Richard Jenkins

Actor, Artistic director
After decades of work in regional theater and made-for-television movies, American character actor Richard Jenkins began to attract the attention of critics and audiences in the late 1990s with quiet but engrossing ... Read more »
Born: 05/04/1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Bone Tomahawk 2015 (Movie)

Chicory (Actor)

Olive Kitteridge 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollars 2015 (Movie)

Don Hollar (Actor)

4 Minute Mile 2014 (Movie)

Coleman (Actor)

God's Pocket 2014 (Movie)

Richard Shellburn (Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

Hugh (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Jed Lewis (Actor)

Turbo 2013 (Movie)

Bobby (Voice)

White House Down 2013 (Movie)

Raphelson (Actor)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

Rodin (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

Liberal Arts 2012 (Movie)

Prof. Peter Hoberg (Actor)

The Cabin in the Woods 2012 (Movie)

Sitterson (Actor)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Harper (Actor)

Hall Pass 2011 (Movie)

Coakley (Actor)

HappyThankYouMorePlease 2011 (Movie)

Paul Gertmanian (Actor)

Norman 2011 (Movie)

Doug Long (Actor)

The Rum Diary 2011 (Movie)

Lotterman (Actor)

Waiting for Forever 2011 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Dear John 2010 (Movie)

Mr Tyree (Actor)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

Richard from Texas (Actor)

Let Me In 2010 (Movie)

The Father (Actor)

The Broken 2009 (Movie)

John McVey (Actor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Step Brothers 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Doback (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Principal (Actor)

The Visitor 2008 (Movie)

Walter Vale (Actor)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

James Grace (Actor)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Frank Bascombe (Actor)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

Hank Aimes (Actor)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Earl Huttinger (Actor)

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Devine (Actor)

The Mudge Boy 2004 (Movie)

Edgar Mudge (Actor)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 (Movie)

Shake (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Freddy Bender (Actor)

The Core 2003 (Movie)

General Thomas Purcell (Actor)

Changing Lanes 2002 (Movie)

Walter Arnell (Actor)

Sins Of The Father 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

Mr Cook (Actor)

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

Father Jimmy (Actor)

Say It Isn't So 2001 (Movie)

Walter Wingfield (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

Walter Abundas (Actor)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Agent Boshane (Actor)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Don Fisk (Actor)

Outside Providence 1999 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Truman Trainor (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Sheriff Art Moran (Actor)

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

Detective Mothershed (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

A Couch in New York 1997 (Movie)

Compton (Actor)

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

Michael McCarty (Actor)

Eye of God 1997 (Movie)

Willard Sprague (Actor)

Eddie 1996 (Movie)

Assistant Coach Zimmer (Actor)

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Howell (Actor)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

C Vernon Hale (Actor)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

Shaddus Peyser (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Detective Bridger (Actor)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Frank Cortese (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Attorney Mel Dawson (Actor)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

Picayune (Actor)

How I Got Into College 1989 (Movie)

Bill Browne (Actor)

In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Out on the Edge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rachel River 1989 (Movie)

Cordell (Actor)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

Gruber (Actor)

Little Nikita 1988 (Movie)

Richard Grant (Actor)

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

Hank Chandler (Actor)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

Clyde Alden (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Dr Wilkes (Actor)

On Valentine's Day 1986 (Movie)

Bobby Pate (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The Falls 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Afterburn (TV Show)

Actor

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Challenger (TV Show)

Actor

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Actor

Descending Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Doublecrossed (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Flaw (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Out (TV Show)

Actor

Jilting Joe (TV Show)

Actor

Parole (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of the Father (Movie)

(Actor)

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Actor

The Confession (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Sister (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Tribute (TV Show)

Actor

When You Remember Me (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After decades of work in regional theater and made-for-television movies, American character actor Richard Jenkins began to attract the attention of critics and audiences in the late 1990s with quiet but engrossing performances in a wide variety of feature films. Equally capable at both broad comedy and drama, he frequently essayed tightly controlled men of authority, including judges, government agents, detectives and medical professionals. Occasionally, his characters spun wildly out of control - a DEA agent who experiences a spectacular LSD trip in "Flirting With Disaster" (1996), or staid funeral director Richard Fisher, whose sudden death reveals a long-hidden secret life on the acclaimed series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) - which was often the highlight of the project. He was also a favorite performer of the Coen Brothers, appearing in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003) and "Burn After Reading" (2008). While mainly a character actor, Jenkins finally graduated to leading man status in the independent film "The Visitor" (2008), for which he received excellent notices, while also appearing in "Eat Pray Love" (2010) and "The Rum Diary" (2011). Though not quite a household name, Jenkins remained a busy actor who landed prominent parts in some of Hollywood's biggest movies.

Relationships

Sharon Friedrick

Wife
Married Aug. 23, 1969

Dale Jenkins

Father

Mary Jenkins

Mother

Sarah Jenkins

Daughter
Mother, Sharon Friedrick

Andrew Jenkins

Son
Mother, Sharon Friedrick

EDUCATION

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington , Illinois

Milestones

2012

Acted opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"

2012

Co-starred with Brad Pitt in crime drama "Killing Them Softly," a feature adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade

2012

Co-starred in the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"

2012

Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"

2012

Cast opposite writer and director Josh Radnor in romantic comedy "Liberal Arts"

2011

Acted opposite Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary," the big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel

2010

Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia

2010

Played the distant father of Channing Tatum in the feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Dear John"

2008

Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen's brothers' "Burn After Reading"

2008

Played the lead role in the Thomas McCarthy directed "The Visitor"; earned Independent Spirit, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor

2007

Cast in the Peter Berg directed, "The Kingdom"

2005

Cast in the update of the 1977 comedy, "Fun with Dick and Jane," where a married couple turn to robbery to pay the bills

2005

Played Charlize Theron's father in "North Country" a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States

2004

Cast in David O Russell's "I Heart Huckabees" starring Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law and Naomi Watts

2004

Played the father of a fourteen year old boy (Emile Hirsch) trying to deal with the death of his mother in "The Mudge Boy"

2003

Appeared in the film "Cheaper by the Dozen"

2003

Portrayed Freddy Bender in the Coen's brothers comedy "Intolerable Cruelty"

2002

Co-starred in the FX original movie "Sins of the Father"

2001

Played Sally Field's husband in "Say It Isn't So"

2001

Had recurring role as the family patriarch Nathaniel Fisher in the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"

1999

Featured in "The Mod Squad" and "Snow Falling on Cedars"

1997

Played the parole officer in Tim Blake Nelson's atmospheric "Eye of God"

1996

Was featured in the CBS special "The Boys Next Door"

1993

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Queen"

1990

Portrayed an attorney in "Blue Steel"

1988

Was featured in "Little Nikita"

1987

Reprised role of Bobby Pate in "Courtship"; another film based on a Horton Foote play

1987

Had supporting role in "The Witches of Eastwick"

1986

Co-starred as Bobby Pate in "On Valentine's Day"; adapted from a play by Horton Foote

1985

Feature film debut, "Silverado"

1984

Acted in the award-winning PBS miniseries "Concealed Enemies"

1975

Appeared in the Trinity production "Brothers to Dragons"; filmed for broadcast on PBS

In the 1970s, was artistic director of Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI

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