Jensen Ackles

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Jensen at the Art of Elysium fundraiser in January 2020
Jensen celebrated his 40th on 1st March. In response to birthday wishes from fandom, he posted this photo and said "Thanks for all the well wishes today, folks. U got me all pumped and ready for “Level 4” of life. You’re all aces!!! Cheers"
Jensen in the snow, just before Xmas 2021

Jensen Ackles plays the character of Dean Winchester on Supernatural. He has appeared in all episodes.


Jensen posted this meme of twins Arrow and Zeppelin with the caption "Comedy&Tragedy. Solid representation of their father. Well done kiddos. 😏. #dadlife"

Full name: Jensen Ross Ackles

Born: March 1, 1978 in Dallas, Texas

Parents: Roger Alan Ackles (actor), Donna Joan Shaffer

Siblings: Joshua (older brother), Mackenzie (younger sister)

Spouse: Danneel Ackles (née Harris)

Children: Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles, Zeppelin Bram Ackles & Arrow Rhodes Ackles

His parents named him Jensen because they considered other names too common. Jensen attended Dartmouth Elementary School until 1990, Apollo Junior High School until 1993 and graduated from Lloyd V. Berkner High School in his hometown Richardson, Texas in 1996. Jensen planned to study sports medicine to become a physical therapist but ended up giving acting a shot.

Jensen's dad Alan played his character's father in Devour. He became widely referred to in fandom as Papa Ackles, a name Jared Padalecki reportedly called him faninohio on TWOP during his attendance at A Few Good Men in 2007.

On May 15, 2010 Jensen married actress Danneel Harris. They met around the time they were both involved in the short film The Plight of Clownana, and started dating around the time of filming Ten Inch Hero. They have 3 children; daughter, Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles, born on May 30, 2013[1]and twins Zeppelin Bram Ackles & Arrow Rhodes Ackles,born December 2,2016 .


Jensen in Australia May 2019

Jensen landed a recurring role on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady, for which he won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmys in the next 3 years until he left Days in 2000.

video of Jensen Ackles win at 1998 SOD Awards by Damon Winchester.

In 2001, he made his first appearance on the Fox science fiction show Dark Angel in the episode "Pollo Loco" (1.17), in which he played Max's (Jessica Alba) "brother" Ben/X5-493. His acting was so well received by both audiences and producers that he returned in season 2 of Dark Angel as the regular character Alec/X5-494, Ben's clone. As Alec, Jensen stayed on the show until its demise in 2002.

In 2003, The WB took Jensen under contract and put him on the last season of their teen drama hit Dawson's Creek in the role of C.J., Jen's (Michelle Williams) boyfriend. After Dawson's Creek ended Jensen then relocated to Vancouver to become a regular on The WB's Smallville, where he stayed for another year in the role of Jason Teague, Lana Lang's (Kristin Kreuk) boyfriend.

In 2005, after initially auditioning for the role of Sam, Jensen was cast as Dean Winchester in Supernatural.

In the break between filming season one and two of Supernatural, Jensen filmed the independent movie Ten Inch Hero. During the hiatus between season two and three of Supernatural, Jensen appeared as Lt. Kaffee in Aaron Sorkin's play A Few Good Men alongside Lou Diamond Phillips at the Casa Mañana Theatre, in Fort Worth, Texas from June 5 to 10, 2007.

Jensen has also modeled in fashion shoots for Men's Fitness (October 2006) and Hollywood Life (June 2007)

On April 7, 2008 it was announced Jensen was in final negotiations to play the lead character, Tom Hanninger in a 3D remake of the 1981 horror film, My Bloody Valentine. He shot the movie in the summer hiatus between seasons three and four of Supernatural, and it was released on January 16, 2009.

Jensen has done voice work on the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood and the Supernatural: The Animation, as well as for the video games Tron: Evolution and The 3rd Birthday‎.

On the 17th August, Jensen announced via his Instagram that he will be joining Season 3 of Eric Kripke's series The Boys as the character Soldier Boy.
Kripke told Variety:

“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of ‘Supernatural’ to ‘The Boys.’”

Danneel and the kids sent their best wishes via a cute video. Jared commented with "Couldn’t be happier for my brother from another mother!! Thrilled you’re gonna keep kicking ass and takin names. They’re lucky to have ya." and on Twitter added "We’ve been “The Boys” for fifteen years, so it’s nice to see the tradition live on. Congrats on your superpowers brother, you deserve it!"

  • On October 8th, 2020, it was announced that Jensen and Danneel have formed a production company called Chaos Machine. They signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group to develop original television programming for TV and streaming services. They have appointed Renee Reiff - former DC creative executive - as head of development for the company.

Other Projects

Photo from Jared's birthday post to Jensen in 2020. Photo taken at the EW photoshoot. For Jensen's birthday, Jared posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram, saying "“Happy birthday @jensenackles In the 16 birthdays I’ve been able to share with you as a friend, you’ve become a brother. Now, we have one month left to play brothers on tv. No one I’d rather cross this finish line with…Let’s take those boys home.” In response Jensen said "This was an emotional moment caught at the end of one of our very last photo shoots... and now I'm even more emotional. This is how we started and this is how we'll end."

Jensen Directing

Jensen directing 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's.

In the first season of the show, Kim Manners said to me, ‘You’re gonna direct one of these...' I said, ‘Oh, OK, Kim. Yeah, sure.’ He said, ‘You will. And when you do that, I’ll be right there.’

– Jensen Ackles, Source

In July 2010 Jensen directed his first episode of Supernatural: 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's.

Jensen directed 7.03 The Girl Next Door in season seven, which he announced at Asylum 6 2011. As happened in season six, the episode was the first one shot for the season, to allow Jensen time to prepare, but the second one to air. Pre-production started on June 26th and shooting began on July 6th.

In June 2011 Jared teased on twitter that he had the first two scripts for season seven and asked who wanted him to fax them a copy. @CariAnn923 was the first to respond, and Jared did fax her the front page of the script to be shot by Jensen. Portion of the script Jared faxed to @CariAnn923.

On the Season 7 DVD and Blu-Ray, Jensen features in the special feature: "Directing Supernatural: Seven directors talk about their work on Supernatural".

Jensen directed 8.03 Heartache, written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, in season eight. It was the first episode of the season filmed, but the third to air. The episode also included his father, Alan Ackles, in a small role as Detective Pike.

Jensen directed 10.03 Soul Survivor in season ten. As in previous years, it was the first episode of the season to be filmed, but the third to air.

Jensen directed 11.03 The Bad Seed in season eleven. As in previous years, it was the first episode of the season to be filmed, but the third to air.

Jensen directed 15.04 Atomic Monsters in the final season. It was the first episode of the season to be filmed, but the fourth to air.

Jensen Singing

For more in depth information see Jensen and music

With Steve Carlson

  • Jensen sang harmonies on "Come around more Alabama" (Spot in the Corner), as well as backing vocals on "Hummingbird Billy", "Rocking Chair" and "Wasted Jamie" (Rollin' On). Jason Manns supported Jensen's backing vocals on "Rollin' On".
  • Jensen helped co-write two songs on Steve's April 2008 record, "Stripped Down", namely "Where my River flows" and "Love you or leave you".
  • Jensen and Steve did a jam session at Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2011. Part of the proceeds went to support victims of the recent tornadoes

With Jason Manns


On Supernatural

Ackles Family on Supernatural

Family on Supernatural tweeted by Danneel (clockwise from top left) Gino and Valerie, MacKenzie (Bloodlust), Alan, and MacKenzie (Slash Fiction}

Alan Ackles, Jensen's father, voiced the newscaster in 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's, directed by Jensen. Jensen said the casting was easy:

"I saw ‘Newscaster’ in the script, and I knew, ‘Well, that’s easy. My dad can phone that in.’ And he literally did. He phoned it in from the studio in his house in Texas, sitting in his bathrobe, sipping his coffee."

In 8.03 Heartache, the second episode directed by Jensen, Alan appeared as Detective Pike. Jensen's mother Donna Ackles also appeared as an extra in the same episode pic here.

Jensen's sister Mackenzie has appeared in 2 episodes, 2.03 Bloodlust and 7.06 Slash Fiction.

Danneel's brother Gino Graul and her niece Valerie appeared as demons in 10.03 Soul Survivor.

Danneel appeared as Sister Jo in two episodes in Season 13 - 13.13 Devil's Bargain and 13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive.

Jensen's tattoos

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In October 2017, Jensen got a tattoo at Forever Inked Studio in Vancouver. The tattoo is on his left bicep and features a bird in flight among rays of sunlight. Jensen posted an image of the work on Instagram explaining that it was "For my daughter JJ. Aka J-Bird or simply “Birdie”."

In October 2019, Jensen got a tattoo also on his left bicep, for his twin Zeppelin and Arrow. It featured an arrow wrapping around his arm, with a zeppelin knot in the middle.

On 5th October 2019, Jeffrey Dean Morgan married Hilarie Burton. At the wedding Jeff, Jensen and Jared then got matching tattoos. They are stylised crowns that symbolises three kings, and the 3 peaks are a W for Winchester. On his Instagram post JDM said " Hilarie and I weren't the only ones joined for life. Jared, Jensen and myself will forever have a bond that is both special and permanent."

Jensen's cosplay

2018: A costume for Red Hood appeared in the episode 14.04 Mint Condition. Jensen had voiced the character in Batman: Under the Red Hood. Jensen later posted a photoshoot of himself in the costume, which was made by Stef (@arachnobite) who is a props seamstress and on-set dresser on Supernatural.

2019: For halloween, Jensen posted a photoshoot of himself as Batman, again in a costume made by Stef.

The Ackles family on the iconic couch from Friends during a tour at Warner Brothers 2021

6.15 The French Mistake

Name Jensen Ackles
Actor Dean Winchester
Dates March 1, 1978 (born)
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Episode(s) 6.15 The French Mistake

In the episode 6.15 The French Mistake, Sam and Dean find themselves in an alternate reality on the set of Supernatural, mistaken for Jensen and Jared. Jensen is shown to have a luxurious trailer on the set of the show that contains a toy helicopter and large aquarium. Apparently, he is not close with Jared Padalecki and likes to tease Genevieve Padalecki by calling her Ruby.

Jensen on the cover of "Man About Town"

Complete Filmography

Jensen in Fandom

At Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2014 Jensen joined twitter, with assistance from Jared, as @JensenAckles. His first tweet was a picture of himself in front of the VanCon audience, taken by Jared.

Convention Appearances

See also

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