Academy Award nominated RICHARD JENKINS is one of the most in-demand character
actors in Hollywood, having made over fifty feature films.
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 Actor's Guild Award nominations.
Jenkins has a number of films set for release in 2012. He'll first be seen in
Drew Goddard's highly anticipated horror thriller, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. The
film, also starring Chris Hemsworth and Bradley Whitford, is about five friends
who vacation in a remote cabin in the woods and together must discover the truth
surrounding the mysterious place. Lionsgate will release on April 13 after
opening the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
He'll next appear in Lawrence Kasdan's DARLING COMPANION opposite Kevin Kline,
Diane Keaton and Dianne Weist. This comedy-drama about a woman's search for her
beloved dog in the Rocky Mountains will have its world premiere as the opening
night film at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will be
released by Sony Pictures Classics on April 20.
Later in the year, Jenkins will star opposite Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in
Andrew Dominik's COGAN'S TRADE and in Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP,
opposite Redford, Nick Nolte, Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon. In addition, he
appears opposite Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Allison Janney in Radnor's
film, LIBERAL ARTS, which will have its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film
He recently completed production on Christopher McQuarrie's film, ONE SHOT,
opposite Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall.
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 Overture's LET ME IN, written and directed by Matt
Reeves; Ryan Murphy's EAT, PRAY, LOVE alongside Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem;
Will Gluck's FRIEND'S WITH BENEFITS opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis;
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, ME, MYSELF & IRENE and HALL PASS; 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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