Richard Jenkins: Best Actor

February 9, 2009

This is Richard Jenkins. His lead role in the film ‘The Visitor’ has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Read his biography below, see photos, and watch a video.

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Richard Jenkins with wife Sharon

You may not know his name, but you will recognize his face… he had been in many of the movies you and I watch and love.

And he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business. Richard Jenkins been directed by Clint Eastwood, Sydney Pollack, Mike Nichols and George Miller. He’s acted with Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Ben Kingsley and dozens of other stars. And he still has a wish list. Richard says he’d like to share the screen with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and take direction from Steven Spielberg.

Most of Richards’ roles have been supporting, but in ‘The Visitor’ – his first leading role – he gets an Oscar nomination and we, at Right Celebrity, wish him all the best on his big night!

Richard Jenkins Biography

Richard Dale Jenkins was born on May 4, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois so his age is 61. Before he became an actor, Richard drove a linen truck and his boss was actor John C. Reilly’s dad! Richard earned a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University. His first acting job in a movie was a bit part in ‘Feasting with Panthers’ in 1974.

He has actually worked steadily since that role in 1974 in mostly supportive roles. Some of his movies include: Hannah and Her Sisters, The Witches of Eastwick, Doublecrossed, How to Make an American Quilt, Snow Falling On Cedars, North Country, There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself, & Irene, Intolerable Cruelty, and Burn After Reading.

In 2007, he had a critically acclaimed lead role in ‘The Visitor.’ He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male and won the International Press Academy’s Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. His work in ‘The Visitor’ has earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor as well. Is Oscar in his future?

Even after all of this, Richard Jenkins is perhaps best known for playing ‘Nathaniel Fisher’ in the HBO drama series ‘Six Feet Under’ from 2001 to its end in 2005. He played the dead patriarch of the Fisher family, who regularly appeared to his family as either a ghost or in a dream.

Richard’s upcoming project is exciting. He has been cast in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror flick ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ expected in 2010.

Richard and his wife Sharon have been married for 39 years and they have two children, Sarah and Andrew. He and his wife live in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

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Richard Jenkins Photos

Richard Jenkins ‘The View’ Video

Photos: PR Photos

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