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Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes was born in Omaha, NE and attended the University of Kansas, where he studied theatre, history, and political science. He has performed extensively in the regional theater, including in The Tempest, Two Noble Kinsman, Richard II, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Love's Labor's Lost, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, as a company member at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Dealing with Claire, The Birthday Party, The Seagull, Dangerous Corner, and The Tavern, with the Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles; Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jekyll, and The Tempest, at the Missouri Repertory Theatre; Neil LaBute's Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, directed by the author at the Westside dance project in New York; as well as roles at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and the California Shakespeare Festival, among others.

In the late 1990s, Jay began working in television and film, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach in the Golden Globe winning drama "The Shield."

Jay is married to actress Julia Campbell and the couple have twins, a boy and a girl.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Crossing (2018)
Starring as Craig Lindauer (11 episodes)
12 Monkeys (2015)
Guest starring as Robert Gale (5 episodes)
Stalker (2014)
Guest starring as Dr. Paul Lewis
Tyrant (2014)
Guest starring as James Kitfer (3 episodes)
Gang Related (2014)
Guest starring as Paul Carter (3 episodes)
Chicago P.D. (2014)
Guest starring as FBI Special Agent William Graff (2 episodes)
  • Episode 6x07: Trigger (Nov 7, 2018)
  • Episode 1x12: 8:30 PM (Apr 30, 2014)
Graceland (2013)
Guest starring as Gerry Silvo
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Jun 6, 2013)
Last Resort (2012)
Guest starring as Secretary of Defense William Curry (7 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Phil Stanner
Grimm (2011)
Guest starring as Detective Bauer
  • Episode 3x02: PTZD (Nov 1, 2013)
Law & Order: LA (2010)
Guest starring as Jim Roman
The Glades (2010)
Guest starring as Dr. Sloan
V (2009)
Guest starring as Chris Bolling (4 episodes)
Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Guest starring as Agent Josh Kohn (7 episodes)
Burn Notice (2007)
Guest starring as Tyler Brennen
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as Hamilton Bartholomew
Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Martin Rausch
House (2004)
Guest starring as Nick Greenwald
Cold Case (2003)
Guest starring as Artie Russo
The Shield (2002)
Starring as Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach (89 episodes)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as IA Officer Wagenbach
Guest starring as I.A. Detective Schultz
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Noah Bunning
Judging Amy (1999)
Guest starring as Dr. McGrath
Ally McBeal (1997)
Guest starring as Simon Prune
The Pretender (1996)
Guest starring as Brad Anderson
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Guest starring as Lt. Ducane
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Corporate Guy
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