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Ackles at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Jensen Ross Ackles

(1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1996–present
(m. 2010)

Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor, producer and director. He has appeared on television as Dean Winchester in The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural, Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives (earning him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations), Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D and provided the voice of Jason Todd in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Early life

Ackles was born in Dallas the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor.[1] He has a brother, Josh, and a sister, Mackenzie. Ackles had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and to become a physical therapist; instead he moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career. He has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry.[2]


After modeling on and off since the age of four, 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.[3]

Ackles (left) with his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki in 2008

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.[4] 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 in 2009

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.[5] 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;[6] 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.

In 2005, Ackles joined the cast of the WB show horror/action series Supernatural where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, fighting demons and angels, and showcasing fantasy & sci-fi pop culture. The show ended after fifteen seasons, making it the longest-running North American sci-fi series in history.[7]

Ackles in 2013

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.

In summer of 2010, Ackles provided the voice for the Red Hood (Jason Todd) in the animated film, Batman: Under The Red Hood, which was released to DVD and Blu-ray on July 27.

On October 22, 2010, Disney Interactive Studios announced he would be voicing a character named Gibson in the video game, Tron: Evolution which was released on December 7, 2010.[8]

After years of performing at conventions, Ackles released his first original song as a professional singer titled "Sounds of Someday" which is the first track from his debut album. In 2018, Ackles collaborated with musician Steve Carlson to form Radio Company. Together Ackles and Carlson completed a debut album entitled Radio Company Vol. 1. The album's first single was released on iTunes and the album was released in November 2019.[9]

In August 2020, it was announced he would join the cast of The Boys as Soldier Boy.[10][11] More recently, he and his wife formed Chaos Machine Productions with a deal at Warner Bros. Television.[12]

Personal life

After three years of dating, Ackles became engaged to actress and model Danneel Harris in November 2009.[13] The couple married on May 15, 2010 in Dallas.[14] Their first child, a daughter, was born in May 2013.[15] In August 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins, a boy and a girl[16] who were born in December.[17]

Ackles is a co-owner of a brewery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Family Business Beer Company, with his wife and in-laws. The brewery's name is a reference to Supernatural ("family business" being a tagline for the series).[18]

Ackles and Supernatural co-stars Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins supported Beto O'Rourke for the 2018 Senate election in Texas.[19]

In 2019, Ackles was chosen to serve as King Bacchus LI in the Krewe of Bacchus parade.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Plight of Clownana Jensen Short film; also Executive producer and first assistant director
2005 Devour Jake Gray
2007 Ten Inch Hero Boaz Priestly
2009 My Bloody Valentine 3D Tom Hanniger
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Jason Todd / Red Hood Direct-to-video; voice role
2019 The Buddy Games Jack Durfy Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Wishbone Michael Duss Episode: "Viva Wishbone!"
1996 Sweet Valley High Brad Rollins Episode: "All Along in the Water Tower"
1996–1997 Mr. Rhodes Malcolm Recurring role; 7 episodes
1997 Cybill David Episode: "The Wedding"
1997–2000 Days of Our Lives Eric Brady Series regular; 115 episodes
2001 Blonde Eddie G. Robinson Television film
2001–2002 Dark Angel Alec McDowell / X5-494 Main role (Season 2); 22 episodes
2002–2003 Dawson's Creek C.J. Braxton Recurring role; 12 episodes
2003 Still Life Max Morgan Unaired television series
2004–2005 Smallville Jason Teague Main role (Season 4); 22 episodes
2005–2020 Supernatural Dean Winchester Main role; 327 episodes
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Dean Winchester Main role; 2 episodes, voice role
2012 Undead Noise Event Guest Episode: "Flying Solo"
2015-2018 The Hillywood Show Dancer / Himself Guest appearance; 2 episodes
2017 Kings of Con Justin Angles Episode: "Arlington, VA"
2021 The Boys Soldier Boy Filming (Season 3)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Tron Evolution: Battle Grids Gibson Voice role
2010 Tron: Evolution Gibson Voice role
2011 The 3rd Birthday Kyle Madigan Voice role
2012 Life Weaver Dark Elf Voice role


Year Title Notes
2010–2015, 2019 Supernatural 6 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Work Awards Category Result Refs
1998 Days of Our Lives Soap Opera Digest Awards Best Male Newcomer Won
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 Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2006 Supernatural Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Breakout Star Nominated
Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "In My Time of Dying")
Nominated [24]
2007 Supernatural SFX Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
2008 Supernatural Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "What Is and what Should Never Be")
Nominated [25]
Ewwy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [26]
2009 Supernatural Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "In the Beginning")
Nominated [27]
2010 Supernatural Ewwy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Won [28]
Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "The End")
Nominated [29]
2011 Supernatural TV Guide Award Favourite Actor Won [30]
2012 Supernatural Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [31]
2013 Supernatural Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2012 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "We Need To Talk About Kevin")
Nominated [32]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Nominated [33]
SFX Awards Best TV Actor Nominated [34]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [35]
2014 Supernatural People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [36]
Favorite TV Bromance
(shared with Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins)
Won [36]
2015 Supernatural Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry: Jensen Ackles & Misha Collins Won [37]
2016 Supernatural People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Actor Won [38]
2017 Supernatural People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [39]
Supernatural Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [40]


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