Actor Jensen Ackles has portrayed iconic demon hunter Dean Winchester on over 300 episodes of The CW’s hit series Supernatural since its debut in 2005 (on the former WB Network). He also made his directorial debut on an episode of Supernatural in 2010, and has directed a total of six episodes of the series. In 2016, Ackles was named Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor at the People’s Choice Awards for his work on Supernatural, and the show has also been nominated as Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show nine years in a row, winning three times.
Ackles began his acting career in 1996, when he moved from Dallas to Los Angeles and joined the cast of NBC’s primetime multi-camera comedy Mr. Rhodes. In 1997, he won critical acclaim in the role of Eric Roman Brady on Days of our Lives, for which he received three Daytime Emmy® nominations and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer in 1998.
Other television credits include Smallville, Dark Angel, Dawson’s Creek and the miniseries Blonde. Ackles was also the lead in the 2009 remake of the horror film My Bloody Valentine 3D, and had roles in the feature films Devour and Ten Inch Hero. He also voiced vigilante Jason Todd/Red Hood in the well-received 2010 DC Universe Animated Original film, Batman: Under The Red Hood.
Ackles has also been very busy off camera. In 2017, he teamed with his wife Danneel, brother-in-law Gino Graul and renowned brewer Nate Seale to open the Austin-area brewery Family Business Beer Co. He also partnered with longtime friend and musician Steve Carlson to form the group Radio Company, which debuted its first album of original music, titled Vol. 1, in November 2019. The album reached the #1 position on iTunes’ Worldwide Rock Album chart, and was also #1 for two weeks in a row on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart.
Ackles was born in Dallas and raised in Richardson, Texas. He currently resides in Austin with his wife and three children.
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