Early life and education Edit
Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, to Katharine (née Guzzino) and Timothy Harry Terrell. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion; his father was Protestant. Thomas was raised in New Orleans, where he attended and graduated from Jesuit High School.
Jay made notable appearances many TV and film roles, which included Dan Gold in Shake It Up, Easter Bunny in the Tim Allen comedy films The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Barry Anger in Teacher's Pet, Ares in Hercules and Hercules: Zero to Hero, Charles Fletcher in My Date with the President's Daughter, additional voices in the Goof Troop episode "A Goof of the People", Marvin Reckler in Encino Woman, Sy Furbis on NBC-TV's The Golden Girls and the Delivery Man in the Disney Sunday Movie episode "Justin Case". He also played Bill Meister in Mr. Holland's Opus and Zim Zimmerman in the 1992 film Straight Talk starring Dolly Parton and James Woods.
Personal life and deathEdit
Thomas fathered J.T. Harding in an out-of-wedlock relationship, and the child was adopted by another family in Michigan. Thomas and his son spoke about their reunion on the Dr. Phil Show. Harding was the lead singer of the band JTX and is a country music songwriter. Thomas married Sally Michelson in 1987. They had two sons, Samuel and Jacob.
He died of cancer on August 24, 2017 at the age of 69, with his wife and three sons by his side.
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- ↑ Famous People from New Orleans. Experience New Orleans. Retrieved on 2014-06-20.
- ↑ The Whole "Veronica Mars" Gang Is Coming Back for a New Web Series. BuzzFeed.com. Retrieved on September 20, 2014.
- ↑ "Emmy Award-Winning Actor Discovers He Has a Son", US Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-11-28.
- ↑ "Jay Thomas, Actor on 'Murphy Brown' and 'Cheers,' Is Dead at 69", The New York Times (.com), August 24, 2017. Retrieved on August 26, 2017.
- ↑ "Comic actor Jay Thomas is dead at 69", New York Daily News. Retrieved on 24 August 2017.