Padalecki at Comic-Con in 2015
|Born||Jared Tristan Padalecki
July 19, 1982
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Genevieve Nicole Cortese (m. 2010)|
Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) is an American actor. 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. Padalecki is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on Supernatural.
He was a 2000 candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program. In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation. 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.
Padalecki won Fox Broadcasting's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met an agent. 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.
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.
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.
That same year, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the CW series, Supernatural. Sam and his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes accompanied by their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the show's first season. The eleventh season premiered on October 7, 2015, on CW. He served as the host of MTV's horror reality series, Room 401, which was discontinued after only eight episodes due to poor ratings. 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.
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 reside in Austin, Texas with their two sons.
Always Keep Fighting
In March 2015, Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign through Represent.com. 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. 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. Most recently, Padalecki launched a third campaign selling a further 40,000 shirts.
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.
|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||Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Male|
|2007||House of Fears||J.P.||Uncredited|
|2008||Christmas Cottage||Thomas Kinkade|
|2009||Friday the 13th||Clay Miller|
|2000||Silent Witness||Sam||TV movie|
|2000–2007||Gilmore Girls||Dean Forester||Recurring (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4 & 5): 63 episodes
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
|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
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2011, 2012)
Nominated–SFX Award for Best TV Actor
|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||Main Cast|
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