Jay Olcutt Sanders
April 16, 1953
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Education||State University of New York, Purchase (BFA)|
Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American film, theatre and television actor and playwright. He is best known for JFK (1991). He frequently appears in plays off-Broadway at The Public Theatre.
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), Green Lantern (2011) and Morgan Freeman Alex Cross films. He has appeared in many other notable films, including Glory (1989), Mr. Destiny, JFK (1991), Angels in the Outfield (1994), The Big Green (1995), Daylight, Tumbleweeds (1999), Music of the Heart (1999), Half Nelson (2006), Cadillac Records (2008) 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 that ran off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in 2010 (That Hopey Changey Thing), 2011 (Sweet and Sad), 2012 (Sorry), and 2013 (Regular Singing).
Sanders' first play, Unexplored Interior, about the Rwandan genocide, debuted in November 2015 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. Sanders had been working on it for more than a decade.
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.
|1979||Starting Over||Larry||Credited as Jay Sanders|
|1983||Cross Creek||Charles Rawlings|
|Eddie Macon's Run||Rudy Potts|
|1987||The Misfit Brigade||Tiny|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Kirby, Tucker's Attorney|
|The Prince of Pennsylvania||Trooper Joe|
|1989||Glory||Gen. George Crockett Strong|
|A Man Called Hawk||Officer Brogan|
|The Young Riders||Longley|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Jackie Earle 'Cement Head' Bumpers|
|Meeting Venus||Stephen Taylor|
|V.I. Warshawski||Murray Ryerson|
|1992||Hostages||Terry A. Anderson|
|1993||My Boyfriend's Back||Sheriff McCloud|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Ranch Wilder|
|State of Emergency||Dr. Jeffrey Forrest|
|1995||The Big Green||Coach Jay Huffer|
|Kiss of Death||Federal Agent||Uncredited|
|Silver Strand||Lucas Hughes|
|Three Wishes||Coach Schramka|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Samuel Yoder|
|The Matchmaker||Senator John McGlory|
|Kiss the Girls||FBI Agent Kyle Craig|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Leroy|
|1999||Music of the Heart||Dan Paxton|
|The Confession||Jack Renoble|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||FBI Agent Kyle Craig|
|The Familiar Stranger||Patrick Hennessy Welsh / Timothy Michael Kingsbury|
|2003||Abby Singer||Kevin's Father|
|2004||The Day After Tomorrow||Frank Harris|
|Hair High||Football Announcer (voice)|
|2006||Half Nelson||Russ Dunne|
|Wedding Daze||Police Officer|
|2007||Greetings from the Shore||Commodore Callaghan|
|Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial||Narrator||Documentary film|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||Bart Pollock|
|Cadillac Records||Mr. Feder|
|2009||I Hate Valentine's Day||Tim the Delivery Guy|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Det. Bill Whitehouse|
|2011||Green Lantern||Carl Ferris|
|The Jewel||Mr. Rothman|
|The Undying||Dr. Richard Lassiter|
|A Novel Romance||Walter Evans|
|2013||Northern Borders||Agent Sanders|
|Bones of the Buddha||Narrator||Documentary|
|2017||Search for the Super Battery||Narrator||Documentary film|
|2019||The Assistant||Boss (voice)|
|1980||The Day Christ Died||Simon Peter||Television film|
|1983||Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story||Dick Willey||Television film|
|1983–1984||AfterMASH||Dr. Gene Pfeiffer||10 episodes|
|1985||Miami Vice||Detective Tim Duryea||Episode: "The Maze"|
|1986–1988||Crime Story||Steven Kordo||12 episodes|
|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?"|
|1990||L.A. Law||Detective Michael Phillips||Episode: "Watts a Matter?"|
|1990–1991||Roseanne||Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh||2 episodes|
|1993||Northern Exposure||Dr. John Summers||Episode: "Jaws of Life"|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Ed Barkley||Episode: "The Voyage Home"|
|1999||Earthly Possessions||Jack Emery||Television film|
|A.T.F.||Sam Sinclair||Television film|
|The Jack Bull||Atty. Gen. Metcalfe||Television film|
|Law & Order||Nick Taska / Bill Fallon||Episode: "Tabula Rasa"|
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Joseph O'Brien||Television film|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Harry Rowan||Episode: "Dead"|
|2002||Widows||Detective John Maynard||4 episodes|
|2002–2009||Wide Angle||Narrator||63 episodes|
|2003||D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear||Douglas Duncan||Television film|
|2010||Hardcover Mysteries||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Captain Joseph Hannah||Main Role 8 episodes|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Douglas Vanderway||3 episodes|
|2011–2016||The Good Wife||Judge Hal Ferris||2 episodes|
|2012||Blue Bloods||Jimmy Reagan||Episode: "Reagan V. Reagan"|
|2012–2014||Person of Interest||Special Counsel||9 episodes|
|2012–present||Secrets of the Dead||Narrator||24 episodes|
|2013||Hostages||Lynn Shipley||Episode: "The Cost of Living"|
|2014||True Detective||Billy Lee Tuttle||2 episodes|
|2015||Dawn of Humanity||Narrator||1 episode|
|American Odyssey||Alex||8 episodes|
|2015–2020||Blindspot||Bill Weller||11 episodes|
|2017–2019||Sneaky Pete||Sam||15 episodes|
|2018||The Sinner||Chief Tom Lidell||7 episodes|
|Decoding the Weather Machine||Narrator||1 episode|
|2020||Manhunt: Deadly Games||Jack Bryant||6 episodes|
|2007||Manhunt 2||The Pervs|
|2010||Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare||D.S. MacKenna, Mr. Philmore|
|Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare||D.S. MacKenna||Uncredited|
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