Sanders, Jay O. 1953–

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Sanders, Jay O. 1953–

(Jay Sanders)


Full name, Jay Olcutt Sanders; born April 16, 1953, in Austin, TX; son of James Olcutt (a violinist and an executive for an arts organization) and Phyllis Rae (a choral director; maiden name, Aden) Sanders; married Maryann Plunkett (an actress), October 1, 1991 (some sources cite January 1992); children: James Plunkett Sanders. Education: Purchase College State University of New York, B.F.A., theatre, 1976.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actor. Teacher of master classes in acting at Purchase College State University of New York.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Drama Desk Award (with others), outstanding ensemble performance, 2006, for Stuff Happens.


Film Appearances:

(As Jay Sanders) Larry, Starting Over, Paramount, 1979.

Katz, Hanky Panky (also known as Traces), Columbia, 1982.

Charles Rawlings, Cross Creek, Universal, 1983.

Rudy Potts, Eddie Macon's Run, Universal, 1983.

Customer, Assault of the Killer Bimbos, Empire Pictures, 1987.

Tiny, The Misfit Brigade (also known as Wheels of Terror), Manley, 1987, Trans World Entertainment, 1988.

Kirby (the defense attorney), Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Paramount, 1988.

Trooper Joe, The Prince of Pennsylvania, New Line Cinema, 1988.

General George Crockett Strong, Glory, TriStar, 1989.

Bull Dozer, Defenseless, New Line Cinema, 1990.

Jackie Earle "Cement Head" Bumpers (company president), Mr. Destiny, Buena Vista, 1990.

Ryan Legrand, Just Like in the Movies, Cabriolet Films, 1990.

Woman in the Wind, 1990.

Lou Ivon, JFK, Warner Bros., 1991.

Murray Ryerson, V. I. Warshawski (also known as V. I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels), Buena Vista, 1991.

Stephen Taylor, Meeting Venus, Warner Bros., 1991.

Sheriff McCloud, My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie), Buena Vista, 1993.

Ranch Wilder, Angels in the Outfield (also known as Angels), Buena Vista, 1994.

Coach Jay Huffer, The Big Green, Buena Vista, 1995.

Coach Schramka, Three Wishes, Savoy Pictures, 1995.

(Uncredited) Federal agent, Kiss of Death, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Steven Crighton, Daylight, Universal, 1996.

Kyle Craig, Kiss the Girls, Paramount, 1997.

Samuel Yoder, For Richer or Poorer, Universal, 1997.

Senator John McGlory, The MatchMaker, Gramercy Pictures, 1997.

Leroy, The Odd Couple II (also known as Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II" and Odd Couple 2: Travelin' Light), Paramount, 1998.

Rick, Wrestling with Alligators, Homegrown Pictures/Portman Productions, 1998.

Dan Miller, Tumbleweeds, Fine Line Features, 1999.

Dan Paxton, Music of the Heart (also known as Fiddlefest, 50 Violins, and Music of My Heart), Miramax, 1999.

Unglued (also known as American Pie and The Secret Life of Girls), Ocean Park Pictures, 1999.

Bo Tatum, Endsville, Stick Figure Productions, 2000.

Detective, Dead Dog, Skouras Films/Regent Entertainment, 2000.

Kyle Craig, Along Came a Spider (also known as Im Netz der Spinne and Le masque de l'araignee), Paramount, 2001.

Gerry, Second Born, 2003.

Kevin's father, Abby Singer, 2003, Cut Entertainment Group, 2006.

Frank Harris, The Day after Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Voice of football announcer, Hair High (animated), E. D. Distribution, 2004.

Commodore Callaghan, Greetings from the Shore, 2006.

Russ, Half Nelson, ThinkFilm, 2006.

Some sources cite an appearance in Predator: The Concert (also known as Grizzly II—The Predator), made in 1984, released by Film Ventures International, 1987.

Film Work:

Stager of fight sequences, The Misfit Brigade (also known as Wheels of Terror), Manley, 1987, Trans World Entertainment, 1988.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. Gene Pfeiffer, AfterMASH (also known as After M*A*S*H), CBS, 1983–84.

Nick Cleary, Private Eye, NBC, 1987–88.

Steve Cordo, Crime Story, NBC, 1987–88.

Narrator for several films, Wide Angle, PBS, 2004–2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

The Scarlet Letter, PBS, 1979.

Agarth Winnet, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (also known as Sidney Sheldon's "Rage of Angels: The Story Continues"), NBC, 1986.

Detective John Maynard, Widows, ABC, 2002.

Thomas Putnam, Salem Witch Trials, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Peter, The Day Christ Died, CBS, 1980.

Dick Willey, Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr., Story, ABC, 1983.

Dr. Curtis, A Doctor's Story, NBC, 1984.

Clayton McAllister, Cold Sassy Tree, TNT, 1989.

Tom Marshall, Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler (also known as Revealing Evidence), NBC, 1990.

Jan Talbeck, Down Came a Blackbird (also known as Ramirez), Showtime, 1995.

Lucas Hughes, The Silver Strand, Showtime, 1995.

Attorney general, The Jack Bull, HBO, 1999.

Jack Grenoble, The Confession, Cinemax, 1999.

Special agent Joseph O'Brien, Boss of Bosses, TNT, 1999.

Zack Emery, Earthly Possessions, HBO, 1999.

Mike, The Last Brickmaker in America, CBS, 2001.

Patrick Hennessy Welsh/Timothy Michael Kingsbury, The Familiar Stranger (also known as My Husband's Double Life), Lifetime, 2001.

Douglas Duncan, D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear, USA Network, 2003.

Colin Livien, Shooting Livien, Showtime, c. 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Mr. Miller, "Starstruck," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1981.

Adoniram Penn, "The Revolt of Mother," American Playhouse, PBS, 1986.

"Pigeon Feathers," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987.

Terry Anderson, "Hostages," HBO Showcase, HBO, 1993.

Dr. Jeffrey Forrest, "State of Emergency" (also known as "Slow Bleed"), HBO Showcase, HBO, 1994.

Joe Stevens, Nobody's Children (also known as A Race against Time), USA Network, 1994.

Howard Bevens, Picnic, CBS, 2000.

Howard, "The Valley of Light," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, c. 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Detective Tim Duryea, "The Maze," Miami Vice (also known as Gold Coast and Miami Unworthiness), NBC, 1985.

"Original Sin," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985.

Gordon Rudd, "All You Gotta Do Is Do It," Booker (also known as Booker, P.I.), Fox, 1989.

Longley, "Gunfighter," The Young Riders, ABC, 1989.

Tim Merr, "What's Love Got to Do with It?," Kate and Allie, CBS, 1989.

"A Time and a Place," A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989.

Detective Michael Phillips, "Watts a Matter?," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990.

Ziggy, "Born to Be Wild," Roseanne, ABC, 1990.

Ziggy, "The Pied Piper of Lanford," Roseanne, ABC, 1991.

Cannon Howard, "The Friendly Neighborhood Dealer," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1994.

Ed Barkley, "The Voyage Home," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 1995.

Zander, "Redemption," Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, CTV, 1995.

Dr. John Summer, "Jaws of Life," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1996.

Alex, "Proofs for the Existence of God," Nothing Sacred (also known as Priesthood), ABC, 1997.

Nick Taska/Bill Fallon, "Tabula Rasa," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1999.

Alan Fenwick, "Asterisk," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), 2002.

Harry Rowan, "Dead," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2002.

Mitchell Olshansky, "Fog of War," Hack, CBS, 2004.

Appeared in other television programs, including an appearance as Kurt Harrison in an episode of Crossroads, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Nick Cleary, Private Eye, NBC, 1987.

Rio Shannon, 1993.

Alan Baker, The Prosecutors, NBC, 1996.

Sam Sinclair, A.T.F. (also known as ATF), ABC, 1999.

Ed Butowski, Wonderland, ABC, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Barnardine, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Westmoreland and understudy for Exeter, Henry V, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1976.

Bradley, Buried Child, Theatre for a New City, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1978–79.

Doug, Loose Ends, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, c. 1979, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1979–80.

Fables for Friends, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1980.

Orsino, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1980–81.

In Trousers, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Merrick, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Hartman Theatre and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, both c. 1983, and Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Willy Rivers, The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers, Workshop of the Performing Arts Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Abel's Sister, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1984.

Sergeant Wolff, Rommel's Garden, Harold Clurman Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Phillip, King John, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1988.

Bobby Jr., Heaven on Earth, Workshop of the Performing Arts (WPA) Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Dunois (bastard of Orleans), St. Joan, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Louis, "It's Our Town, Too," The Best American Short Play Series, Westbeth Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Stephen, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1994.

Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1999.

Gary Gauger, The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker, New York City, 2002.

Sergeant John Falstaff, Lone Star Love, John Houseman Theatre, New York City, 2004–2005.

Phillip, The Argument, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2005.

George W. Bush, Stuff Happens, Public Theatre, Newman Theatre, New York City, 2006.

Appeared in other productions, including Geniuses, Girls Girls Girls, Macbeth, and Scooping.



Dean Koontz, Dragon Tears, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1993.

Joyce Carol Oates, What I Lived for, Highbridge Audio, 1994.

Lawrence Sanders, Private Pleasures, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1994.

Jay Brandon, Local Rules, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1995.

Tony Hillerman, Finding Moon, Harper Audio, 1995.

Stuart Woods, Choke, Harper Audio, 1995.

William Gibson, Idoru, Putnam Berkley, 1996.

Dean Koontz, Santa's Twin, Harper Audio, 1996.

Faye Kellerman, Serpent's Tooth, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1997.

Susan McCaffrey, Sacrifice, Publishing Mills, 1997.

Patrick Robinson, Nimitz Class, Harper Audio, 1997.

John Sanford, The Night Crew, Putnam Publishing Group, 1997.

Tom Clancy, Op-Center: Mirror Image, included in the compilation Tom Clancy's "Op-Center Collection" (also known as Op-Center Collection Omnibus Boxed Set; also includes Op-Center, Op-Center: Acts of War, and Op-Center: Games of State), Random House Audio, 1998.

Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg, Politika, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1998, included in Tom Clancy's "Power Plays" (also includes and Shadow Watch), Simon & Schuster Audio, 1998.

Charles Pellegrino, Dust, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1998.

Thomas Rockwell, How to Eat Fried Worms, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998.

Craig Holden, The River Sorrow, Random House Audio, 1999.

Faye Kellerman, Faye Kellerman (also known as The Faye Kellerman), Simon & Schuster Audio, 1999.

William Least Heat-Moon, River Horse: Across America by Boat (also known as River Horse: A Voyage across America), Simon & Schuster Audio, 1999.

Faye Kellerman, Stalker, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2000.

John Sanford, Sudden Prey, Audioworks, 2001.

Randall Wallace, Pearl Harbor, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2001.

Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: The Point Guard's Way to Knowledge, Books on Tape, 2002.

Stephen King, "The Road Virus Heads North," Everything's Eventual: 5 Dark Tales, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002.

Phillip M. Margolin, The Last Innocent Man, Random House Audio, 2002.

Stephen Hunter, Hot Springs, Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Tim O'Brien, July, July, Houghton Mifflin Audio, 2003.

John Sanford, Night Prey, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2003.

Greg Iles, Mortal Fear, Brilliance Audio Paperback Audiobooks, 2003, included in Greg Iles Collection 2: Mortal Fear, Sleep No More, and The Footprints of God, Brilliance Audio, 2005.

Stephen Hunter, Pale Horse Coming, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2004.

Dean Koontz, Mr. Murder, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005.

W. E. B. Griffin, The Diplomat's Wife, Penguin/Highbridge, 2006.

Greg Iles, Black Cross, Brilliance Audio, 2006.

James Patterson, Cross, Hachette Audio, 2006.

Some sources cite Sanders's involvement in other audio projects.


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