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college classmate, Taye Diggs. In 2006, Jay landed the role of Dr. Ron McCready on Desperate Housewives. Just three years later he headlined as Ted Crisp in Better off Ted, followed by a lead role on Benched. Jay has also performed on stage, and he's appeared in a handful of films includ- ing American Reunion. Last fall, Jay took on the lead role of David "Deacon" Kay in a new drama series, S.W.A.T., based on the 1975 TV show. "The last several years had been relatively dry in terms of work," admits Jay, "and it was a godsend when S.W.A.T. came along." During the premier last November, Jay got to- gether with his longtime Wellesley friends, Dave Collard and Tim Dowling, to watch. "Tim was my understudy as the cowardly lion in our high school production of the Wizard of Oz," Jay adds. Jay's youngest brother, Adam, is now a working actor in New York City, while Matt, the middle brother lives in LA. "Matt's been in TV production for the past 15 years, and he's my stand-in and sometimes stunt double for S.W.A.T." says Jay. "This is the fourth show we've done together." When he's not on set or learning lines, Jay helps out at an acting class in town. He's also on the same softball team as Kevin Walsh and skates for an amateur hockey team. "You've got to follow your own path. It's not easy getting the work, but once you have it you've got to keep at it. [Acting] is not rocket science, but the pace of TV is much faster than film. We shoot one show in eight days so you have to be prepared. If you're passionate about acting, it's really fun. I love it." DAVE COLLARD didn't always know he wanted to be a screenwriter. He grew up in Wellesley Farms and attend- ed Phillips and Fiske Elementary Schools and graduated from WHS in 1989. "I always loved reading and writing," Dave says, "and I loved watching movies." Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat and The Goonies were some of his favor- ites, and still are. He devoured novels by Pat Conroy as well as thrillers, and he still reads for pleasure today. As an economics major at Middlebury College, Dave's career compass pointed toward Wall Street. But when he took a screenwrit- ing class his senior year, everything changed. "That's when I got the writing bug." He says. "I left: Jay, Adam and Matt Harrington right: Jay as the Cowardly Lion 132 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Wellesley West

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