The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role.
Ackles is a co-owner of a brewery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Family Business Beer Company, with his wife and in-laws.
The brewery's name is a reference to Supernatural ("family business" being a tagline for the series).
After modelling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997.
He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of our Lives.
After 4 years with little success he changed his acting name to Clayne Crawford in honor of an ancestor named Clan and his hometown of Clay. A supporting role in 2002’s touching teen drama ‘A Walk to Remember’ saw Crawford portraying the best friend left behind when Shane West’s bad boy does a 180 and starts dating a conscientious minister’s daughter. I’d love to work with the greats like Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, the Coen brothers, Brad Pitt.
His first studio film, ‘A Walk to Remember’ would serve as Crawford’s breakthrough, while the Miramax teen stalker pic ’Swimfan’ (also 2002) helped to solidify the actor’s status as one to watch. But mostly I just want to keep working so I don’t have to go back to the bricks” More films followed including ‘A Love Song for Bobby Long’ and ‘The Great Raid’ as well as a recurring role in the first season of ‘Jericho’ and guest roles in programs such as ‘Life’, ‘CSI Miami’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Cold Case’ It was the role of Kevin Wade during Season 8 of 24 that bought Clayne to a much wider audience.
After observing his friends being well paid for appearing in commercials he decided to turn to acting.
Although he didn’t achieve overnight success with this he did appear in local productions and met and became engaged to Sunny Mabrey – an actress from his native Alabama – although they later split. It just fit.” The change of name worked and finally in 2001 he was offered the lead role in the independent drama ‘Gas Station Jesus’ and a guest role in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’; a recurring role on ‘Roswell’ soon followed.
He also appeared on stage from June 5–10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.
In the summer of 2008, Ackles was cast in the remake of the cult film My Bloody Valentine 3D, which opened nationwide on January 16, 2009.
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