Who is John Hensley?
John Carter Hensley is an actor and director from America who has garnered fame for portraying Matt McNamara in the TV series ‘Nip/Tuck’. A native of Kentucky, Hensley started harbouring acting aspirations when he was in college. He made his screen debut in 1999 in an episode of the TV series ‘Strangers with Candy’. His had his cinematic debut in 2001, in the crime-horror ‘Campfire Stories’. His first prominent role was in the ABC sitcom ‘Madigan Men’. Between 2001 and 2002, he appeared in several episodes of the superhero TV series ‘Witchblade’. From 2003 to 2010, he was a member of the main cast of ‘Nip/Tuck’. After its conclusion, Hensley made a series of guest appearances before being cast as Ronald Miller in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. He has also been active in the indie scene and has essayed various characters in films like ‘Love, Gloria’, ‘Mall’, and ‘Restraint’.
In 1999, John Hensley started his screen career with an appearance in a season one episode of Comedy Central’s spoof comedy series ‘Strangers with Candy’. A year later, he made a guest appearance in ‘The Sopranos’, portraying Eric Scatino, the son of Robert Patrick’s character, Davey Scatino. He was also cast in the ABC sitcom ‘Madigan Men’ as Luke Madigan in 2000. However, that show was cancelled after airing only nine episodes.
In his debut film, ‘Campfire Stories’ (2001), he worked with the directors Bob Cea, Andrzej Krakowski, and Jeff Mazzola. The anthology horror film received mixed reviews from the critics upon its release but has achieved cult status since then. After relocating to Los Angeles, he landed the recurring role of Gabriel Bowman in TNT’s superhero series ‘Witchblade’.
After auditioning for ‘Nip/Tuck’, he expressed his doubts about portraying Matt McNamara to the producers of the show, as he felt that he was too old for the character. Nevertheless, he was hired. The pilot episode aired on July 22, 2003, and it did not take the show long to garner an audience for itself. ‘Nip/Tuck’ was broadcast on FX for six seasons and won numerous awards, including the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic) and the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama).
In 2006, Hensley appeared in the direct-to-video film ‘Fifty Pills’. In Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 horror comedy ‘Teeth’, he was cast opposite Jess Weixler. That year, he also appeared in a season seven episode of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’. He worked with Joshua Jackson and Rachel Taylor in Japanese filmmaker Masayuki Ochiai’s 2008 film ‘Shutter’. In 2011, he appeared in the direct-to-video horror film ‘Hostel: Part III.’
In 2014, Hensley essayed the role of Lenny in the drama film ‘Mall’. Based on Eric Bogosian’s novel of the same name, the film revolves around five disaffected suburban individuals who gather together in a mall following a man’s shooting spree. Hensley was cast as Rob in the 2017 mystery thriller ‘Restraint’. An Adam Cushman directorial venture, the film tells the story of a mentally ill woman who, after suppressing her violent tendencies for years, becomes once more prone to destructive outbursts after she marries a controlling, older man.
In 2014, he appeared in two episodes of CBS’ comedy police drama series ‘The Mentalist’. In 2016, he was featured in the short film ‘Supermom’. He guest-starred in NBC’s science fiction drama series ‘Timeless’ (2017), CBS’ drama series ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ (2017), and Fox’s police procedural drama series ‘9-1-1’ (2018).
Hensley joined the cast of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ in season four, portraying the assistant district attorney Ronald Miller. Created by Peter Nowalk, the show is a crime mystery series that started airing on ABC on September 25, 2014. The show has accumulated critical acclaim as well as audience ratings, and its star, Viola Davis, has won a number of awards for her portrayal of Annalise Keating, including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015.
He is set to star in the upcoming drama film ‘Gilpin’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on August 29, 1977, in Hyden, Kentucky, USA, John Hensley and his sister were raised by both of their parents, despite the fact that they divorced when he was three years old. As a youth, he was employed at a horse ranch in Wyoming. He has been always interested in the art of storytelling but did not give acting a serious consideration as a possible career choice until he enrolled at the Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and auditioned for a college play. He later founded an improvisational comedy group with other students. After graduating, he relocated to New York, met his manager, and became active in the theatre scene of the city. At some point the early 2000s, he moved to Los Angeles.
Hensley has been rumoured to have dated Joely Richardson, the English actress who played his mother in ‘Nip/Tuck’.
Hensley is passionate about motorcycles!