Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards
Jon Thomas Terrell
July 12, 1948
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
|Died||August 24, 2017 69) (aged|
Sally Michelson(m. 1987)
|Children||3, including J. T. Harding|
Jay Thomas (born Jon Thomas Terrell;July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, and radio personality. He was heard in New York from 1976-79 on Top 40 station 99X, and later on Rhythmic CHR station WKTU, and in Los Angeles beginning in 1986 on KPWR "Power 106", where he hosted the station's top-rated morning show until 1993. His notable television work included his co-starring role as Remo DaVinci on Mork & Mindy (1979–81), the recurring role of Eddie LeBec, a Boston Bruins goalie on the downside of his career, on Cheers (1987–89), the lead character of newspaper columnist Jack Stein on Love & War (1992–95), and a repeat guest role as Jerry Gold, a talk show host who becomes both an antagonist and love interest of the title character on Murphy Brown . He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991 for portraying Gold.
In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio" is also a radio format. Frequent variants of the Top 40 are the Top 10, Top 20, Top 30, Top 50, Top 75, Top 100 and Top 200.
WEPN-FM (98.7 MHz) branded as "ESPN New York 98.7 FM", is an all-sports radio station licensed to New York City. The station is owned by Emmis Communications and its operations are controlled by the Walt Disney Company, ESPN Radio's majority owner, under a local marketing agreement. The station has its studios on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and its transmitter is located at the Empire State Building.
WKTU – branded "103.5 KTU" – is a Rhythmic Hot AC formatted radio station licensed to Lake Success, New York, a suburb of New York City. WKTU is owned by iHeartMedia and broadcasts from studios in the former AT&T Building in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan; its transmitter is located at the Empire State Building.
In 1997, he starred in the television film Killing Mr. Griffin , based on the eponymous novel. In film, he co-starred in Mr. Holland's Opus as a high school coach with a flair for theatrics, and portrayed the Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 . He was also an annual guest on The Late Show with David Letterman during the Christmas season, where he told a story about how he met Clayton Moore, who portrayed the title character on The Lone Ranger .Beginning in 2005, he hosted The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which aired every Friday afternoon on Howard 101.
Killing Mr. Griffin is a 1997 American television film directed by Jack Bender and starring Jay Thomas, Scott Bairstow, Mario Lopez and Amy Jo Johnson. The film is based on Killing Mr. Griffin, a novel by Lois Duncan.
Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss in the title role of Glenn Holland, a high-school music teacher who aspires to write his own composition while struggling with quality time towards his Special needs family. The cast also includes Glenne Headly, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, and Jay Thomas.
The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.
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. He went on to attend and graduate from Jacksonville University. Thomas was the quarterback on his high school football team and also quarterbacked in college, a skill he would later use on The Late Show with David Letterman .
Kermit is a city in and the county seat of Winkler County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,708 at the 2010 census. The city was named after Kermit Roosevelt following a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.
New Orleans is a consolidated city-parish located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. With an estimated population of 393,292 in 2017, it is the most populous city in Louisiana. A major port, New Orleans is considered an economic and commercial hub for the broader Gulf Coast region of the United States.
Jesuit High School is an all-male, college-preparatory, Catholic high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school was founded in 1847 by the Society of Jesus. It is centrally located in a New Orleans neighborhood known as Mid-City, in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Thomas made annual Christmas appearances on David Letterman's CBS late night show, beginning in December 1998. Letterman and one of his other guests that evening, then-New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, took turns throwing footballs trying to knock a large meatball off the top of a Christmas tree at the other end of the stage. As the two took turns futilely attempting to knock off the meatball, Thomas came back out to join in the festivities, and promptly knocked the meatball from the tree.
David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted late night television talk shows for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982, debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015, broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,080 episodes of Late Night and Late Show, surpassing his friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history. In 1996 Letterman was ranked 45th on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. In 2002, The Late Show with David Letterman was ranked seventh on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.
The New York Jets are a professional American football team located in the New York metropolitan area. The Jets compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. In a unique arrangement for the league, the Jets share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The franchise is legally and corporately registered as New York Jets, LLC.
Beginning on a subsequent visit to Letterman's show, Thomas told a story about when he was a young disc jockey at WAYS 610 AM in Charlotte, North Carolina.Thomas had been making a promotional appearance at a local Dodge dealership which had also booked Clayton Moore, dressed in his Lone Ranger costume.
A disc jockey, often abbreviated as DJ, is a person who plays existing recorded music for a live audience. Most common types of DJs include radio DJ, club DJ who performs at a nightclub or music festival and turntablist who uses record players, usually turntables, to manipulate sounds on phonograph records. Originally, the disc in disc jockey referred to gramophone records, but now DJ is used as an all-encompassing term to describe someone who mixes recorded music from any source, including cassettes, CDs or digital audio files on a CDJ or laptop. The title 'DJ' is commonly used by DJs in front of their real names or adopted pseudonyms or stage names. In recent years it has become common for DJs to be featured as the credited artist on tracks they produced despite having a guest vocalist that performs the entire song: like for example Uptown Funk.
WFNZ is a commercial AM radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Owned by Entercom, the station airs a sports radio format. The studios and offices are located at 1 Julian Price Place, while its transmitter is located at the site of its former studios on Radio Road in the Oakdale neighborhood of Northwest Charlotte. WFNZ uses a directional antenna and is powered at 5,000 watts by day. But at night it reduces power to 1,000 watts, sending most of its signal to the east, to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 610 and adjacent frequencies.
The following radio stations broadcast on AM frequency 610 kHz: The Federal Communications Commission classifies 610 AM as a regional broadcast frequency.
According to the story, after the broadcast ended Thomas and his colleague, both clad in the hip fashion of the day (including their hair which Thomas' friend wore long while Thomas himself sported what he called a "White Man's Afro"), go off and secretly smoke a marijuana joint behind a dumpster. When they return to pack up their equipment, they discover that Moore is still there, as the car that was supposed to pick him up never arrived, so Thomas offers Moore a ride in his own car, which Moore accepts.
While in traffic, with Moore sitting quietly in the back seat, an impatient middle-aged man backs his full-sized Buick into the front end of Thomas' compact Volvo breaking one of his headlights, and then drives off. An angry Thomas chases the Buick through heavy traffic, forgetting all about Moore still sitting in his back seat. When he finally catches up to the man and confronts him about the damage the indignant driver denies all. When Thomas threatens to call the police, the man claims no one will believe "two hippie freaks"; at that moment, Moore, still in costume, steps out of the car and says to the man, "They'll believe me, citizen!" The man, now in a panic, exclaims "I didn't know it was you!"
For every year thereafter except 2013, Thomas appeared to re-tell the Lone Ranger story and once again attempt what Letterman would refer to as the "Late Show Quarterback Challenge". For his final appearance in 2014, Thomas was again successful in knocking the meatball off the top of the tree. Thomas missed the 2013 Late Show Christmas episode due to throat surgery; John McEnroe took his place and told the Lone Ranger story, then tried, unsuccessfully, to knock the meatball off the tree by hitting tennis balls at it.
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.
Jay Thomas died of throat cancer on August 24, 2017, in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 69.
|1979–1981||Mork & Mindy||Remo DaVinci||20 episodes|
|1981||The Love Boat||Paul Harris||Episode: "First Voyage, Last Voyage"|
|1984||Master of the Game||Levy||Television miniseries|
|1984||C.H.U.D.||Cop in diner|
|1985||Spenser: For Hire||Tony Broz||Episode: "Discord in a Minor"|
|1985||The Gig||Rick Valentine|
|1987||Family Ties||Jerry DiNello||Episode: "Super Mom"|
|1987||A Year in the Life||Scott Spenser||Episode: "What Do People Do All Day?"|
|1987–1989||Cheers||Eddie LeBec||9 episodes|
|1988||The Adventures of Ragtime||Lester Waylin|
|1988||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Delivery Man||Episode: "Justin Case"|
|1989||Almost Grown||Unknown||Episode: "Take It Slow"|
|1989||The Golden Girls||Sy Ferber||Episode: "High Anxiety"|
|1989||Freddy's Nightmares||Stan Brooks||Episode: "Dream Come True"|
|1989–1998||Murphy Brown||Jerry Gold||9 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (1990–91)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series(1989)
|1990||Miracle Landing||Ed Meyer||Television movie|
|1990||Open House||Evan Gimbel||2 episodes|
|1990||Where's Rodney?||Lou Barnes||Television movie|
|1990–1991||Married People||Russell Meyers||18 episodes|
|1992||Straight Talk||Zim Zimmerman|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||Guard 1||Episode: "The Forgotten"|
|1992–1995||Love & War||Jack Stein||67 episodes|
|1995||Bless This House||Ted||Episode: "If It Ain't Broken, Break It"|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Coach Bill Meister|
|1996||A Strange Affair||Eric McKeever|
|1996||Dirty Laundry||Joey Greene|
|1996–1997||Ink||Jack Stein||3 episodes|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||John Griffin||Television movie|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Steve Harris|
|1997||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Disembodied Voice||Episode: "Spy vs. Monster"|
|1997||Working||Mr. Peyser||Episode: "Lost Weekend"|
|1998||My Date with the President's Daughter||Charles Fletcher||Television movie|
|1998||The Simple Life||Joel Campbell||Episode: "Sara's Ex"|
|1998||The Adventures of Ragtime||Lester Waylin|
|1999||Stranger in My House||Ray Young|
|1999||Fantasy Island||Carl Harbin||Episode: "The Real Thing"|
|1999||Dead Man's Gun||Emil Kosar||Episode: "The Good Chef"|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Bull Seal||Episode: "Tamper Proof Seal"|
|1999||The Big Tease||Tony Bolero||Uncredited|
|2000||An American Daughter||Timber Tucker||Television movie|
|2001||Surfacing: AKA A Letter from My Father||Tom|
|2001–2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Jerry Zibowski||2 episodes|
|2002||Ed||Gary Siringo||Episode: "Small Town Guys"|
|2002||Monday Night Mayhem||Pete Rozelle||Television movie|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joe Sherman||Episode: "Vulnerable"|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||Easter Bunny|
|2003||Run of the House||Bob Melman||Episode: "Twas the Night Before Homecoming"|
|2004||Teacher's Pet||Barry Anger||Voice|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Obnoxious Investor at Spa||Episode: "Recreation"|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Easter Bunny|
|2007, 2010||American Dad!||Brett Morris||2 episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Ian Hoberman||Episode: "Happy Trails"|
|2009||The Pool Boys||Marty|
|2010||Cold Case||Lance Katrola||Episode: "One Fall"|
|2010||Sex Tax: Based on a True Story||Charles Taylor|
|2010||Mysteries at the Museum||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2011||Horrorween||Two Headed Monster|
|2011||Retired at 35||Mr. Jenkins||Episode: "Workin' Man"|
|2011||Hung||Sandee's father||Episode: "The Whole Beefalo"|
|2012||Shake It Up||Dan Gold||Episode: "Copy Kat It Up"|
|2013||Life Tracker||Attorney General|
|2013||The Trials of Cate McCall||Loncraine|
|2013–2017||Ray Donovan||Marty Grossman||Episode: "Road Trip"|
|2015||NCIS: New Orleans||Marc Maslow||Episode: "Confluence"|
|2015||Bones||Lenny Jay||Episode: "The Promise in the Palace"|
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:37 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.
The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture.
Jay Silverheels was a Mohawk actor and athlete. He was well known for his role as Tonto, the faithful Native American companion of the Lone Ranger in the long-running American western television series The Lone Ranger.
Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote those films. As a director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, as well as a co-writer of Groundhog Day and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). The final film that he wrote, produced, directed and acted in was Year One (2009).
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that first aired from May 25, 1992, to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010 until its ending on February 6, 2014.
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. A seasonal classic in North America, it is shown numerous times on television, usually on the networks owned by the Turner Broadcasting System. Since 1997, a marathon of the film titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" has aired annually on TNT or TBS, comprising 12 consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. It is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films.
Tonto is a fictional character; he is the Native American companion of the Lone Ranger, a popular American Western character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Tonto has appeared in radio and television series and other presentations of the characters' adventures righting wrongs in 19th century western United States.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film that was directed by William A. Fraker and starred Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd.
Clayton Moore was an American actor best known for playing the fictional western character the Lone Ranger from 1949–1951 and 1954–1957 on the television series of the same name and two related movies from the same producers.
Roger Rees was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He also received Obie Awards for his role in The End of the Day and as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher. Rees was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in November 2015.
John Lewis Hart, also credited as John Hilton was an American film and television actor. In his early career, Hart appeared mostly in Westerns. Although Hart played mostly minor roles in some fairly well known films, he was probably best known for having replaced Clayton Moore in 1952 in the television series, The Lone Ranger for one season from 1952 until 1953.
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author, and actor. He was the host of both the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (2014–2017), for which he has won two Daytime Emmy Awards, and of Join or Die with Craig Ferguson (2016) on History. He was also the host of the CBS late-night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2014). In 2017 he released a web show with his wife Megan, titled Couple Thinkers. It ran for six episodes from October 9, 2017. It is available on YouTube.
James Edward Burrows, sometimes known as Jim Burrows, is an American television director who has been working in television since the 1970s. Burrows has directed over 50 television pilots and co-created the long-running television series Cheers.
William Thomas Hader Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has received four Emmy Award nominations, South Park (2008–present) and the parody series Documentary Now! (2015–present). He co-created and stars in the HBO series Barry, which began airing in March 2018 and earned Hader an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and three other Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in its first season.
Jared Raymond Lorenzen is a former American football quarterback and former commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He played college football at Kentucky and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
Ke-mo sah-bee is the term of endearment used by the fictional Native American sidekick Tonto in the American television and radio programs The Lone Ranger. It has become a common catchphrase.
The Lone Ranger is an American western drama television series that aired on the ABC Television network from 1949 to 1957, with Clayton Moore in the starring role. Jay Silverheels, a member of the Mohawk Aboriginal people in Canada, played The Lone Ranger's Indian companion Tonto.
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold is a 1958 American Western film in Eastmancolor released by United Artists. The second of two theatrical features specifically based on and continuing the TV show The Lone Ranger it stars Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, reprising their roles from the TV series. The first feature film was 1956's The Lone Ranger. No further films based on this specific version of the characters were made after this one.
Brian Fredrick Teta is an Emmy Award-nominated television producer. Teta is currently the executive producer of The View, joining the series in its 19th season after spending 11 years working on The Late Show with David Letterman.
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