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Jay Olcutt Sanders
April 16, 1953
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Education||State University of New York, Purchase (BFA)|
|Spouse(s)||Maryann Plunkett (1991–present)|
Early life and education
Sanders was born on April 16, 1953 in Austin, Texas, to Phyllis Rae (née Aden) and James Olcutt Sanders. After attending the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase, Sanders made his Off-Broadway debut in a Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V in 1976. He played Bradley in the first New York production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child in 1978.
Sanders has had a long career in film and television. He is perhaps most recognized for his work in the films The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Green Lantern (2011). He has appeared in many other notable films, however, including Glory (1989), JFK (1991), Angels in the Outfield (1994), Half Nelson (2006), and Revolutionary Road (2008).
On television, Sanders played mob lawyer Steven Kordo in the 1986–88 NBC detective series Crime Story, Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh on two episodes of Roseanne, and recurring characters on shows such as Person of Interest and True Detective. He is the narrator for the PBS series Wide Angle from 2002 to 2009 and has served as narrator for a number of Nova episodes starting in 2007.
Off-Broadway, he appeared as George W. Bush in Sir David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006. He then played in a number of Shakespearean plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom, 2007), Hamlet (Ghost of Hamlet's Father/Player King/Gravedigger, 2008), Twelfth Night (as Sir Toby Belch, 2009), and the title role in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (2011).
Sanders appeared in the Richard Nelson Apple Family Plays, a series of plays which ran Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in 2010 (That Hopey Changey Thing), 2011 (Sweet and Sad), 2012 (Sorry), and 2013 (Regular Singing).
He received the 2018 Joe A. Callaway Award, presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for "best performance in a professional production of a classic play", for his performance in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
He also received the Drama Desk Award for 2019 for Actor in a Play for Uncle Vanya.
|2019||The Assistant||Boss (voice)|
|2017||Search for the Super Battery||Narrator||Documentary film|
|2013||Northern Borders||Agent Sanders|
|Bones of the Buddha||Narrator||Documentary|
|2011||Green Lantern||Carl Ferris|
|The Jewel||Mr. Rothman|
|The Undying||Dr. Richard Lassiter|
|A Novel Romance||Walter Evans|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Det. Bill Whitehouse|
|2009||I Hate Valentine's Day||Tim the Delivery Guy|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||Bart Pollock|
|Cadillac Records||Mr. Feder|
|2007||Greetings from the Shore||Commodore Callaghan|
|Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial||Narrator||Documentary film|
|2006||Half Nelson||Russ Dunne|
|Wedding Daze||Police Officer|
|2004||The Day After Tomorrow||Frank Harris|
|Hair High||Football Announcer (voice)|
|2003||D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear||Douglas Duncan||Television film|
|Abby Singer||Kevin's Father|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||FBI Agent Kyle Craig|
|Boss of Bosses||Joseph O'Brien||Television film|
|The Familiar Stranger||Patrick Hennessy Welsh / Timothy Michael Kingsbury|
|1999||Music of the Heart||Dan Paxton|
|The Confession||Jack Renoble|
|Earthly Possessions||Jack Emery||Television film|
|A.T.F.||Sam Sinclair||Television film|
|The Jack Bull||Atty. Gen. Metcalfe||Television film|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Leroy|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Samuel Yoder|
|The Matchmaker||Senator John McGlory|
|Kiss the Girls||FBI Agent Kyle Craig|
|1995||The Big Green||Coach Jay Huffer|
|Kiss of Death||Federal Agent||Uncredited|
|Silver Strand||Lucas Hughes|
|Three Wishes||Coach Schramka|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Ranch Wilder|
|State of Emergency||Dr. Jeffrey Forrest|
|1993||My Boyfriend's Back||Sheriff McCloud|
|1992||Hostages||Terry A. Anderson|
|Meeting Venus||Stephen Taylor|
|V.I. Warshawski||Murray Ryerson|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Jackie Earle 'Cement Head' Bumpers|
|1989||Glory||Gen. George Crockett Strong|
|A Man Called Hawk||Officer Brogan|
|The Young Riders||Longley|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Kirby, Tucker's Attorney|
|The Prince of Pennsylvania||Trooper Joe|
|1987||The Misfit Brigade||Tiny|
|1983||Cross Creek||Charles Rawlings|
|Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story||Dick Willey||Television film|
|Eddie Macon's Run||Rudy Potts|
|1980||The Day Christ Died||Simon Peter||Television film|
|1979||Starting Over||Larry||Credited as Jay Sanders|
|2020||Manhunt: Deadly Games||Jack Bryant||6 episodes|
|2018||The Sinner||Chief Tom Lidell||7 episodes|
|Decoding the Weather Machine||Narrator||1 episode|
|2017–2019||Sneaky Pete||Sam||15 episodes|
|2015–2020||Blindspot||Bill Weller||11 episodes|
|2015||Dawn of Humanity||Narrator||1 episode|
|American Odyssey||Alex||8 episodes|
|2014||True Detective||Billy Lee Tuttle||2 episodes|
|2013||Hostages||Lynn Shipley||Episode: "The Cost of Living"|
|2012–present||Secrets of the Dead||Narrator||24 episodes|
|2012–2014||Person of Interest||Special Counsel||9 episodes|
|2012||Blue Bloods||Jimmy Reagan||Episode: "Reagan V. Reagan"|
|2011–2016||The Good Wife||Judge Hal Ferris||2 episodes|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Douglas Vanderway||3 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Captain Joseph Hannah||Main Role 8 episodes|
|2010||Hardcover Mysteries||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2002–2009||Wide Angle||Narrator||63 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Harry Rowan||Episode: "Dead"|
|2002||Widows||Detective John Maynard||4 episodes|
|1999||Law & Order||Nick Taska / Bill Fallon||Episode: "Tabula Rasa"|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Ed Barkley||Episode: "The Voyage Home"|
|1993||Northern Exposure||Dr. John Summers||Episode: "Jaws of Life"|
|1990–1991||Roseanne||Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh||2 episodes|
|1990||L.A. Law||Detective Michael Phillips||Episode: "Watts a Matter?"|
|1989||Booker||Gordon Rudd||Episode: "All You Gotta Do Is Do It"|
|Kate & Allie||Tim Mayer||Episode: "What's Love Got to Do with It?"|
|1986–1988||Crime Story||Steven Kordo||12 episodes|
|1985||Miami Vice||Detective Tim Duryea||Episode: "The Maze"|
|1983–1984||AfterMASH||Dr. Gene Pfeiffer||10 episodes|
|2010||Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare||D.S. MacKenna||Uncredited|
|Red Dead Redemption||D.S. MacKenna, Mr. Philmore|
|2007||Manhunt 2||The Pervs|
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