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Jay O. Sanders


Miami Vice Character
Metro-Dade Detective Tim Duryea ("The Maze")
April 16, 1953, Austin, Texas
Maryann Plunkett (1991-present), one child

Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American character actor. He appeared in the show Miami Vice as Metro-Dade Detective Tim Duryea, whose partner Hawkins was killed by the Escobars and whose impulsive actions resulted in the hostage standoff in the episode "The Maze".

Early Life/Career

Sanders was born in Austin, Texas. He has had a long career playing various characters on TV and in the movies, as well as some stage appearances.

Below is a partial list of his appearances:

  • The Bionic Woman (1977, first TV appearance)
  • Starting Over (1979, first movie appearance)
  • Eddie Macon's Run (1983, with J. C. Quinn)
  • AfterMASH (12 episodes as Dr. Gene Pfeiffer, 1983-84)
  • Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (TV movie, 1986, with Paul Roebling)
  • Crime Story (12 episodes as Steve Kordo, 1986-88, with Dennis Farina)
  • A Man Called Hawk (TV, 1989 with Maryann Plunkett)
  • The Young Riders (TV, 1989 with Melissa Leo)
  • Roseanne (2 episodes as Ziggy, 1990-91)
  • V.I. Warsharski (1991)
  • JFK (1991)
  • My Boyfriend's Back (1993, directed by Bob Balaban)
  • Kiss The Girls (1997)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • Edge of Darkness (2010)
  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent (TV, 2011, with Vincent D'Onofrio)
  • A Novel Romance (2011)
  • Pan Am (TV, 2011-12, with Mark Blum)
  • Person of Interest (TV, 2012-2015)
  • American Odyssey (TV, 2015)
  • A Scientist's Guide to Living and Dying (2017, most recent movie appearance)
  • The Sinner (2018, most recent TV appearance)

Sanders has also narrated episodes of the PBS series Nova and Nature.

Personal Life

Sanders married fellow Vice alum Maryann Plunkett in 1991 and have one son, James (born 1994).