Jay Tarses

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jay Tarses
Born (1939-07-03) July 3, 1939 (age 79)
Alma materWilliams College
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1971–present

Michael Jay Tarses (born July 3, 1939) is an American television comedy writer and producer. He created and produced The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and The Slap Maxwell Story, co-created Buffalo Bill (with Tom Patchett), and was an executive producer for The Bob Newhart Show. His daughter is Jamie Tarses, former ABC Entertainment chief and current partner in the Pariah production company.

Early life[edit]

Tarses was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Williams College in 1961.[1]


He was co-creator and co-writer (with Andy Hamilton) of BBC Radio 4's situation comedy Revolting People, which was set in colonial-era Baltimore; he also plays the role of sour shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant to Hamilton's cheerfully corrupt British soldier Sergeant McGurk.

His most notable acting role was as Coach Bobby Finstock in the 1980s teen comedy Teen Wolf. He also co-starred with Jim Carrey on the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

Tarses is the father of TV executive Jamie Tarses and TV writer Matt Tarses

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ https://alumni-awards.williams.edu/bicentennial-medal/m-jay-tarses-2/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]