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)
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 15th 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.
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.
In 2001, he made his first appearance on the FOX sci-fic 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 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.
On the 7th of April 2008 it was announced Jensen is in final negotiations to play the lead character, Tom Hanninger in a 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 16 January 2009.
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, 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 7, which he announced at Asylum 6 2011. As happened in Season 6, 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 tweeter that he had the first two scripts for season 7 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 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 we 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
- 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
- Jensen singing with "The Impalas" at the 100th episode party
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.
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) ... Alec/X5-4943
Blonde (TV movie, 2001) ... Eddie G
Days of Our Lives (TV series, 1997-2000) ... Eric Roman Brady #6
Cybill (TV series, in 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
- The 3rd Birthday
- Tron: Evolution
- Supernatural Anime
- Batman: Under The Red Hood
- A Few Good Men
- Ten Inch Hero
- My Bloody Valentine 3D
Jensen in Fandom
In January 2010, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles posted a video via the fansite Winchester Bros, confirming they are not on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook or on any other online social media. This was prompted by stories of fans being lured into meeting with people posing as them through Twitter. Subsequently, Jared Padalecki began using Twitter.
- 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 Confirmed
- Asylum Europe 2 Confirmed
- Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2011 Confirmed
- Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2011 Confirmed
- Salute To Supernatural Toronto 2011 Confirmed
- Salute To Supernatural Chicago 2011 Confirmed
- Six Degrees of Jensen Ackles
- Ducky lips
- Jensen's Wonky Eye
- The Ackles Ass Equation
- Stephanie Ware
- The PrettyPretty Princess Jensen Song
- Fandom Wank