Jensen Ackles is a popular Hollywood actor who has appeared in many TV series and some movies. He originally started his career at the tender age of four as a model. By the time he turned 18, he commenced his acting career and has featured in a slew of TV series and movies. The most notable ones in his filmography are the long-running soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and the sci-fi TV series, Supernatural where he has appeared in more than 300 episodes over 15 years. But while Supernatural remains the most prominent role of his career, it is not the only one as we explore all the other roles he had before it.
Jensen Ackles Appeared in Eleven TV Shows and Movies Before Supernatural
Jensen Ross Ackles was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas. He had his education at Dartmouth Elementary School, Apollo Junior High School, and LV Berkner High School, graduating in 1996. Before he committed to acting as a career, he did a bit of modeling from the age of four. He appeared in commercials for Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, and Nabisco.
After graduating from high school, Ackles focused on acting and made his debut appearance in an episode of Wishbone, as Michael Duss. From there, he went on to land roles in other series such as Sweet Valley High, Mr. Rhodes, and Cybill. His role in Mr. Rhodes, where he appeared in eight episodes, was the first long-running role of his career.
Ackles got a breakthrough in his career in 1997 when he landed the role of Eric Brady (twin brother of the scheming Semi) on the soap opera, Days of our Lives. His stint on the show lasted for three years over 54 episodes and he received three Daytime Emmy nominations for his outstanding performances.
After leaving Days of Our Lives in 2000, Jensen Ackles landed recurring roles in Dark Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Blonde, and Still Life. In 2004, he starred in a season of another major production, the Superman origin series, Smallville.
Jensen played the role of Jason Teague, an assistant football coach, and the love interest of Lana Lang. It is said that the actor had originally auditioned to play the role of Clark Kent but was unable to land it.
All in all, the actor made appearances in eleven TV shows and movies before landing his famous role of Dean Winchester in Supernatural.
How He Found International Fame on Supernatural
After a few years of bouncing from one show to another, Jensen Ackles secured a long-term role as Dean Winchester in Supernatural, a horror/action series. In his role as the older Winchester brother, he and his brother Sam, played by Jared Padalecki, travel around the United States to track paranormal activities. They also fight demons and angels on the show that became renowned for showcasing fantasy and pop culture.
Supernatural’s ability to appeal to a diverse range of TV fans expanded its fanbase and made it one of US TV’s most popular shows. In a show that had many things going for it, Jensen Ackles became one of its greatest assets. His ability to embody Dean’s character, a comedic personality with internal emotional struggles and tendency for recklessness, resonated with fans.
Thus, with Jensen at the lead, along with the show’s mythology, his fame rose as the show grew popular. Since its debut, Supernatural has averaged two million viewers per episode each season. Not only was his work and the show well-received by audiences, but it was also beloved by critics.
On an individual level, Jensen Ackles has received 19 award nominations for his work on the show from different award-giving bodies. He has nominations from the Teen Choice Awards, SFX Awards, Russian National Movie Awards, and the People’s Choice Awards.
Ackles’ popularity from the show has further seen multiple fan fiction written about him, and millions sold in merchandise. As a resident of Austin, June 23 has been declared Supernatural Day in honor of him and the show. In 2019, he served as King Bacchus LI in the Krewe of Bacchus parade.
He Made His Directorial Debut on Supernatural
Supernatural has not only contributed to Jensen Ackles’ fame but it has also afforded him a chance to expand his creative palette. Already known as an actor and singer, he was able to direct an episode of the show for the first time in 2010. He directed the fourth episode of the sixth season titled Weekend at Bobby’s.
Ackles’ directorial debut was a success as the episode received a 9.2 rating from more than three thousand six hundred reviewers on IMDb, as well as praise from critics. The actor has since directed five additional episodes, with his last coming in the fourth episode of season 15 titled Atomic Monsters. Like his first, the episode received similarly great reviews, with an 8.7 rating on IMDb.
His Role on Supernatural Significantly Contributed to His Wealth
There is no doubt that Jensen Ackles had a career on television before Supernatural, however, the show has significantly contributed to his wealth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actor has an estimated net worth of $14 million as he earned about $175 thousand per episode of the show.
While he certainly didn’t start with a salary of $175,000 when he joined the show, the actor reportedly earned the amount in the show’s last three seasons. With an average number of 22 episodes per season, Jensen had made $3.85 million in the show’s 13th, 14th, and 15th seasons.
Other noteworthy contributors to Jensen’s net worth include a brewery called Family Business Beer Company in Dripping Springs, Texas. The actor shares ownership with his wife and in-laws.
Additionally, he is also a member of the band, Radio Company, alongside Steve Carlson. The band has released an album titled Radio Company Vol. 1 which is available on iTunes.
Jensen Ackles is Married to a Supernatural Alum
While Jensen Ackles did not meet his wife Daneel Ackles on Supernatural, she has since become a part of the show that defined his career. She has appeared in five episodes, playing Sister Jo and the angel, Anael.
The couple met each other on the set of the 2007 romantic comedy, Ten Inch Hero. Their relationship began during filming in 2006 and three years after, they became engaged in November 2009. Six months after their engagement, on May 16, 2010, they got married in Dallas, Texas.
Since they became husband and wife, the couple have had three children; daughter Justice Jay born in May 2013, and a set of twins, Arrow Rhodes and Zeppelin who were born in December 2016.
Ackles’s Wife Has a Modestly Successful Acting Career
Jensen Ackles’s wife, Daneel Ackles, is no superstar but she has made something of herself as an actress. She made her debut in 1999 in the soap opera, One Life to Live. Since then, she has made 32 more appearances across films and TV shows.
Her most notable works are on television as Rachel Gatina in One Tree Hill, Sara Maxwell in Friends with Benefits, and Anael in Supernatural. In regard to her movie roles, she has appeared in Ten Inch Hero, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo, and The Back-Up Plan.