Jay Thomas

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Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas at 44th Primetime Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards
Born Jon Thomas Terrell
(1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 66)
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, radio talk show host
Years active 1980–present

Jay Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, and radio talk show host. His notable television roles include a co-starring role on the second season of "Mork and Mindy", 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.[1] Since 2005, he has hosted The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Personal life[edit]

Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, the son of Katharine "Kathy" (née Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell, Sr.[2] He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion (his father was Protestant).[3] Thomas was raised in New Orleans.[4] He attended and graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
1986 Legal Eagles Waiter
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 Cybill Jay Episode: "Zing!"
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"
1998-1999 Hercules Ares 6 episodes
1999 Stranger in My House Ray Young
1999 Last Chance Artie
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 Dragonfly Hal
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"
2009 Labor Pains Garth
2010 Cold Case Lance Katrola Episode: "One Fall"
2010 Mysteries at the Museum Narrator 4 episodes
2011 Horrorween Two Headed Monster
2011 Snatched Roger Byamm
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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's Wouldn't Be the Holidays Without Jay Thomas' Lone Ranger Story - ANIMAL". Animalnewyork.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  2. ^ Jay Thomas Biography (1944-)
  3. ^ "Thomas hopes `Love' will pave road". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1992-09-28. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Famous People from New Orleans". Experience New Orleans. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Emmy Award-Winning Actor Discovers He Has a Son at the Wayback Machine (archived August 15, 2008). Us Magazine. August 14, 2008
  7. ^ Castoro, Rocco (2013-04-17). "The Boston Bomber Is Not Eric Twardzik | VICE United States". Vice.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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