Jay O. Sanders

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Jay O. Sanders
Jay O. Sanders.jpg
Sanders in October 2009
Born
Jay Olcutt Sanders

(1953-04-16) April 16, 1953 (age 65)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present
Height1,88 m
Spouse(s)Maryann Plunkett (1991–present)
ChildrenJamie Sanders

Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American actor who has worked in theatre, film, and TV, known for JFK (1991). He frequently appears in plays Off-Broadway at The Public Theatre.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sanders was born on April 16, 1953 in Austin, Texas, to Phyllis Rae (née Aden) and James Olcutt Sanders.[2] 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.[3] He played Bradley in the first New York production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child in 1978.[4]

Career[edit]

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).[5] 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).[6]

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.[7]

On stage, Sanders has appeared on Broadway in Loose Ends (1979),[8] The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1983),[9] Saint Joan (1993),[10] and Pygmalion (2007).[11][12]

Off-Broadway, he appeared as George W. Bush in Sir David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006.[13][14] 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).[15]

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).[16]

Sanders has appeared in more plays by the Delacorte Theatre (Shakespeare in Central Park) than any other actor to date.[17]

In 2015, Sanders debuted his first play, Unexplored Interior, about the Rwandan Genocide, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.[18]

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.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
Zenith Doug Oberts
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Tim the Delivery Guy
2008 Revolutionary Road Bart Pollock
Cadillac Records Mr. Feder
Poundcake Cliff
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
2000 Picnic Television film
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
Tumbleweeds Dan Miller
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
1996 Daylight Steven Crighton
1995 The Big Green Coach Jay Huffer
Kiss of Death Federal Agent Uncredited
Silver Strand
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
1991 JFK Lou Ivon
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
Kate & Allie Tim Mayer
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
1982 Hanky Panky Katz
1980 The Day Christ Died Simon Peter Television film
1979 Starting Over Larry Credited as Jay Sanders

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Sinner Chief Tom Lidell 4 episodes
Decoding the Weather Machine Narrator 1 episode
2017–2018 Sneaky Pete Sam 14 episodes
2017 Search for the Super Battery Narrator 1 episode
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 Hostages Lynn Shipley
Secrets of the Dead Narrator 3 episodes
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
2010 Hardcover Mysteries Narrator 8 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Harry Rowan Episode: "Dead"
1995 The Outer Limits Ed Barkley Episode: "The Voyage Home"
1993 Northern Exposure Dr. John Summers Episode: "Jaws of Life"
Widows Detective John Maynard 4 episodes
1990–1991 Roseanne Norbert "Ziggy" Walsh 2 episodes
1990 L.A. Law Detective Michael Phillips
1989 Booker Gordon Rudd 1 episode
Kate & Allie Tim Episode: "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
1986–1988 Crime Story Steven Kordo 12 episodes
1983–1984 AfterMASH Dr. Gene Pfeiffer 10 episode

Videogames[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Red Dead Redemption D.S. MacKenna, Mr. Philmore
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare D.S. MacKenna Uncredited
2007 Manhunt 2 The Pervs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isherwood, Charles (December 13, 2011). "I Wouldn't Touch That Pie, if I Were You". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Jay Sanders Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  3. ^ Miller, J. Michael. "J. Michael Miller talks to Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders". Interview. The Actors Center.
  4. ^ Buried Child lortel.org, accessed November 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Day After Tomorrow". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ Revolutionary Road, tcm.com; accessed November 10, 2016
  7. ^ "About the series". Wide Angle Credits. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  8. ^ "'Loose Ends' Broadway", Playbill.com, accessed November 10, 2016
  9. ^ "'The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial' Broadway", Playbill.com, accessed November 10, 2016
  10. ^ "'Saint Joan' Broadway", Playbill.com, accessed November 10, 2016
  11. ^ 'Pygmalion' on Broadway, Playbill.com, accessed November 10, 2016
  12. ^ "Jay O. Sanders at IBDB". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 14, 2006). "David Hare's 'Stuff Happens': All the President's Men in 'On the Road to Baghdad'". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Stuff Happens, lortel.org, accessed November 10, 2016.
  15. ^ Titus Andronicus, lortel.org, accessed November 10, 2016
  16. ^ "Sanders Off-Broadway", lortel.org, accessed November 10, 2016
  17. ^ "Exploring six degrees of Jay O. Sanders: Unexplored Interior playwright's brilliant career - DC Theatre Scene". 19 November 2015.
  18. ^ Marks, Peter (November 3, 2015). "Mosaic opens its inaugural curtain with 'Unexplored Interior'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alison Fraser and Jay O. Sanders Are Winners of 2018 Joe A. Callaway Awards" Playbill, December 7, 2018

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