Fictional brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles respectively, garnered a cult following for their work on the hit series, Supernatural, from 2005 to 2020, along with other beloved members of the stellar cast.
The beloved duo led the series as monster-slaying brothers, who take down numerous sinister creatures over the course of the series after their mother was killed by a supernatural force — trained by the skill of their father, played by none other than the hunky Jeffrey Dean Morgan (see him and others in this list of 17 Handsome Silver Foxes Who Only Get Better With Age).
The show ran for a total of 15 seasons with a total of 327 episodes. In a 2019 interview with Us Weekly ahead of the show’s end, Jared Padalecki shared that what he’d miss most about the series was his costars. “We really have become a family,” Padalecki said. “Over 15 years, we’ve cut the fat. We didn’t fire anybody, but if they didn’t like being there, they move on. So the people that are there want to be there.”
Padalecki continued: “We’ve known them for 15 years; we’ve seen births and deaths and divorces and marriages. I mean, I met my wife in season 4 and we have three kids! So much has happened. I feel such a deep connection with everybody.”
Today, three years since the show’s finale, let’s take a look at the Supernatural cast and see what they’ve been up to since the show’s end.
Supernatural cast today
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
Jared Padalecki might be known to most for his role in the Supernatural cast as Sam Winchester, but you might also recognize him for his roles throughout the early 2000s on shows like Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) as Dean, and films like New York Minute (2004) and House of Wax (2005). Since his role as Sam came to its conclusion, Padalecki has starred as Cordell Walker in the CW series, Walker (2021-present), which has been renewed for a 4th season.
“I still am grieving Supernatural. I really am. It was 15 and a half years,” Padalecki told Collider in 2021. “I met my wife on the show. I met my dear friend, and many dear friends. I really enjoyed Sam Winchester. So, I’m still grieving that process.”
“Ultimately, Supernatural was such a big part of my life. There’s no real way to calculate it, and I don’t think I’ll ever really grasp that or make sense of it. But I love, love, love the show I’m doing now [Walker]. I love the character, I love the cast, I love our crew, and I love the stories we are setting out to tell.”
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
Since his hit role as Dean Winchester, Jensen Ackles has acted in series such as The Boys (2019-present), Big Sky (2020-2023) and The Winchesters (2022-2023), which is a prequel series to Supernatural, telling the origin story of Sam and Dean’s parents.
Ackles told Late Night with Seth Meyers of his time on Supernatural: “I spent birthdays and we spent holidays and we went through so much together as a crew and a cast that by the end of it, it was a really sad goodbye, but something that we all felt like we really earned.”
Misha Collins as Castiel
Misha Collins played the role of Castiel, an Angel of the Lord. Since his time on the show, Misha Collins has acted in Gotham Knights (2023) as Harvey Dent, and also put out a book of poetry called Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You. Collins also does charity work with Random Acts, a nonprofit he co-founded.
Mark Sheppard as Crowley
Mark Sheppard played the role of the demon/King of Hell, Crowley, in the series. Since his time on Supernatural, Sheppard has acted in Walker: Independence (2022-2023), as well as Doom Patrol (2019-2023).
In a 2015 interview with Collider, Sheppard raved about his experience working on the show: “It’s a great character to play, and it’s a lot of fun to play. Especially after being on the show for six seasons now, the fun, for me, is a testament to the writing. It’s such an amazing group of writers.”
Sheppard continued, “Over the last six seasons, they’ve all massaged and played and tricked and sewn this great character together, from all the different sums of his parts. There’s a great new angle on Crowley, as we go into each season. There’s always something new to explore, and there’s always something new to play with. I’m very grateful to them for continuing to relish the character the way they do.”
Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer
Jim Beaver played the beloved Bobby Singer, a fellow hunter who acted as an almost surrogate father to Sam and Dean throughout the course of the series. Since his role in the show came to an end, Beaver has acted in series such as B Positive (2020-2022), The Boys (2019-present) and The Winchesters (2022-2023).
Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer & Nick
Mark Pellegrino played the role of widower Nick and the Archangel Lucifer in the series. After the show ended, he’s continued to work in numerous TV series including 9-1-1 (2018-present), American Rust (2021-present), Class of ’09 (2023) and Underdeveloped (2023-present).
Ruth Connell as Rowena
Ruth Connell played the role of Rowena, a powerful witch and the mother of Crowley, the King of Hell. Since her role in Supernatural, Connell has taken on numerous roles in films like The Cursed Man (2020) and Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose (2021), as well as series such as Doom Patrol (2019-2023) and The Winchesters (2022-2023).
Alexander Calvert as Jack Kline
Alexander Calvert played the role of Jack Kline in the series, and has since made appearances in The Winchesters (2022-2023) and Gen V (2023-present). Calvert told Boys by Girls in 2019 of working on Supernatural, “I love working. I love the crew. I love going to work every day and having that as my purpose in life…The biggest challenge for me working on the show was not working! It would be the in-between times and all the other stuff around the business and real life that is challenging.”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester
Jeffrey Dean Morgan played the role of Sam and Dean’s father, John Winchester. Although his character met his end early on in the series, he remained an important figure within the Supernatural cast. Jeffrey Dean Morgan rose to even greater fame for his iconic role of Negan in The Walking Dead (2010-2022).