BurgessBio

Actors Biography

– “eFilmCritic.com” writes “Burgess Jenkins is the standout, he presents Bruce to us without a great deal of outward torment, but also manages to keep us from seeing him as a sociopath or the villain of the film.”

Born in Winston-Salem NC, Burgess studied Psychology through graduate school which he says “opened up a world of possibilities in his characters”. It was During this time he signed with a local talent agency and a passion for acting was born. Though he found some early success, a turning point for Burgess was enrolling in the famed Playhouse West in Los Angeles where he studied for 4 years under Bob Carnegie and Oscar nominee Jeff Goldblum. Armed with a love for Method acting he quickly began landing small roles and supporting parts, but in the summer of 2000 Burgess landed the coveted role of Ray Budds in the Blockbuster “REMEMBER THE TITANS” opposite two time Academy award winner Denzel Washington. The director would later say that though hundreds of actors read for the role, Jenkins was the only one who brought a rich sense of hatred and betrayal to the antagonistic Budds. In addition, he played Hilary Swank’s husband “David Winter” in “THE REAPING”; recurred as Bobby Irons throughout season 6 on the hit WB series “ONE TREE HILL” and starred opposite Hugo Weaving in “THE KEY MAN”.

Burgess won Critical acclaim and the Boston Film Festival “Best Actor” Nomination for his turn as Bruce Snow in the thriller “IN/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS”:

-From “Arts and Entertainment VIBE”: “Burgess Jenkins, as the returned soldier trying to re-connect with his wife and right the wrongs that occurred in his absence, gives a performance charged with desperation”

– “eFilmCritic.com” writes “Burgess Jenkins is the standout, he presents Bruce to us without a great deal of outward torment, but also manages to keep us from seeing him as a sociopath or the villain of the film.”

Recently, Burgess played the male lead in the cable movie of the year; ABC’s “CHRISTMAS CUPID” with Chad Michael Murray and Ashley Benson, he also starred in the comedic Mini Series “MARRY ME” with Lucy Liu; headlined the baseball themed movie “HERO” with Greg Allan Williams (HBO’s “Soprano’s”) and Stars opposite Danielle Panabaker in “THE SHUNNING”.

Currently Burgess is recurring on ABC’s smash hit “NASHVILLE”. Next up, look for him in the thriller “JIMMY” and the true family story “SUSIE’S HOPE” due out in 2013.

In his spare time, Burgess is part of a flag football team and enjoys golf and reading. He and his wife Ashlee Payne are closely involved in the philanthropy for Children’s Cancer Patient Support that he started in his Grandfather’s name. They are also active in their church & community and have a beautiful 5 year old little girl Lila Harper.

Awards & Quotes

Boston Film Festival: Nominated Best Actor for “In/Significant Others”

 

“Burgess Jenkins is the standout performance; he presents Bruce to us without a great deal of outward torment, but also manages to keep us from seeing him as a sociopath or the villain of the film.” 

-eFilmCritic.com

 

“Burgess Jenkins, as the returned soldier trying to re-connect with his wife and right the wrongs that occurred in his absence, gives a performance charged with desperation”

-Arts & Entertainment VIBE

 

“Burgess Jenkins is outstanding as the title character John Wesley”  

-The Dove Foundation 

 

“Burgess Jenkins Offers a Sincere and Persuasive Turn in the Title Role”

UM Portal

-From Variety:

Actors join cast of indie ‘Jimmy’

Patrick Fabian (“Big Love”), Kelly Carlson (“Nip/Tuck”), Ian Colletti, Ted Levine, Bob Gunton (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Greg Alan Williams, Chuck Carrington and Burgess Jenkins have joined the cast of indie fantasy-drama “Jimmy.”

Gary Wheeler is producing and Mark Freiburger’s directing. The pair co-wrote the screenplay with Whitlow.

Freiburger and Wheeler collaborated on an adaptation of Whitlow’s novel “The Trial,” with Wheeler directing Matthew Modine, Gunton and Robert Forster. Freiburger previously helmed the 2007 feature “Dog Days of Summer,” starring Will Patton.

t dave.mcnary@variety.com