Jay Tarses

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Jay Tarses
Born(1939-07-03) July 3, 1939 (age 75)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1971–present
 
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Jay Tarses
Born(1939-07-03) July 3, 1939 (age 75)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1971–present

Michael Jay Tarses (born July 3, 1939; Baltimore, Maryland) 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.

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.

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.

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