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Richard Dale Jenkins is an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his acting career in theatre at the renowned Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, RI. He swerved as Artistic Director of the theatre from 1990-19944.

Jenkins made his film debut in 1974, appearing in supporting roles in numerous film productions in the 1980s and the 1990s. He came to prominence in the early 2000s for playing the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Samuel Fisher on the HBO funeral drama series Six Feet Under, for which he received his Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002. Jenkins has since established himself in Hollywood by appearing in lead roles in the films The Visitor and The Cabin in the Woods.

Since his film debut in the television movie Feasting with Panthers (1974), he has steadily been working in film. Some of his earlier film credits include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Snow Falling On Cedars (1999), North Country (2005). He is also an occasional collaborator with the director siblings the Farrelly brothers, who have worked with Jenkins in There’s Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself, & Irene (2000), Outside Providence (1999), and Say It Isn’t So (2001). He has also worked frequently with the Coen Brothers: The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Burn After Reading (2008).

Although known primarily for supporting parts, he had a critically acclaimed lead role in The Visitor (2008), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Jenkins won the International Press Academy‘s Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.

Jenkins has been cast in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror The Cabin in the Woods (2010).

Richard is perhaps best known for playing Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. His character is a deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, who regularly appears to his family as a ghost or in a dream. He played the role since the show began in 2001, through to its final season in 2005. He and his castmates received their Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2002.

He married Sharon R. Friedrick on August 23, 1969 and together they have two children, Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale. He currently resides in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is known primarily as a stage actress, Davis won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for her role in King Hedley II (2001). She won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in Fences on June 13, 2010. She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004).

Her films include Traffic (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), and Solaris (2002). Her performance in Doubt (2008) brought widespread recognition and she was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Davis was born in South Carolina. Her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island when she was two months old.

Davis majored in theatre at Rhode Island College, graduating in 1988; in 2002 she received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the college.[3] Her involvements in Upward Bound and Student Support Services were important steps in her academic and social development. As a teenager, Davis’s talent was recognized by Bernard Masterson when, as director of Young People’s School for the Performing Arts in Rhode Island, he awarded Davis a scholarship into that program. She also attended the Juilliard School for four years.

In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Miller in the film adaption to the Broadway play, Doubt with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. She was nominated for several awards for this performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On June 13, 2010, Davis won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson‘s Fences.

Davis will play the role of Dr. Minerva in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.[5]

Davis has been married to actor Julius Tennon since June 2003.