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Jay Karnes (born June 27, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his role as LAPD detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach on the FX television series The Shield.

Jay Karnes
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Karnes in July 2009
Born (1963-06-27) June 27, 1963 (age 56)
Spouse(s)Julia Campbell (m. 1997)


Early life and educationEdit

Karnes was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Kansas, in the class of 1989.


In the mid-1990s, Karnes was a company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, playing major roles in such plays as Love's Labours Lost and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Karnes also starred in the films The Joyriders (1999) and The Next Best Thing (2000).

From 2002 to 2008, Karnes portrayed Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach on The Shield.

In 2008, Karnes played the recurring role of ATF Agent Josh Kohn on FX Network's series Sons of Anarchy, created by writer/actor Kurt Sutter of The Shield.[1] Kohn was an antagonist to SAMCRO's vice president Jax Teller and his sometime girlfriend Tara Knowles. That same year, Karnes also appeared in the films Chasing 3000 and Broken Angel.

Karnes was featured in season 2 of V (2009) and was set to appear as a main character in season 3.

From 2009 to 2010, Karnes had a recurring role on Burn Notice as Tyler Brennan, a sinister gunrunner with a predilection for kidnapping relatives of those he wishes to leverage.

In 2011, Karnes appeared in the Body of Proof episode "Hunting Party". In 2012, he played Secretary of Defense William Curry in a recurring role on ABC's Last Resort. In 2013, Karnes appeared in the pilot episode of Jeff Eastin's drama series Graceland, as Supervising Agent Gerry Silvo. In 2014, Karnes appeared in FOX's series, Gang Related, as Agent Carter of IAD, as well as in the film Jayhawkers, as the chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Throughout his acting career Karnes has made guest appearances on several TV shows, including Frasier, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, The Pretender, Grimm, Star Trek: Voyager (as Lieutenant Ducane in the season 5 episode "Relativity"), House, Scandal, and Stalker.

Personal lifeEdit

Karnes and his wife, actress Julia Campbell, have two children. He is a libertarian and has spoken before the Cato Institute.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Joyriders Donald Trout
2000 The Next Best Thing Kevin's Lawyer
2008 Broken Angel Michael Levy
2009 Donkey Punch William Video short
2010 Chasing 3000 Adult Roger
2010 Leonie Dr. Rumely
2011 Set Up Russell
2011 Hide Charlie Marvin TV film
2014 Jayhawkers Chancellor Franklin Murphy
2016 Before I Wake Peter
2018 Headlock Dr. Nelson completed


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Pretender Brad Anderson Episode: "Collateral Damage"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Investigator Episode: "Apollo One"
1998 Chicago Hope David Ross Episode: "Physician, Heal Thyself"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Lieutenant Ducane Episode: "Relativity"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Jonah Stoddard Episode: "Tattoo"
1999 The Strip Jerome Parker Episode: "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
1999–2005 Judging Amy ASA Ron Russell / Don Russell / Dr. McGrath 3 episodes
2000 Ally McBeal Simon Prune Episode: "Boy Next Door"
2000 Nash Bridges Mark Torry Episode: "Hard Cell"
2001 Frasier Corporate Guy Episode: "Bully for Martin"
2002–2008 The Shield Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach 88 episodes; Also in the 2007 video game
2004 Cold Case Artie Russo Episode: "It's Raining Men"
2005 Numb3rs Martin Rausch Episode: "Better or Worse"
2008 Sons of Anarchy Agent Joshua Kohn 7 episodes
2008–2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation I.A. Detective Schultz / I.A. Officer Wagenbach 2 episodes
2009 House Nick Greenwald Episode: "The Social Contract"
2009–2010 Burn Notice Tyler Brennen 4 episodes
2010 Brothers & Sisters Roy Scovell 4 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles Jim Roman Episode: "Echo Park"
2011 V Chris Bolling 4 episodes
2011 The Glades Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2011 The Protector James Episode: "Revisions"
2011 Body of Proof Martin Loeb Episode: "Hunting Party"
2011 CSI: Miami Andrew Nolan Episode: "Long Gone"
2012 Criminal Minds Hamilton Bartholomew Episode: "Unknown Subject"
2012 Last Resort Secretary of Defense William Curry 7 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Noah Bunning Episode: "Secrets Exhumed"
2013 Scandal Phil Stanner Episode: "Top of the Hour"
2013 Graceland Gerry Silvo Episode: "Graceland"
2013 Grimm Detective Bauer Episode: "PTZD"
2014–2018 Chicago P.D. FBI Agent William Graff 2 episodes
2014 Gang Related Paul Carter 10 episodes
2014 Stalker Psychiatrist Adam Lewis Episode: "Crazy for You"
2015 Complications Cancer Clinics Owner Episode: "Critical Condition"
2016–2018 12 Monkeys Agent Robert Gale / Agent Gale 5 episodes
2016 Tyrant James Kitfer 3 episodes
2018 The Crossing Craig Lindauer 7 episodes


  1. ^ "Jay Karnes to recur on 'Anarchy'". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Jay Karnes at Cato" (PDF).

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