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RICHARD JENKINS (Lotterman) is one of the most in-demand character actors in
Hollywood, with almost seventy feature film credits on his resume.
Jenkins received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his highly praised
performance in director Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. The film premiered to
critical acclaim at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2008 Sundance Film
Festival and won the Grand Prix at the 34th Deauville Festival of American Film.
Richard's performance as 'Walter Vale', a disillusioned Connecticut economics
professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City, made
The Visitor the independent film hit of 2008 and also earned him Independent
Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
In 2012, he'll star with Bradley Whitford in Drew Goddard's highly anticipated
thriller, Cabin in the Woods, set for release on April 13; in Andrew Dominik's
Cogan's Trade opposite Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini; and in
Lawrence Kasdan's comedy/drama, Darling Companion, starring with Diane Keaton,
Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest.
Jenkins recently signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan
Sarandon, Nick Nolte and Julie Christie in Redford's The Company You Keep. An
adaptation of the Neil Gordon novel, it's the story of an ex-Weather Underground
militant wanted by the FBI for 30 years who must go on the run when his true
identity is exposed by a young, ambitious reporter. Jenkins plays a college
professor who is a link to former radicals in hiding.
Jenkins most recently reteamed with the Farrelly Brothers for Hall Pass,
opposite Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis; and appeared in Will Gluck's Friends
with Benefits with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
In 2010, he earned rave reviews when he starred alongside Julia Roberts in Ryan
Murphy's Eat, Pray, Love, based on the international bestseller by Elizabeth
Gilbert, and in Overture's Let Me In, written and directed by Matt Reeves.
In 1997 Jenkins received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best
Supporting Male for his performance in David O. Russell"s comedy, Flirting with
Disaster, appearing with Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin and Lily Tomlin.
In 1986, Richard had his first starring film role in Oscar-winning writer Horton
Foote's On Valentine's Day. Numerous film roles followed, including George
Miller's The Witches of Eastwick, opposite Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher
and Michelle Pfeiffer; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita opposite River Phoenix
and Sidney Poitier; Sea of Love with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin; Mike Nichols'
Wolf, appearing again with Jack Nicholson; with Charlize Theron in 2005's North
Country; opposite Jim Carrey and again with Tea Leoni in the Judd Apatow comedy
Fun with Dick & Jane; and in Peter Berg's 2007 film, The Kingdom.
More recent credits include Lasse Hallstrom's Dear John, based on the Nicholas
Sparks novel; the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, with George Clooney, Brad
Pitt, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand (his third collaboration with the
writing / directing duo); and Adam McKay's hit comedy, Step Brothers, alongside
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen.
Over the years Richard Jenkins has worked with such esteemed filmmakers as Clint
Eastwood in Absolute Power; the Farrelly Brothers in There's Something About
Mary and Me, Myself & Irene, opposite Jim Carrey; and Sydney Pollack in Random
Hearts opposite Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas.
In 2001, Jenkins began a collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen when he appeared
with Billy Bob Thornton, James Gandolfini and Scarlett Johansson in The Man Who
Wasn't There. He went on to work again with the Coen Brothers in 2003's
Intolerable Cruelty opposite George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
On television, Jenkins is best remembered as Nathaniel Fisher,' the deceased
patriarch of the Fisher family on HBO's immensely successful drama, Six Feet
Under. His occasional appearances as the heart of this often dysfunctional
family help earned the cast a Screen Actors Guild nomination in 2002 for
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also appeared in
numerous made-for-television films, including Sins of the Father and the
Emmy-winning HBO film, And the Band Played On.
In theater, Richard has amassed an impressive list of credits as a company
member for 14 years at Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Company and served an
additional 4 years as its Artistic Director.
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