Jensen Ackles

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Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ackles by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Ackles at the 2013 Comic Con
Born Jensen Ross Ackles
(1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Danneel Harris (2010-present)
Children 1

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.

Early life

Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor.[1] 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.[2] He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and to become a physical therapist, but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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 (left) with his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki in 2008

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,[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.

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 ninth season ended broadcast on May 20, 2014 with a tenth season scheduled for fall 2014.

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 lent his voice as the Red Hood (Jason Todd) for 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 that he would be voicing a character named Gibson in the video game, Tron: Evolution, which was released on December 7, 2010.[7]

Personal life

After three years of dating, Ackles became engaged to actress, model, and gymnast Danneel Harris in November 2009.[8] The couple married on May 15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.[9] They have one daughter, Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles, born on May 30, 2013.[10]

Ackles considers himself a non-denominational Christian.[11]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Plight of Clownana, TheThe Plight of Clownana Jensen Short film
2005 Devour Jake Gray Straight-to-DVD
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

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
See "Awards and Nominations" (below)
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Dean Winchester Voice role, 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Tron: Evolution Gibson
2011 The 3rd Birthday Kyle Madigan

Awards and Nominations

Year Work Awards Category Result
1998 Days of Our Lives Soap Opera Digest Awards Best Male Newcomer Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1999 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2000 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2006 Supernatural Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Breakout Star[12] Nominated
Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "In My Time of Dying")[13] Nominated
2007 SFX Awards Best TV Actor[14] Nominated
2008 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "What Is and what Should Never Be")[15] Nominated
Ewwy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series[16] Nominated
2009 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "In the Beginning")[17] Nominated
2010 Ewwy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series[18] Won
Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "The End")[19] Nominated
2011 TV Guide Award Favourite Actor[20] Won
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi[21] Nominated
2013 Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2012 Science Fiction Television Episode (for "We Need To Talk About Kevin")[22] Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor[23] Nominated
SFX Awards Best TV Actor[24] Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi[25] Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor [26] Nominated
Favorite TV Bromance shared with Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins Won

References

  1. ^ "Jensen Ackles Biography (1978–)". 
  2. ^ "Hooked on horror". 
  3. ^ "Jensen Ackles: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Awards for Jensen Ackles". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  5. ^ Tom Welling, Jensen Ackles (2006-03-26). 25 Things You Didn't Know About Supernatural (Television). TV Guide Network. 
  6. ^ "Jensen Ackles". Series Magazine. October 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  7. ^ http://www.fragland.net/news/TRON-Evolution-voice-cast-announced-no-Bridges/24408/
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (2009-11-09). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Are Engaged". TV Guide. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  9. ^ Oh, Eunice (2010-05-16). "CW Stars Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Tie the Knot". People Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Zach (2013-06-07). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Welcome Daughter Justice Jay". US Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  11. ^ Interview with Jensen Ackles
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Teen_Choice_Awards/2006
  13. ^ "The Constellation Awards - Who Will Win". gurudata. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "SFX Awards, UK: Awards for 2007". IMDB. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Constellation Awards - Who Will Win? (2008 Edition)". gurudata. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "EWwy Winners Revealed!". EW.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "2009 Constellation Award Nominees". File770.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Slezak, Michael. "EWwy Awards 2010: Here's to the Winners!". EW.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Constellation Awards Nominees". Science Fiction Awards Watch. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Supernatural: Fan's Favorites Awards". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2012". Teen Choice Awards. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Constellation Awards". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2013". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  24. ^ Edwards, Richard. "Vote In The SFX Awards 2013!". SFX. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2013: Vote". Teen Choice Awards. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2013". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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