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Jay O. Sanders

Actor
Born April 16, 1953 (71 years)
Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American actor. He is noted for his TV roles as Bill Weller on Blindspot, Jack Bryant on Manhunt, Chief Tom Lidell on The Sinner, Det. John Maynard on Widows, Capt. Joseph Hannah on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and mob lawyer Steven Kordo in NBC's detective series Crime Story (1986-1988), as well as his film roles on The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Green Lantern (2011), and the Alex Cross films starring Morgan Freeman.

He has appeared in many other notable films, including Glory (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), JFK (1991), Angels in the Outfield (1994), The Big Green (1995), Daylight (1996), The Matchmaker (1997), For Richer or Poorer (1997), Tumbleweeds (1999), Music of the Heart (1999), Half Nelson (2006), Cadillac Records (2008), and Revolutionary Road (2008).

He is also known as the narrator for the PBS series Wide Angle from 2002–2009 and has served as narrator for a number of Nova episodes and documentary specials starting in 2007.

He is the voice of D.S. McKenna in the Red Dead Redemption video game series.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Half Nelson
  • Catfight
  • The Valley of Light
  • Zenith
  • Booker
  • Northern Borders
Known For
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Green Lantern
  • Kiss the Girls
  • Edge of Darkness
  • Along Came a Spider
  • Daylight
  • Sneaky Pete
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • NOVA
  • V.I. Warshawski
  • For Richer or Poorer
  • Mr. Destiny
  • Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • The MatchMaker
  • Tumbleweeds
  • The Big Green
  • The Odd Couple II
  • My Boyfriend's Back
  • D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear
  • When You Finish Saving the World
  • Three Wishes
  • The Misfit Brigade
  • Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time
  • The Jack Bull

Filmography

2023
His Three Daughters · as Vincent
2023
Outrage · as Frank Brand
2022
2022
2022
The Road to Galena · as John Baird
2019
The Assistant · as Boss (voice)
2019
NOVA: Decoding da Vinci · as Narrator (voice)
2019
DC Noir · as Sgt. Peters
2019
2018
The Accidental Wolf (TV Series) · as Cast
2018
Broken Places · as Narrator (voice)
2018
NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers · as Narrator (voice)
2018
NOVA: First Face of America · as Narrator (voice)
2017
The Violin Alone · as Narrator (voice)
2017
Ghosts of Stonehenge · as Narrator (voice)
2017
The Sinner (TV Series) · as Chief Tom Lidell
2017
Manhunt (2017) (TV Series) · as Jack Bryant
2017
Holocaust Escape Tunnel · as Narrator (voice)
2017
2017
NOVA: Why Trains Crash · as Narrator (voice)
2017
NOVA: Secrets of the Sky Tombs · as Narrator (voice)
2017
2016
Catfight · as Angry Guy
2016
2016
NOVA: Iceman Reborn · as Narrator (voice)
2016
NOVA: Life's Rocky Start · as Narrator (voice)
2015
2015
Chicago Med (TV Series) · as Cray
2015
2015
NOVA: Secrets of Noah's Ark · as Narrator (voice)
2015
Blindspot (TV Series) · as Bill Weller
2015
Dawn of Humanity · as Narrator (voice)
2015
Sneaky Pete (TV Series) · as Sam
2015
NOVA: The Great Math Mystery · as Narrator (voice)
2015
American Odyssey (TV Series) · as Alex
2014
True Detective (TV Series) · as Billy Lee Tuttle
2013
Northern Borders · as Agent Sanders
2013
NOVA: Cold Case JFK · as Narrator (voice)
2013
Hostages (US) (TV Series) · as Lynn Shipley
2013
NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower · as Narrator (voice)
2013
NOVA: Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby? · as Narrator (voice)
2012
2012
Earth from Space · as Narrator (voice)
2011
A Novel Romance · as Walter Evans
2011
Pan Am (TV Series) · as Douglas Vanderway
2011
Person of Interest (TV Series) · as Special Counsel
2011
Unforgettable (TV Series) · as Jonathan Hedstrom
2011
Green Lantern · as Carl Ferris
2011
The Jewel · as Mr. Rothman
2011
Body of Proof (TV Series) · as Harvey Brady
2010
Zenith · as Oberts
2010
Blue Bloods (TV Series) · as Jimmy Reagan
2010
Edge of Darkness · as Whitehouse
2010
Riddles of the Sphinx · as Narrator (voice)
2010
Secrets of Stonehenge · as Narrator (voice)
2009
The Good Wife (TV Series) · as Judge Hal Ferris
2009
I Hate Valentine's Day · as Tim The Delivery Guy
2009
The Undying · as Dr. Russell Lassiter
2008
Revolutionary Road · as Bart Pollock
2008
Cadillac Records · as Mr. Feder
2008
2007
Greetings from the Shore · as Commodore Callaghan
2007
Damages (TV Series) · as Calder Security Executive
2006
Wedding Daze · as Sheriff
2006
2006
Half Nelson · as Russ Dunne
2005
Shooting Livien · as Colin Livien
2004
Hair High · as Football Announcer (voice)
2004
The Day After Tomorrow · as Frank Harris
2004
Aging Out · as Narrator
2003
Abby Singer · as Kevin's Father
2003
D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear · as Douglas Duncan
2002
Salem Witch Trials · as Thomas Putnam
2002
Hack (TV Series) · as Mitchell Olshansky
2002
Widows (TV Series) · as Detective John Maynard
2002
Wide Angle (TV Series) · as Narrator
2001
Boss of Bosses · as Joseph O'brien
2001
Dead Dog · as Frank Edmonds
2001
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series) · as Joseph Hannah
2001
2001
Along Came a Spider · as Kyle Craig
2001
My Husband's Double Life · as Patrick Hennessy Welsh
2000
Secrets of the Dead (TV Series) · as Narrator (voice)
2000
Picnic · as Howard Bevens
2000
Wonderland (TV Series) · as Ed Butowski
2000
Endsville · as Bo Tatum
1999
Tumbleweeds · as Dan Miller
1999
Music of the Heart · as Dan Paxton
1999
ATF · as Sam Sinclair
1999
1999
The Jack Bull · as Atty. Gen. Metcalfe
1999
Earthly Possessions · as Zack Emery
1999
The Confession · as Jack Renoble
1998
The Odd Couple II · as Leroy
1998
1997
For Richer or Poorer · as Samuel Yoder
1997
The MatchMaker · as Senator John Mcglory
1997
Kiss the Girls · as Fbi Agent Kyle Craig
1997
Nothing Sacred (TV Series) · as Alex
1996
Daylight · as Steven Crighton
1996
The Prosecutors · as Da Alan Baker
1995
Silver Strand · as Lucas Hughes
1995
Three Wishes · as Coach Schramka
1995
Down Came a Blackbird · as Jan Talbeck
1995
The Big Green · as Jay Huffer
1995
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (TV Series) · as Xander
1995
Kiss of Death · as Federal Agent
1995
The Outer Limits (1995) (TV Series) · as Ed Barkley
1994
New York Undercover (TV Series) · as Howard
1994
Angels in the Outfield · as Ranch Wilder
1994
Nobody's Children · as Joe Stevens
1994
State of Emergency · as Dr. Jeffrey Forrest
1993
My Boyfriend's Back · as Sheriff Mccloud
1993
Tribeca (TV Series) · as Dick Woodward
1992
Hostages · as Terry Anderson
1992
Crossroads (1992) (TV Series) · as Kurt
1991
JFK · as Lou Ivon
1991
Meeting Venus · as Stephen Taylor
1991
Defenseless · as Bull Dozer
1991
V.I. Warshawski · as Murray Ryerson
1990
Mr. Destiny · as Jackie Earle
1990
Law & Order (TV Series) · as Nick Taska / Bill Fallon
1990
Northern Exposure (TV Series) · as Dr. John Summer
1990
1990
Just Like in the Movies · as Ryan Legrand
1989
Glory · as Gen. George Crockett Strong
1989
Cold Sassy Tree · as Clayton Mcallister
1989
Booker (TV Series) · as Gordon Rudd
1989
The Young Riders (TV Series) · as Longley
1989
A Man Called Hawk (TV Series) · as Officer Brogan
1988
Roseanne (TV Series) · as Ziggy
1988
The Prince of Pennsylvania · as Trooper Joe
1988
1987
Private Eye (TV Series) · as Nick Cleary
1987
1986
1986
Crime Story (TV Series) · as Steve Kordo
1986
L.A. Law (TV Series) · as Detective Michael Phillips
1985
Spenser: For Hire (TV Series) · as Father Crawford
1984
Miami Vice (TV Series) · as Det. Tim Duryea
1984
A Doctor's Story · as Dr. Curtis
1984
Kate & Allie (TV Series) · as Tim Merr
1983
Cross Creek · as Charles Rawlings
1983
AfterMASH (TV Series) · as Dr. Gene Pfeiffer
1983
Eddie Macon's Run · as Rudy Potts
1983
1982
Nature (TV Series) · as Narrator (voice)
1982
Hanky Panky · as Katz
1980
American Playhouse (TV Series) · as Adam Penn
1980
Texas (TV Series) · as Seth
1980
1979
Starting Over · as Larry
1979
The Scarlet Letter (TV Series) · as Robert Salter
1974
NOVA (TV Series) · as Narrator (voice)
1972
The ABC Afterschool Special (TV Series) · as Mr. Miller
1971
Great Performances (TV Series) · as Cast
1951
Hallmark Hall Of Fame (TV Series) · as Howard

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