Jay O. Sanders is an American character actor. He has worked in theatre, film, and TV. After he attended the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase, he made his debut in 1976 in the outdoor theatre festival of Shakespeare. Being tall, fair and virile, helped him succeed in winning the hearts of the audience worldwide.
He came from an arts-oriented family. His father being the Executive Director of "Karamu House" in the mid-60s was also a violinist and a noted square dance caller. He pursued his responsibilities well as a top administrator for the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), UNICEF, the Peace Corps, West Chester Council of the Arts, and was the editor of "The Friends Journal.”
His mother was no less. She was a known choral director, a peace activist and emissary, as well as a reputed television commentator and an interviewer relating to the Women's Movement and the issues of ageing. His younger brother was also an actor and two of his sisters gained fame as singers. In 1991, Sanders got married to another renowned stage artist Maryann Plunkett, and they have one son named Jamie.
Sanders has had one of the longest careers in this field and has left remarkable milestones like the films “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Green Lantern”. He has also appeared in various renowned TV shows like “Law and Order”, “The Good Wife” etc. He narrated more than 50 audio books and also did storytelling with his wife. These two love birds appeared opposite each other on Broadway in the acclaimed 1993 production of George Bernard Shaw's, "Saint Joan".
His big sharp eyes made him more appealing to the audience. One after another he gave classics to the industry which included “Roseanne”, "The Merry Wives of Windsor”, etc. One of the most remarkable moments of his career was when he played the role of George Walker Bush in the public theater in
which later also won many awards. He has been a part of several ON and Off-Broadway shows.