Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards
|Born||Jon Thomas Terrell
July 12, 1948
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, radio talk show host|
Jay Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, and radio talk show host. His notable television roles include Eddie LeBec in Cheers, Jack Stein in Love & War, and Jerry Gold in Murphy Brown. Thomas won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991 for portraying Gold. In 1997, he starred in the television film Killing Mr. Griffin, based on the novel of the same name. In film, he co-starred in Mr Holland's Opus and portrayed The Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3. He is also an annual guest in The Late Show with David Letterman during the Christmas season, where he tells a story about Clayton Moore, who portrayed the self-titled character in The Lone Ranger. Since 2005, he has hosted The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, the son of Katharine "Kathy" (née Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell, Sr. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion (his father was Protestant). Thomas was raised in New Orleans. Thomas fathered J.T. in an out-of-wedlock relationship and the child was adopted by another family. Jay Thomas and his son, known as John Harding, are reunited and have spoken about their reunion on the Dr. Phil Show. John Harding is the lead singer of the band JTX.
For many years, Thomas appeared on Late Show with David Letterman at Christmastime to throw a football to dislodge a pizza from the top of a Christmas tree.
On April 15, 2013, Jay Thomas incorrectly accused an innocent man of being associated with the Boston bombing.
|1979-1981||Mork & Mindy||Remo DaVinci||20 episodes|
|1981||The Love Boat||Paul Harris||Episode: "First Voyage, Last Voyage"|
|1984||Master of the Game||Levy||Television miniseries|
|1984||C.H.U.D.||Cop in diner|
|1985||Spenser: For Hire||Tony Broz||Episode: "Discord in a Minor"|
|1987||Family Ties||Jerry DiNello||Episode: "Super Mom"|
|1987||A Year in the Life||Scott Spenser||Episode: "What Do People Do All Day?"|
|1987-1989||Cheers||Eddie LeBec||9 episodes|
|1988||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Delivery Man||Episode: "Justin Case"|
|1989||Almost Grown||Unknown||Episode: "Take It Slow"|
|1989||The Golden Girls||Sy Furbis||Episode: "High Anxiety"|
|1989||Freddy's Nightmares||Stan Brooks||Episode: "Dream Come True"|
|1989-1998||Murphy Brown||Jerry Gold||9 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (1990–91)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
|1990||Miracle Landing||Ed Meyer||Television movie|
|1990||Open House||Evan Gimbel||2 episodes|
|1990||Where's Rodney?||Lou Barnes||Television movie|
|1990-1991||Married People||Russell Meyers||18 episodes|
|1992||Straight Talk||Zim Zimmerman|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||Guard 1||Episode: "The Forgotten"|
|1992-1995||Love & War||Jack Stein||67 episodes|
|1995||Bless This House||Ted||Episode: "If It Ain't Broken, Break It"|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Bill Meister|
|1996||Dirty Laundry||Joey Greene|
|1996-1997||Ink||Jack Stein||3 episodes|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||John Griffin||Television movie|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Steve Harris|
|1997||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Disembodied Voice||Episode: "Spy vs. Monster"|
|1997||Working||Mr. Peyser||Episode: "Lost Weekend"|
|1998||My Date with the President's Daughter||Charles Fletcher||Television movie|
|1998||The Simple Life||Joel Campbell||Episode: "Sara's Ex"|
|1999||Stranger in My House||Ray Young|
|1999||Fantasy Island||Carl Harbin||Episode: "The Real Thing"|
|1999||Dead Man's Gun||Emil Kosar||Episode: "The Good Chef"|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Bull Seal||Episode: "Tamper Proof Seal"|
|1999||The Big Tease||Tony Bolero||Uncredited|
|2000||An American Daughter||Timber Tucker||Television movie|
|2001-2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Jerry Zibowski||2 episodes|
|2002||Ed||Gary Siringo||Episode: "Small Town Guys"|
|2002||Monday Night Mayhem||Pete Rozelle||Television movie|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joe Sherman||Episode: "Vulnerable"|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||Easter Bunny|
|2003||Run of the House||Bob Melman||Episode: "Twas the Night Before Homecoming"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Obnoxious Investor at Spa||Episode: "Recreation"|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Easter Bunny|
|2007-2010||American Dad!||Brett Morris||2 episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Ian Hoberman||Episode: "Happy Trails"|
|2010||Cold Case||Lance Katrola||Episode: "One Fall"|
|2010||Mysteries at the Museum||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2011||Horrorween||Two Headed Monster|
|2011||Retired at 35||Mr. Jenkins||Episode: "Workin' Man"|
|2011||Hung||Sandee's father||Episode: "The Whole Beefalo"|
|2012||Shake It Up||Dan Gold||Episode: "Copy Kat It Up"|
|2013||Ray Donovan||Marty Grossman||Episode: "Road Trip"|
- "It's Wouldn't Be the Holidays Without Jay Thomas' Lone Ranger Story - ANIMAL". Animalnewyork.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- Jay Thomas Biography (1944-)
- "Thomas hopes `Love' will pave road". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1992-09-28. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- "Famous People from New Orleans". Experience New Orleans. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- Emmy Award-Winning Actor Discovers He Has a Son. Us Magazine. August 14, 2008
- Castoro, Rocco (2013-04-17). "The Boston Bomber Is Not Eric Twardzik | VICE United States". Vice.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- Jay Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Jay Thomas Show" website
- TV.com entry
- Ten Questions with Jay Thomas