Jay O. Sanders

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Jay O. Sanders
Jay O. Sanders.jpg
Sanders in 2009
BornJay Olcutt Sanders
(1953-04-16) April 16, 1953 (age 61)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Maryann Plunkett (1991–present)
ChildrenJamie Sanders
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Jay O. Sanders
Jay O. Sanders.jpg
Sanders in 2009
BornJay Olcutt Sanders
(1953-04-16) April 16, 1953 (age 61)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Maryann Plunkett (1991–present)
ChildrenJamie Sanders

Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American character actor known for his work in theatre, film, and TV. He frequently appears in work at The Public Theatre in New York City.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sanders was born in Austin, Texas on April 16, 1953, 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.


Sanders has had a long career in film and TV, but he is probably most recognized for his work in the blockbuster films The Day After Tomorrow and Green Lantern. [4] Sanders is also noted for playing Mob lawyer character Steven Kordo in the 1986–88 NBC detective series Crime Story. Further, he is known as 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.[5] On stage, he has appeared on Broadway in Loose Ends, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Saint Joan, and Pygmalion.[6] Off-Broadway, he appeared as George W. Bush in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006 and the title role in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. He has appeared in more shows at the Delacourte theater (Shakespeare in Central Park) than any other actor to date.[7]


Sanders as Gallileo in Two Men of Florence in 2009
2014True DetectiveBilly Lee Tuttle2 episodes
2013Hostages1 episode
20112013Person of InterestSpecial Counsel8 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentCaptain Joseph Hannah8 episodes
2011Green LanternCarl Ferris
2011Il GioiellinoMr. Rothman
2011The UndyingDr. Richard Lassiter
2010Edge of DarknessDet. Whitehouse
ZenithDoug Oberts
2008Revolutionary RoadBart Pollock
2007Greetings from the ShoreCommodore Callaghan
2006Half NelsonRuss Dunne
Wedding DazePolice Officer
2004The Day After TomorrowFrank Harris
2003D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of FearDouglas Duncan(television film)
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentHarry Rowan
2001Along Came a SpiderFBI Agent Kyle Craig
1999Music of the HeartDan Paxton
Earthly PossessionsJack Emery(television film)
A.T.F.Sam Sinclair(television film)
The Jack BullAtty. Gen. Metcalfe(television film)
TumbleweedsDan Miller
1998The Odd Couple IILeroy
1997For Richer or PoorerSamuel Yoder
The MatchmakerSenator John McGlory
Kiss the GirlsFBI Agent Kyle Craig
1996DaylightSteven Crighton
1995The Big GreenCoach Jay Huffer
Kiss of DeathFederal Agent(uncredited)
1994Angels in the OutfieldRanch Wilder
1993My Boyfriend's BackSheriff McCloud
1991JFKLou Ivon
V.I. WarshawskiMurray Ryerson
1990Mr. DestinyJackie Earle 'Cement Head' Bumpers
1989BookerGordon Rudd1 episode
1989GloryGen. George Crockett Strong
1989RoseanneNorbert "Ziggy" WalshDan's old high school buddy
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamKirby, Tucker's Attorney
1983Cross CreekCharles Rawlings
AfterMASHDr. Gene Pfeiffer
Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. StoryDick Willeytelevision film
1982Hanky PankyKatz
1979Starting OverLarry (as Jay Sanders)


  1. ^ Isherwood, Charles (13 December 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. ^ . Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/day_after_tomorrow/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ . Wide Angle Credits http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/about-the-series/credits/36/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Jay O. Sanders at IBDB". Internet Broadway Database. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (14 April 2006). "David Hare's 'Stuff Happens': All the President's Men in 'On the Road to Baghdad'". The New York Times. 

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