Jay W. Jensen Is Born

Jay W. Jensen was a Miami Beach, Florida drama teacher known as "The Teacher to the Stars". Jensen is credited with inspiring the acting talents of such well known actors as Andy Garcia and Mickey Rourke.

Jensen was born in Irvington, New Jersey. He was the only child of John W. and Thelma "Billie" Jensen. His father was a musician in a night-club band,and his mother was a night-club manager. As a child, Jay developed a love of film and drama. During his school years, Jensen studied ballroom dancing and acting. In 1950, his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where he earned an Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg Community College.

Philip Andre "Mickey" Rourke, Jr. (born September 16, 1953) is an American actor who has appeared primarily as a leading man in action, drama, and thriller films.

Trained as a boxer in his early years, Rourke had a short stint as a professional boxer in the 1990s. He won a 2009 Golden Globe award and a BAFTA award, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for his work in the film The Wrestler.