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Date Of BirthJune 27, 1963
SpouseJulia Campbell
FactHe majored in Theatre and Political Science at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

Jay Karnes is an American actor, best known for his role as Dutch Wagenbach on the FX police drama The Shield.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Jay Karnes was the middle child of three boys. His father was a high school guidance counselor and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. Jay Karnes was a gifted athlete, playing both football and baseball in high school. He was also an accomplished musician, playing the piano and singing in the school choir.

After high school, Jay Karnes attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship. He played for the Cornhuskers for two years before an injury ended his career. Jay Karnes then transferred to UCLA, where he earned a degree in theater arts.

Jay Karnes began his acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in guest roles on television shows such as L.A. Law and Picket Fences. His big break came in 2002 when he was cast as Dutch Wagenbach on The Shield. The show was a critical and commercial success, and Jay Karnes earned praise for his performance.

After The Shield ended in 2008, Jay Karnes appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Burn Notice, Hawaii Five-0, and Sons of Anarchy. He has also done voice work for video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Jay Karnes is married to actress Wendy Davis. They have two children together.

Jay Karnes has a net worth of $3 million. His salary on The Shield was $100,000 per episode.

General Info

Full NameJay Karnes
Date Of BirthJune 27, 1963
EducationUniversity of Kansas


SpouseJulia Campbell


MoviesHeadlock, Before I Wake, Jayhawkers, Setup, Leonie, Chasing 3000, Broken Angel, The Next Best Thing
TV ShowsBurn Notice, The Shield

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1He majored in Theatre and Political Science at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas, USA.




Headlock2016completedDoctor Nelson
Tyrant2016TV SeriesJames Kitfer
12 Monkeys2016TV SeriesAgent Robert Gale / Agent Gale
Before I Wake2016Peter
Complications2015TV SeriesCancer Clinics Owner
Stalker2014TV SeriesDr. Paul Lewis
Gang Related2014TV SeriesPaul Carter
Chicago P.D.2014TV SeriesFBI Agent William Graff
Jayhawkers2014Chancellor Franklin Murphy
Grimm2013TV SeriesDetective Bauer
Graceland2013TV SeriesGerry Silvo
Scandal2013TV SeriesPhil Stanner
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2013TV SeriesNoah Bunning
Last Resort2012TV SeriesSecretary of Defense William Curry
Criminal Minds2012TV SeriesHamilton Bartholomew
Hide2011TV MovieCharlie Marvin
CSI: Miami2011TV SeriesAndrew Nolan
Body of Proof2011TV SeriesMartin Loeb
The Protector2011TV SeriesJames
The Glades2011TV Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2008-2011TV SeriesI.A. Detective Schultz IA Officer Wagenbach
V2011TV SeriesChris Bolling
Burn Notice2009-2010TV SeriesTyler Brennen
Law & Order: LA2010TV SeriesJim Roman
Leonie2010Dr. Rumely
Chasing 30002010Adult Roger
Brothers & Sisters2010TV SeriesRoy Scovell
Donkey Punch2009ShortWilliam
House M.D.2009TV SeriesNick Greenwald
The Shield2002-2008TV SeriesHolland Wagenbach
Sons of Anarchy2008TV SeriesAgent Joshua Kohn
Broken Angel2008Michael Levy
The Shield2007Video GameDetective Dutch Wagenbach (voice)
Numb3rs2005TV SeriesMartin Rausch
Judging Amy1999-2005TV SeriesASA Ron Russell Don Russell Dr. McGrath
Cold Case2004TV SeriesArtie Russo
Frasier2001TV SeriesCorporate Guy
Nash Bridges2000TV SeriesMark Torry
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesSimon Prune
The Next Best Thing2000Kevin's Lawyer
The Strip1999TV SeriesJerome Parker
Pensacola: Wings of Gold1999TV SeriesJonah Stoddard
The Joyriders1999Donald Trout
Star Trek: Voyager1999TV SeriesLieutenant Ducane
Chicago Hope1998TV SeriesDavid Ross
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesInvestigator (Episode 2)
The Pretender1998TV SeriesBrad Anderson


Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Under the Skin2005Video documentary shortHolland 'Dutch' Wagenback

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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