Richard Jenkins

2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala - Inside Arrivals

Jenkins in 2009; photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Richard Dale Jenkins

Place of Birth: DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 4, 1947

Ethnicity: Welsh, English, Irish, German

Richard Jenkins is an American actor. He is known for his numerous roles over four decades, including in the films Burn After Reading, Step Brothers, The Visitor, and The Shape of Water. He received Academy Award nominations for the latter two.

He is the son of Mary Elizabeth (Wheeler) and Dale Stevens Jenkins, a dentist. Richard is married to Sharon R. Friedrick, with whom he has two children.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Llewellyn E. Jenkins (the son of David Jenkins and Margaret Williams). Llewellyn was born in Illinois. David was English-born, and of Welsh descent. Margaret was Welsh.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Effie J. Stevens (the daughter of Ralph R. Stevens and Almera/Almina Marsh). Effie was born in Illinois. Ralph was the son of Simon Gilbert Stevens and Mary A. Rainey. Richard’s great-grandmother Almera was the daughter of William Bates Marsh and Elizabeth Moyer, who was of German descent.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Westfall H. Wheeler (the son of Felix Grundy Wheeler and Lillie/Lillian B. Taylor). Westfall was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Felix was the son of Clayton Russell Wheeler and Mary E. Burton.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Carey (the daughter of David Merrett Carey and Martha Bell Rainey). Mary Elizabeth was born in Kentucky. David was the son of James Howard Carey and Elizabeth Jane Devine/Divine. Martha was the daughter of John Rainey and Sarah.

Sources: Richard’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Richard’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Richard’s father –

Richard’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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