69 (passed away Aug. 24th, 2017)
Jul. 12th, 1948
Kermit, Texas, USA
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Jay Thomas (born July 12, 1948 as Jon Thomas Terrell) 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. He 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 was also an annual guest on The Late Show with David Letterman during the Christmas season, where he told a story about how he met Clayton Moore, who portrayed the self-titled character in The Lone Ranger. Since 2005, he has hosted The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Born in Kermit, Texas to Katharine (née Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion; his father was Protestant. Thomas was raised in New Orleans.
He attended and graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
Thomas fathered J.T. in an out-of-wedlock relationship and the child was adopted by another family in Michigan. 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.
- He briefly played professional football in the old World Football League.
- Starred with 'Richard Dreyfuss' (qv) in _Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)_ (qv). He later appeared in two episodes of Dreyfuss' TV series _"The Education of Max Bickford" (2001)_ (qv).
- Every holiday season since 1998, he is asked by David Letterman to knock off the meatball atop the "Late Show" Christmas tree. The tradition began when quarterback Vinny Testaverde had trouble doing it, and Thomas said he could do it instead.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6161 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- He currently resides in California with his wife Sally, and his two sons Sam 15, and Jake 13.
- Was the Morning man at New York City radio station WXRK just prior to Howard Stern.
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