Jay Tarses

Writer, Producer, Director
While lacking the name recognition of fellow sitcom auteurs like Norman Lear, Garry Marshall and James L Brooks, Jay Tarses must be counted among the major voices to emerge in the genre over the last two decades. As a ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1939 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Producer (8)

Public Morals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sitcom 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer

Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tony Randall Show 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We've Got Each Other 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (7)

Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Coach Finstock (Actor)

The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Make Your Own Kind Of Music 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Open All Night (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (4)

Black Tie Affair 1986 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

While lacking the name recognition of fellow sitcom auteurs like Norman Lear, Garry Marshall and James L Brooks, Jay Tarses must be counted among the major voices to emerge in the genre over the last two decades. As a writer-producer, he has worked on some of the most acclaimed sitcoms in recent memory. As few of them lasted more than a season or two, however, a typical Tarses comedy was more likely to be a critical darling or cult favorite rather than a ratings powerhouse. His most characteristic sitcoms, including "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84) and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-89; Lifetime, 1989-91), were notable for their wry and rueful qualities as well as a relative lack of sentiment. Tarses' one great commercial (as well as critical) success was as the executive producer and sometimes writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78), a sitcom more memorable for its eccentric characters and absurd situation than the warm-fuzzies the genre often delivers.

Relationships

Rachel Tarses

Wife
served for six months in the Persian Gulf

Jamie Tarses Network Executive

Daughter
Born c. 1964 became president of ABC Entertainment in June 1996 the youngest person and the first woman to hold such a job

Mallory Tarses

Daughter
born c. 1966

Matt Tarses

Son
writer and story editor on NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" staff writer for Tarses' "Public Morals" born c. 1968

EDUCATION

Ithaca College

Ithaca , New York

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts
flunked out

Milestones

1996

With Stephen Bochco, produced and served as writer for CBS sitcom "Public Morals"

1993

Created and executive produced as well as wrote and directed episodes of "Black Tie Affair", a short-lived sitcom spoof of film noir

1992

Debut as a playwright, "Man in His Underwear", produced off-Broadway in NYC

1986

Directed the busted sitcom pilot "The Faculty" (also executive produced and wrote)

1985

Feature acting debut, played Coach Finstock in "Teen Wolf"

1984

Scripted (with Patchett and Frank Oz) and provided story (with Patchett) for "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

1984

Debut as a TV series regular, "The Duck Factory", an NBC sitcom set at an animation studio

1983

Co-wrote (with Patchett) and produced the Patchett-directed "Sitcom", a busted HBO sitcom pilot spoofing network sitcoms

1981

Wrote (with Patchett, Jerry Juhl and Jack Rose) the screenplay for Jim Henson's "The Great Muppet Caper", a British production (and the second Muppet feature)

1980

Feature writing debut (with Patchett), "Up the Academy"

1978

Produced (with Patchett) "Mary", a short-lived variety vehicle for Mary Tyler Moore

1977

Executive produced, wrote and co-starred in (all with Patchett) "The Chopped Liver Brothers", an unsold ABC sitcom pilot about a pair of unknown stand-up comics struggling to become headliners

1972

Segued into TV comedy writing (with Patchett) as a writer on "The Carol Burnett Show"; shared an Emmy award for the 1972/73 season

1972

Served as executive producer (with Patchett) and writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" on CBS

1970

Appeared as an ensemble member (with Patchett) on "Make Your Own Kind of Music", a summer replacement comedy-variety series on CBS

1956

Formed partnership with co-worker Tom Patchett

Performed as a partner in the stand-up comedy team Patchett & Tarses

Created, produced and sometimes wrote, directed and acted on the acclaimed sitcom "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"; on NBC from 1987-89 and Lifetime from 1989-91

Worked as advertising and promotion for Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster, PA

Created, produced and wrote theme music (all with Patchett) "Open All Night", an ABC sitcom about a 24-hour grocery; also portrayed Police Officer Steve

First writing credit (with Patchett and others) on a TV special, "Diana", a variety outing for Diana Ross

Created and executive produced (with Patchett) "The Tony Randall Show" on ABC (1976-77) and then CBS (1977-78)

With Patchett, executive produced and wrote for the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom "Buffalo Bill" starring Dabney Coleman

Created, produced and sometimes wrote and directed "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story", an ABC sitcom staring Dabney Coleman

Created and executive produced (with Patchett), the CBS romantic sitcom "We've Got Each Other"

Wrote and acted in theater in Pittsburgh, PA

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