Biography

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

In 1969, he co-founded the Actors Theatre of Louisville and served as the Associate Artistic Director for three years. This institution has produced playwrights such as Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Jenkins previously appeared on the series Adult Math, as well as episodes of Homefront, The X-Files (episode "Medusa", season 8), Babylon 5 and "Evolution", the Season three premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation "Sliders" (2 episodes, 1999–2000) Dust (2000) TV episode .... Professor Jack Bigelow - Revelations (1999) TV episode .... Robert Clark.

He has appeared in the movies Executive Decision, The Abyss, Air America, 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 doing so on the Scrubs episodes "My Tuscaloosa Heart" and "My Musical".

Jenkins also has a recurring role on Cougar Town since October 27, 2010 as Jules' (played by Courteney Cox) father.

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

In 1969, he co-founded the Actors Theatre of Louisville and served as the Associate Artistic Director for three years. This institution has produced playwrights such as Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Jenkins previously appeared on the series Adult Math, as well as episodes of Homefront, The X-Files (episode "Medusa", season 8), Babylon 5 and "Evolution", the Season three premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation "Sliders" (2 episodes, 1999–2000) Dust (2000) TV episode .... Professor Jack Bigelow - Revelations (1999) TV episode .... Robert Clark.

He has appeared in the movies Executive Decision, The Abyss, Air America, 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 doing so on the Scrubs episodes "My Tuscaloosa Heart" and "My Musical".

Jenkins also has a recurring role on Cougar Town since October 27, 2010 as Jules' (played by Courteney Cox) father.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Jenkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ​

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 55

Birthday 1940-08-28

Place of Birth Dayton, Ohio

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 Girls Weekend as Tom
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events (2 episodes) as Elder Sam
2016 All the Way as Howard W. Smith
2014 black-ish (1 episode) as Bernie
2013 Back in the Game (1 episode) as Warden
2012 Gravity Falls (1 episode) as Pa (voice)
2009 Cougar Town (6 episodes) as Chick
2007 Welcome to Paradise
2002 The Sum of All Fears as Admiral Pollack
2002 Home Room as Police Captain
2002 Clockstoppers as NSA Agent Moore
2001 I Am Sam as Judge Philip McNeily
2001 Scrubs (8 episodes) as Dr. Kelso (169 episodes) as Bob Kelso
2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds as Televangelist (uncredited)
1999 Family Law (2 episodes)
1998 Thirst as Lou Wolford
1996 Early Edition (1 episode)
1996 Last Man Standing as Captain Tom Pickett
1996 Fled as Warden Nichols
1996 Courage Under Fire as Joel Walden
1996 Executive Decision as General Wood
1995 Sliders (1 episode) as Professor Jack Bigelow (1 episode) as Robert Clark
1995 Cybill (1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope (2 episodes)
1994 A Time to Heal as Don
1994 Babylon 5 (1 episode) as Captain Trevor Hall
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness as Bob Newsom
1993 And the Band Played On as Dr. Dennis Donohue
1993 The X-Files (1 episode)
1992 A House of Secrets and Lies as Ed Norwood
1992 Mad About You (1 episode)
1992 Crossing The Bridge as Lou Morgan
1991 Homefront (42 episodes)
1991 In Broad Daylight as Bob Webb
1991 Edge of Honor as Bo Dubs
1990 Descending Angel as Sam Murray
1990 The Dark Avenger
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 (3 episodes)
1990 Air America as Major Donald Lemond
1990 By Dawn's Early Light as Looking Glass Colonel - 'Sam'
1990 Shattered Dreams as Hal Witt
1989 Mancuso, F.B.I. (3 episodes)
1989 Breaking Point as Col. Lowe
1989 The Abyss as Gerard Kirkhill
1989 Unconquered as Dr. Smith
1988 Disaster at Silo 7 as Clarence
1987 thirtysomething (1 episode)
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1 episode) as Dr. Paul Stubbs
1987 Wiseguy (9 episodes)
1987 Matewan as Sephus Purcell
1985 The Equalizer (1 episode)
1985 What Comes Around as Larry
1983 Heart of Steel as Priest
1982 Newhart (1 episode)
1979 Knots Landing (1 episode)

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