Jay Thomas

Actor, Disc jockey, Sports announcer
Feisty, bantamweight character actor who brought a strong credibility to small screen roles as ex-goalie Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" and as the comically combative sports writer Jack Stein, boyfriend of restaurant cook Dana ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1948 in Kermit, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

Bones 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS: New Orleans 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray Donovan 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Material Lies 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Snatched 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 (Movie)

Loncraine (Actor)

Underdogs 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1978 - 1982, 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1978 - 1982, 1988 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1978 - 1982, 1988 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1978 - 1982, 1988 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Working 1978 - 1982, 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pool Boys 2008 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Easter Bunny (Actor)

Cop Shop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Barry Anger (Actor)

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

Easter Bunny (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Park Overall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monkey Business 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Katie Joplin 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Chance 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dirty Laundry 1998 (Movie)

Joey Greene (Actor)

Dogs 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mork and Mindy 1978 - 1982, 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simple Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Steve Harris (Actor)

Desert's Edge 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Explosion! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Ragtime 1997 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

A Husband, a Wife, and a Lover 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Encino Woman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Extremely Weird 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Celebrity First Loves 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & War 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

Bill Meister (Actor)

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Universal Studios Summer Blast 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rock Cafe New Year's Eve Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Zim Zimmerman (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Host

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything For Laughs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Vegas 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Where's Rodney? 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

Waiter in Resturant (Actor)

The Gig 1985 (Movie)

Rick Valentine (Actor)

C.H.U.D. 1984 (Movie)

Cop in Diner (Actor)

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Brotherhood of Hate (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Justin Case (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Mr. Griffin (TV Show)

Actor

Labor Pains (TV Show)

Actor

Married People (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Landing (TV Show)

Actor

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Actor

Total Stranger (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Bachelor's Baby (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Biography

Feisty, bantamweight character actor who brought a strong credibility to small screen roles as ex-goalie Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" and as the comically combative sports writer Jack Stein, boyfriend of restaurant cook Dana Palladino (Annie Potts) on the hit CBS sitcom "Love & War" (1992-95). Though born in Kermit, TX and raised in New Orleans, Thomas's heavy accent could lead one to believe he grew up in one of New York City's five boroughs. Starting out as a stand-up comedian in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thomas worked for a number of years as a radio sports announcer and disc jockey. After a three-year stint in broadcasting in North Carolina, he took a job with RKO-FM in New York. In his off-time, Thomas worked the stand-up club circuit and acted in productions off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, appearing in plays by Wendy Wasserstein and Albert Innaurato at Playwrights Horizons and elsewhere.

Relationships

John Harding

Son
Born c. 1980 was adopted and never knew his father until they met and reconnected in 2008

Sally Michelson

Wife

Jake Thomas Actor

Son

Sam Thomas

Son

EDUCATION

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in "Katie Joplin", a short-lived The WB sitcom aired during the summer

1996

Filmed first leading role, "Dirty Laundry" (released in 1998)

1995

Co-starred in "Mr. Holland's Opus"

1988

TV-movie debut, "Justin Case"

1984

Feature film debut, "C.H.U.D."

1984

First TV miniseries, "Master of the Game"

Worked as sports anouncer and disc jockey for a Charlotte NC radio station for three years

Starred in leading role of Jack Stein on the CBS sitcom, "Love & War", which reteamed him with the Diane English-Joel Shukovsky team

Played recurring character Eddie LeBec, ex-husband of Carla, for three seasons on the hit NBC sitcom, "Cheers"

TV series debut as regular Remo Davinci, "Mork and Mindy"

Played recurring role of Jerry Gold on CBS TV sitcom, "Murphy Brown", marking first collaboration with producer-writer Diane English

Began career doing stand-up comedy in the French Quarter of his native New Orleans

Hired by RKO-FM in New York City; also did stand-up at the Improv and worked off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway

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