Jay Thomas, the actor, best known for his roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.
His agent for over 35 years, Don Buchwald said, “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior.”
Jay’s wife Sally and his sons Sam, Jake and J.T. were by his side at his California home when he died this morning.
Thomas was perhaps best known for playing Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown from 1989-1998. He also played Rhea Perlman’s TV husband Eddie LeBec on Cheers from 1987-1989 before his character was run over by a zamboni.
In addition to a career in radio, Thomas also had recurring roles on Mork & Mindy and Love & War in the ’80s and ’90s.
Please keep the Thomas family, and his friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Here are some of Jay’s most memorable acting moments: