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Richard Jenkins – American actor of theater, cinema and television. Born on May 4, 1947 in De Kalb, Illinois.
Richard family – mother, housewife Mary Elizabeth and her father, a dentist Steven Dale Jenkins – lived in a small campus of DeKalb, where he was born the future actor. In his youth, Jenkins worked part time as a truck driver, who were transported underwear. While his father was the head of the popular actor John Reilly.
After graduating from the acting faculty of the University of Illinois with a degree, Richard has become one step closer to his dream and moved to Rhode Island. Here he joined the troupe «Trinity Repertory Company», and more than 15 years old only played on the stage. Later, Jenkins was appointed artistic director of the theater (from 1990 to 1994.).
Film career actor began in 1975 when he starred in a small role in the series “Great presentation.” Since then he has regularly appeared in films and serials, gained fame among the general audience. The number of roles in the filmography Jenkins close to a hundred, and constantly acting in different genres projects, it demonstrates that it is not the limit.
His comedic talent Richard fully demonstrated “Let sleeping dogs lie” in the 1996 film. For his role in the film, which tells about the adventures of a young father, seeking to find their biological parents, he was nominated for «Independent Spirit Award».
Richard participated in the creation of rating TV series “Miami Vice: Department of manners,” “Spencer”, “Queen”, “Ally McBeal” and others. But the real popularity came to him after the shooting in the serial film “Six Feet Under”, where he played the role of Nathaniel Fisher, the deceased head of the family. Hero Jenkins appears on the screen as a ghost, or in the memories of other characters. In 2002, the project team cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for best cast in a drama series.
Jenkins is also known for the fact that constantly works with several directors. Thus, the Coen brothers invited him to film “The Man Who Was not There” films (2001), “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003), “Burn After Reading” (2008). The brothers Farrelly Richard starred in the films “There’s Something About Mary” (1998), “Me, Myself & Irene” (2000), “First Love” (1999), “Say it is not so” (2001).
In 2007, Jenkins received the lead role in the drama of Thomas McCarthy, “The Visitor.” The actor played economics professor Walter Weill, who had lost interest in life after his wife’s death. Life of Walter makes a sharp turn when he meets a pair of illegal immigrants, and tries to prevent their deportation from the country. The role of Professor Richard earned a nomination for “Oscar” as the best performer of male roles.
In 2011, Jenkins was approved at a starring role in the horror film “Cabin in the Woods”. Unconventional story about a group of young people who decided to have fun in a forest hut, recognized by critics one of the most successful experiments in the genre of horror.
In 2015 planned output of two pictures with the actor: western with elements of horror movie “Bone Tomahawk” and the family comedy «The Hollars».