Among the actors who have adorned our television screens for decades, Richard Jenkins is known for his role as Nataniel Fisher in the television series Six Feet Under. His biography, awards, achievements, and fortunes are listed below.
Richard Jenkins Bio
The film icon Jenkins was born on 4 May 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, where he attended DeKalb High School and later went to Illinois Wesleyan University to study acting. After graduating, he moved to Rohde Island and began working with the Trinity Repertory Company, which earned him a role in the 1974 film Feasting with Panthers.
With the success of his debut film, the actor was able to secure further roles in various films during this time, including Feasting with Panthers: Hannah and Her Sisters, The Witches of Eastwick, Sea of Love, How to Make an American Quilt, Flirting with a Catastrophe, Snow Falling on Cedars, Something with Mary and Outside of Providence.
In 2001, Jenkins was cast as Nataniel Fisher in the series Six Feet Under, which ran until 2005. Other major films he has starred in include Me, Myself & Irene, Say It Isn’t So, Hall Pass, and Three Stooges. He was cast in the film created by the three Coen brothers, The Man Who Wasn’t There, released in 2001, Intolerable Cruelty in 2003, and the 2008 film Burn After Reading.
The actor is also known for his role as FBI director in the film Grace in The Kingdom in 2007 and was featured in Step Brothers. He played his lead role in the 2008 film The Visitor. Other major films he has starred in include Dear John, in which he played alongside actress Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love, the horror movie The Cabin in the woods, the popular action movies Jack Reacher and White House Down. His most recent work is the film 2017 Kong: Skull Island and The Shape of Water, in which he played Giles.
Awards and Nominations
The actor’s famous “Six Feet Under TV” series earned him nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding achievement in a drama sitcom, the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Satellite Award. He received his first Academy Award Oscar nomination in 2008 for the best actor in the film The Visitor. Nominations from other institutions for the same film include the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, and the Online Film Critics Society Award.
He has also been nominated for Best Male Lead Actor by Independent Spirit and by the Screen Actors Guild. In 2008, the man won the Best Cast Award and the Best Actor Award from the Boston Society of Film Critics. For the film Let Me In, he won the 2010 Best Supporting Actor Award from Fangoria Chainsaw and a Primetime Emmy Award 2014 for Outstanding Leading Actor in the drama sitcom Olive Kitteridge, as well as nominations from Critics’ Choice Television and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Mini-Sitcom.
In 2015, he received another nomination from Independent Spirit for Best Female Supporting Actress in the film Bone Tomahawk. His most recent awards and nominations include The Shape of Water, for which he won the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actor from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Nominations he has received for this film include the Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Award and other nominations for Best Supporting Actor from Critics’ Choice Movie, Detroit Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Houston Film Critics Society, and a Golden Globe nomination. He was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role.
The film star also received 3 special awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society for the films Step Brothers, The Tale of Despereaux, and Burn After Reading.
Richard Jenkins Wife and Family
The film star was happily married to Sharon R. Fredrick with whom he concluded the alliance for life on August 23rd, 1969. The couple has two children named Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale. His mother, Mary Elizabeth, who was a housewife, died in 2007 while his father Dale Stevens Jenkins, a dentist, died in 1997.
Richard Jenkins Net Worth
The talented actor is said to be worth 8 million dollars, which he has accumulated through his work in the film industry.