Jay O Sanders
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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.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Feature acting debut, "Starting Over"
Broadway debut in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends"
Starred as Orsino in the David Mamet-directed "Twelfth Night" at the Circle Rep Theater in NY
TV-movie debut, "The Day Christ Died"
TV miniseries debut, "Rage of Angels: The Story Continues"
Cast in a recurring on the stylized cop and gangster show, "Crime Story"
Cast as a regular on the short-lived series, "Private Eye"
Cast as FBI Agent Kyle Craig in "Kiss the Girls," based on the novel by James Patterson
Appeared in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II"
Starred with Janet McTeer in "Tumbleweeds"
Again played FBI Agent Kyle Craig in James Patterson's "Along Came a Spider"
Played Jack Hall's (Dennis Quaid) boss in "The Day After Tomorrow"
Cast opposite Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson," a feature adaptation of helmer Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short film "Gowanus, Brooklyn"