Actor Jay R. Ferguson

Jay Rowland Ferguson Jr. (born July 25, 1974) is an American actor. Best known as Taylor Newton in Evening Shade (1990-1994), Stan Rizzo in Mad Men (2010-2015), and Ben in The Conners (2018–present).


Ferguson was born in Dallas, Texas. In 1989, Ferguson played Ponyboy Curtis in the television adaptation of S. E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders.

His notable television roles include Taylor Newton in four seasons of the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, Dr. Todd Hooper on Judging Amy, Rich Connelly in the 2005 NBC television series Surface, Agent Warren Russell on the Showtime series Sleeper Cell, Stan Rizzo on the AMC series Mad Men, and as Pat O’Neal, the father of the O’Neal family in the ABC series The Real O’Neals.

His film roles include Billy in Higher Learning, Elmer Conway in The Killer Inside Me, and Keith Clayton in The Lucky One.

In 2018, he played Chip Curry in the CBS sitcom Living Biblically.

Since 2018, he has played Darlene’s boss (and eventual lover), Ben, in The Conners.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Higher Learning Billy
1997 Campfire Tales Cliff
1997 Pink as the Day She Was Born Brad
1998 Girl Parker Blackman
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Shane
2000 The In Crowd Andy
2001 Hollywood Palms Riley
2002 The Year That Trembled Isaac Hoskins
2006 Passengers Edsel Short film
2006 Spreading the News Sampson Short film
2010 The Killer Inside Me Elmer Conway
2012 The Lucky One Keith Clayton
2014 Back in the Day Mark
2014 The Makings of You Wallis a.k.a. Never My Love
2015 Little Loopers Todd
2015 Club Life Steven
2015 The Last Dispensation of St. James Roth Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Shattered Dreams Teenage Luke Television film
1990 The Outsiders Ponyboy Curtis All 13 episodes
1990-94 Evening Shade Taylor Newton All 98 episodes
1995 The Price of Love Beau Television film
2002 Glory Days Sheriff Rudy Dunlop All 9 episodes
2003-04 Judging Amy Dr. Todd Hooper 8 episodes
2005 Medium Tommy Lahaine Episode: “Lucky”
2005-06 Surface Richard Connelly All 15 episodes
2006 Sleeper Cell Case Agent Warren Russell 6 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Larry Hopkins Episode: “Raising Caine”
2008-09 Easy Money Cooper Buffkin All 8 episodes
2009 Weeds Keith Episode: “Machete Up Top”
2009 Lie to Me Jimmy Episode: “Grievous Bodily Harm”
2010 Castle Dick Coonan Episode: “Sucker Punch”
2010 Ghost Whisperer Gil Bradley Episode: “Lethal Combination”
2010-15 Mad Men Stan Rizzo 39 episodes
2011 No Ordinary Family Agent Norris Episode: “No Ordinary Future”
2011 Burn Notice John O’Lear Episode: “Besieged”
2012 The Unknown Chef Nick Morrietti Episode: “Prime Cut”
2013 Ray Donovan FBI Agent Thomas Volcheck Episode: “Bucky Fuckn’ Dent”
2015 Chasing Life Owen Gordon 3 episodes
2016-17 The Real O’Neals Pat O’Neal Main role; 29 episodes
2016 The Mindy Project Drew Schakowsky 3 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Paul Bunyan Episode: “Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers”
2017 Twin Peaks Special Agent Randall Headley 4 episodes
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FBI Agent Keith Evans 2 episodes
2018 Living Biblically Chip Lead role; 13 episodes
2018 The Romanoffs Joe Garner Episode: “End of the Line”
2018–Present The Conners Ben Olinsky Recurring role (Seasons 1–2), Main role (Seasons 3–)
2020 Briarpatch Jake Spivey Lead role

External Links

Actor Jay R. Ferguson – Wikipedia

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