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Jefferson Mays

A Connecticut native, L. Jefferson Mays studied at Yale College and trained in the Graduate Drama Program at the University of California - San Diego where he appeared in numerous La Jolla Playhouse productions. A two-time Obie Award winner, Mr. Mays has worked extensively with director Des McAnuff and Anne Bogart; for a number of years, Mr. Mays ... See full bio »

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Inherent Vice Dr. Threeply
Kinsey Effete Man's Friend
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")


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 2018 Bush Leaguers: Team Photo (Video) (completed)
Cornelius Van Der Klam (voice)
 2019 I Am the Night (TV Mini-Series)
George Hodel
- Queen's Gambit, Accepted (2019) ... George Hodel
- Aloha (2019) ... George Hodel
- Matador (2019) ... George Hodel
- Dark Flower (2019) ... George Hodel
- Phenomenon of Interference (2019) ... George Hodel
 2018 Curated (Short)
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
 2017/III Duet (Short)
 2017 Rebel in the Rye
William Maxwell
 2016 Shatterbox (TV Series short)
 2015-2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series)
- Kimmy Gives Up! (2016) ... Daddy (voice)
- Kimmy's in a Love Triangle! (2015) ... Daddy
 2014-2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Carl Rudnick
- Nationwide Manhunt (2016) ... Dr. Carl Rudnick
- Criminal Pathology (2015) ... Dr. Carl Rudnick
- Devil's Dissections (2015) ... Dr. Carl Rudnick
- Surrendering Noah (2015) ... Dr. Carl Rudnick
- Granting Immunity (2015) ... Dr. Carl Rudnick
 2015 The Knick (TV Series)
Attorney Whitting
- You're No Rose (2015) ... Attorney Whitting
 2015 The Americans (TV Series)
Walter Taffet
- One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov (2015) ... Walter Taffet
- Stingers (2015) ... Walter Taffet
- Divestment (2015) ... Walter Taffet
- Walter Taffet (2015) ... Walter Taffet
 2015 I Am Michael
Preacher Teacher
 2014/I The Raven (Short)
Voice over (voice)
 2014 Inherent Vice
Dr. Threeply
 2014 Ned Rifle
Dr. Ford
 2014 The Giver
Community (voice)
 2014/I The Cask of Amontillado (Short)
 2014 My America
 2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith
 2012 My America (TV Series)
 2011 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Diplomat Van Buskirk
- Affairs of State (2011) ... Diplomat Van Buskirk
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series)
Man In Blue Coat
- Part Four (2011) ... Man In Blue Coat
 2010 Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series)
Dr. Roger Kosowski
- Shelter (2010) ... Dr. Roger Kosowski
- Déjà Vu/All In (2010) ... Dr. Roger Kosowski
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Sidney Carlton
- Double Blind (2010) ... Sidney Carlton
 2010 God in America (TV Series)
Jeremiah Moore
- A New Adam/A New Eden (2010) ... Jeremiah Moore
 2010 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
- P.O. Box (2010) ... Tim
 2004-2010 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
James Madison / Voice / Additional voice
- Dolley Madison (2010) ... James Madison
- Kinsey (2005) ... Voice
- The Fight (2004) ... Additional voice (voice)
 2010 Dolley Madison (TV Series)
James Madison
 2009 Fringe (TV Series)
Nicholas Boone
- Midnight (2009) ... Nicholas Boone
 2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Attorney Olson
- Pledge (2009) ... Attorney Olson
 2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Keifer Gates
- Legacy (2008) ... Keifer Gates
 2006 Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Daniel Schreber
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page
Little John
 2005 The Closer (TV Series)
Dr. Easton
- Fatal Retraction (2005) ... Dr. Easton
 2004 Alfie
Dr. Miranda Kulp
 2004 Kinsey
Effete Man's Friend
 2002 Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Elkanah Watson
- The Chess Master (2002) ... Elkanah Watson
- The Making of a Revolutionary (2002) ... Elkanah Watson
- Let the Experiment Be Made (2002) ... Elkanah Watson
 1999 The Big Brass Ring
Garne Strickland
 1998 Cousin Bette
 1997 Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series)
James Madison
- The World Turned Upside Down: 1778-1783 (1997) ... James Madison
- Are We to Be a Nation? 1783-1788 (1997) ... James Madison
- The Times That Try Men's Souls: 1776-1777 (1997) ... James Madison
- Oh, Fatal Ambition: 1777-1778 (1997) ... James Madison
- The Reluctant Revolutionaries: 1763-1774 (1997) ... James Madison
 1997 Hudson River Blues
 1995 The Low Life
Hollywood Mogul
 1994 Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (Short)
Gerry Woolridge
 1993 Grey Knight
Martin Bradley
 1991 This Week in Joe's Basement (TV Series)
- Remote Control (1991) ... Alex
 1988 Dynaman (TV Series)
Dynabeige (1988) (voice)
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(January 14 to 26, 1997) He played Jean in Helen Cooper's translation of August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Mainstage) in Louisville, Kentucky with Ellen Lauren (Julie) and Kelly Maurer (Christine) in the cast. Monica Bueno, Kim Gainer, Eric Keith, Anne Marie Nest, Tommy Schrider and ... See more »

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I think being thrown into having dyslexia made me struggle with words and be interested in words, and learn to get them right. That was the beginning of my love affair with language.


He was awarded the 2005 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "I Am My Own Wife" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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