Ken Jenkins

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Ken Jenkins
Born (1940-08-28) August 28, 1940 (age 75)
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974-present
Spouse(s) Joan Patchen (1958-1969)[1]
Katharine Houghton (m. 1970)
Children 3 sons
Relatives Katharine Hepburn (aunt-in-law)

Ken Jenkins (born August 28, 1940) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Bob Kelso, the Chief of Medicine on the American comedy Scrubs.


In 1969, he joined Actors Theatre of Louisville under the leadership of Jon Jory where he served as a company member for three years. This institution has produced playwrights such as Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Jenkins previously appeared on the series Adult Math, as well as episodes of Homefront, The X-Files (episode "Medusa", season 8), Babylon 5, Evolution, the Season three premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wiseguy, and Early Edition (episode "Deadline", season 3), and Scrubs as Dr. Kelso.[2]

He has appeared in the films Executive Decision, The Abyss, Air America, Last Man Standing, Fled, Gone in 60 Seconds, I Am Sam, The Sum of All Fears, Matewan, Courage Under Fire and the 1998 remake of Psycho. He appeared as the father of Fran Goldsmith in Stephen King's TV miniseries, The Stand. Jenkins also had a role in Clockstoppers.[2]

Jenkins can sing and play the acoustic guitar, and is seen doing so on the Scrubs episodes "My Tuscaloosa Heart" and "My Musical".

Jenkins also has a recurring role on Cougar Town since October 27, 2010, as the father of Jules (played by Courteney Cox).[2] Jenkins also appears in The Blanks' music video for "Guy Love" as the owner of an L.A. bar.


  1. ^ "Father, son appear together on stage". The News and Courier. April 6, 1986. pp. 8–E. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
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