Mar. 1st, 1978
Dallas, Texas, USA
Jensen Ackles' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - My Bloody Valentine
2007 - Ten Inch Hero
Guest TV Roles
Jensen Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, to Roger Alan Ackles and Donna Joan Ackles (née Shaffer). After modeling as a young child, he began to concentrate on a acting career in 1996 upon his graduation from Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. In 1997, he received a role on the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (1965) as Eric Brady, for which he won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer.
After leaving "Days of Our Lives" (1965) in 2000, Ackles went to Vancouver, joining the cast of the James Cameron (I) television series "Dark Angel" (2000). His first appearance on the show was in 2001 as Max' (played by Jessica Alba) disturbed brother Ben/X5-493. After Ben" died, Ackles returned to the series in the second season as Ben's clone, Alec/X5-494, who eventually teamed up with Max and stayed until the show's demise in 2002.
In 2003, he made several guest appearances as C.J. on the hit WB Network show "Dawson's Creek" (1998). In 2004, Ackles returned to Vancouver and became a regular on the popular WB Network series "Smallville" (2001), which revolves around the life of the teen aged Clark Kent/Superman. His character, Jason Teague, was an assistant coach for the high school football team and a love interest of Clark Kent's ex-girlfriend, Lana Lang, played by Kristin Kreuk.
Ackles returned to television in 2005 in the new WB horror series "Supernatural" (2005) in the role of Dean Winchester, who teams with his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) to road-trip across the country investigating the paranormal.
- Also sings and plays guitar.
- Was runner up to 'Tom Welling' (qv) for the role of Clark Kent on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv). Was brought onto the show in season 4 as Lana's boyfriend.
- Planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist, before he decided to move to LA to give acting a try.
- Jensen's parents named him Jensen because they considered other names but found them too common. Ackles, Jensen's last name, is pronounced like 'Cackles' without a 'C.'
- Good friends with 'LeAnn Rimes' (qv) and 'Christian Kane' (qv).
- Was offered a role as 'Eliza Dushku' (qv)'s love interest on _"Tru Calling" (2003)_ (qv) but chose to take a role on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv) instead. 'Eric Christian Olsen' (qv) was eventually given the role and the character's name was changed to Jensen.
- Is of Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
- His parents were going to name him Justin but his parents thought it was too common.