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Richard Jenkins Biography

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

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

  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2008Utah Film Critics-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated

Relationships

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