Jay Thomas is an United States|American actor and disc jockey, who was born Jon (or John) Thomas Terrell on July 12, 1948, in Kermit, Texas, but raised in New Orleans, where he attended Jesuit High School, New Orleans.
Thomas is perhaps best known for his recurring roles. The first on the sitcom Mork and Mindy, on which he played Remo DaVinci, the Italian deli-owner, from 1979 until 1981. He then played the hockey-player-turned-travelling-ice show-skater second husband, Eddie LeBec, of Carla Tortelli|Carla on Cheers (1987-1989). He also appeared on Murphy Brown as a tabloid talk show host, Jerry Gold, who was also one of Murphy's love interests (1989-1998).
Thomas also starred in the short-lived 1990 show Married People. Thomas played Russell Myers, a writer who worked at home who was married to a high powered lawyer (played by Bess Armstrong). When his wife had a baby, Thomas' character became a househusband.
He later starred in the 1992-1995 sitcom Love & War (with Susan Dey then Annie Potts) and in the short-lived 1996 Ted Danson-Mary Steenburgen sitcom Ink.
Thomas has also knocked the holiday meatball off of the Christmas Tree for The Late Show with David Letterman every year since 1998.
His many roles include playing the football coach friend of the lead character in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and Hal in the Kevin Costner-film Dragonfly (film)|Dragonfly (2002).
Thomas began his career as a disc jockey in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1970's and early 1980's. Thomas then worked as a radio DJ in New York City and resided in Connecticut with his wife, Sally and their 3 sons. Jay was probably best remembered for being the Morning Host on 92.3 WFNY-FM|WKTU. He would be replaced by Howard Stern when WKTU switched to KROCK. This would become the launching pad for Stern's syndicated network.
Jay currently hosts The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Stars 103, a channel on the Sirius Satellite Radio service. He resides in Los Angeles with his family. He owns homes in New Orleans, one of which he has reported was destroyed by flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina.