Jay O. Sanders
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|Jay O. Sanders|
Sanders in 2009
Jay Olcutt Sanders|
April 16, 1953
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|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 blockbuster 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. He played Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh on two episodes of Roseanne. He played recurring characters on shows such as Person of Interest and True Detective. He is the narrator for the PBS series Wide Angle from 2002–2009 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 string 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).
Sanders has appeared in more plays by the Delacorte Theatre (Shakespeare in Central Park) than any other actor to date.
|2018||Decoding the Weather Machine||Narrator||1 episode|
|2017||Search for the Super Battery||Narrator||1 episode|
|2017||Sneaky Pete||Sam||5 episodes|
|2015–2016||Blindspot||Bill Weller||10 episodes|
|2015||Dawn of Humanity||Narrator||1 episode|
|American Odyssey||Alex||8 episodes|
|2014||True Detective||Billy Lee Tuttle||2 episodes|
|2013||Northern Borders||Agent Sanders|
|2012||Blue Bloods||Jimmy Reagan|
|2011–2016||The Good Wife||Judge Hal Ferris||2 episodes|
|2011–2014||Person of Interest||Special Counsel||9 episodes|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Douglas Vanderway||3 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Captain Joseph Hannah||8 episodes|
|Green Lantern||Carl Ferris|
|The Jewel||Mr. Rothman|
|The Undying||Dr. Richard Lassiter|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Det. Whitehouse|
|Red Dead Redemption||D.S. MacKenna, Mr. Philmore||Video game|
|Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare||D.S. MacKenna||Video game|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||Bart Pollock|
|Cadillac Records||Mr. Feder|
|2007||Greetings from the Shore||Commodore Callaghan|
|Manhunt 2||The Pervs||Video game|
|2006||Half Nelson||Russ Dunne|
|Wedding Daze||Police Officer|
|2004||The Day After Tomorrow||Frank Harris|
|2003||D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear||Douglas Duncan||Television film|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Harry Rowan|
|Widows||Detective John Maynard||4 episodes|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||FBI Agent Kyle Craig|
|1999||Music of the Heart||Dan Paxton|
|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|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Ranch Wilder|
|1993||My Boyfriend's Back||Sheriff McCloud|
|V.I. Warshawski||Murray Ryerson|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Jackie Earle 'Cement Head' Bumpers|
|1990–1991||Roseanne||Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh||2 episodes|
|1990||L.A. Law||Michael Phillips|
|1989||Booker||Gordon Rudd||1 episode|
|Glory||Gen. George Crockett Strong|
|A Man Called Hawk||Officer Brogan|
|The Young Riders||Longley|
|Kate & Allie||Tim Mayer|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Kirby, Tucker's Attorney|
|1987||The Misfit Brigade||Tiny|
|1986–1988||Crime Story||Steven Kordo||12 episodes|
|1983–1984||AfterMASH||Dr. Gene Pfeiffer||10 episodes|
|1983||Cross Creek||Charles Rawlings|
|Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story||Dick Willey||Television film|
|1979||Starting Over||Larry (as Jay Sanders)|
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