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 appeared in supporting roles in many films produced during the 1980s and the 1990s. His breakthrough 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.
Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois. His mother, Mary Elizabeth (née Wheeler), was a housewife, and his father, Dale Stevens Jenkins, 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. At Illinois Wesleyan Jenkins became a member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.
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 movie 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 to 1994.
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 is in 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 Drama.
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 also portrayed a DEA agent in one episode of Miami Vice and a mob boss in a later episode.
Jenkins and his wife Sharon R. Friedrick were married on August 23, 1969, and have two children: son Andrew Richard and daughter Sarah Pamela.
Awards and honors
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"|
- Benjamin Secher Published: 12:01AM BST 28 Jun 2008 Comments (2008-06-28). "Richard Jenkins: bald, 61 years old - and a star at last". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- "Oscars 2009: Mickey, Sean, Frank, Brad and . . . Richard?"[dead link]
- "Richard Jenkins Biography (1947-)". Film Reference. 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
- Kit, Borys; Jay A. Fernandez (2009-01-22). "Two feel Joss Whedon's 'Cabin' pressure". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 21 January 2009.[dead link]
- "Richard and Sharon Jenkins to Receive Trinity Rep's 2014 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement; Ceremony Set for 6/9". Broadway World. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Gray, Channing (9 June 2014). "Pell Awards salute the best of R.I. arts / Gallery". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 10 June 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.