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Jay Thomas

Highest Rated:   100% Life Tracker (2013)
Lowest Rated:   6% A Smile like Yours (1997)
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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).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Robin Williams: Behind Closed Doors
  • Actor
2016
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
15% 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
55% The Santa Clause 2
  • Easter Bunny
$139.3M 2002
7% Dragonfly
  • Hal
$30.1M 2002
No Score Yet 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
74% Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Bill Meister
1995
40% 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
23% C.H.U.D. (Chud)
  • Cops in Diner
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Lenny Jay
  • 2015
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
  • Marc Maslow
  • 2015
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
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Ian Hoberman
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Joe Sherman
  • 2002
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Eddie LeBec
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987

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