Richard Dale Jenkins is an American actor. He has worked steadily in film and television mostly in supporting roles, and he is also known for his roles in the films Burn After Reading, Step Brothers, Let Me In, and Jack Reacher.
Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her trying transition into the mainstream in 'Educated: A Memoir.' Also, critic David Bianculli reviews BBC's nature documentary series 'Blue Planet II,' which he calls a "dazzling piece of television." And Richard Jenkins wasn't cast in a movie until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in 'The Shape of Water.'
Jenkins is nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Guillermo del Toro's latest film, which is about a mute woman who falls in love with a sea creature. The actor started his career on the stage, and didn't get a movie role until he was in his 30s. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set of recordings of pianist Teddy Wilson with his various groups from the 1930s and '40s. And Justin Chang reviews the indie film 'Golden Exits.'
Richard Jenkins is one of the great character actors working today but he was a late starter in show business. As he continues to rack up awards and accolades for his performances, including his latest in The Shape of Water, Richard reflects on the early days of his acting ambitions in Illinois corn country and the intervention by his high school English teacher that got him on his way. He also talks about his favorite collaborators, including the Coen Brothers, the Farrelly Brothers and Frances McDormand. This episode is sponsored by the new film I, Tonya, Baskets on FX, and SimpliSafe.