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Ken Jenkins is an actor who plays Elder Sam in the Netflix Adaption of A Series Of Unfortunate Events.


A versatile veteran of film, television and theater, Ken Jenkins began his acting career performing in high school theater productions in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. "I was fortunate to discover the world through the words of William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, and to discover in myself a love for the theater that has shaped my life", says Jenkins. Jenkins went on to study acting at Antioch College while continuing to perform on Broadway and in regional companies throughout his college years. In 1969, he co-founded and served for three years as Associate Artistic Director for the prestigious Actor's Theatre of Louisville, which became known as a breeding ground for some of America's best new playwrights, including Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Jenkins continued to work with the theater as an actor, director and writer through 1983.

Over his 30 years in the theater, Jenkins has been associated with an average of 10 plays a year as an actor, director or playwright. He has portrayed "Hamlet" and "Cyrano" and performed in other classics by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Shaw and Molière. One of his favorite roles, however, was "The Duke", which he played opposite his son, Daniel Jenkins, in the 1985 Broadway musical, "Big River".

In 1987, Jenkins appeared in John Sayles' critically acclaimed feature film, Matewan (1987) which opened the actor to the joys of acting for the camera. Most recently seen in The Sum of All Fears (2002) with Morgan Freeman and I Am Sam (2001) with Sean Penn, his other feature-film credits include Courage Under Fire (1996), The Abyss (1989), Air America (1990) and Last Man Standing (1996).

Jenkins' television credits include a co-starring role for two seasons on Homefront (1991), two seasons on Wiseguy (1987) and guest-star roles on The X-Files (1993), Family Law (1999) and Chicago Hope (1994). He has also appeared in the television movies Thirst (1998), Hiroshima (1995), And the Band Played On (1993).

Jenkins is an avid woodworker and a skilled dog trainer. He is married to Katharine Hepburn's niece, actress Katharine Houghton, probably best remembered as playing Hepburn & Tracy's daughter in the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Heart of Steel Priest
1985 What Goes Around Larry
1987 Matewan Sephus Purcell
1988 The Wizard of Loneliness Joel Spender
1988 Disaster at Silo 7 Clarence
1989 Unconquered Dr. Smith
1989 The Outside Woman
1989 Roe vs. Wade
1989 The Abyss Gerard Kirkhill
1989 Breaking Point Col. Lowe
1989 In Country Jim Holly
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Looking Glass Colonel - "Sam"
1990 Shattered Dreams Hal Witt
1990 Air America Major Donald Lemond
1990 Dark Avenger District Attorney Underwood
1990 Descending Angel Sam Murray
1991 In Broad Daylight Bob Webb
1991 Edge of Honor Bo Dubs
1992 A Private Matter Frank Kearns
1992 Crossing the Bridge Lou Morgan
1992 A House of Secrets and Lies Ed Norwood
1993 And the Band Played On Dr. Dennis Donohue
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness Bob Newsom
1994 A Time to Heal Don Peterson
1994 White Mile Jerry Taggart
1995 Past the Bleachers Hilton Burberry
1995 Hiroshima Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
1996 Executive Decision General Wood
1996 Last Dance Warden Laverty
1996 Courage Under Fire Joel Walden
1996 Fled Warden Nichols
1996 Last Man Standing  Capt. Tom Pickett
1998 Where's Marlowe? Linguist
1998 Life of the Party: Pamea Harriman Story
1998 Thirst Lou Wolford
1998 Psycho District Attorney
1999 Mutiny
1999 Balloon Farm
1999 The Last Marshal Judge Wooley
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Televangelist Uncredited
2000 Lucky Numbers Dan Schuff
2001 The Tailor of Panama Morecombe
2001 I Am Sam Judge McNeily
2002 Fidel Herbert Matthews
2002 Clockstoppers NSA Agent Moore
2002 Home Room Police Captain
2002 The Sum of All Fears Admiral Pollack
2007 I-Nasty Sheriff Bernie Short
2007 5 Minutes to Midnight General Kubrick Short
2007 Welcome to Paradise Reverend McNamara
2012 House Husbands Dean Worthington
2016 All the Way Rep. "Judge" Smith
2019 Girls Weekend Tom


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Great Performances Aubin One Episode
1985 The Equalizer Sheriff One Episode
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Dwayne Pewe One Episode
1988 Amen The Pilot One Episode
1988 Newhart Al Griswold One Episode
1988 Knots Landing Border Thug #1 One Episode
1988 Dallas Captain One Episode
1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special Echer One Episode
1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth Sergeant Burdick One Episode
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Paul Stubbs One Episode
1990 Family of Spies
1990 Mancuso, FBI
1990 Gabriel's Fire Potter One Episode
1988-1990 Wiseguy Paul Beckstead
1991 Evening Shade Judge One Episode
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Rubright
1991 Thirtysomething Lars Durstin One Episode
1993 Sisters  Judge Guisewite One Episode
1993 Mad About You Jack Farrer One Episode
1994 Hearts Afire Mr. Conway One Episode
1994 The Stand Peter Goldsmith One Episode
1995 Cybill Ed One Episode
1995 Legend Ethan Cathridge Steele One Episode
1996 The Lazarus Man Preacher One Episode
1997 High Incident Burt One Episode
1991-1997 Homefront Mike Sloan, Sr.
1997 NYPD Blue Marshall Hastings One Episode
1997 Babylon 5 Captain Trevor Hall One Episode
1997 Murphy Brown Paul Cookson One Episode
1998 The Magnificent Seven Virginia's Father One Episode
1998 Early Edition Winston Thorpe One Episode
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Jack Humphrey One Episode
1999 The Wonderful World of Disney One Episode
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold General Mitchell Burke One Episode
1998-1999 Oh Baby Fred Calloway
1999-2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Pastor Neal
1995-2000 Chicago Hope Jim Carroll / Health Marshal Stanley McGee
1999-2000 Sliders Professor Jack Bigelow / Robert Clark
2000 Brutally Normal Mr. Kirschner / Thomas Jefferson One Episode
2000 Family Law Judge William Jankowski
2001 The X-Files Deputy Chief Karras
2001 All Souls Dr. Lohman One Episode
2009 Scrubs: Interns Bob Kelso One Episode
2001-2010 Scrubs Dr. Bob Kelso
2012 Local Talent Mr. Fallon (2012)
2013 Back in the Game Warden One Episode
2014 Black-ish Bernie One Episode
2010-2015 Cougar Town Chick
2012-2015 Gravity Falls Pa Duskerton / Old Man Ghost
2017 Harvey Beaks Blister One Episode
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Elder Sam