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, 2013and twins Zeppelin Bram Ackles & Arrow Rhodes Ackles,born December 2,2016 .
- Jensen appeared in a charity soccer match held by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on September 14 event at BC Place.
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.
- Story by writer Doris Egan about Jensen's casting in Dark Angel.
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 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.
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.
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.
- In 2019 Jensen was rumoured to be in the voice cast for an animated film based on the Batman: The Long Halloween comics. Jensen also mentioned at a Convention meet and greet that he had done a voice acting role. However in August 2020, it was announced that Part one would debut in the summer of 2021, with the second and final installment due out in the fall of 2022.
- Jensen has been linked to the possible lead roles of Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps (2020).
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.
- Behind the scenes video of Jensen directing.
- Jensen mentions Kim Manners and Bob Singer as mentors for his directing
- Article about actors who direct including Jensen
- Photos of Jensen directing
- Featurette from the Season 6 DVD: Jensen Ackles: A Director’s Journey: Part One and Part Two
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.
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
- Jensen singing with Jason Manns at Asylum 2007 by cologne -chick
- with Jason Manns at Asylum 2007 by shannenb
- Jason performed at Salute to Supernatural Convention in L.A. in March 2008, where he released a single of him and Jensen singing "Crazy Love", which you can listen to at his MySpace page.
- Jensen singing "The Weight" with Jason Manns at Jus In Bello Italy 2010
- 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.
- Playlist from Jensen and Jason's Jam session
- Report on the Jensen and Jason jam session by fangasm
- Report on Jensen and Jason Jam session by indie chicks
- A fangirl's squee on Jensen's and Jason's Jam Session by sn-mistress
- Jensen and the jam session by sweetondean
- Jensen's jam session by a-sick-puppy
- At the Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2014, Jensen came out after the end of the convention and played guitar and sang two songs. See the Videos link on the Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2014 page.
- Dean sings "I Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon in 2.05 Simon Said
- Dean and Sam sing "Silent Night" in 3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas
- Dean and Sam sing "Wanted Dead or Alive" in 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked
- Miming to "Eye Of The Tiger". It aired after 4.06 Yellow Fever.
- Dean mimes "All Out of Love" in 7.06 Slash Fiction
- Demon!Dean sings "I'm Too Sexy" and "Imaginary Lover" at a karaoke bar in 10.01 Black
- Jensen singing with "The Impalas" at the 100th episode party
Ackles Family on Supernatural
- "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."
Danneel's brother Gino Graul and her niece Valerie appeared as demons in 10.03 Soul Survivor.
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."
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.
- Dressing Jensen Ackles by clockworkshadow
2019: For halloween, Jensen posted a photoshoot of himself as Batman, again in a costume made by Stef.
|Dates||March 1, 1978 (born)|
|Location||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|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.
- Supernatural: The Animation (TV series, episodes "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1" & "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2," 2011) ... Dean Winchester (voice)
- The 3rd Birthday (video game, 2010) Kyle Madigan (voice)
- Tron: Evolution (video game, 2010) Gibson (voice)
- Batman: Under the Red Hood (film, 2010) Jason Todd / Red Hood (voice)
- My Bloody Valentine 3D (film, 2009) ...Tom Hanniger
- Ten Inch Hero (film, 2007) ... Priestly
- Supernatural (TV series, 2005-present) ... Dean Winchester
- Devour (film, 2005) ... Jake Gray
- Smallville (TV series, 2004-2005) ... Jason Teague
- The Plight of Clownana (short film, 2004) ... Jensen
- Still Life (unaired TV series, 2004) ... Max
- Dawson's Creek (TV series, 2003-2004) ... C.J.
- Dark Angel (2001-2002) ... Ben/X5-493 / Alec/X5-4943
- Blonde (TV movie, 2001) ... Eddie G
- Days of Our Lives (TV series, 1997-2000) ... Eric Roman Brady #6
- Cybill (TV series, episode "The Wedding," 1997) ... David
- Sweet Valley High (TV series, in episode "All Along the Water Tower," 1996) ... Brad
- Wishbone (TV series, in episode "Viva Wishbone!", 1996) ... Michael
- Mr. Rhodes (TV series, 1996) ... Malcolm
Jensen in Fandom
- William S. Paley Television Festival - 2006
- Asylum 2007
- Comic Con 2007
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2007
- Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2008
- Comic Con 2008
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2008
- Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2009
- All Hell Breaks Loose Sydney 2009
- Asylum 2009
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2009
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009
- Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2010
- Jus In Bello Italy 2010
- Rising Con Spain 2010
- Comic Con 2010
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2010
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2010
- Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 2011
- Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2011
- William S. Paley Television Festival - 2011
- Jus In Bello Italy 2011
- Asylum 6 2011
- Asylum Europe 2 - 2011
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2011
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2011
- Salute To Supernatural Toronto 2011
- Salute To Supernatural Chicago 2011
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2012
- Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2012
- Jus In Bello Italy 2012
- Comic Con 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Dallas 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2012
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2013
- Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2013
- Jus in Bello Italy 2013
- Comic Con 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Dallas 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Burbank 2013
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2014
- Jus In Bello Italy 2014
- Comic-Con 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Dallas 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Washington DC 2014
- Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2014 - Jensen joins Twitter and makes his first tweet!
- Salute to Supernatural Burbank 2014
- Salute to Supernatural Houston 2015
- Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Phoenix 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Seattle 2015
- Asylum 14 2015
- Jus In Bello Italy 2015
- All Hell Breaks Loose 5 Sydney/Melbourne 2015
- Comic-Con 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Washington DC 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Minneapolis 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Dallas 2015
- Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Denver 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Pasadena 2015
- Salute to Supernatural Jacksonville 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Houston 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Seattle 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Washington DC 2016
- Asylum 16 2016
- Jus In Bello Italy 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Phoenix 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Pittsburgh 2016
- Comic-Con 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Minneapolis 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Dallas 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Atlanta 2016
- Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Burbank 2016
- Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 2016
- Salute to Supernatural Jacksonville 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Houston 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Seattle 2017
- All Hell Breaks Loose 8 - 2017
- Jus In Bello Italy 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Phoenix 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2017
- Comic-Con 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Minneapolis 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Pittsburgh 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Secaucus 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Toronto 2017
- Salute to Supernatural New Orleans 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Washington DC 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Honolulu 2017
- Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 2017
- Salute to Supernatural Orlando 2018
- Salute to Supernatural Las Vegas 2018
- Salute to Supernatural Seattle 2018
- Salute to Supernatural Montreal 2018
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2018
- Salute to Supernatural Birmingham, UK 2018
- Jus In Bello Italy 2018
- A Few Good Men
- The Ackles Ass Equation
- Batman: Under The Red Hood
- Convention Clothing Guide
- Critics' Choice Movie Awards
- Ducky lips
- Fandom Wank
- Jensen Ackles Bars
- Jensen on Twitter
- Jensen's Rugburn
- Jensen's Wonky Eye
- Miscellaneous Awards
- My Bloody Valentine 3D
- The PrettyPretty Princess Jensen Song
- Six Degrees of Jensen Ackles
- Stephanie Ware
- Supernatural Anime
- Ten Inch Hero
- The 3rd Birthday
- Tron: Evolution
- Jensen Ackles @JensenAckles
- Jensen Ackles on Facebook
- Jensen Ackles on Instagram
- Jensen Ackles on IMDB
- The Ackles' home in Austin has been featured in Architectural Digest.
- Jensen and Danneel have been in L.A. and on Saturday January 4th, 2020 they attended a fundraiser for The Art of Elysium's 13th Annual Celebration - Heaven is Rock and Roll at the Hollywood Palladium. The organisation supports artists volunteering with communities inc schools, hospitals and homeless shelters in LA. The following day they attended the Golden Globe awards and were present at a number of the after parties. They also recorded a fun video for InStyle Magazine.
- Jensen on Inside of You
- Breathtaking Photos of Jensen Ackles - A Collection of the most breathtaking photos of Jensen Ackles by professional and fan photographers by Nightsky and Kim Prior for The Winchester Family Business.