nominated
2008 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "Born Under a Bad Sign") Won
SFX Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
2012 Nominated
2013 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2012 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "The Born-Again Identity") Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Nominated
SFX Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
Sexiest Man Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
Favorite TV Bromance (shared with Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins) Won
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
Favorite TV Duo (shared with Jensen Ackles) Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won


  1. ^ a b c d "Jared Padalecki biography". TV Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Jared Padalecki Biography". 
  3. ^ "Jared Padalecki interview". The Bonnie Hunt Show. February 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Schwan Duo Interpretation" (PDF). The H.B. Mitchell Trophy. National Forensic League. p. 5. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Teen Choice Awards". 
  6. ^ "Interview with Bonnie Hunt". 
  7. ^ Keith, Amy Elisa (November 29, 2005). 26334,1133515,00.html "Celebrity Q&A: Jared Padalecki" Check |url= value (help). People Magazine. Time-Warner. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
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  9. ^ "Room 401: Cast Bios". 
  10. ^ "Friday the 13th: Jared Padalecki". January 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  11. ^ Godwin, Jennifer, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Are Engaged,, January 6, 2010; accessed February 14, 2009.
  12. ^ Kubicek, John, Notes from the Supernatural 100th episode party,; February 2, 2010.
    Quote: "Jared Padalecki talking sweetly about his recent engagement to former co-star Genevieve Cortese"; accessed February 14, 2010.
  13. ^ JAKLE, Jeanne. "Hollywood Stars Love the Spurs Too". My San Antonio: San Antonio's Home Page. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "How Jared Padalecki's 'Always Keep Fighting' Helped This Fan Battle Depression". MTV News. 
  16. ^ "Jared & Jensen Always Keep Fighting - Represent". 
  17. ^ "Supernatural: Jensen Ackles on the Finale and His Charity with Jared Padalecki :". 
  18. ^ "Jared Padelecki's Love Yourself First Hoodie - Represent". 
  19. ^ "Fans Support Jared Padalecki's Fight Against Depression With Incredibly Moving Comic-Con Tribute". Entertainment Tonight. 

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