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Jay Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, to Katherine (Guzzino), a tap-dancing South Louisiana belle of Italian descent, and T. Harry Terrell, Sr., an oil man. 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.... See full bio »

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 2015 Bones (TV Series)
Lenny Jay
- The Promise in the Palace (2015) ... Lenny Jay
 2015 NCIS: New Orleans (TV Series)
Marc Maslow
- Confluence (2015) ... Marc Maslow
 2013-2015 Ray Donovan (TV Series)
Marty Grossman
- Rodef (2014) ... Marty Grossman
- Volcheck (2014) ... Marty Grossman
- Road Trip (2013) ... Marty Grossman
 2014 Newsreaders (TV Series)
Ted Fishlake
 2013 The Trials of Cate McCall
 2013 Underdogs
Mike Mayhew
 2013 Life Tracker
Attorney General
 2012 Shake It Up! (TV Series)
Dan Gold
- Copy Kat It Up (2012) ... Dan Gold
 2011 Horrorween
Two Headed Monster
 2011 Snatched
Roger Byamm
 2011 Hung (TV Series)
Sandee's father
- The Whole Beefalo (2011) ... Sandee's father
 2011 Talker (TV Movie)
JJ Justice
 2011 A Kiss for Jed
 2011 Retired at 35 (TV Series)
Mr. Jenkins
- Workin' Man (2011) ... Mr. Jenkins
 2007-2010 American Dad! (TV Series)
Brett Morris
- 100 A.D. (2010) ... Brett Morris (voice)
- Dope and Faith (2007) ... Brett Morris (voice)
 2010 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story
Charles Taylor
 2010 Cold Case (TV Series)
Lance Katrola '10
- One Fall (2010) ... Lance Katrola '10
 2009 The Pool Boys
 2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Ian Hoberman
- Happy Trails (2008) ... Ian Hoberman
 2004 Copshop (TV Movie)
Det. Mo Diamond
 2004 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
Obnoxious Investor at Spa
- Recreation (2004) ... Obnoxious Investor at Spa
 2004 Teacher's Pet
Barry Anger (voice)
 2003 Run of the House (TV Series)
Bob Melman
- 'Twas the Night Before Homecoming (2003) ... Bob Melman
 2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Joe Sherman
- Vulnerable (2002) ... Joe Sherman
 2001-2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Jerry / Jerry Zibowski
- One More Time (2002) ... Jerry
- The Egg and I (2002) ... Jerry
 2002 Dragonfly
 2002 Monday Night Mayhem (TV Movie)
Pete Rozelle (uncredited)
 2002 Ed (TV Series)
Gary Siringo
- Small Town Guys (2002) ... Gary Siringo
 2000 An American Daughter (TV Movie)
Timber Tucker
 1999 Stranger in My House
Ray Young
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Bull Seal
- Tamper Proof Seal (1999) ... Bull Seal (voice)
 1999 The Big Tease
Tony Bolero (uncredited)
 1999 Get Real (TV Series)
Jeffrey Marks
- Stay (1999) ... Jeffrey Marks
 1999 Dead Man's Gun (TV Series)
Emil Kosar
- The Good Chef (1999) ... Emil Kosar
 1998-1999 Hercules (TV Series)
- Hercules and the Long Nightmare (1999) ... Ares (voice)
- Hercules and the Big Games (1998) ... Ares (voice)
- Hercules and the King for a Day (1998) ... Ares (voice)
 1999 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Carl Harbin
- The Real Thing (1999) ... Carl Harbin
 1999 Last Chance
 1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero (Video)
Ares (voice)
 1998 Monkey Business
 1998 The Adventures of Ragtime
Lester Waylin
 1998 The Simple Life (TV Series)
Joel Campbell
- Sara's Ex (1998) ... Joel Campbell
 1998 My Date with the President's Daughter (TV Movie)
Charles Fletcher
 1997 Working (TV Series)
Mr. Peyser
- Lost Weekend (1997) ... Mr. Peyser
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
- Spy vs. Monster/Misery Date (1997) ... Disembodied (voice)
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Steve Harris
 1997 Desert's Edge (TV Short)
 1996-1997 Ink (TV Series)
Jack Stein
- Logan's Run (1997) ... Jack Stein
- High Noon (1996) ... Jack Stein
 1997 Killing Mr. Griffin (TV Movie)
Mr. Griffin
 1996/I Dirty Laundry
Joey Greene
 1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
- The Road to Dendron (1996) ... (voice)
 1996 Encino Woman (TV Movie)
Marvin Reckler
 1996 A Husband, a Wife and a Lover (TV Movie)
Eric McKeever
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Coach Bill Meister
 1995 Bless This House (TV Series)
- If It Ain't Broke, Break It (1995) ... Ted
 1995 Cybill (TV Series)
- Zing! (1995) ... Jay (uncredited)
 1992 Goof Troop (TV Series)
- A Goof of the People (1992) ... (voice)
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Guard 1
- The Forgotten (1992) ... Guard 1 (voice)
 1992 Straight Talk
Zim Zimmerman
 1990 Little Vegas
 1990 ...Where's Rodney? (TV Movie)
Lou Barnes
 1990 Open House (TV Series)
Evan Gimbel
- Lost Weekend (1990) ... Evan Gimbel
 1990 Miracle Landing (TV Movie)
Ed Meyer, Maui Tower Supervisor
 1989 Freddy's Nightmares (TV Series)
Stan Brooks
- Dream Come True (1989) ... Stan Brooks
 1989 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Sy Ferber
- High Anxiety (1989) ... Sy Ferber
 1989 Almost Grown (TV Series)
- Take It Slow (1989)
 1987 A Year in the Life (TV Series)
Scott Spencer
- What Do People Do All Day? (1987) ... Scott Spencer
 1987 Family Ties (TV Series)
Jerry DiNello
- Super Mom (1987) ... Jerry DiNello
 1986 Legal Eagles
Waiter in Restaurant
 1985 The Gig
Rick Valentine
 1985 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Tony Broz
- Discord in a Minor (1985) ... Tony Broz
 1984 C.H.U.D.
Cop in Diner
 1984 Master of the Game (TV Mini-Series)
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Paul Harris
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Every holiday season since 1998, he is asked by David Letterman to knock off the meatball atop the "Late Show" Christmas tree with a football. The tradition began when quarterback Vinny Testaverde had trouble doing it, and Thomas said he could do it, instead. See more »

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