Ken Jenkins Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 14, 2022
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Ken Jenkins was a theater artist for three decades as an actor, director, and playwright.
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About Ken Jenkins

John Kendall Jenkins, popularly known as Ken Jenkins, is a famous actor and musician.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and he comes from a Welsh ethnicity. Jenkins has proved his worth through his mesmerizing performances in the entertainment industry.
However, his illustrious career was a direct outcome of his hard labor in theaters. He has received wide recognition for his role in the television show 'Scrubs' as Dr. Bob Kelso. This critically acclaimed actor also starred in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' third episode called' Evolution.' Ken was successful in portraying several characters with conviction on-screen. He had a remarkable journey from the theater, broadway, film roles to television series. He is also married to Katharine Hepburn's niece.
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Ken Jenkins Net Worth, Earnings, And Spending Habits

What is Ken Jenkins' net worth?

Ken Jenkins is a seasoned actor, his net worth is around $6 million.

How much does Ken Jenkins earn per year?

Ken Jenkins's net worth got a boost in 2018-2019, his annual income is around $400,000.

Height, Age, And Physical Attributes

How tall is Ken Jenkins?

This veteran actor from 'Air America' is 5 ft 7 in (170.2 cm) in height

How old is Ken Jenkins?

Ken is a lauded theater artist who is currently 81 years old.

Childhood And Education

Jenkins was born in Dayton, Ohio, in the U.S. on August 28, 1940 to Jim Hutton and Deborah Del Prete. He is white with an American nationality. He has one sibling named Renneker Jenkins.
In 1958, Ken completed his education at Wilbur Wright High School and later got admitted into Antioch College. He participated in school theater, and in 1969, he established the 'Actors Theatre of Louisville.'

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Ken Jenkins’ partner?

Ken Jenkins was married twice in his family life, his first marriage was with Joan Patchen (1958-1969), and his second marriage was with Katharine Houghton ('70s onwards). He shares a 40 years marriage bond with Katharine Houghton, who is also a niece of Katharine Hepburn. Jenkins has three children, Daniel H. Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Matthew Jenkins, in his family. Daniel H. Jenkins is an actor cum director by profession. However, Jenkins is a private person who does not talk about his family life in public.

Career And Professional Highlights

Ken Jenkins worked for three years in the 'Actors Theatre of Louiseville' under Jon Jory. His performance in a comedic role in the television series 'Scrubs' as Dr. Bob Kelso was aired on NBC. Ken worked in a prominent role till the eighth season, in the last two seasons, he did cameo before he retired. His other television ventures as an actor are 'Homefront,' 'The X-Files,' 'Babylon 5,' 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' and 'Wiseguy.' He had an immense contribution as a television actor. Ken Jenkins also worked in TV miniseries of Stephen King's ‘The Stand.’
Some of his best film roles are for movies like 'The Wizard of Loneliness,' 'Executive Decision,' 'The Abyss,' 'Air America,' 'Last Man Standing,' 'Fled,' and 'Gone in 60 Seconds.' In 1998, he worked in 'Courage Under Fire,' a remake of the thriller 'Psycho.' Ken Jenkins played a recurring role on 'Cougar Town' that was a standout. Another memorable role as a movie star is in the movie ‘All the Way.’
Ken Jenkins was a vocalist for the episodes of 'Scrubs,' the names of the songs are 'My Tuscaloosa Heart' and 'My Musical.' Ken Jenkins featured in a music video for 'Guy Love' of The Blanks.

Best Known For…

Jenkins's comedic role in 'Scrubs' is the most notable performance of his career. People identify him more as Dr. Bob Kelso from this American comedy series. This television actor has also worked on several other TV shows.
Ken Jenkins has worked for 30 years, which includes 10 plays in theater in his initial days as an actor, playwright, and director. He performed in films like 'Matewan' (1987), 'The Sum of All Fears' (2002), and 'Morgan Freeman and I Am Sam' (2001). Ken Jenkins also received appreciation for his outstanding acting in other films, like 'Courage Under Fire' (1996), 'The Abyss' (1989), and 'Air America' ('90s).

Ken Jenkins’ Hobbies And Interests

Ken Jenkins is a passionate woodworker and a dog trainer. Ken Jenkins can sing and play guitar. He was a vocalist to Blister on 'Harvey Breaks.'

Other Interesting Ken Jenkins Facts And Trivia

  • Ken's zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • His zodiac animal is Dragon, with a spirit of a Bear.
  • Ken Jenkins worked with his son Daniel in 'Big River' (1985).
  • Ken Jenkins had a recurring role of Chick in the ‘Cougar Town.’
  • Some older episodes of 'Scrubs' are found on YouTube.

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Antioch College

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Katharine Houghton


Jim Hutton, Deborah Del Prete


Renneker Jenkins

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Written by Joan Agie

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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