Jay Karnes, born June 27, 1963 in Omaha, Nebraska, is an American actor who played the role of Josh Kohn on the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Making his debut on the episode "Fun Town" in the series' first season, Jay plays the role of an ATF agent and former lover of Tara Knowles. Playing a recurring role through the same season, he was the main antagonist of the season's first half and met his demise in the Season 1 episode "Hell Followed".


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.

Selected FilmographyEdit

  • The Shield as Detective Holland Wagenbach
  • Setup as Russell
  • Broken Angel as Michael Levy
  • The Next Best Thing as Kevin's Lawyer
  • The Joyriders as Donald Trout
  • Hide as Charlie Marvin
  • Jayhawkers as Chancellor Franklin Murphy
  • Gang Related as Paul Carter



External LinksEdit


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Seeds" "Fun Town" "Patch Over" "Giving Back"
"AK-51" "Old Bones" "The Pull" "Hell Followed" "Better Half"
"Capybara" "The Sleep of Babies" "The Revelator"