Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor. Ackles has a brother, Joshua, who is three years older, and sister, Mackenzie, who is seven years younger. He is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.
After modelling on and off since the age of 4, 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.
Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the CW horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes with their father, (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The sixth season began broadcast on September 24, 2010.
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.
In summer of 2010, Ackles lent his voice as the Red Hood (Jason Todd) for the animated film, Batman: Under The Red Hood, which was released to DVD and Blu-ray on July 27.
On October 22, 2010, Disney Interactive Studios announced that he will be voicing a character named Gibson in the video game, Tron: Evolution, which was released on December 7, 2010.
The CW has announced Jensen Ackles and his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki have both signed on for another year of Supernatural, and a Season 7 has been confirmed.
After dating actress, model, and gymnast Danneel Harris for three years, and becoming engaged in November 2009, they married in Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2010. Ackles considers himself a non-denominational Christian.
|Danneel Ackles||(15 May 2010 - present)|
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Graduated from L. V. Berkner High School, Richardson, Texas in 1996.
Has one brother, Joshua, approximately three years older, and one sister, Mackenzie, approximately seven years younger.
Was a child model at age 4, then quit, and started again at age 10.
Played baseball and lacrosse in high school.
Fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist, before he decided to move to LA to give acting a try.
Enjoys horseback riding.
1993 graduate of Apollo Junior High School in Richardson, TX.
1990 graduate of Dartmouth Elementary School in Richardson, Texas.
Also sings and plays guitar.
He is the son of actor Alan Ackles and Donna Joan Shaffer.
Jensen's parents named him Jensen because they considered other names but found them too common. Ackles, Jensen's last name, is pronounced like 'Cackles' without a 'C.'
Good friends with Christian Kane.
His career has an ongoing theme of dealing with demonic forces. His character's mother, "Marlena" on "Days of Our Lives" (1965), was possessed by the Devil. In the movie Devour (2005) (V), he was the son of "Satan". On his television series, "Supernatural" (2005), his character battles the forces of hell.
His parents were going to name him Justin but his parents thought it was too common.
He is a keen photographer and is always taking photos on the set of "Supernatural" (2005).
Was offered a role as Eliza Dushku's love interest on "Tru Calling" (2003) but chose to take a role on "Smallville" (2001) instead. Eric Christian Olsen was eventually given the role and the character's name was changed to Jensen.
His first name is actually a surname and is the most common surname in Denmark.
Is expecting his first child with wife Danneel Ackles (January 2013).
On the film set of "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003)_ 'Jared Padalecki' (qu) met Tom Welling. who played Clark Kent on "Smallville" (2001)_. Before the start of Supernatural, Jensen also played on Smallvlle. Both shows filmed in B.C. Vancouver, in the CW lot, and they are all now real-life friends. Tom and Jared, are both pranksters.
"When I was in middle school, some of my so-called friends found a catalog ad I did for Superman pajamas. They made as many copies as they could and pasted them up all over school." - on his most embarrassing moment.
Being from Texas, I would say I favor a pair of jeans you can wear some boots with.
[on Dean Winchester's reaction to his father's death on "Supernatural" (2005)] "A lot of issues, yeah. Dean's definitely having issues on camera. I'm just having issues because I don't get to hang out with him [Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played John] anymore".
I love the smell of shampoo on a girl's hair. You can walk past someone and be like, 'Wow, you took a shower this morning, didn't you? Because you smell lovely!
I'm a mad Gummi fan. I always have Gummis in my trailer. But you can't eat too many because then you get Gummi tummy, and that's no good. I can't believe I'm saying this.
[on 9/11] 9/11 was unreal. I happened to be in Canada at the time and really didn't get a sense of how awful it really was until a few days later when it hit me like a ton of bricks...that the place I call home, the country that is invincible, my country of pride and freedom, the place we all feel safe, had been completely violated. I immediately jumped on a plane and flew to be with my family. It really frightened me. I pray to God that this new evil in our world will be abolished quickly.
On working with Jared: Jared and I are lucky to get along so well without having any effort to make. One day, the producers came to see us and told us they had never worked with actors who got along so well. It gives us the opportunity to make the relationship between Sam and Dean have credibility. I think the audience feels how much Jared and I like being together.
Some people will go to the opening of an envelope. They live their lives in the public eye and get off on it, they need it. They need that kind of adoration. If their name isn't in the tabloids once a week they feel like a failure. I choose to live a more private life, as does Jared [Padalecki]. We just don't believe in that sort of thing of 'it doesn't matter what they're saying so long as they're talking about you'.
(May 2007) Preparing to perform next month on stage with Lou Diamond Phillips in "A Few Good Men".
(July 2007) Filming the 3rd season of "Supernatural" (2005) in Vancouver.
(May 2008) Filming My Bloody Valentine (2009).
(August 2008) Filming season 4 of "Supernatural" (2005) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
(November 2012) Filming the 8th season of "Supernatural" (2005) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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