Jay Leggett

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Jay Leggett in 2008

Jay Michael Leggett (August 9, 1963 – November 23, 2013) was an American actor, improvisational comedian, producer, director, and screenwriter.[1]


Leggett was born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin and graduated from Tomahawk High School; he then received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

He began his career in Chicago studying with improv legend Del Close before moving to Hollywood to join the cast of the Fox TV series In Living Color. Leggett has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including the pilot for the NBC series E.R.. He wrote, costarred, and produced the feature film Employee of the Month, starring Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate. That film was an official selection to The Sundance Film Festival. Leggett also wrote the Paramount Pictures feature film Without A Paddle starring Dax Shepard and Seth Green. He also produced and starred in the Spike TV series Factory, and produced and directed the documentary To The Hunt, which gave viewers a look into hunting culture through the stories of several different hunting shacks in Lincoln County, Wisconsin.

Leggett died of a heart attack[2] on November 23, 2013, at the age of 50, after a day of hunting in the town of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, Wisconsin.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Stephenson, Laura (November 24, 2013). "Actor Jay Michael Leggett of Tomahawk dies after hunting". WJFW-TV. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Dohr, Bob (December 2, 2013). "Actor, writer Jay Leggett remembered as talented, caring". Marshfield News-Herald. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Metz, Nina (November 23, 2013). "Comedic actor Jay Leggett dies". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jay Leggett". Wausau Daily Herald. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tomahawk native dies after hunting". WJJQ. November 24, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.

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