|Birthday||June 27, 1963|
|Birth Place||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Appearances||Josh Kohn - List of Appearances|
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.
- 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
- Jay Karnes is one of the many actors from the TV series The Shield to have a role in Sons of Anarchy. The others are: Kenny Johnson, David Marciano, David Rees Snell, Benito Martinez, Walton Goggins, CCH Pounder, Michael Chiklis, Jim Cody Williams and Mike Cochrane.