John Hensley Biography

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Born: August 29, 1977


Date of Birth: August 29, 1977

After graduating high school in Kentucky, Jon Hensley spent three years in Wyoming as a horse-wrangler before deciding to pursue his passion for acting. He then attended Fort Lewis College in Colorado where he studied humanities and immersed himself in the theater community. Together with friends he formed an improv group that became so successful it was invited to perform with Chicago's famed Second City Theatre Troupe.

He has seamlessly transitioned from performing in the rodeo arena to roping a career in television and the big screen, making a name for himself as one of Hollywood's up-and-coming young actors, starring opposite Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, and Joely Richardson, as Matt McNamara, on the award-winning FX Network series Nip/Tuck. The series has garnered a multitude of awards including a total of five Emmy nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, and the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, Drama.

For the big screen, Hensley starred in the independent feature film, Teeth, which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival, directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Hensley also starred in the independent film, 50 Pills, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Hensley stars opposite Lou Taylor Pucci in this comedy about a college student who, after losing his scholarship, must sell 50 pills in a day in order to make his tuition payment. Hensley also filmed the lead role in Peoples, a coming of age drama about troubled youths in Kentucky. The 2004 film visited numerous festivals, taking home the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the award for Best Full Feature at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival in Pennsylvania.

In 1999, Hensley made his television debut on Comedy Central's cult hit Strangers With Candy. He went on to land the memorable role of Meadow's high school boyfriend on HBO's award-winning series The Sopranos. Hensley also played the lead opposite Gabriel Byrne in ABC's highly acclaimed but short-lived series Madigan Men, as well as the role of Gabriel Bowman in TNT's series Witchblade. He also guest starred on the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Despite his strong ties to his southern roots, Hensley now calls California his home. He resides in Los Angeles.


Fifty Pills (2006)
Peoples (2004)
Campfire Stories (2001)
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