Jay Thomas

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Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas at 44th Primetime Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards
BornJon Thomas Terrell
(1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 66)
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, radio talk show host
Years active1980–present
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Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas at 44th Primetime Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards
BornJon Thomas Terrell
(1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 66)
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, radio talk show host
Years active1980–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 has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman at Christmas time 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]

Recently, Jay Thomas attacked Rich Vos on his show. He openly threatened both Rich, his wife, and their infant child saying "If he ever says my name again, I'll kick his fucking ass".


1979-1981Mork & MindyRemo DaVinci20 episodes
1981The Love BoatPaul HarrisEpisode: "First Voyage, Last Voyage"
1984Master of the GameLevyTelevision miniseries
1984C.H.U.D.Cop in diner
1985Spenser: For HireTony BrozEpisode: "Discord in a Minor"
1986Legal EaglesWaiter
1987Family TiesJerry DiNelloEpisode: "Super Mom"
1987A Year in the LifeScott SpenserEpisode: "What Do People Do All Day?"
1987-1989CheersEddie LeBec9 episodes
1988Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorDelivery ManEpisode: "Justin Case"
1989Almost GrownUnknownEpisode: "Take It Slow"
1989The Golden GirlsSy FurbisEpisode: "High Anxiety"
1989Freddy's NightmaresStan BrooksEpisode: "Dream Come True"
1989-1998Murphy BrownJerry Gold9 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
1990Miracle LandingEd MeyerTelevision movie
1990Open HouseEvan Gimbel2 episodes
1990Where's Rodney?Lou BarnesTelevision movie
1990-1991Married PeopleRussell Meyers18 episodes
1992Straight TalkZim Zimmerman
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesGuard 1Episode: "The Forgotten"
1992-1995Love & WarJack Stein67 episodes
1995CybillJayEpisode: "Zing!"
1995Bless This HouseTedEpisode: "If It Ain't Broken, Break It"
1995Mr. Holland's OpusBill Meister
1996Dirty LaundryJoey Greene
1996-1997InkJack Stein3 episodes
1997Killing Mr. GriffinJohn GriffinTelevision movie
1997A Smile Like YoursSteve Harris
1997Aaahh!!! Real MonstersDisembodied VoiceEpisode: "Spy vs. Monster"
1997WorkingMr. PeyserEpisode: "Lost Weekend"
1998My Date with the President's DaughterCharles FletcherTelevision movie
1998The Simple LifeJoel CampbellEpisode: "Sara's Ex"
1998-1999HerculesAres6 episodes
1999Stranger in My HouseRay Young
1999Last ChanceArtie
1999Fantasy IslandCarl HarbinEpisode: "The Real Thing"
1999Dead Man's GunEmil KosarEpisode: "The Good Chef"
1999The Wild ThornberrysBull SealEpisode: "Tamper Proof Seal"
1999The Big TeaseTony BoleroUncredited
2000An American DaughterTimber TuckerTelevision movie
2001-2002The Education of Max BickfordJerry Zibowski2 episodes
2002EdGary SiringoEpisode: "Small Town Guys"
2002Monday Night MayhemPete RozelleTelevision movie
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJoe ShermanEpisode: "Vulnerable"
2002The Santa Clause 2Easter Bunny
2003Run of the HouseBob MelmanEpisode: "Twas the Night Before Homecoming"
2004Joan of ArcadiaObnoxious Investor at SpaEpisode: "Recreation"
2006The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseEaster Bunny
2007-2010American Dad!Brett Morris2 episodes
2008Boston LegalIan HobermanEpisode: "Happy Trails"
2009Labor PainsGarth
2010Cold CaseLance KatrolaEpisode: "One Fall"
2010Mysteries at the MuseumNarrator4 episodes
2011HorrorweenTwo Headed Monster
2011SnatchedRoger Byamm
2011Retired at 35Mr. JenkinsEpisode: "Workin' Man"
2011HungSandee's fatherEpisode: "The Whole Beefalo"
2012Shake It UpDan GoldEpisode: "Copy Kat It Up"
2013Ray DonovanMarty GrossmanEpisode: "Road Trip"


  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 (1948-)". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  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. ^ "The Whole "Veronica Mars" Gang Is Coming Back For A New Web Series". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  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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