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Born: May 4, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: DeKalb, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, artistic director

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After decades of work in regional theater and made-for-television movies, American character actor Richard Jenkins began to attract the attention of critics and audiences in the late 1990s with quiet but engrossing performances in a wide variety of feature films. Equally capable at both broad comedy and drama, he frequently essayed tightly controlled men of authority, including judges, government agents, detectives and medical professionals. Occasionally, his characters spun wildly out of control - a DEA agent who experiences a spectacular LSD trip in "Flirting With Disaster" (1996), or staid funeral director Richard Fisher, whose sudden death reveals a long-hidden secret life on the acclaimed series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) - which was often the highlight of the project. He was also a favorite performer of the Coen Brothers, appearing in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003) and "Burn After Reading" (2008). While mainly a character actor, Jenkins finally graduated to leading man status in the independent film "The Visitor" (2008), for which he received excellent notices, while also appearing in "Eat Pray Love" (2010) and "The Rum Diary" (2011). Though not quite a...

After decades of work in regional theater and made-for-television movies, American character actor Richard Jenkins began to attract the attention of critics and audiences in the late 1990s with quiet but engrossing performances in a wide variety of feature films. Equally capable at both broad comedy and drama, he frequently essayed tightly controlled men of authority, including judges, government agents, detectives and medical professionals. Occasionally, his characters spun wildly out of control - a DEA agent who experiences a spectacular LSD trip in "Flirting With Disaster" (1996), or staid funeral director Richard Fisher, whose sudden death reveals a long-hidden secret life on the acclaimed series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) - which was often the highlight of the project. He was also a favorite performer of the Coen Brothers, appearing in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003) and "Burn After Reading" (2008). While mainly a character actor, Jenkins finally graduated to leading man status in the independent film "The Visitor" (2008), for which he received excellent notices, while also appearing in "Eat Pray Love" (2010) and "The Rum Diary" (2011). Though not quite a household name, Jenkins remained a busy actor who landed prominent parts in some of Hollywood's biggest movies.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963) 2nd asst dir, 2d unit
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  In Search of the Castaways (1962) Assistant Director

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 Lullaby (2014)
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 God's Pocket (2014)
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 Bone Tomahawk (2014)
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 One Square Mile (2014)
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 Turbo (2013)
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 White House Down (2013)
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 A.C.O.D. (2013)
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 Liberal Arts (2012)
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In the 1970s, was artistic director of Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI
1975:
Appeared in the Trinity production "Brothers to Dragons"; filmed for broadcast on PBS
1984:
Acted in the award-winning PBS miniseries "Concealed Enemies"
1985:
Feature film debut, "Silverado"
1986:
Co-starred as Bobby Pate in "On Valentine's Day"; adapted from a play by Horton Foote
1987:
Had supporting role in "The Witches of Eastwick"
1987:
Reprised role of Bobby Pate in "Courtship"; another film based on a Horton Foote play
1988:
Was featured in "Little Nikita"
1990:
Portrayed an attorney in "Blue Steel"
1993:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Queen"
1996:
Was featured in the CBS special "The Boys Next Door"
1997:
Played the parole officer in Tim Blake Nelson's atmospheric "Eye of God"
1999:
Featured in "The Mod Squad" and "Snow Falling on Cedars"
2001:
Played Sally Field's husband in "Say It Isn't So"
2001:
Had recurring role as the family patriarch Nathaniel Fisher in the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"
2002:
Co-starred in the FX original movie "Sins of the Father"
2003:
Portrayed Freddy Bender in the Coen's brothers comedy "Intolerable Cruelty"
2003:
Appeared in the film "Cheaper by the Dozen"
2004:
Played the father of a fourteen year old boy (Emile Hirsch) trying to deal with the death of his mother in "The Mudge Boy"
2004:
Cast in David O Russell's "I Heart Huckabees" starring Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law and Naomi Watts
2005:
Played Charlize Theron's father in "North Country" a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States
2005:
Cast in the update of the 1977 comedy, "Fun with Dick and Jane," where a married couple turn to robbery to pay the bills
2007:
Cast in the Peter Berg directed, "The Kingdom"
2008:
Played the lead role in the Thomas McCarthy directed "The Visitor"; earned Independent Spirit, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen's brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2010:
Played the distant father of Channing Tatum in the feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Dear John"
2010:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia
2011:
Acted opposite Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary," the big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel
2012:
Co-starred in the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"
2012:
Cast opposite writer and director Josh Radnor in romantic comedy "Liberal Arts"
2012:
Acted opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"
2012:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in crime drama "Killing Them Softly," a feature adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel <i>Cogan's Trade</i>
2012:
Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
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Education

Illinois Wesleyan University: Bloomington , Illinois -

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