Jay Harrington Wiki Bio

American actor James H. ‘Jay’ Harrington III was born under the zodiac sign Scorpio in Wellesley, Massachusetts USA, on 15 November 1971. He has 52 acting credits, and is perhaps known best for portraying the lead character Ted Crips in 26 episodes of the 2010 science fiction comedy series “Better Off Ted”, which also starred Andrea Anders and Portia de Rossi, and was created by Victor Fresco. It follows the life of a science facility manager, and the series won one of its two award nominations.

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Education and early life

Jay was raised in Wellesley alongside his brothers Matt and Adam, by their father Terry Harrington and mother Judy; not many details have been disclosed about Jay’s parents, because he respects their privacy, but it’s believed that they’re the owners of their own small business. His brother Adam’s also an actor, and has close to 50 acting credits.

Jay fell in love with acting while spending a summer with his family on Cape Cod, as they had accommodation close to The Harwich Junior Theatre. He studied at Wellesley High School, and was mostly into playing sports during his four years there, excelling in baseball and ice hockey; Jay also appeared in many school plays, often portraying lead characters.

He matriculated in 1990 and then enrolled at Syracuse University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1994.

Roles in TV series

Jay’s debut TV series role was playing Mitch in the 1998 episode “Treasure Hunt” of the crime action “Pacific Blue”, and the same year saw him play Detective Maxwell in the episode “Once in a Blue Moon” of the mystery science fiction “The Pretender”; a couple of his following roles were in an episode of the crime action “Nash Bridges”, the drama “Time of Your Life” and the action science fiction adventure “Star Trek: Voyager”.

In 2001 and 2002, Jay played Theodore Blumenthal in 10 episodes of the crime mystery “The Division”, which starred Bonnie Bedelia and Nancy McKeon, and which Deborah Joy LeVine created. It follows the work of five female police officers from San Francisco, California, and the series won six of its 13 award nominations.

What also marked the 2000s for Jay was playing Special Agent Paul Ryan, the lead character in all 13 episodes of the 2006 crime mystery “The Inside”, which starred Adam Baldwin and Rachel Nichols, and was created by Tim Minear and Howard Gordon; it follows a rookie FBI agent who’s begun solving murder cases.

Some of Jay’s roles in the remainder of the 2000s were in the romantic comedy “Emily’s Reasons Why Not”, another romantic comedy “Private Practice”, and the crime action “Burn Notice”.

In 2014, he starred as Phil Quinlan in all 12 episodes of the comedy “Benched”, which also starred Eliza Coupe and Carter MacIntyre, and was created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones. It follows the life of a corporate lawyer who’s just lost her career and status, and the series won only a single award.

Since 2017, Jay’s been starring as Sergeant David ‘Deacon’ Kay in all 129 episodes of the action crime adventure “S.W.A.T.”, which also stars Alex Russell and Shemar Moore, and was created by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan. It follows the work of a S.W.A.T. sergeant and his team, and the series has been nominated for nine awards.

Roles in movies

Jay’s debut film role was playing a supporting character in the 1998 comedy “Enough Already”, and some of his following roles were in the comedy “Anywhere But Here” and the family comedy “A Little Inside” both in 1999, and the 2000 romantic comedy “Whatever It Takes”.

In 2004, he starred in the comedy “The Amazing Westermans”, which also starred Eric Burson and Joel David Moore, directed by Pamela Fryman, and follows the lives of three brothers.

What also marked the 2000s for Jay was starring as Tyler Lucas in the 2006 biographical comedy “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy”, which also starred Sarah Chalke and Lally Cadeau, and was directed by Peter Werner. It follows a young woman as she’s battling breast cancer, and the film was nominated for seven awards. The remainder of the decade saw Jay appear in the 2006 comedy “Sex, Power, Love & Politics”, the 2007 comedy “The News” and the 2010 comedy “Nathan vs. Nurture”.

He played Dr. Ron in the 2012 comedy “American Reunion”, which starred Alyson Hannigan and Jason Biggs, and was written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It follows Stifler, Michelle and Jim who’ve reunited in East Great Falls, Michigan – the movie won one of its five award nominations.

Some of Jay’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2016 short comedy “Divorce: The Greatest Hits”, and in 2017 the drama “High Low Forty” and the short comedy “Career Suicide: Arthur’s Edge”.

Other credits

Jay directed the 2023 episode “All That Glitters” of the series “S.W.A.T.”

Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “Imagine”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “SWAT on Set”.

Love life and wife

Even though Jay prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, we still know that he’s a married man. In August 2016, he exchanged vows with American TV personality and actress Monica Richards, following their six-year relationship; the ceremony was held at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Monica has just three acting credits, which include her voicing of the lead character Nemesister in the 2017 short animated movie “Nemesister: Rio Underground”, and its 2021 sequel “Nemesister: Nem a Go Go”.

Jay and Monica have two children together and the family’s living in Los Angeles, California; they prefer to keep their children away from media and thus their names and birthdates remain undisclosed.

There are no other women whom Jay’s perhaps been with, that we know about; he’s married to Monica Richards as of September 2023 and they have two children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Jay’s into a number of sports and competes in the private celebrity basketball league The Entertainment League; he also plays for a local amateur ice hockey team.

His brother Adam’s perhaps known best for playing Reporter in the critically acclaimed 2008 superhero movie “Iron Man”.

More than 400,000 people are following Jay on Instagram today and he’s posted over 1,300 pictures and videos onto the network, with most showing him shooting for his movies and TV series; Jay’s recently revealed on Instagram that he’s joined the SAG – AFTRA strike.

He works out at the gym on a daily basis, and went through rigorous preparations for his role in the series “S.W.A.T.”

Jay’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to a number of American charity organizations.

One of his favorite actors is Mel Gibson, and some of Jay’s favorite movies include the trilogy “Mad Max”, “Lethal Weapon” and “What Women Want”.

Appearance and net worth

Jay’s age is 51. He has brown eyes and hair, weighs around 175lbs (79kgs) and is 6ft (1.83m) tall.

Jay’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million as of September 2023.

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