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Jared Tristan Padalecki

(1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 39)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Children 3

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

Early life

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


He was a 2000 candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program. In 1998, Padalecki and his partner Chris Cardenas won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation. 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.

Personal life

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki Sept. 2011 (cropped)
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Padalecki's engagement to his Supernatural co-star Genevieve Cortese was announced in January 2010. They met when Cortese guest starred as Ruby on the show's fourth season. Padalecki proposed to her in front of their favorite painting, "Joan of Arc", by French realist Jules Bastien-Lepage at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in October 2009.

The pair married on February 27, 2010, in Cortese's hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. On October 10, 2011, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Thomas Colton Padalecki, was born on March 19, 2012. On December 22, 2013, Cortese gave birth to their second son, Austin Shepherd "Shep" Padalecki. Their daughter, Odette Elliott Padalecki, was born on March 17, 2017. The couple resides in Austin, Texas with their three children.

Always Keep Fighting

To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms logo

In March 2015, Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign. 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. 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. Most recently, Padalecki launched a third campaign selling a further 40,000 shirts.

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.


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Jared Padalecki at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
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Jared Padalecki at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego
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Jared Padalecki at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego
List of films credits
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Little Inside, AA Little Inside Matt Nelson
2000 Do Not Disturb 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
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2005 Gilmore Girls Dean Forester 63 episodes
Recurring; Seasons 1, 4, & 5
Main Cast; Seasons 2–3
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2001 ER Paul Harris Episode: "Piece of Mind"
2003 Young MacGyver Clay MacGyver Pilot
2005–present Supernatural Sam Winchester Main 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 Supernatural Lucifer "The End" (Season 5, Episode 4)
2010 Supernatural Gary Frankle "Swap Meat" (Season 5, Episode 12)
2011 Supernatural: The Anime Series Sam Winchester Voice role, 22 episodes

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