Jensen Ackles

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


Jensen Ackles Portraits for Critics Choice Movie in 2014.

Full name: Jensen Ross Ackles

Born: March 1st, 1978 in Dallas, Texas

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

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

Spouse: Danneel Ackles (nee Harris)

Children: Justice Jay "JJ" 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. Alan Ackles also voiced the newscaster in 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's (Source).
On May 15, 2010 Jensen married actress Danneel Harris. They met when 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 one daughter, Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles, born on May 30, 2013.[1]


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 was 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 is 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.

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...bI 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.

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

At the Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2011, Jensen and Jason gave a private jam session for around forty fans. Tickets, through silent auction, were around $1500.

On Supernatural

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 an toy helicopter and large aquarium. Apparently, he is not close with Jared Padalecki and likes to tease Genevieve Padalecki by calling her Ruby.

Complete Filmography

Jensen in Fandom

Convention Appearances

See also

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