Ken Jenkins


Date Of Birth

August 24, 1940


Born on August 28, 1940 in Dayton Ohio, Ken Jenkins is an actor best known for his role as Bob Kelso, Chief of Medicine on the hit NBC medical comedy Scrubs. Although Ken Jenkins has had a long and successful acting career, not many television viewers can cite him as a familiar face. This is because Jenkins’ acting prowess has mostly been witnessed on stage rather than on camera. He discovered his passion for acting when he was in high school and has since then appeared, directed and written plays, averaging about ten plays each year.

Jenkins co-founded the highly-esteemed Actors Theater of Louisville, a non-profit organization which helped a number of well-known playwrights today get a head start in their careers. This institution has produced renowned playwrights such as Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Nevertheless, achieving great recognition as a thespian did not make him a stranger to television and movies, and soon enough, Jenkins was lured by the glittery world of television and movies.

Jenkins had several guest appearances on different sc-fi series, such as the X-Files, Babylon 5 and Star Trek: the Next Generation. He also appeared on the series Adult Math and Homefront. As for the big screen, he bagged minor roles in films like I am Sam and Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Abyss, Air America, Last Man Standing, The Sum of all Fears, plus the 1998 remake of the classic thriller Psycho. His other screen credits include Stephen King’s TV miniseries The Stand and a minor role in Clockstoppers.

Jenkins’ most popular role remains to be easily on the NBC comedy series Scrubs, where he plays the role of Dr. Bob Kelso, your typical Chief-of Medicine: mean, bitter and cruel to everyone and everything. His second wife, Katharine Houghton, is the niece of Katharine Hepburn.

Place of Birth

Dayton, Ohio

Birth Name

Ken Jenkins



Fun Facts

- Jenkins’ second wife, Katharine Houghton, is the niece of Katharine Hepburn.

- His dog Baxter, in "Scrubs" (2001), is his real life dog.



2010-2011: Cougar Town (TV series) - Chick
2001-2010: Scrubs (TV series) - Dr. Bob Kelso
2009: House Husbands (TV movie) - Dean Worthington
2009: Scrubs: Interns (TV series) - Bob Kelso
2007: Welcome to Paradise - Reverend McNamara
2007: 5 Minutes to Midnight (short) - General Kubrick
2007: I-Nasty (short) - Sheriff Bernie
2002: The Sum of All Fears - Admiral Pollack
2002: Home Room - Police Captain
2002: Clockstoppers - NSA Agent Moore
2002: Fidel (TV movie) - Herbert Matthews
2001: I Am Sam - Judge Philip McNeily
2001: All Souls (TV series) - Dr. Lohman
2001: The X-Files (TV series) - Deputy Chief Karras
2001: The Tailor of Panama - Morecombe
2000: Family Law (TV series) - Judge William Jankowski
2000: Lucky Numbers - Dan Schuff
2000: Gone in Sixty Seconds - Televangelist
2000: Brutally Normal (TV series) - Mr. Kirschner/Thomas Jefferson
1999-2000: Sliders (TV series) - Professor Jack Bigelow/Robert Clark
1995-2000: Chicago Hope (TV series) - Health Marshal Stanley McGee/Jim Carroll
1999-2000: Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV series) - Pastor Neal
1998-1999: Oh Baby (TV series) - Fred Calloway
1999: Pensacola: Wings of Gold (TV series) - General Mitchell Burke
1999: The Last Marshal - Judge Wooley
1999: Balloon Farm (TV movie)
1999: Mutiny (TV movie)
1999: Vengeance Unlimited (TV series) - Jack Humphrey
1998: Psycho - District Attorney
1998: Early Edition (TV series) - Winston Thorpe
1998: Thirst (TV movie) - Lou Wolford
1998: Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story (TV movie)
1998: Where's Marlowe? - Linguist
1998: The Magnificent Seven (TV series) - Virginia's Father
1997: Murphy Brown (TV series) - Paul Cookson
1997: Babylon 5 (TV series) - Captain Trevor Hall
1997: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Marshall Hastings
1996: Last Man Standing - Capt. Tom Pickett
1996: Fled - Warden Nichols
1996: Courage Under Fire - Joel Walden
1996: Last Dance - Warden Laverty
1996: Executive Decision - General Wood
1995: Hiroshima (TV movie) - Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
1995: Past the Bleachers (TV movie) - Hilton Burberry
1995: Legend (TV series) - Ethan Catridge Steele
1995: Cybill (TV series) - Ed
1994: White Mile (TV movie) - Jerry Taggart
1994: The Stand (TV mini-series) - Peter Goldsmith
1994: Hearts Afire (TV series) - Mr. Conway
1994: A Time to Heal (TV movie) - Don Peterson
1994: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (TV movie) - Bob Newsom
1993: Mad About You (TV series) - Jack Farrer
1993: Sisters (TV series) - Judge Guisewite
1993: And the Band Played On (TV movie) - Dr. Dennis Donohue
1991-1993: Homefront (TV series) - Mike Sloan, Sr.
1992: A House of Secrets and Lies (TV movie) - Ed Norwood
1992: Crossing the Bridge - Lou Morgan
1992: A Private Matter (TV movie) - Frank Kearns
1991: thirtysomething (TV series) - Lars Durstin
1991: Edge of Honor - Bo Dubs
1991: Love, Lies and Murder (TV movie) - Rubright
1991: In Broad Daylight (TV movie) - Bob Webb
1990: Descending Angel (TV movie) - Sam Murray
1990: Gabriel's Fire (TV series) - Potter
1990: Dark Avenger (TV movie)
1990: Air America - Major Donald Lemond
1990: By Dawn's Early Light (TV movie) - Looking Glass Colonel - 'Sam'
1990: Shattered Dreams (TV movie) - Hal Witt
1990: Mancuso, FBI (TV series)
1988-1990: Wiseguy (TV series) - Paul Beckstead
1990: Family of Spies (TV movie)
1989: Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series) - Dr. Paul Stubbs
1989: In Country - Jim Holly
1989: Breaking Point (TV movie) - Col. Lowe
1989: The Abyss - Gerard Kirkhill
1989: Roe vs. Wade (TV movie)
1989: Hard Time on Planet Earth (TV series) - Sergeant Burdick
1989: The Outside Woman (TV movie) - Junior Miller
1989: CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV series) - Echer
1988: Disaster at Silo 7 (TV movie) - Clarence
1988: Knots Landing (TV series) - Border Thug #1
1988: Newhart (TV series) - Al Griswold
1988: Amen (TV series) - The Pilot
1988: The Wizard of Loneliness - Joel Spender
1988: CBS Summer Playhouse (TV series) - Dwayne Pewe
1987: Matewan - Sephus Purcell
1986: What Comes Around - Larry
1985: The Equalizer (TV series) - Sheriff
1983: Heart of Steel (TV movie) - Priest
1974: Great Performances (TV series) - Aubin

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