Who is Jensen Ackles? The Vital Stats:
- Name: Jensen Ross Ackles
- Nicknames: Jay, Jackles
- Height: 6’1″
- Age: 33
- Born: March 1, 1978 in Dallas, Texas
- Profession: Actor, Model, Director
- Status: Married to actress Danneel Harris
- Filmography (year, title, role):
1996: Wishbone (Michael Duss) – television series, episode Viva Wishbone!
1996: Sweet Valley High (Brad) – television series, episode All Along the Water Tower
1996: Mr. Rhodes (Malcolm) – television series, 7 total episodes
1997: Cybill (David) – television series, episode The Wedding
1997-2000, 2002: Days of Our Live (Eric Brady) – television series
2001-2002: Dark Angel (Ben/X5-493 and Alec/X5-494) – television series, 22 episodes
2001: Blonde (Eddie G) – made for TV movie
2002-2003: Dawson’s Creek (CJ) – television series, 12 episodes
2003-2004: Still Life (Max) – television series, 6 episodes
2004: The Plight of Clowana (Jensen) short film
2004-2005: Smallville (Jason Teague) television series, 22 episodes
2005: Devour (Jake Gray) feature film *straight to DVD*
2005-2011 (continuing): Supernatural (Dean Winchester) television series
2007: Ten Inch Hero (Priestly) feature film
2009: My Bloody Valentine 3D (Tom Hanniger) feature film
2010: Batman: Under the Red Hood (Red Hood/Jason Todd) animated feature film *straight to DVD*
2010: Tron: Evolution (Gibson) video game
2011: The 3rd Birthday (Kyle Madigan) video game
Jensen Ackles was very nearly Justin Ackles. His parents decided that the name Justin was ‘too common’ and wanted his moniker to be a little more unique and thus named him Jensen. Jensen began his career in the spotlight at the ripe old age of four as a model, but gave the showbiz life up for several years, presumably to focus on school and playing with toy cars, before returning to modeling at age ten. From there, he began acting and built a rather solid career for himself. Just taking a quick glance at his list of film credits you’ll see a fairly diverse resume, showing Jensen knows how to pick the right roles to ensure a long and lasting career.
I will admit, I really didn’t know much about Jensen Ackles until preparing this profile. I used to watch him on Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady but didn’t make the connection between that character and this guy that all of the girls are suddenly swooning over. Because I’m not really familiar with Jensen, I was pretty nervous when the requests started coming in to profile him. I had nothing to be nervous about. As it turns out I’ve been a pretty big fan of Jensen’s work for a while. I just didn’t know it.
As Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives, Jensen was one of the few actors on the show that could, you know, actually act. When his mother, Marlena, (played by Deirdre Hall) was possessed by the devil, the show really started to lose me, but Jensen kept me coming back for more. When Jensen left the show, so did I. I was also a big fan of his performances on Dawson’s Creek, Dark Angel, and pretty much all of the other television work he did before and after Smallville which, for one reason or another, I just never got into. The same can be said for Supernatural. I think I’m going to change that.
Jensen’s role as demon-slaying Dean Winchester on CW’s Supernatural is the role that really has him in the spotlight now, winning him awards and the hearts of women everywhere, but for me, it was his role in My Bloody Valentine 3D that really stands out in my memory. First, I’m not a big horror movie fan, but I actually sort of liked this one. What I liked even more about it was Jensen’s performance. It was a standout and is really what made the movie memorable. With that said, clearly I’m missing something special with Supernatural – a travesty I plan to remedy as soon as possible.
While doing my research to put this little profile together, I discovered something I didn’t expect. I really like Jensen. I like him a lot. He has personality. He’s a Texan through and through, stating he prefers wearing a nice pair of jeans that work with boots. He loves Gummies. He loves his friends. He loves his wife. He plays guitar and sings. He was a warm, genuine, from the heart smile and that is, perhaps, what I find most appealing about him. Jensen could, very easily be my dream man and I say that for the Gummies alone. Those little buggers are delicious. Speaking of delicious; here are some pictures of Jensen in true Man Candy Monday fashion – gorgeous, often shirtless and sexy. Click on the picture to see the bigger version and make sure you scroll to the end to vote for next week’s Man Candy!
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Jensen wasn’t enough Man Candy for you? Check out my previous Man Candy Monday profiles:
- Man Candy Monday: Charlie Hunnam
- Man Candy Monday: Ian Somerhalder
And make sure you come back next Monday for even more Man Candy goodness!