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.
Personal life 
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 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.
On April 15th, 2013, Jay Thomas incorrectly accused an innocent person of being associated with the Boston bombing 
- Jay Thomas Biography (1944-)
- Emmy Award-Winning Actor Discovers He Has a Son. Us Magazine. August 14, 2008
- Jay Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Jay Thomas Show" website
- TV.com entry
- Ten Questions with Jay Thomas