RICHARD JENKINS (D.A. Rodin) 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 starred with Bradley Whitford in Drew Goddard’s thriller, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, in Andrew Dominik’s KILLING THEM SOFTLY 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 also starred 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 starred opposite Johnny Depp in Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson, THE RUM DIARY; re-teamed 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, Jenkins 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 Jenkins has worked with such esteemed filmmakers as Clint Eastwood in ABSOLUTE POWER; the Farrelly brothers in THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and ME, MY SELF & 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, Jenkins 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 four years as its Artistic Director.