Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

  • Highest Rated: 100% Life Tracker (2013)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% A Smile like Yours (1997)
  • Birthday: Jul 12, 1948
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A character actor who specialized in upbeat, energetic everymen (often with a strong romantic angle), Jay Thomas made his most enduring mark on U.S. television sitcoms during the mid- to late '80s and early '90s. A native of Kermit, TX, Thomas kick-started his career as a standup comedian in the American South, with a particularly strong emphasis on French Quarter comedy clubs in New Orleans, LA. He achieved his big television break in the late '70s thanks to Mork & Mindy show creator Garry Marshall, who cast him as deli owner Remo DaVinci on that blockbuster program just as its ratings were beginning to slide; Thomas remained with it for two seasons, from 1979-1981. Following little-seen movie roles in films such as 1984's C.H.U.D. and 1985's The Gig (a particularly colorful part as an obnoxious entertainer), Thomas returned to series television in a big way, first with a recurring role on Cheers, as Eddie LeBec, the ne'er-do-well, washed-up hockey player husband of saucy barmaid Carla (Rhea Perlman) -- a role he held from 1987-1989 (which ended with the character being run over by a Zamboni machine!). Thomas followed up his Cheers part with two additional key sitcom roles: the lead role of New York Post columnist Jack Stein -- the romantic sparring partner of Wally Porter (Susan Dey) -- on Love & War (1992-1995), and (in a less frequently seen but equally memorable performance) Jerry Gold, one of the paramours of Candice Bergen's acerbic title character, on Murphy Brown -- a role that lasted for nine years. (Both programs were produced by Diane English.) When Brown folded in 1998, Thomas moved back into features, essaying supporting roles in such films as Last Chance (1999), Dragonfly (2002), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Underdogs Actor $35.3K 2013
100% Life Tracker Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall Loncraine 2013
No Score Yet The Pool Boys Marty 2011
No Score Yet Material Lies Frank 2011
17% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Easter Bunny $84.5M 2006
76% Teacher's Pet Barry Anger $6.3M 2004
No Score Yet Strange Affair Actor 2003
56% The Santa Clause 2 Easter Bunny $139.3M 2002
7% Dragonfly Hal $30.1M 2002
67% Monday Night Mayhem Pete Rozelle 2002
No Score Yet An American Daughter Timber Tucker 2000
No Score Yet Last Chance Artie 1999
No Score Yet Killing Mr. Griffin John Griffin 1998
No Score Yet My Date With the President's Daughter Charles Fletcher 1998
No Score Yet Monkey Business Actor 1998
No Score Yet Adventures of Ragtime Lester Waylin 1998
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ragtime Actor 1998
6% A Smile like Yours Steve Harris 1997
No Score Yet Une autre façon d'aimer Eric McKeever 1996
75% Mr. Holland's Opus Bill Meister 1995
36% Straight Talk Zim Zimmerman 1992
No Score Yet Little Vegas Bobby 1990
No Score Yet Michael Jordan: Come Fly with Me Actor 1988
47% Legal Eagles Waiter in Restaurant 1986
No Score Yet The Gig Rick Valentine 1985
29% C.H.U.D. (Chud) Cops in Diner 1984

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Jerry Gold Jerry
  • 2019
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
90% Bones
2005-2017
Lenny Jay
  • 2015
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
Marc Maslow
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Lance Katrola
  • 2010
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Ian Hoberman
  • 2008
No Score Yet Dr. Phil
2002
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
96% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
Elliot
  • 2004
14% Run of the House
2003-2004
Mr. Melman
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Gary Sirngo
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Joe Sherman
  • 2002
80% Get Real
1999-2000
Jeff Marks
  • 1999
No Score Yet Hercules
1998-1999
Voice
  • 1999
  • 1998
30% Working
1997-1999
Mr. Peyser/Matt's dad
  • 1997
38% Ink
1996-1997
Jack Stein Stein
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Love & War
1992-1995
Jack
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Sy
  • 1989
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Eddie LeBec
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Jerry
  • 1987
95% Mork & Mindy
1978-1982
Remo DaVinci
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
33% Married People
Russell Meyers

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