Jensen Ackles joined the cast of Days of our Lives in July 1997 as the long-lost Eric Brady, and in less than two years, he earned two Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Younger Lead Actor. Upon his arrival, TV Guide named Ackles the "casting coup of the summer of 1997." During his freshman year, Ackles won the prestigious Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer. He also landed on the cover of TV Guide as one of daytime's "12 Hottest New Stars."
Ackles is not a newcomer to television. He was a series regular on the NBC comedy "Mr. Rhodes" in the fall of 1996. He also guest-starred on "Cybill" and the syndicated teen series Sweet Valley High.
In his leisure time, Ackles enjoys horseback riding, fishing, snow and waterskiing and returning to his native Dallas, Texas, to visit family and friends
1993 graduate of Apollo Junior High School in Richardson, TX.
1990 graduate of Dartmouth Elementary School in Richardson, TX.
Has one brother, Joshua, approximately three years older, and one sister, Mackenzie, approximately seven years younger.
Played baseball and lacrosse in high school.
He was almost named Justin, but his parents (Alan and Donna) thought the name was too common.
Planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist, before he decided to move to LA to give acting a try.