Jay O Sanders

Actor, Acting teacher
Strapping, broad-faced actor who has been a regular presence on stage, films and TV since the early 1980s. After graduating from SUNY Purchase, Sanders moved to NYC where he began appearing regularly in off-Broadway ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1953 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (113)

Northern Borders 2015 (Movie)

FBI Agent Sanders (Actor)

The Dissection of Thanksgiving 2015 (Movie)

Cliff Morgan (Actor)

Grizzly II - The Predator 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

America's Doomsday Plan 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Carl Ferris (Actor)

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

Whitehouse (Actor)

Zenith 2010 (Movie)

Oberts (Actor)

Damages 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 (Movie)

Tim the Delivery Guy (Actor)

Wide Angle: Contestant No. 2 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Once Upon a Coup 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Burning Season 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Greetings From the Shore 2008 (Movie)

Commodore Callaghan (Actor)

Lost Children 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

Bart Pollock (Actor)

Wide Angle: A Woman Among Warlords 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Birth of a Surgeon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Brazil in Black and White 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: China Prep 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Heart of Darfur 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Japan's About-Face 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Poundcake 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Valley of Light 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Wide Angle: Back to School 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Dishing Democracy 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Gaza ER 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: The People's Court 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Victory is Your Duty 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Half Nelson 2006 (Movie)

Russ Dunne (Actor)

Wedding Daze 2006 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Wide Angle: 18 With a Bullet 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Wide Angle: Democracy in the Rough 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Flying Down To Kabul 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Mixed Blessings 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Ransom City 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hell of a Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pickles, Inc. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle - Beslan: Siege of School No 1 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

DC Sniper: 21 Days of Terror 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Suicide Bombers 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Frank Harris (Actor)

Wide Angle: Young, Muslim and French 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

Salem Witch Trials 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

Kyle Craig (Actor)

Dead Dog 2001 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Familiar Stranger 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ATF 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Picnic 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrestling With Alligators 2000 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

Dan Paxton (Actor)

Tumbleweeds 1999 (Movie)

Dan Miller (Actor)

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Leroy (Actor)

Unglued 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

For Richer Or Poorer 1997 (Movie)

Samuel Yoder (Actor)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Kyle Craig (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1997 (Movie)

Senator John McGlory (Actor)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Steven Crighton (Actor)

The Silver Strand 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Green 1995 (Movie)

Jay Huffer (Actor)

Three Wishes 1995 (Movie)

Coach Schramka (Actor)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

Ranch Wilder (Actor)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hostages 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

Sheriff McCloud (Actor)

Defenseless 1991 (Movie)

Bull Dozer (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Lou Ivon (Actor)

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

Stephen Taylor (Actor)

V.I. Warshawski 1991 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Just Like in the Movies 1990 (Movie)

Ryan Legrand (Actor)

Mr. Destiny 1990 (Movie)

Jackie Earle (Actor)

Revealing Evidence 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory 1989 (Movie)

General Strong (Actor)

The Misfit Brigade 1988 (Movie)

Tiny (Actor)

The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988 (Movie)

Trooper Joe (Actor)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Kirby (Actor)

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie Macon's Run 1983 (Movie)

Rudy Potts (Actor)

Cross Creek 1982 (Movie)

Charles Rawlings (Actor)

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Katz (Actor)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

A Doctor's Story (TV Show)

Actor

Abby Singer (Movie)

Kevin's Father (Actor)

Aging Out (TV Show)

Narrator

An Honest Citizen (TV Show)

Narrator

Boss of Bosses (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Sassy Tree (TV Show)

Actor

Down Came a Blackbird (TV Show)

Actor

Earthly Possessions (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Children (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

Nova: Shark Attack! (TV Show)

Actor

Nova: The Perfect Corpse (TV Show)

Actor

Pigeon Feathers (TV Show)

Actor

Private Eye (TV Show)

Actor

Sahara Marathon (TV Show)

Narrator

Starstruck (TV Show)

Actor

State of Emergency (TV Show)

Actor

The Blair Decade (TV Show)

Narrator

The Confession (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Christ Died (TV Show)

Actor

The Jack Bull (TV Show)

Actor

The Prosecutors (TV Show)

Actor

The Russian Newspaper Murders (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: Gold Futures (TV Show)

Narrator

Wide Angle: The Dying Fields (TV Show)

Narrator

Widows (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Strapping, broad-faced actor who has been a regular presence on stage, films and TV since the early 1980s. After graduating from SUNY Purchase, Sanders moved to NYC where he began appearing regularly in off-Broadway productions before making his Broadway debut, opposite Kevin Kline and Christine Lahti, in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends" (1979-80). That same year he made his feature debut with a small role in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over". Sanders has gone on to appear in a number of notable period films including Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: A Man and His Dream" (1988), as one of several mechanics helping the title character realize his vision; "Glory" (1989), as a Union general; and Oliver Stone's "JFK" (1991), as a member of Jim Garrison's (Kevin Costner) staff. On the small screen, Sanders could be found in several TV-movies, miniseries and failed series. Some of his TV highlights have included "The Day Christ Died" (CBS, 1980), playing Peter to Chris Sarandon's Jesus, and "Cold Sassy Tree" (TNT, 1989). In addition to his film and TV work, Sanders has also remained active in theater.

Relationships

Maryann Plunkett

Wife
married in January 1992 debuted as understudy to Amanda Plummer in "Agnes of God" on Broadway replaced Bernadette Peters in "Sunday in the Park With George" won a Tony as Best Actress in "Me and My Girl" member of Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre acted opposite Sanders in a stage production of "St. Joan"

James Sanders

Son
born in March 1994

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York 1976
member of the inaugural class of school's theater arts program

Milestones

2006

Cast opposite Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson," a feature adaptation of helmer Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short film "Gowanus, Brooklyn"

2004

Played Jack Hall's (Dennis Quaid) boss in "The Day After Tomorrow"

2001

Again played FBI Agent Kyle Craig in James Patterson's "Along Came a Spider"

1999

Starred with Janet McTeer in "Tumbleweeds"

1998

Appeared in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II"

1997

Cast as FBI Agent Kyle Craig in "Kiss the Girls," based on the novel by James Patterson

1987

Cast as a regular on the short-lived series, "Private Eye"

1987

Cast in a recurring on the stylized cop and gangster show, "Crime Story"

1986

TV miniseries debut, "Rage of Angels: The Story Continues"

1980

TV-movie debut, "The Day Christ Died"

1980

Starred as Orsino in the David Mamet-directed "Twelfth Night" at the Circle Rep Theater in NY

1979

Feature acting debut, "Starting Over"

1979

Broadway debut in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends"

Lived throughout the USA and South America

Member of the first graduating class of SUNY Purchase's theater arts program

TV series debut, "AfterMASH"

Moved to New York City; made NY theater debut in Shakespeare in the Park productions of "Henry V" and "Measure for Measure"

Bonus Trivia

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Sanders offers master classes in acting at his alma mater, the State University of New York, Purchase

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