Jay Hammer is an American actor best known for his long run as freelancer journalist Fletcher Reade who falls in love with Dr. Claire Ramsey on CBS Daytime's Guiding Light from March 1984 until March 1998. He returned briefly in the Spring of 1999, and again made an appearance as the show ended in 2009. Other roles include The Blue Knight, Kojak, Mannix, Sons and Daughters, Emergency!, and Adam-12. His theater credits include off-Broadway productions of Passing Through From Exotic Places and Serenading Louie. Hammer had a notable credit role as Allan Willis during the 1978–1979 season of The Jeffersons. Allan was the son of mixed-race couple Tom and Helen Willis. Hammer played the role of ranch forehand Max Dekker on Texas from February 19, 1981 - August 12, 1981; September 9, 1981; October 9, 1981. He was married for a time to former Texas and Guiding Light head writer Pam Long, and they had two children together. Hammer himself wrote for Guiding Light using the name Charles Jay Hammer. He graduated from the University of the Pacific.