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Jared Padalecki

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Texas, United States (2000 – present)

Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) is an American actor and musician. 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 has most recently become known for his starring role on the television series Supernatural.

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 successful 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 (2000), Close to Home (2001), A Ring of Endless Light (2002) and Young MacGyver (2003).

Padalecki had an uncredited part in 2003’s comedy Cheaper by the Dozen. In 2004, he appeared in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-led comedy New York Minute, and also had a role in the thriller Flight of the Phoenix. In 2005, Padalecki starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton in the horror film House of Wax, and appeared in another horror film, Cry Wolf, on the set of which he met his then girlfriend, co-star Sandra McCoy.

The same year, Padalecki was cast as Sam Winchester on the WB series, Supernatural, and gained a fan base after the show’s success. Supernatural was renewed for a second season, which began airing on September 28, 2006 on The CW. The show was renewed for a third season, beginning on October 4, 2007.

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