KILLING THEM SOFTLY
RICHARD JENKINS (Driver) is one of the most in-demand character actors in Hollywood, having made over sixty 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 Actors Guild Award nominations.
Jenkins has a number of films set for release in 2012. In April, he appeared in Sony Pictures' release of 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. Earlier that month, he also appeared 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 released on April 13, after opening the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
Later in the year, Jenkins will star 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 premiered to rave reviews and a standing ovation at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 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.
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