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Overview (2)

Born in DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Jenkins was born on May 4, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for The Shape of Water (2017), The Visitor (2007) and Step Brothers (2008). He has been married to Sharon R. Friedrick since August 23, 1969. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Sharon R. Friedrick (23 August 1969 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (16)

Frequently works with the Farrelly Brothers and the Coen Brothers.
Served as an artistic director of Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Theater.
Studied theater at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Has a son and daughter with wife, Sharon.
A member of the Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island for fifteen years, he appeared in such 1970s and 1980s Trinity Repertory productions as "Brother to Dragons," "Of Mice and Men," "True West," "American Buffalo" and "Waiting for Godot"; directed such later productions as "Tartuffe," "The Glass Menagerie", "The Miser" and Shekspeare's "Macbeth" and "Twelfth Night"; and was the company's artistic director for four years.
Parents: Dale Stevens and M. Elizabeth (Wheeler) Jenkins. Father was a dentist.
One of several Rhode Island residents who have made films for the Farrelly Brothers. In four of their pictures, Richard even bought a house down the street from the brothers' childhood home in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
He has two grown-up children, Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale, from his long-time marriage to wife Sharon.
He attended school with Larry Shue and worked with James Pickering, according to an interview of February 20, 2009. Pickering acted as the Nerd in Shue's famous play, "The Nerd," adapted as "Laus im Pelz (1987)".
Was considered for the role of Dr. David Morgenstern on ER (1994).
He worked as a summer truck driver for the father of actor John C. Reilly in Illinois. Jenkins coincidentally met Reilly when the latter was four years old. The two later worked together in Step Brothers (2008).
He has Welsh, English, Irish, and German ancestry.
Shares the same birth name as Richard Burton.
As of 2018, he has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Spotlight (2015) and The Shape of Water (2017), with the latter two being winners in the category.
In both The Rum Diary (2011) and The Shape of Water (2017), it is a plot point that his character wears an obvious wig.
Childhood crush was British actress Hayley Mills. He was so smitten with her, he dreamed of moving to England to become her gardener in the hope that she might fall in love with him one day.

Personal Quotes (5)

[In response to his first starring film role in The Visitor (2007)] I would say 'I'll go back to my trailer now', and they'd say, 'No, no, you're in the next scene. It's one of those things that I didn't know if I would ever get an opportunity to try. I've been waiting my entire professional life for this experience.
[on filming The Witches of Eastwick] My first really nice part after Silverado. And my first day of shooting, they wouldn't let me on the set, cause they didn't believe I was in it. We were shooting in Massachusetts, and I drove up from my house, and I didn't have any ID on me or anything. I just drove up to the gate, and said "I'm here to shoot the movie." The guy said "Who are you?" I said "I'm an actor," and he said "Yeah, you and everyone else in town." I said "No, no, I'm an actor." And one of the grips or crew guys was walking by, and the guard asked "Hey, do you know who this guy is?" And the guy looked at me and said "Never seen 'em before." Finally I got an assistant to say "Yeah, yeah, he's in the movie." You think it's hard getting into movie sets? It is.
[on working with the Coens brothers] Well, I audition for them, for every movie. Raising Arizona was the first one. I auditioned for Miller's Crossing, and my agent called me up and said "I've got great news, it's between you and Albert Finney." I said "Oh really, that's great. Who would you choose?" And of course, Albert Finney was wonderful. I wanted Fargo, that's the one I wanted so badly. And when I saw it, and I saw William Macy in the part, I said "Oh, no wonder. He's incredible." But I stopped going in to audition. I'd say "No, they're not going to cast me anyway." And then they called me up and asked me to do The Man Who Wasn't There. And I said "So the only way to get a part in your movie is not to come in and audition?"
I was at a real funeral once, around the time I was doing Six Feet Under, when a woman tapped me on the shoulder and asked "Are they filming this?" It was one of those things where you're thinking "Is she kidding, is she not kidding?" She wasn't. That was jaw-dropping.
[on his role in the 1985 film Silverado] I auditioned for this really great part, and I remember my manager called me up and said "You got it! You're Kelly." And I said "Who?" "Kelly." I searched through the script, and I was in two scenes. I said "Howdy" in the first scene, and in the second scene, I said "You can't do that," and they shot me. And I was on the set for seven weeks. It was a cover set, which means if they couldn't work outside with it snowing or bad weather, they would move inside and do that scene they were saving for bad weather, so I couldn't go anywhere. I was hanging out in the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and everybody else was working on the movie.

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