Born and raised in Winston-Salem NC, Burgess Attended Lenoir-Rhyne University where he studied Psychology in both undergraduate and graduate school. During this time Burgess signed with a local talent agency and a love of acting was born. He quickly began landing small parts and commercials, but in the summer of 2000 Burgess’ career exploded after he landed the coveted role of Ray Budds in the smash Blockbuster “Remember The Titans” opposite two time academy award winner Denzel Washington. The director would later tell him that over 400 actors read for the role but that he was the only one who brought a rich sense of hatred and betrayal to the antagonistic Budds. With the success of “Titans” Jenkins realized he needed to learn more about the craft and hone his skill, so he enrolled in the famed Playhouse West in Los Angeles. There he would study for the next 4 years under Robert Carnegie and Academy award nominee Jeff Goldblum. Armed with a love for Method acting Burgess has worked tirelessly since in both film and Television. He has starred as academy award winner Hilary Swank’s husband, David Winter in “The Reaping”; played Bobby Irons throughout season 6 on the hit WB series "One Tree Hill" and recurred on LIFETIME'S smash hits "Army Wives" and "Drop Dead Diva".
With the raw independent film “In/significant Others” Burgess won Critical acclaim and the Boston Film Festival Best Actor Nomination for his turn as Bruce Snow.
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"
and "eFilmCritic.com" writes "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."
In Addition, Burgess has portrayed the historical figure John Wesley in the self titled, award winning "Wesley" with Golden Globe winner Kevin McCarthy; Starred in the true story "Unshackled" with Stacy Keach; portrayed the racing legend Bill Blair in "Red Dirt Rising" and depicted the embattled Harry O'Ryan in "The Trial" Opposite Matthew Modine and Academy Award nominee Robert Forster.
Burgess can be seen as the male Lead in ABC Family's "Christmas Cupid" opposite Christina Milian, Chad Michael Murray and Ashley Benson as well as starring in the comedic Mini Series "Marry Me" with Lucy Liu and Annie Potts. Burgess headlined the baseball themed movie "HERO" with Justin Miles (NBC's "The Gates") and Greg Allan Williams (HBO's "Soprano's") and Stars opposite Danielle Panabaker and Sherry Stringfield in "The Shunning" both due out in 2011.
Burgess and his wife Ashlee Payne are actively involved in their church & community and make their home in North Carolina. They have a beautiful 4 year old little girl Lila Harper.
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