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Jay Thomas (I) (1948–2017)


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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Known For

Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus Coach Bill Meister
(1995)
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 2 Easter Bunny
(2002)
Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown Jerry Gold
(1989-1998)
Dragonfly
Dragonfly Hal
(2002)

Filmography

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 2013-2017 Ray Donovan (TV Series)
Marty Grossman
- Mister Lucky (2017) ... Marty Grossman
- The Kalamazoo (2015) ... Marty Grossman
- Rodef (2014) ... Marty Grossman
- Volcheck (2014) ... Marty Grossman
- Road Trip (2013) ... Marty Grossman
 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
 2014 Newsreaders (TV Series)
Ted Fishlake
 2013 The Trials of Cate McCall
Loncraine
 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 (Short)
JJ Justice
 2011 The Road to Independence: The Movie (Video)
Benjamin Franklin
 2011 A Kiss for Jed
Carter
 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 Spirit of '76 (Video)
Benjamin Franklin
 2009 Labor Pains
Garth
 2009 The Pool Boys
Marty
 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 True Confessions of the Legendary Figures (Video short)
Easter Bunny (uncredited)
 2003 Run of the House (TV Series)
Bob Melman
- 'Twas the Night Before Homecoming (2003) ... Bob Melman
 2002 The Santa Clause 2
Easter Bunny
 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
- Revisionism (2001) ... Jerry Zibowski
 2002 Dragonfly
Hal
 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 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 Katie Joplin (TV Series)
Glen Shotz
- Kill the Messenger (1999) ... Glen Shotz
- Parent Trap (1999) ... Glen Shotz
- Promotion Commotion (1999) ... Glen Shotz
- Charcoaled Gray (1999) ... Glen Shotz
- I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia (1999) ... Glen Shotz
 1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero (Video)
Ares (voice)
 1999 Total Stranger
Ray Young
 1999 Dead Man's Gun (TV Series)
Emil Kosar
- The Good Chef (1999) ... Emil Kosar
 1998-1999 Hercules (TV Series)
Ares
- Hercules and the Aetolian Amphora (1999) ... Ares (voice)
- Hercules and the Long Nightmare (1999) ... Ares (voice)
- Hercules and the Spartan Experience (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
Artie
 1998 Monkey Business
Tedesco
 1998 The Adventures of Ragtime
Lester Waylin
 1998 The Simple Life (TV Series)
Joel Campbell
- Sara's Ex (1998) ... Joel Campbell
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Charles Fletcher
- My Date with the President's Daughter (1998) ... Charles Fletcher
 1989-1998 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Jerry Gold
- Seems Like Gold Times (1998) ... Jerry Gold
- Old Flames (1996) ... Jerry Gold
- Lovesick (1992) ... Jerry Gold
- Uh-Oh: Part 2 (1991) ... Jerry Gold
- Uh-Oh: Part 3 (1991) ... Jerry Gold
 1997 Working (TV Series)
Mr. Peyser
- Lost Weekend (1997) ... Mr. Peyser
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Disembodied
- Spy vs. Monster/Misery Date (1997) ... Disembodied (voice)
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Steve Harris
 1997 Desert's Edge (TV Short)
Hewitt
 1996-1997 Ink (TV Series)
Jack Stein
- Logan's Run (1997) ... Jack Stein
- Life Without Mikey (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)
Ted
- If It Ain't Broke, Break It (1995) ... Ted
 1995 Cybill (TV Series)
Jay
- Zing! (1995) ... Jay (uncredited)
 1992-1995 Love & War (TV Series)
Jack Stein
- Tradition (1995) ... Jack Stein
- The Proposal (1995) ... Jack Stein
- Shrunken Heads (1995) ... Jack Stein
- Atlantic City (1995) ... Jack Stein
 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 Bobby's World (TV Series)
- Bad News Bobby (1992) ... (voice)
 1992 Straight Talk
Zim Zimmerman
 1990-1991 Married People (TV Series)
Russell Meyers
- You Were Right and I Was... (1991) ... Russell Meyers
- Dance Ten, Friends Zero (1991) ... Russell Meyers
- Mommy and Me (1991) ... Russell Meyers
- The Nanny (1991) ... Russell Meyers
- To Live and Drive in New York (1990) ... Russell Meyers
 1990 Little Vegas
Bobby
 1990 ...Where's Rodney? (TV Movie)
Lou Barnes
 1990 Open House (TV Series)
Evan Gimbel
- The Real Estate Thing (1990) ... 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
 1987-1989 Cheers (TV Series)
Eddie LeBec
- Call Me, Irresponsible (1989) ... Eddie LeBec
- Those Lips, Those Ice (1988) ... Eddie LeBec
- Slumber Party Massacred (1988) ... Eddie LeBec
- Airport V (1988) ... Eddie LeBec
- Little Carla, Happy at Last: Part 2 (1987) ... Eddie LeBec
 1989 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Sy Ferber
- High Anxiety (1989) ... Sy Ferber
 1989 Almost Grown (TV Series)
- Take It Slow (1989)
 1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Delivery Man
- Justin Case (1988) ... Delivery Man
 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
 1985 The Park Is Mine (TV Movie)
TV Reporter (uncredited)
 1984 C.H.U.D.
Cop in Diner
 1984 Master of the Game (TV Mini-Series)
Levy
 1979-1981 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Remo DaVinci
- Reflections and Regrets (1981) ... Remo DaVinci
- Mindy and Mork (1981) ... Remo DaVinci (credit only)
- I Heard It Through the Morkvine (1981) ... Remo DaVinci
- Old Muggable Mork (1981) ... Remo DaVinci
- Mork and the Family Reunion (1981) ... Remo DaVinci (credit only)
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Paul Harris
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Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (45 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Worked as morning DJ at WAYS aka "Big Ways" in Charlotte, NC at the same time as AM radio legend Jack Gale. See more »

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Has two sons Jake and Sam. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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