Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Infobox actor

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birthdate = Birth date and age|1947|5|4|mf=y
birthplace = DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.
yearsactive = 1985 – present
occupation = Actor
spouse = Sharon R. Frederick

Richard Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American stage, film, and television actor.

Early life

Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, the son of M. Elizabeth (née Wheeler) and Dale Stevens Jenkins. [ Richard Jenkins Biography (1947-) ] ] He earned a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University before relocating to Rhode Island.



He worked as an actor with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island while breaking into film with a bit part in "Feasting with Panthers" (1974), a television movie, and continued as a celebrated member of Trinity's resident acting company and served as Artistic Director of the theatre from 1990-4.


Since his film debut in the television movie "Feasting with Panthers" (1974), he has steadily been working in film and television. Some of his notable film credits include "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995), "Snow Falling On Cedars" (1999), "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), "North Country" (2005), and "Burn After Reading" (2008). He is also an occasional collaborator with the director siblings the Farrelly brothers, who have worked with Jenkins in "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Me, Myself, & Irene" (2000), "Outside Providence" (1999), "Say It Isn't So" (2001), and a critically acclaimed performance in "The Visitor" (2008).


Jenkins is perhaps best known for playing Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series "Six Feet Under". His character is a deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, who regularly appears to his family as a ghost or in a dream. He played the role since the show began in 2001, through to its final season in 2005. He and his castmates received their Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002.

Personal life

He married Sharon R. Frederick on August 23, 1969 and together they have two children, Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale.



* "Silverado" (1985)
* "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986)
* "Little Nikita" (1987)
* "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987)
* "Stealing Home" (1988)
* "Sea of Love (1989)
* "When You Remember Me" (1990) (TV)
* "Challenger" (1990) (TV) as Gregory Jarvis
* "Blue Steel" (1990)
* "And the Band Played On" (1993) (TV)
* "Trapped in Paradise" (1994)
* "Wolf" (1994)
* "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995)
* "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995)
* "Flirting with Disaster" (1996)
* "A Couch in New York" (1996)
* "The Boys Next Door" (1996) (TV)
* "Absolute Power" (1997)
* "There's Something About Mary" (1998) (uncredited)
* "Random Hearts" (1999)
* "Snow Falling on Cedars" (1999)
* "The Mod Squad" (1999)
* "Me, Myself & Irene" (2000)
* "Say It Isn't So" (2001)
* "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)
* "Stealing Harvard" (2002)
* "Changing Lanes" (2002)
* "Sins of the Father" (2002)
* "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003)
* "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003)
* "The Core" (2003)
* "The Mudge Boy" (2003)
* "Shall We Dance" (2004)
* "I ♥ Huckabees" (2004) (uncredited)
* "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005)
* "Rumor Has It" (2005)
* "North Country" (2005)
* "The Kingdom" (2007)
* "The Visitor" (2008)
* "The Broken" (2008)
* "Step Brothers" (2008)
* "Burn After Reading" (2008)

"Six Feet Under" episodes

*Season 1 (2001): "Pilot", "The Will", "The Foot", "The Room", "Life's Too Short", "Knock, Knock".
*Season 2 (2002): "In the Game", "The Plan", "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "I'll Take You".
*Season 3 (2003): "Perfect Circles", "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost".
*Season 4 (2004): "In Case of Rapture", "Grinding the Corn", "Untitled".
*Season 5 (2005): "Time Flies", "Ecotone", "All Alone", "Everyone's Waiting".


External links

* [ Interview with Richard Jenkins at]

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