For the football coach, see Jay Thomas (American football). Jay Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, and radio talk show host. His notable television roles include a co-starring role on the second season of Mork and Mindy, Eddie LeBec in Cheers, Jack Stein in Love & War, and Jerry Gold in Murphy Brown. Thomas won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991 for portraying Gold. In 1997, he starred in the television film Killing Mr. Griffin, based on the novel of the same name. In film, he co-starred in Mr Holland's Opus and portrayed The Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3. He is also an annual guest on The Late Show with David Letterman during the Christmas season, where he tells a story about how he met Clayton Moore, who portrayed the self-titled character in The Lone Ranger. Since 2005, he has hosted The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Personal life: Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, the son of Katharine "Kathy" (née Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell, Sr. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion (his father was Protestant). Thomas was raised in New Orleans. He attended and graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Thomas fathered J.T. in an out-of-wedlock relationship and the child was adopted by another family. Jay Thomas and his son, known as John Harding, are reunited and have spoken about their reunion on the Dr. Phil Show. John Harding is the lead singer of the band JTX. The Late Show tradition: Thomas' annual Christmastime appearance with David Letterman first happened in December of 1998. Letterman and one of his other guests that evening, then-New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, took turns tossing footballs at the Christmas tree across the stage, atop which sat a meatball. As the two tried to knock off the meatball and failed, Thomas came out and decided to join in the festivities and knocked the meatball off of the tree. He also told a story about when he was a young disc jockey at a radio station in Charlotte and was making a promotional appearance for the station at a car dealership where, Clayton Moore was also making an appearance dressed in his Lone Ranger costume. As the story goes, after the appearance Thomas, who at the time sported what he referred to as a "white man's Afro", and his friend, who was wearing high heeled shoes, tight pants, and a tiedyed shirt, went off to get "herbed up" after the broadcast ended. When they returned to their car, they discovered that Moore was still there as the car that had been sent to drive him to his hotel did not show. Thomas offered Moore a ride in his old Volvo and he accepted. As they were sitting in traffic, a Buick backed into the front end of Thomas' car and broke a headlight. Chasing after the middle-aged driver, Thomas finally caught up to him and confronted him about the headlight. The man denied breaking the headlight and Thomas threatened to call the police. The driver said nobody would believe their story because they looked like "two hippy freaks". At that moment, Thomas said that Moore got out of the car and said to the man, "They'll believe me, citizen!" For every year thereafter, with the exception of 2013, Thomas appeared to re-tell the Lone Ranger story and once again attempt what Letterman calls the "Late Show Quarterback Challenge". For the final appearance of the story in 2014, Thomas was again successful in knocking the meatball off the top of the tree. Thomas missed the 2013 Late Show Christmas episode due to surgery on his throat; John McEnroe took his place and told the Lone Ranger story, then tried to knock the meatball off the tree by hitting tennis balls at it but failed. Filmography: Year Title Role Notes 1979-1981 Mork & Mindy Remo DaVinci 20 episodes 1981 The Love Boat Paul Harris Episode: "First Voyage, Last Voyage" 1984 Master of the Game Levy Television miniseries 1984 C.H.U.D. Cop in diner 1985 Spenser: For Hire Tony Broz Episode: "Discord in a Minor" 1986 Legal Eagles Waiter 1987 Family Ties Jerry DiNello Episode: "Super Mom" 1987 A Year in the Life Scott Spenser Episode: "What Do People Do All Day?" 1987-1989 Cheers Eddie LeBec 9 episodes 1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Delivery Man Episode: "Justin Case" 1989 Almost Grown Unknown Episode: "Take It Slow" 1989 The Golden Girls Sy Furbis Episode: "High Anxiety" 1989 Freddy's Nightmares Stan Brooks Episode: "Dream Come True" 1989-1998 Murphy Brown Jerry Gold 9 episodes, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (1990-91), Nominated--Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 1990 Miracle Landing Ed Meyer Television movie 1990 Open House Evan Gimbel 2 episodes 1990 Where's Rodney? Lou Barnes Television movie 1990-1991 Married People Russell Meyers 18 episodes 1992 Straight Talk Zim Zimmerman 1992 Batman: The Animated Series Guard 1 Episode: "The Forgotten" 1992-1995 Love & War Jack Stein 67 episodes 1995 Cybill Jay Episode: "Zing!" 1995 Bless This House Ted Episode: "If It Ain't Broken, Break It" 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Bill Meister 1996 Dirty Laundry Joey Greene 1996-1997 Ink Jack Stein 3 episodes 1997 Killing Mr. Griffin John Griffin Television movie 1997 A Smile Like Yours Steve Harris 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Disembodied Voice Episode: "Spy vs. Monster" 1997 Working Mr. Peyser Episode: "Lost Weekend" 1998 My Date with the President's Daughter Charles Fletcher Television movie 1998 The Simple Life Joel Campbell Episode: "Sara's Ex" 1998-1999 Hercules Ares 6 episodes 1999 Stranger in My House Ray Young 1999 Last Chance Artie 1999 Fantasy Island Carl Harbin Episode: "The Real Thing" 1999 Dead Man's Gun Emil Kosar Episode: "The Good Chef" 1999 The Wild Thornberrys Bull Seal Episode: "Tamper Proof Seal" 1999 The Big Tease Tony Bolero Uncredited 2000 An American Daughter Timber Tucker Television movie 2001-2002 The Education of Max Bickford Jerry Zibowski 2 episodes 2002 Ed Gary Siringo Episode: "Small Town Guys" 2002 Monday Night Mayhem Pete Rozelle Television movie 2002 Dragonfly Hal 2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joe Sherman Episode: "Vulnerable" 2002 The Santa Clause 2 Easter Bunny 2003 Run of the House Bob Melman Episode: "Twas the Night Before Homecoming" 2004 Joan of Arcadia Obnoxious Investor at Spa Episode: "Recreation" 2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Easter Bunny 2007-2010 American Dad! Brett Morris 2 episodes 2008 Boston Legal Ian Hoberman Episode: "Happy Trails" 2009 Labor Pains Garth 2010 Cold Case Lance Katrola Episode: "One Fall" 2010 Mysteries at the Museum Narrator 4 episodes 2011 Horrorween Two Headed Monster 2011 Snatched Roger Byamm 2011 Retired at 35 Mr. Jenkins Episode: "Workin' Man" 2011 Hung Sandee's father Episode: "The Whole Beefalo" 2012 Shake It Up Dan Gold Episode: "Copy Kat It Up" 2013 Ray Donovan Marty Grossman Episode: "Road Trip"

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