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      Richard Jenkins

      Richard Jenkins

      Highest Rated: 92% The Humans (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 3% The Mod Squad (1999)

      Birthday: May 4, 1947

      Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Humans The Shape of Water
      The Cabin in the Woods
      Bone Tomahawk Hannah and Her Sisters Kajillionaire
      The Visitor
      Let Me In

      Photos

      EDDIE, front from left: Frank Langella, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Jenkins, 1996, © Buena Vista HALL PASS, from left: Jason Sudeikis, Richard Jenkins, Owen Wilson, 2011. ph: Peter Iovino/©Warner Bros. THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, director Thomas McCarthy, on set, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Danai Jekesai Gurira, Richard Jenkins, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Danai Jekesai Gurira (center, behind table), Hiam Abbass (second from right), Richard Jenkins (far right), 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, 2007. ©Overture Films THE VISITOR, Richard Jenkins, director Thomas McCarthy, Hiam Abbass, on set, 2007. ©Overture Films STEP BROTHERS, foreground from left: John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Will Ferrell, 2008. ©Columbia Pictures STEP BROTHERS, foreground from left: Will Ferrell, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, John C. Reilly, 2008. ©Columbia Pictures STEP BROTHERS, foreground from left: Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, 2008. ©Columbia Pictures STEP BROTHERS, from left: Will Ferrell, Richard Jenkins, John C. Reilly, 2008, © Columbia STEP BROTHERS, from left: Will Ferrell, Richard Jenkins, John C. Reilly, 2008, © Columbia

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet IF Unknown (Character) - 2024
      80% 68% Nightmare Alley Ezra Grindle (Character) $11.3M 2021
      92% 45% The Humans Erik Blake (Character) - 2021
      64% 37% The Last Shift Stanley (Character) $790.0K 2020
      90% 47% Kajillionaire Robert (Character) $524.0K 2020
      92% 72% The Shape of Water Giles (Character) $63.3M 2017
      75% 69% Kong: Skull Island Senator Willis (Character) $168.0M 2017
      56% 54% LBJ Senator Russell (Character) $2.5M 2016
      46% 59% The Hollars Don Hollar (Character) $1.0M 2016
      91% 74% Bone Tomahawk Chicory (Character) - 2015
      23% 43% 4 Minute Mile Coleman (Character) - 2014
      31% 54% Lullaby Robert (Character) - 2014
      36% 33% God's Pocket Richard Shelburn (Character) $104.4K 2014
      67% 65% Turbo Bobby (Voice) $83.0M 2013
      51% 62% White House Down Raphelson (Character) $73.1M 2013
      52% 28% A.C.O.D. Hugh (Character) $172.3K 2013
      54% 45% The Company You Keep Jed Lewis (Character) $5.1M 2012
      63% 67% Jack Reacher D.A. Rodin (Character) $54.6M 2012
      74% 44% Killing Them Softly Driver (Character) $14.9M 2012
      71% 60% Liberal Arts Peter (Character) $241.8K 2012
      21% 29% Darling Companion Russell (Character) $793.4K 2012
      92% 74% The Cabin in the Woods Sitterson (Character) $42.0M 2011
      51% 36% The Rum Diary Lotterman (Character) $13.1M 2011
      69% 65% Friends With Benefits Mr. Harper (Character) $55.8M 2011
      33% 40% Hall Pass Coakley (Character) $45.0M 2011
      67% 58% Norman Doug Long (Character) - 2010
      43% 60% Happythankyoumoreplease Paul Gertmanian (Character) $215.6K 2010
      5% 42% Waiting for Forever Richard (Character) $21.0K 2010
      88% 76% Let Me In The Father (Character) $12.1M 2010
      35% 42% Eat Pray Love Richard from Texas (Character) $80.6M 2010
      29% 55% Dear John Mr. Tyree (Character) $80.0M 2010
      51% 25% The Broken John McVey (Character) - 2008
      56% 44% The Tale of Despereaux Principal (Voice) - 2008
      78% 65% Burn After Reading Ted (Character) $60.3M 2008
      55% 69% Step Brothers Robert (Character) $100.5M 2008
      90% 84% The Visitor Walter Vale (Character) $9.4M 2007
      52% 76% The Kingdom James Grace (Character) $47.5M 2007
      21% 41% Rumor Has It ... Earl Huttinger (Character) $43.0M 2005
      29% 49% Fun With Dick and Jane Frank Bascombe (Character) $110.3M 2005
      70% 76% North Country Hank Aimes (Character) $18.3M 2005
      47% 57% Shall We Dance? Devine (Character) $57.9M 2004
      77% 73% The Mudge Boy Edgar Mudge (Character) $62.5K 2003
      24% 56% Cheaper by the Dozen Shake (Character) $138.6M 2003
      76% 48% Intolerable Cruelty Freddy Bender (Character) $35.1M 2003
      39% 34% The Core General Thomas Purcell (Character) $31.1M 2003
      9% 39% Stealing Harvard Mr. Cook (Character) $14.0M 2002
      78% 53% Changing Lanes Arnell (Character) $66.8M 2002
      50% 71% Sins of the Father Bobby Frank Cherry (Character) - 2002
      81% 85% The Man Who Wasn't There Walter Abundas (Character) $7.5M 2001
      33% 39% One Night at McCool's Father Jimmy (Character) $6.3M 2001
      8% 31% Say It Isn't So Walter Wingfield (Character) $5.5M 2001
      48% 57% Me, Myself & Irene Agent Boshane (Character) $90.6M 2000
      42% 28% What Planet Are You From? Don Fisk (Character) $6.3M 2000
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Sheriff Art Moran (Character) $14.4M 1999
      17% 24% Random Hearts Truman Trainor (Character) $31.1M 1999
      3% 17% The Mod Squad Det. Bob Mothershed (Character) $13.3M 1999
      63% 73% The Impostors Johnny Leguard (Character) $2.2M 1998
      No Score Yet 38% Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Beck Weathers (Character) - 1997
      75% 78% Eye of God Willard Sprague (Character) $85.7K 1997
      88% 69% Flirting With Disaster Paul (Character) $14.8M 1996
      16% 36% Eddie Carl Zimmer (Character) $31.4M 1996
      No Score Yet 36% A Couch in New York Campton (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 88% The Boys Next Door Bob Klemper (Character) - 1996
      70% 41% The Indian in the Cupboard Victor (Character) $31.1M 1995
      No Score Yet 40% Getting Out Chaplain (Character) - 1994
      10% 42% Trapped in Paradise Agent Shaddus Peyser (Character) $5.8M 1994
      62% 43% Wolf Detective Bridger (Character) $65.0M 1994
      No Score Yet 57% Afterburn Acton Ryder (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons Redy (Character) - 1991
      75% 36% Blue Steel Attorney Mel Dawson (Character) $7.7M 1990
      No Score Yet 43% Challenger Unknown (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 10% Descending Angel Debaudt (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 45% When You Remember Me Vaughan (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 33% Rising Son Tommy (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: Fatal Flaw Joel Litkin (Character) - 1989
      75% 66% Sea of Love Gruber (Character) $56.6M 1989
      75% 49% Blaze Picayune (Character) $19.0M 1989
      53% 45% Little Nikita Richard Grant/ Mikhail (Character) $1.5M 1988
      67% 62% The Witches of Eastwick Clyde Alden (Character) $58.7M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Valentine's Day Bobby Pate (Character) - 1986
      91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Dr. Wilkes (Character) $37.3M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      57% 82% Dahmer -- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Lionel Dahmer (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 86% Berlin Station Steven Frost (Character) 2016-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Conversations Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      85% 88% Comrade Detective Vlad Anghel (Guest Voice) 2017
      94% 96% Olive Kitteridge Henry Kitteridge (Character) 2014
      81% 96% Six Feet Under Nathaniel Fisher Sr. (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2001-2005
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Challenger Gregory B. Jarvis (Character) 1990
      71% 85% Miami Vice Goodman (Guest Star) 1985 1989