Jensen Ackles Before Jensen Ackles was saving people and hunting monsters on Supernatural, he already had a variety of credits to his name. Back in 1995, the star made his TV debut on Wishbone. The Austin, Texas native's first big break came on the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, in which he played Eric Brady for 54 episodes. Ackles also had a recurring guest role on the biggest teen drama of the new millennium, Dawson's Creek. He left the world of soaps behind in 2000 for a significant role in James Cameron's Jessica Alba-led TV series, Dark Angel. The two-season Fox show familiarized him with the world of sci-fi, which he continued to explore in a 22-episode arc on Smallville, in which he played assistant football coach Jason Teague. This 10-season Superman-centric drama was, at the time, the longest-running show in The WB's history ... before Supernatural obliterated the record, that is, upon reaching season 11.