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Know Your “That Guy”: Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Born: May 4, 1947

Number of Roles: 94

Best Known for Playing: Professors, fathers, usually quiet and slightly nervous

First Appearance: Warder in Great Performances (1974)

Most Recent Appearance: The Father in Let Me In (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Dr. Robert Doback in Step Brothers
  • Ted in Burn After Reading
  • Mr. Tyree in Dear John
  • Prof. Walter Vale in The Visitor
  • Robert Grace in The Kingdom
  • Nathaniel Fisher in Six Feet Under
  • Hank Aimes in North Country
  • Freddy Bender in Intolerable Cruelty
  • Gen. Thomas Purcell in The Core
  • Walter Arnell in Changing Lanes
  • Michael McCarty in Absolute Power
  • Victor in The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Clyde Alden in The Witches of Eastwick
  • Walter Abundas in The Man Who Wasn’t There

Fun Facts

  • Frequently works with the Farrelly Brothers
  • Worked as a truck driver for John C. Reilly’s father and met Reilly when he was four years old, he would later co-star with him in Step Brothers.
  • Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for The Visitor

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