Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Sam Winchester in the TV series Supernatural. He grew up in Texas and rose to fame in the early 2000s after appearing on the television series Gilmore Girls as well as the films New York Minute (2004) and House of Wax (2005).
Birth and ancestry
He was a 2000 candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program. In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation. Although he had originally planned to attend the University of Texas after graduating from high school in 2000, Jared decided to move Los Angeles County, California instead to pursue an acting career.
Padalecki won Fox Broadcasting's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met an agent. His first role was a minor role in the 1999 film A Little Inside. In 2000, he was cast as Dean Forester on the television series Gilmore Girls, a role he played until 2005. Throughout the early 2000s, he appeared in several made-for-television films, including Silent Witness, Close to Home, and the Disney Channel Original Movie A Ring of Endless Light.
Padalecki had an uncredited role as a high school bully in 2003's comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which he played after being asked by fellow actor and friend Tom Welling, who played Charlie Baker, and the director of the movie, who wanted someone larger than Charlie to pick on him. Padalecki originally auditioned for Welling's role, but gave it up in order to film a pilot titled Young MacGyver which was never picked up.
In 2004, he appeared in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen comedy New York Minute as Trey Lipton, a cute boy to whom the Olsens' characters are attracted. He also landed a short role in the thriller Flight of the Phoenix alongside Dennis Quaid and Hugh Laurie. In 2005, Padalecki starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, and Paris Hilton in House of Wax as Wade. In 2005, he appeared in Cry Wolf, another horror film, as Tom.
Also in 2005, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the WB series, Supernatural. Sam and his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, fighting demons and angels, and dealing with all manner of fantasy & sci-fi genre. The show ended in 2020, after fifteen seasons, making it the longest-running North American sci-fi series in history.
On September 23, 2019, it was announced that Padalecki was cast as the titular role in a reboot series of Walker, Texas Ranger, which is currently in development at The CW. The reboot was ordered to series in January, 2020. Walker premiered on January 21, 2021.
Padalecki's engagement to his Supernatural co-star Genevieve Cortese was announced in January 2010. They met when Cortese guest starred as Ruby on the show's fourth season. Padalecki proposed to her in front of their favorite painting, "Joan of Arc", by French realist Jules Bastien-Lepage at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in October 2009. The pair married on February 27, 2010, in Cortese's hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. On October 10, 2011, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Thomas Colton Padalecki, was born on March 19, 2012. On December 22, 2013, Cortese gave birth to their second son, Austin Shepherd "Shep" Padalecki. Their daughter, Odette Elliott Padalecki, was born on March 17, 2017. The couple resides in Austin, Texas with their three children.
Padalecki is the owner of Stereotype, a '90s-themed bar in Austin, Texas, which opened in 2018. On October 27, 2019, Padalecki was arrested and charged with assault and public intoxication following a physical altercation at the bar.
Always Keep Fighting
In March 2015, Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign through Represent.com. His first campaign raised funds for To Write Love On Her Arms, which supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. The cause is particularly close to Padalecki, who has been candid about his own struggles with depression. For the second campaign in the Always Keep Fighting series in April 2015, Padalecki partnered with co-star Jensen Ackles to release a shirt featuring both of their faces, to benefit their newly formed joint charitable fund. Over 70,000 shirts were sold. Most recently, Padalecki launched a third campaign selling a further 40,000 shirts.
During San Diego Comic-Con 2015, more than 6,000 fans surprised Padalecki at the Supernatural panel by holding up candles for him, after having revealed his battle with depression earlier in the year.
|1999||A Little Inside||Matt Nelson|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||High School Bully||Uncredited|
|2004||New York Minute||Trey Lipton|
|Flight of the Phoenix||John Davis|
|2005||House of Wax||Wade Felton|
|Cry Wolf||Tom Jordan|
|2007||House of Fears||J.P.||Uncredited|
|2008||Christmas Cottage||Thomas Kinkade|
|2009||Friday the 13th||Clay Miller|
|2015||Phantom Boy||Lieutenant Alex||Voice role|
|2000||Silent Witness||Sam||Television film|
|2000–2005||Gilmore Girls||Dean Forester||Recurring role (seasons 1, 4 & 5), Main role (seasons 2 & 3); 63 episodes|
|2001||ER||Paul Harris||Episode: "Piece of Mind"|
|2002||A Ring of Endless Light||Zachery Gray||Television film|
|2003||Young MacGyver||Clay MacGyver||Unsold television pilot|
|2005–2020||Supernatural||Sam Winchester||Main role; 327 episodes|
|2007||Room 401||Himself||Host; 8 episodes|
|2011||Supernatural: The Anime Series||Sam Winchester||Main role, voice role; 22 episodes|
|2015-2018||The Hillywood Show||Dancer / Himself / Ghostbuster||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2016||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Dean Forester||Episode: "Fall"|
|2017||Kings of Con||Jaden Jaworski||Episode: "Arlington, VA"|
|2021||Walker||Cordell Walker||Main role; also executive producer|
Awards and nominations
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