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Karnes in July 2009
June 27, 1963 |
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Early life and education
Karnes was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Kansas and was part of the class of 1989.
In 2008, Karnes played the recurring role of ATF Agent Josh Kohn on FX Network's series Sons of Anarchy, created by writer/actor Kurt Sutter of The Shield. Karnes was an antagonist to SAMCRO vice president Jax Teller and his sometime girlfriend Tara Knowles.
Two of the films he has starred in are The Joyriders (1999) and The Next Best Thing (2000). His most recent films are the 2008 movies Chasing 3000 and Broken Angel. He was featured in season 2 of V (2009) and was set to appear as a main character in season 3.
Jay Karnes has made guest appearances on several TV shows, including Frasier, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, The Pretender, Grimm, Star Trek: Voyager as Lieutenant Ducane in the fifth-season episode "Relativity", and House. Recently, he has had a recurring role on Burn Notice as Tyler Brennan, a sinister gunrunner with a predilection for kidnapping relatives of those he wishes to leverage. Karnes is currently playing Secretary of Defense William Curry on ABC's Last Resort.
He appears in FOX's 2014 series, Gang Related, as Agent Carter of IAD.
He also appears in an independent film 'Jayhawkers' of the chancellor of the University of Kansas.