Jared Padalecki

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Jared Padalecki

Padalecki at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012.
BornJared Tristan Padalecki
(1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 30)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)Genevieve Cortese (2010–present)
Children 1
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Jared Padalecki

Padalecki at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012.
BornJared Tristan Padalecki
(1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 30)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)Genevieve Cortese (2010–present)
Children 1

Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) is an American actor. He grew up in Texas and came to fame in the early 2000s after appearing on the television series Gilmore Girls as well as in several Hollywood films, including New York Minute and House of Wax. Padalecki plays Sam Winchester on the CW television series Supernatural.


Early life

Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas.[1][2] He is of Polish ancestry on his father's side.[3][4] He has an older brother, Jeff, and a younger sister, Megan. He started taking acting classes at the age of 12.


He attended James Madison High School in San Antonio and was named a candidate for the 2000 Presidential Scholars Program. In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation.[5] Padalecki won FOX's 1999 "Claim to Fame Contest"; he subsequently appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, where he met his current manager. After graduating from high school in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career, although he had originally planned to attend the University of Texas.[1]


Padalecki's first credit 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 also 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 part 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 the part of Charlie Baker, and the director of the movie, who wanted someone bigger 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 who the Olson's characters are attracted to. 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 the horror film House of Wax in which he plays Wade, one of 5 teens who are slashed and killed. In the same year, Padalecki appeared in yet another horror film, Cry Wolf in which he played Tom.[7]

The same year, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the WB series, Supernatural. Sam and his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes with their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The seventh season began broadcast on September 23, 2011 on the CW. The show is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Padalecki also served as the host of MTV's horror reality series, Room 401 which was discontinued after only 8 episodes due to poor ratings.[8]

He had the lead role in 2008's The Christmas Cottage, in which he played Thomas Kinkade.

Padalecki also had the lead role in the horror remake Friday the 13th film alongside Danielle Panabaker, which opened on Friday, February 13, 2009. He plays Clay Miller, a character who heads out to the doomed Camp Crystal Lake in search of his sister who has gone missing.[9]

Personal life

Padalecki married his former Supernatural co-star Genevieve Cortese on February 27, 2010 in Sun Valley, Idaho. He and his wife are currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[10][11] On October 10, 2011, he announced they were expecting their first child.[12] [13] The couple's son, Thomas Colton Padalecki, was born on March 19, 2012.[14][15][16]


List of films credits
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Little Inside, AA Little InsideMatt Nelson
2000 Do Not DisturbSam TV movie
2001 Close to HomeTV movie
2002 Ring of Endless Light, AA Ring of Endless LightZachery Gray TV movie
2003 Cheaper by the DozenHigh School Bully (uncredited)
2004 New York MinuteTrey Lipton
2004 Flight of the PhoenixJohn Davis
2005 House of WaxWade Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Male
2005 Cry WolfTom
2007 House of FearsJ.P. (uncredited)
2008 Christmas CottageThomas Kinkade
2009 Friday the 13thClay Miller
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2005 Gilmore GirlsDean Forester63 episodes
Recurring; Seasons 1, 4, & 5
Main Cast; Seasons 2–3
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2001 ERPaul Harris Episode: "Piece of Mind"
2003 Young MacGyverClay MacGyver Pilot
2005–present SupernaturalSam WinchesterMain role
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2011, 2012)
Nominated–SFX Award for Best TV Actor
2007 Room 401 Himself Cancelled after 8 episodes
2009 SupernaturalLucifer "The End" (Season 5, Episode 4)
2010 SupernaturalGary Frankle "Swap Meat" (Season 5, Episode 12)
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Sam Winchester Voice role, 22 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Biography – Jared Padalecki". TV Guide.com. TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/detail/celebrity.aspx?tvobjectid=193608&more=ucCelebInfo. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Jared Padalecki Biography". http://www.filmreference.com/film/99/Jared-Padalecki.html. 
  3. ^ "Jared Padalecki interview". The Bonnie Hunt Show. February 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jared Tristan Padalecki". Poland.us. PolishYellowPages. 2006-10-23. http://www.poland.us/strona,9,755,0.html. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Schwan Duo Interpretation" (PDF). The H.B. Mitchell Trophy. National Forensic League. p. 5. http://www.nflonline.org/uploads/NationalTournament/nt601sec3.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Bonnie Hunt". http://www.winchesterbros.com/media/jpf13bhs.wmv. 
  7. ^ Keith, Amy Elisa (November 29, 2005). 26334,1133515,00.html "Celebrity Q&A: Jared Padalecki". People magazine. Time-Warner. http://people.aol.com/people/article/ 26334,1133515,00.html. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Room 401: Cast Bios". http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/room_401/cast.jhtml. 
  9. ^ "Friday the 13th: Jared Padalecki". SuicideGirls.com. January 9, 2009. http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Friday+the+13th%3A+Jared+Padalecki/. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  10. ^ Godwin, Jennifer, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Are Engaged, EOnline.com, 6 Jan 2010. Accessed 14 Feb 2009.
  11. ^ Kubicek, John, Notes from the Supernatural 100th episode party, BuddyTV.com, 2 February 2010. Quote: "Jared Padalecki talking sweetly about his recent engagement to former co-star Genevieve Cortese" Accessed 14 February 2010.
  12. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/jarpad/status/123902140581289985
  13. ^ http://laineygossip.com/Articles/Details/21506/Exclusive-Jared-Padalecki-and-wife-Genevieve-Cortese-expecting-first-child
  14. ^ Eng, Joyce (March 20, 2012). "Supernatural's Jared Padalecki Welcomes a Son". TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jared-Padalecki-Genevieve-Baby-1045065.aspx. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/jarpad/status/181992567477518336
  16. ^ "Jared Padalecki Names Newborn Son Thomas Colton!". US Weekly. March 21, 2012. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/jared-padalecki-names-newborn-son-thomas-colton-2012213. 

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