Tall and athletic with a winning smile, this Texas native came to Hollywood after winning a nationwide contest to be a presenter on the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. The very next year, he landed a role on the Gilmore Girls as Rory's beau and won a strong female fan base. In 2005, his growing popularity led to a starring role on the eerie sci-fi series Supernatural. Feature film roles followed with parts in such horror flicks as House of Wax, Cry Wolf and the Friday the 13th remake. Off-screen, he found romance with Supernatural costar Geneieve Cortese.

Fast Facts

  • Started taking acting lessons when he was 12.
  • Won a Claim to Fame contest in 1999 that sent him to the first Teen Choice Awards where he was noticed by an agent.
  • Was a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program in 2000.
  • Planned to attend the University of Texas but changed his mind when he won the role of Dean on Gilmore Girls.
  • Received information about mythology to prep him for Supernatural from his mom, Sherri, who is a high school heroes, myths and legends teacher.


  • 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Bromance: Winner


  • Jeff Padalecki — Brother
  • Megan Padalecki — Sister
  • Sherri Padalecki — Mother
  • Jerry Padalecki — Father
  • Thomas Colton Padalecki — Son
  • Sandra McCoy — Ex-fiancée
  • Shepherd Padalecki — Son
  • Genevieve Cortese — Wife

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  • Birth Name: Jared Tristan Padalecki
  • Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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