Jay Harrington

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Jay Harrington
James H. Harrington III

(1971-11-15) November 15, 1971 (age 47)
Alma materSyracuse University
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Monica Richards (m. 2016)

James H. Harrington III, professionally known as Jay Harrington, (born November 15, 1971) is an American actor. He is known for his role as the title character in the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and as Deacon Kay in S.W.A.T.

Early life[edit]

Harrington was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts to Judy and Terry Harrington. He has two brothers, actor Adam and Matt. As a child, his family spent summers on Cape Cod up the road from The Harwich Junior Theater. He attended Wellesley High School[1] and then studied theater at Syracuse University.[2]


Harrington has been featured as Dr. Simon O'Keefe on the WB drama Summerland, FBI Special Agent Paul Ryan on FOX's short-lived The Inside, and Steve on NBC's version of Coupling. He appeared in a recurring role on the police drama series The Division. He has also had roles on A.U.S.A., The Shield, Time of Your Life, Private Practice, and Burn Notice.

In 2006, Harrington began appearing as Dr. Ron McCready on the series Desperate Housewives. He starred as Ted Crisp in the comedy series Better Off Ted from March 2009 to January 2010. He had a recurring role in Season 4 of the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland. In 2014, he co-starred on the short-lived USA Network comedy series Benched. In 2017, he had a guest role on Suits as Mark Meadows, Donna's ex-boyfriend. He currently stars as Sergeant II David "Deacon" Kay on S.W.A.T. based on the 1975 television series and 2003 movie of the same name.

Harrington has appeared in films such as American Reunion (with his character again - like in Desperate Housewives - being called "Dr. Ron"), Whatever It Takes, Anywhere but Here, Catalina Trust, A Little Inside, and Partner(s). He has also performed on stage, starring as Jack in Boy's Life and appearing in the off-Broadway productions Barefoot in the Park and Tony and Tina's Wedding, Harrington is an avid sports fan who plays in the Entertainment League, a private celebrity basketball league (formerly the NBA-E League), and skates for a local amateur ice hockey team.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Pretender Det. Maxwell
1999 Nash Bridges Scott
1999 Anywhere But Here Waiter
1999 A Little Inside Ryan McGillian
2000 Whatever It Takes Cop
2000 Octopus Special Agent Roy Turner
2011 A Monster in Paris Emile
2012 American Reunion Dr. Ron
2015 Turkey Hollow Ron Emmerson


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pacific Blue Mitch
2003 Coupling Steve Taylor 11 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Cole Helmsley 1 episode
2005 Ghost Whisperer Mark "Ghost Bride"
2005–2006 Desperate Housewives Dr. Ron 7 episodes
2008–2009 Private Practice Wyatt Lockhart 5 episodes
2009–2010 Better Off Ted Ted Main cast 26 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Alec Recurring
2014 Benched Phil Quinlan Main cast
2017 Suits Mark Meadows Recurring (season 7)
2017–present S.W.A.T. Sergeant II David "Deacon" Kay Main cast


  1. ^ Ellis, Carolyn S. "Wellesley and Weston Grads Find Success on the West Coast", WellesleyWeston Online, 14 August 2009.
  2. ^ Herbert, Geoff. "Actors Taye Diggs, Jay Harrington celebrate Syracuse University homecoming", Syracuse.com, 5 October 2013. Last accessed 11 April 2016.

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