Jenkins at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
|Born||Richard Dale Jenkins
May 4, 1947
DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Illinois Wesleyan University|
|Television||Nathaniel Fisher on Six Feet Under|
|Spouse(s)||Sharon R. Friedrick (m. 1969)|
Richard Dale Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American actor. Jenkins began his acting career in theatre at the Trinity Repertory Company and later made his film debut in 1974. He has worked steadily in film and television since the 1980s, mostly in supporting roles. His first major role did not come until the early 2000s, in which he played the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher on the HBO funeral drama series Six Feet Under. Jenkins was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Visitor and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Olive Kitteridge.
Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois. His mother, Mary Elizabeth (née Wheeler; 1914-2003), was a housewife, and his father, Dale Stevens Jenkins (1916-1997), was a dentist. He attended DeKalb High School. Before he was an actor, Jenkins drove a linen truck (his boss was actor John C. Reilly's father). Jenkins earned a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University before relocating to Rhode Island.
Jenkins worked with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, while breaking into film with a bit part in Feasting with Panthers (1974), a television film about Oscar Wilde. Jenkins was given the option of joining the Screen Actors Guild. Knowing that it was not that easy to join, Jenkins immediately accepted the offer. He continued as a member of Trinity's resident acting company and served as its artistic director from 1990-94.
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Since his film debut in the television movie Feasting with Panthers (1974), Jenkins has been working steadily in film. His earlier film credits include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Sea of Love (1989), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), and Snow Falling On Cedars (1999).
He has worked with the director siblings the Farrelly brothers in There's Something About Mary (1998), Outside Providence (1999), Me, Myself, & Irene (2000), Say It Isn't So (2001), Hall Pass (2011) and the 2012 Three Stooges remake. He has also appeared in three Coen Brothers movies: The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Burn After Reading (2008). He is in North Country (2005), has three memorable scenes as FBI Director James (Robert) Grace in The Kingdom (2007), and Step Brothers (2008).
Although primarily known for supporting parts, Jenkins had a lead role in The Visitor (2008) for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor. Jenkins won the International Press Academy's Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture.
Jenkins costarred in Dear John, as the father of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), and in Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard's horror film The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Jenkins also co-starred with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in Eat Pray Love.
Jenkins is perhaps best known for playing Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. His character is the deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, and regularly appears to his family as a ghost or in dreams. He played the role for the show's entire run. He and his castmates received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002. Jenkins portrayed a DEA agent in one episode of Miami Vice and a mob boss in a later episode. In 2015, Jenkins won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his performance as Henry Kitteridge in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.
Jenkins and his wife Sharon R. Friedrick were married on August 23, 1969, and have two children: son Andrew Dale and daughter Sarah Pamela. They reside in Cumberland, RI.
Awards and honors
|Great Performances||1974, 1975||Warder / The Sheriff||2 episodes|
|American Playhouse||1984||Nicholas Vazzana||Episode: "Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion"|
|Spenser: For Hire||1985||Tex||Episode: "Internal Affairs"|
|Miami Vice||1985, 1989||Goodman / DEA Agent Ed Waters||2 episodes|
|The Little Sister||1986||Roger Davis||Television film|
|In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders||1988||Detective||Television film|
|Out on the Edge||1989||Paul Evetts||Television film|
|When You Remember Me||1990||Vaughan||Television film|
|Challenger||1990||Gregory Jarvis||Television film|
|Against the Law||1990||Wexford||2 episodes|
|Descending Angel||1990||Debaudt||Television film|
|Crossroads||1992||Jim Mundy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Alex Haley's Queen||1993||Mr. Benson||Miniseries|
|And the Band Played On||1993||Dr. Marc Conant||Television film|
|The Boys Next Door||1996||Bob Klemper||Television film|
|Into Thin Air: Death on Everest||1997||Beck Weathers||Television film|
|Ally McBeal||2001||Mr. Bo||Episode: "Mr. Bo"|
|Six Feet Under||2001–2005||Nathaniel Fisher||21 episodes|
|Sins of the Father||2002||Bobby Frank Cherry||Television film|
|Olive Kitteridge||2014||Henry Kitteridge||Miniseries
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|Berlin Station||2016–present||Steven Frost|
Six Feet Under episodes
|Season 1||2001||"Pilot", "The Will", "The Foot", "The Room", "Life's Too Short", "Knock, Knock"|
|Season 2||2002||"In the Game", "The Plan", "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Somebody Else's Eyes", "I'll Take You", "The Secret"||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series|
|Season 3||2003||"Perfect Circles", "Nobody Sleeps", "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost"|
|Season 4||2004||"In Case of Rapture", "Grinding the Corn", "Untitled"|
|Season 5||2005||"Time Flies", "Ecotone", "All Alone", "Everyone's Waiting"|
- "Just Visiting". FutureMovies.co.uk.
- Benjamin Secher (2008-06-28). "Richard Jenkins: bald, 61 years old - and a star at last". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- "Richard Jenkins profile". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- "Reilly + Movie Dad Met When He Was Four". Showbizspy.com. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, February 3, 2009.
- Moynihan, Rob (January 19, 2015). "How I Got My SAG-AFTRA Card", TV Guide. p. 8
- Maxwell, Erin and Michael Jones. Variety "Film trio feel the Spirit." December 2, 2008
- Boedeker, Hal (September 20, 2015). "Emmys: Viola Davis makes history; HBO scores". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- "Richard and Sharon Jenkins to Receive Trinity Rep's 2014 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement; Ceremony Set for 6/9". Broadway World. April 8, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
- Gray, Channing (June 9, 2014). "Pell Awards salute the best of R.I. arts". The Providence Journal. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
- "30th Moscow International Film Festival (2008)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Jenkins.|
- Richard Jenkins at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Richard Jenkins at everydayyeah.com
- Davy Rothbart Interviews Richard Jenkins for Grantland
- Interview with Richard Jenkins at The Faster Times, Davi Napoleon's Theater Talk.