Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor and director. He has appeared on television as Dean Winchester in The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural, Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D and voiced Jason Todd in the popular animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.
Ackles at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Jensen Ross Ackles
March 1, 1978
Danneel Harris (m. 2010)
Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor. He has a brother, Josh, and a sister, Mackenzie. Ackles 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. He has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry.
After modelling on and off since the age of four, 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.
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. 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 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; 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.
In 2005, Ackles joined the cast of the WB show horror/drama series Supernatural where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, fighting demons and angels, and dealing with all manner of fantasy & sci-fi genre. The show is currently in its fourteenth season on the CW. It owns the title of the longest-running North American sci-fi series in history.
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.
After three years of dating, Ackles became engaged to actress and model Danneel Harris in November 2009. The couple married on May 15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Their daughter, Justice Jay “JJ” Ackles, was born in May 2013. In August 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins, a boy and a girl, later in the year. On December 2, 2016, their twins, Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes, were born.
Ackles is a co-owner of a brewery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Family Business Beer Company, with his wife and in-laws. The brewery's name is a reference to Supernatural ("family business" being a tagline for the series).
|2004||The Plight of Clownana||Jensen||Short film|
|2007||Ten Inch Hero||Boaz Priestly|
|2009||My Bloody Valentine 3D||Tom Hanniger|
|2010||Batman: Under the Red Hood||Jason Todd / Red Hood||Voice role|
|1996||Wishbone||Michael Duss||Episode: "Viva Wishbone!"|
|1996||Sweet Valley High||Brad Rollins||Episode: "All Along in the Water Tower"|
|1996–1997||Mr. Rhodes||Malcolm||7 episodes|
|1997||Cybill||David||Episode: "The Wedding"|
|1997–2000||Days of Our Lives||Eric Brady||Series regular|
|2001||Blonde||Eddie G. Robinson||Television film|
|2001–2002||Dark Angel||Alec McDowell / X5-494||22 episodes|
|2002–2003||Dawson's Creek||C.J. Braxton||12 episodes|
|2003–2004||Still Life||Max Morgan||Unaired; 6 episodes|
|2004–2005||Smallville||Jason Teague||Main role; season 4|
|2005–present||Supernatural||Dean Winchester||Lead role; 14 seasons|
|2011||Supernatural: The Anime Series||Dean Winchester||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2017||Kings of Con||Justin Angles||Episode: "Arlington, VA"|
|2011||The 3rd Birthday||Kyle Madigan|
|2004||The Plight of Clownana||Short film; executive producer|
Awards and nominations
|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||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2000||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2006||Supernatural||Teen Choice Awards||TV – Choice Breakout Star||Nominated|
|Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "In My Time of Dying")
|2007||Supernatural||SFX Awards||Best TV Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Supernatural||Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "What Is and what Should Never Be")
|Ewwy Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2009||Supernatural||Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "In the Beginning")
|2010||Supernatural||Ewwy Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|||
|Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "The End")
|2011||Supernatural||TV Guide Award||Favourite Actor||Won|||
|2012||Supernatural||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|||
|2013||Supernatural||Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance in a 2012 Science Fiction Television Episode
(for "We Need To Talk About Kevin")
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic TV Actor||Nominated|||
|SFX Awards||Best TV Actor||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|||
|2014||Supernatural||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|||
|Favorite TV Bromance
(shared with Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins)
|2015||Supernatural||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Chemistry: Jensen Ackles & Misha Collins||Won|||
|2016||Supernatural||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Won|||
|2017||Supernatural||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|||
|Supernatural||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|||
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