Jay R. Ferguson Biography

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Birth Name: Jay R. Ferguson
Born: 07/25/1974
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA

Following his television success, Ferguson found his career was a bit more hit or miss. He made his feature debut in the disjoined but hard-hitting and popular "Higher Learning" (1995), John Singleton's look at racial relations on a college campus. He was next featured in the 1995 Fox TV-movie "The Price of Love", a somewhat fluffy but heartfelt drama about hustlers in Los Angeles. Appearing in only a handful or roles in the mid- to late 90s, Ferguson began to be better known for the company he kept than the work he did when he began appearing in gossip pages as a frequent member of Leonardo DiCaprio's band of young revelers. Roles in the forgettable indie thriller "Campfire Tales" (1998), the well-intentioned but little-seen romance "Girl" (1999), the critically lambasted "The In Crowd" (2000) and the direct-to-cable crime caper "Blue Ridge Falls" (Cinemax, 2000) failed to register on the public interest meter.



Having grown into his looks and his talents, Ferguson reemerged as a regular on The WB's suspense series "Glory Days" (2002- ) making the most of his featured role with a good measure of wry humor. He starred on the series as Rudy Dunlop, the young sheriff of a quaint waterfront town in Washington crawling with unexplained crimes. Matters were complicated when his former best friend Mike Dolan (Eddie Cahill), a novelist whose thinly-veiled portrayal of the town and its inhabitants (including a hard-working young cop who is secretly gay), returned. Dolan quickly established himself as the mystery author/detective about town a la Jessica Fletcher, often stepping on the feet of Sheriff Rudy (who was, despite the novel's implications, said to be straight). Still, unspoken cues between he and Mike were rife with homoerotic subtext, adding dimension and depth of character that was more than capably handled by the charming and skillful Ferguson.



Ferguson reappeared on series television with the supporting role of art director Stan Rizzo on the Emmy-winning drama "Mad Men" (AMC 2007- ). Originally a somewhat boorish, misogynistic type, Stan eventually bonded with rising young copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and became the bearish, bearded, pot-smoking, in-house hippie of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.









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