Born to Donna Joan Shaffer and Alan Ackles on March 1st, 1978 in Dallas Texas, he is three years younger than brother Joshua and seven years older than sister Mackenzie. Although he had planned to study sports medicine and become a physical therapist, he moved to Los Angeles to launch himself in an acting career.
Having modelled on and off since the age of 4, Jensen focused on an acting career in 1996. Since then he appeared in several guest roles, such as in "Mr. Rhodes", "Cybill" and "Sweet Valley High". In 1997, he joined the cast of "Days of Our Lives" as Eric Brady which nominated him for several awards. This was followed by several other shows, such as "Dark Angel", "Smallville" and "Dawson's Creek".
In 2005, he was cast as the older brother Dean Winchester on Supernatural, and has starred in all the episodes till date, now on to the eighth season. He has also directed an episode of the sixth season, Weekend At Bobby's and one of the seventh season, The Girl Next Door, as well as season eight's Heartache.
His big break in movies came when he was cast as Tom Hanniger in the remake of the 1981 cult movie, "My Bloody Valentine", in 2008, called "My Bloody Valentine 3D".
Ackles has done his share in voice acting. His notable roles are Jason Todd in Batman: Under The Red Hood, Gibson in the video game TRON: Evolution and Kyle Madigan in the Parasite Eve spin-off, The 3rd Birthday which was set to be released in March 29, 2011.
As of May 15th, 2010, he is married to long time girlfriend and fiancee, Danneel Harris. Their daughter Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles was born on May 30, 2013. She shares her birthday with Mark Sheppard, who plays Crowley.
- Wishbone... 1996
- Sweet Valley High... 1996
- Mr. Rhodes (7 episodes)... 1996-1997
- Cybill... 1997
- Days of Our Lives (16 episodes)... 1997-2000
- Blonde... 2001
- Dark Angel (22 episodes)... 2001-2002
- Dawson's Creek (12 episodes)... 2002-2003
- Still Life (6 episodes)... 2003-2004
- The Plight of Clownana... 2004
- Smallville (20 episodes)... 2004-2005
- Devour... 2005
- Ten Inch Hero... 2007
- My Bloody Valentine... 2009
- Batman: Under The Red Hood... 2010
- Supernatural (172 episodes and counting)... 2005-present
In addition to acting, Jensen has also taken the mantle of director a few times on Supernatural. He has directed the following episodes:
Award Nominations and AwardsEdit
- Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for Days of Our Lives (1998)
- Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for Days of Our Lives (1999)
- Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for Days of Our Lives (2000)
- Teen Choice Award - TV - Choice Breakout Star for Supernatural (2005)
- Soap Opera Digest Award - Outstanding Male Newcomer for Days of Our Lives (1998)