Representative "Judge" Smith
Played by Ken Jenkins
A versatile veteran of film, television and theater, Ken Jenkins began his acting career performing in high school theater productions in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Jenkins went on to study acting at Antioch College while continuing to perform on Broadway and in regional companies throughout his college years. In 1969, he co-founded and served for three years as Associate Artistic Director for the prestigious Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, which became known as a breeding ground for some of America’s best new playwrights, including Beth Henley and Marsha Norman. Jenkins continued to work with the theater as an actor, director and writer through 1983.
Over his 30 years in the theater, Jenkins has been associated with an average of 10 plays a year as an actor, director or playwright. He has portrayed Hamlet and Cyrano, and performed in other classics by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Shaw and Molière. One of his favorite roles, however, was The Duke, which he played opposite his son, Daniel Jenkins, in the 1985 Broadway musical, Big River.
In 1987, Jenkins appeared in John Sayles’ critically-acclaimed feature film, Matewan which opened the actor to the joys of acting for the camera. Most recently seen in The Sum of All Fears with Morgan Freeman and I Am Sam with Sean Penn, his other feature film credits include Courage Under Fire, The Abyss, Air America and Last Man Standing.
Jenkins’ television credits include Scrubs, Homefront, Wiseguy and guest-star roles on The X-Files, Family Law and Chicago Hope. He has also appeared in the television movies And the Band Played On, Thirst and Hiroshima.
Jenkins is an avid woodworker and a skilled dog trainer. He is married to Katharine Hepburn’s niece, actress Katharine Houghton, best remembered as playing Hepburn & Tracy’s daughter in the classic film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.