Patterson, Jay 1954–

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Patterson, Jay 1954–


Born August 22, 1954, in Cincinnati, OH; son of James Frank (a construction foreman) and Margaret (a secretary; maiden name, Jones) Patterson. Education: Studied theatre at Ohio University; studied acting at the Terry Schreiber Studio. Politics: Democrat.

Career: Actor.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, best Broadway debut of 1983, for K2.


Film Appearances:

Brother Constance, Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys), TriStar, 1984.

W. E. Simmons, Places in the Heart, TriStar, 1984.

First Texas voice, Alamo Bay, TriStar/Delphi III, 1985.

Dwight Estes, Nadine, TriStar, 1987.

Leonard Pike, Street Smart, Cannon, 1987.

Graham Corey, D.O.A., Buena Vista, 1988.

Charles Pennington, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, New Line Cinema, 1990.

Dr. Dalton, McBain, Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment, 1991.

Jocko, Nobody's Fool, Paramount, 1994.

Detective Wayne O'Connor, Excessive Force II: Force on Force, Cinetel Films, 1995.

Bernie, American Perfekt, BBC Films, 1997.

Air traffic controller, City of Angels (also known as Stadt der Engel), Warner Bros., 1998.

Dr. Grossman, Slums of Beverly Hills, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Geologist, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998.

Mr. Wellman, Hard Rain (also known as Flood and Pluie d'enfer), Paramount, 1998.

Luntz, Pet the Goat, Mountain Goat Films, 2004.

Storkelson, Love, Ludlow, Polychrome Pictures, 2005.

Alaskan parole officer, Brother's Shadow, Fish Six Film/Mint Pictures, 2006.

Senator, All the King's Men, Columbia, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Marty, Vietnam, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1987.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Gene, Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (also known as Coded Hostile), HBO, 1989.

Henry Luce, Margaret Bourke-White (also known as Double Exposure and Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White), TNT, 1989.

Assistant district attorney, Double Jeopardy, Showtime, 1992.

Graham, Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 (also known as Race against the Dark: The Crash of Flight 7), CBS, 1993.

Second white police officer, The Exonerated, Court TV, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Edward Pierce, "Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom" (also known as "Half-Slave, Half-Free 2"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Billy Joe Higgins, "Glades," Miami Vice, NBC, 1984.

Office Beltran, Another World, NBC, 1985.

Spectators, PBS, 1985.

Al Sheen, "The Man Who Wasn't There," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

J. Trescott, "The Last Campaign," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.

Hoexter, "Prisoner of Love," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1990.

Connecticut assistant district attorney Jack O'Connell, "Vengeance," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1992.

Colquit, "Testing, Testing 1 … 2 … 3 … 4," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Mr. Rathke, "Fred Runs Away," The Boys Are Back, CBS, 1994.

Tim Miller, "Trials and Tribulations," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1994.

Noah Farmer, "The Dream Team," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Charles Heckstrom, "Mega," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2000.

Man in library, "There Are No Words," Now and Again, CBS, 2000.

Russell, "Monica's Bad Day," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Motel clerk, One Life to Live, ABC, 2002.

Andy Fryar, "Purgatory," Third Watch, NBC, 2004.

Terrence Boyd, "Great Barrier," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2004.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Sweet Justice, NBC.

Stage Appearances:

Lonnie, The Taking of Miss Janie, Penumbra Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, c. 1977.

First officer, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, c. 1979.

Bradley, Buried Child, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, c. 1980.

Doug, Loose Ends, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, c. 1980.

James Strauss, Compulsion, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, c. 1980.

Harold, K2, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, c. 1982, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Andrei, Three Sisters, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN, c. 1985.

William, Who They Are, and How It Is with Them, Centerstage, Baltimore, MD, c. 1985.

Cherea and Helicon, Caligula, Circle Repertory Company, Triplex Theatre II, New York City, 1986.

Dan Loggins, The Mound Builders, Circle Repertory Company, Triplex Theatre II, 1986.

Levi Miller, Quiet in the Land, Circle Repertory Company, Triplex Theatre II, 1986.

Lennie Small, Of Mice and Men, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Rogers, Domino, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1988.

Caliban, The Tempest, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, 1989.

Willy, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Dr. Rank, A Doll's House, Actor's Outlet Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Wild Bill Hickok, Indians, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1991–92.

Oronte, The Misanthrope, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Understudy for Baylen, Dave Moss, and James Lingk, Glengarry Glen Ross, Royale Theatre (later called the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre), New York City, 2005.

Appeared as Lennie Small, Of Mice and Men, and as Cliff, The Woolgatherer, both Playhouse by the River; as Cassio, Othello, and as Antonio, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), both Monomoy Theatre, Chatham, MA; as Morris, The Blood Knot, Sangoma Ensemble, Minneapolis, MN; as Bocardon, Celimare, St. Nicholas Theatre, Chicago, IL; and as Edwin, Sons, Playwrights Lab, Minneapolis, MN. Some sources cite an appearance as Sergeant Wolff in Rommel's Garden, Aspen Playwrights Conference, Aspen, CO. Member of the resident company of the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, 1985–86; member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, and Actors Center; performed at A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA, Arena Stage, Baltimore, MD, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, and Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT.



Colin Harrison, Afterburn, Simon & Schuster, 2000.

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