Richard Jenkins

  • Birth Name: Richard Dale Jenkins
  • Birth Place: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Met his wife, Sharon, at Illinois Wesleyan University; they both graduated in 1969.
  • Spent 15 years with Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Theater, where he performed on stage, directed and served as artistic director (1990-94).
  • First TV appearance was the PBS airing of the play Feasting With Panthers, a 1974 Trinity Repertory Company production about playwright Oscar Wilde's incarceration.
  • Began adding film and TV credits in the early 1980s, including Hannah and Her Sisters, The Witches of Eastwick and Sea of Love.
  • Attained a higher profile with his recurring role as the deceased Nathaniel Fischer Sr. in the HBO hit series Six Feet Under (2001-05).

Awards

  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Winner
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2017, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • M. Elizabeth Wheeler — Mother
  • Sarah Pamela Jenkins — Daughter
  • Sharon R. Frederick Jenkins — Wife
  • Dale Stevens Jenkins — Father
  • Andrew Dale Jenkins — Son

College

  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, United States (BFA in Theatre Arts, 1969); Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States

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