Jay Thomas is an American actor, comedian and radio talk show host.
Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, the son of Katharine "Kathy" and T. Harry Terrell, Sr. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion. Thomas attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he grew up. He is a graduate and holds a masters degree in Sociology from Jacksonville University. He lives in Southern California and is the father of three sons, Samuel, Jacob, and JT. Thomas fathered JT years earlier with another woman and gave him up for adoption. Thomas and his son 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.
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 on Cheers. He also appeared on Murphy Brown as a tabloid talk show host, Jerry Gold, who was also one of Murphy's love interests. Thomas won 2 Emmy Awards in 1990 and 1991 for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for his portrayal of Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown. His voice characterasations include Zeus In the animated series "Hercules" and best friend to the "American Dad " on FOX.
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. When his wife had a baby, Thomas' character became a househusband.