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Occupation  Actor
Education  Antioch College
Role  Actor
Name  Ken Jenkins
Years active  1974-present

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Born  August 28, 1940 (age 75) (1940-08-28) Dayton, Ohio, USA
Relatives  Katharine Hepburn (aunt-in-law)
Spouse  Katharine Houghton (m. 1970), Joan Patchen (m. 1958–1969)
Children  Daniel H. Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Matthew Jenkins
Movies and TV shows  Scrubs, Cougar Town, The Sum of All Fears, Air America, In Country
Similar People  John C McGinley, Neil Flynn, Judy Reyes, Bill Lawrence, Christa Miller

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Ken Jenkins (born August 28, 1940) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Bob Kelso, the Chief of Medicine on the American comedy Scrubs.


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Early life

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Jenkins was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Wilbur Wright High School in 1958.


In 1969, Jenkins joined Actors Theatre of Louisville under the leadership of Jon Jory where he served as a company member for three years. Jenkins has appeared on the series Adult Math, as well as episodes of Homefront, The X-Files (episode "Medusa", season 8), Babylon 5, Evolution, the Season three premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wiseguy, and Early Edition (episode "Deadline", season 3), and Scrubs as Dr. Kelso.

Jenkins has appeared in the films The Wizard of Loneliness, Executive Decision, The Abyss, Air America, Sliders, Last Man Standing, Fled, Gone in 60 Seconds, I Am Sam, The Sum of All Fears, Matewan, Courage Under Fire and the 1998 remake of Psycho. He appeared as the father of Fran Goldsmith in Stephen King's TV miniseries, The Stand. Jenkins also had a role in Clockstoppers.

Jenkins can sing and play the acoustic guitar, and is seen handsomely doing so on the Scrubs episodes "My Tuscaloosa Heart" and "My Musical".

Jenkins also had a recurring role on Cougar Town, as the father of Jules (played by Courteney Cox). Jenkins also appears in The Blanks' music video for "Guy Love" as the owner of an L.A. bar.

Most recently, Jenkins portrayed Representative Howard W. Smith in the 2016 HBO TV movie All the Way, in which Smith's segregationist views posed as a central and divisive opposition to President Lyndon B. Johnson's proposal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Jenkins' son, Daniel H. Jenkins, is also an actor.


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