Actor Jared Padalecki has portrayed iconic demon hunter Sam Winchester on over 300 episodes of The CW’s hit series Supernatural since its debut in 2005 (on the former WB Network).
Prior to Supernatural, Padalecki was best known for his role as Dean on The WB Network’s popular series Gilmore Girls. In 2016, he reprised the role of Dean for Netflix’ four-episode special, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Other television credits include the television movie Ring of Endless Light, MTV’s Room 401, and the online series Kings of Con.
Padalecki also starred in the 2009 remake of one of the most popular horror films of all time, Friday the 13th. His other feature film roles include The Christmas Cottage, House of Wax, Cry Wolf, Flight of the Phoenix, New York Minute and Cheaper by the Dozen.
Padalecki is also a staunch advocate for mental health support and awareness. After going public with his own battle with anxiety and depression in 2015, he launched the “Always Keep Fighting” charity t-shirt campaign to benefit nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, which supports people dealing with depression, addition, self-injury and suicide.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Padalecki currently resides in Austin with his wife and three children.
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