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Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki
Padalecki at Comic-Con in 2015
Born Jared Tristan Padalecki
(1982-07-19) July 19, 1982
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Genevieve Nicole Cortese (m. 2010)
Children 2

Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982)[1] is an American actor. He grew up in Texas and rose to fame in the early 2000s after appearing on the television series Gilmore Girls as well as such films as New York Minute and House of Wax. Padalecki is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on Supernatural.


  • Early life 1
    • Education 1.1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Always Keep Fighting 3.1
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas to Gerald and Sherri Padalecki.[1][2] His father is of Polish descent, while his mother has German, Scottish, French, and English ancestry.[3]


He was a 2000 candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.[1] In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation.[4] Although he had originally planned to attend the University of Texas after graduating from high school in 2000, Jared decided to move Los Angeles, California instead to pursue an acting career.[1]


Padalecki with Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles

Padalecki won Fox Broadcasting's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met an agent.[5] His first role was a minor role in the 1999 film A Little Inside. In 2000, he was cast as Dean Forester on the television series Gilmore Girls, a role he played until 2005. Throughout the early 2000s, he appeared in several made-for-television films, including Silent Witness, Close to Home, and the Disney Channel Original Movie A Ring of Endless Light.

Padalecki had an uncredited role as a high school bully in 2003's comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which he played after being asked by fellow actor and friend Tom Welling, who played Charlie Baker, and the director of the movie, who wanted someone larger than Charlie to pick on him. Padalecki originally auditioned for Welling's role, but gave it up in order to film a pilot titled Young MacGyver which was never picked up.[6]

In 2004, he appeared in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen comedy, New York Minute as Trey Lipton, a cute boy to whom the Olsens' characters are attracted. He also landed a short role in the thriller Flight of the Phoenix alongside Dennis Quaid and Hugh Laurie. In 2005, Padalecki starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton in House of Wax as Wade. In 2005, he appeared in Cry Wolf, another horror film, as Tom.[7]

That same year, Padalecki was cast as CW. He served as the host of MTV's horror reality series, Room 401, which was discontinued after only eight episodes due to poor ratings.[8] He had the lead role in 2008's The Christmas Cottage as Thomas Kinkade, alongside acclaimed actor Peter O'Toole. He also had the lead role in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th as Clay Miller, a character who heads out to Camp Crystal Lake in search of his sister who has gone missing.[9]

Personal life

Padalecki married former Supernatural guest star Genevieve Cortese (who played the demon Ruby during the show's fourth season) on February 27, 2010 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The couple reside in Austin, Texas with their two sons: Thomas Colton (born March 19, 2012) and Sheperd (born December 22, 2013).[10][11][12]

Always Keep Fighting

In March 2015, Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign through His first campaign raised funds for To Write Love On Her Arms, which supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The cause is particularly close to Padalecki, who has been candid about his own struggles with depression.[13] For the second campaign in the Always Keep Fighting series in April 2015, Padalecki partnered with co-star Jensen Ackles to release a shirt featuring both of their faces, to benefit their newly formed joint charitable fund. Over 70,000 shirts were sold.[14][15] Most recently, Padalecki launched a third campaign selling a further 40,000 shirts.[16]

During San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, more than 6,000 fans surprised Padalecki at the Supernatural panel by holding up candles for him, after having revealed his battle with depression earlier in the year.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Little Inside, AA Little Inside Matt Nelson
2000 Silent Witness Sam TV movie
2001 Close to Home TV movie
2002 Ring of Endless Light, AA Ring of Endless Light Zachery Gray TV movie
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen High School Bully Uncredited
2004 New York Minute Trey Lipton
2004 Flight of the Phoenix John Davis
2005 House of Wax Wade Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Male
2005 Cry Wolf Tom
2007 House of Fears J.P. Uncredited
2008 Christmas Cottage Thomas Kinkade
2009 Friday the 13th Clay Miller
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2005 Gilmore Girls Dean Forester Recurring (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4 & 5): 63 episodes
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2001 ER Paul Harris Episode: "Piece of Mind"
2003 Young MacGyver Clay MacGyver "Pilot"; never picked up
2005–present Supernatural Sam Winchester Lead Role
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2011, 2012)
Nominated–SFX Award for Best TV Actor
2007 Room 401 Himself Cancelled after 8 episodes
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Sam Winchester Voice role, 22 episodes


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  2. ^ "Jared Padalecki Biography". 
  3. ^ "Jared Padalecki interview".  
  4. ^ "Schwan Duo Interpretation" (PDF). The H.B. Mitchell Trophy. National Forensic League. p. 5. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Teen Choice Awards". 
  6. ^ "Interview with Bonnie Hunt". 
  7. ^ Keith, Amy Elisa (November 29, 2005). 26334,1133515,00.html "Celebrity Q&A: Jared Padalecki" . People Magazine. Time-Warner. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Room 401: Cast Bios". 
  9. ^ "Friday the 13th: Jared Padalecki". January 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  10. ^ Godwin, Jennifer, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Are Engaged,, January 6, 2010; accessed February 14, 2009.
  11. ^ Kubicek, John, 100th episode partySupernaturalNotes from the ,; February 2, 2010.
    Quote: "Jared Padalecki talking sweetly about his recent engagement to former co-star Genevieve Cortese"; accessed February 14, 2010.
  12. ^ JAKLE, Jeanne. "Hollywood Stars Love the Spurs Too". My San Antonio: San Antonio's Home Page. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
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