Jay Thomas Biography

Birthday: 1948-07-12
Place of Birth: Kermit, Texas USA
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Jay Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas to an oil man and a tap dancing South Louisiana belle. Reared in New Orleans, he was always active in sports and performing. He won his first award as emcee of the Jesuit High School talent show. He boxed, wrestled, played football, and ran track. At 16 he started as a stand-up on Bourbon St. He attended Gulf Coast College, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Central Piedmont College, and Jacksonville University, graduating with an AA, BS, and MA. He became a sports announcer and DJ in college. He also found time to put in three years of small college football as a QB. When NYC beckoned Jay continued his eclectic career as a top rated morning DJ, comic at the Improve in NYC, and began an active off Broadway acting career, that saw him mix drama and comedy. His first TV role was in "Mork and Mindy". Then on to LA radio as the #1 jock at Power 106, The Ensemble Theater Group, and recurring on "Cheers" as Carla's ice hockey playing husband. He won two Emmy awards for portraying Jerry Gold on"Murphy Brown". He starred in his own TV shows "Married People" with Beth Armstrong and "Love and War" with Susan Dey and later Annie Potts. He appeared as a leading guest star in dozens of sitcoms, cop shows, and MOW's opposite Judith Light, John Tuturro, and Christine Lahti. On the big screen he was featured in "Mr. Holland's Opus", "A Smile Like Yours", and "Santa Claus" 2 and 3. Returning to the stage he starred in plays written and directed by Wendy Wasserstein and Woody Allen. Recently he has hosted shows at Carolines in NYC and the Bellagio in Vegas. Currently he's recurring on "Hung" on HBO and the winner of best actor and co-writer of best comedy at the LA iTV Fest for "Talker". And the Jay Thomas talk show airs daily on SiriusXM.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Where's Rodney? 1990
Married People Russell Meyers 1990 Comedy
Katie Joplin Glen Shotz 1999 Comedy
Mysteries at the Museum 2010 Mystery
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Gig Rick Valentine 1985 Drama
Miracle Landing 1990 Drama
Little Vegas Bobby 1990 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Straight Talk 1992 Comedy
Mr. Holland's Opus Bill Meister 1995 0, 0
A Smile Like Yours Steve Harris 1997 Comedy, Romance
My Date with the President's Daughter 1998
Dirty Laundry Joey Greene 1998 Comedy, Romance
Last Chance Artie 1999 Drama
Stranger in My House Ray Young 2001 Thriller
Surfacing: AKA A Letter from My Father Tom 2001 Drama
The Santa Clause 2 Easter Bunny 2002 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Teacher's Pet Barry Anger 2004 Animation, Family, Comedy
Horrorween 2008
Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Charles Taylor 2010 Comedy
The Trials of Cate McCall Loncraine 2013 0
Life Tracker Attorney General 2013
Underdogs Mike Mayhew 2013 Drama, Family, Sport
Escort Service Michael 2015 Comedy
Dragonfly 2016
Snatched Roger Byamm 2017 0