Cheers actor Jay Thomas has died aged 69

Cheers actor Jay Thomas has died aged 69

Cheers actor Jay Thomas has died aged 69

Comic actor Jay Thomas, best known for his Emmy- winning guest appearances on "Murphy Brown" and renowned in Los Angeles as the host of the Power 106 "Morning Zoo" radio program, has died at age 69, his agent announced today.

More recently, Thomas played Marty Grossman on four episodes of Ray Donovan from 2013 to 2015.

In the 1980s, Thomas scored a recurring role as Guy "Eddie" LeBec, the hockey-playing husband of barmaid Carla Tortelli on NBC's top-rated sitcom Cheers. He also starred on Love & War from 1992 to 1995. He later took on the role of Jerry Gold in "Murphy Brown" and was a series regular for 10 years. Mr. Thomas and Letterman would then follow-up with a skit during which they would try to knock a giant meatball and pizza off the top of a Christmas tree by throwing footballs at the food targets. Thomas' "Late Night" Christmas tradition started in 1998 and ended in 2014, shortly before Letterman retired.

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Born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, Thomas grew up in New Orleans, graduating from Jesuit High School.

Jay found fame as an actor, comedian and radio talk show host throughout his successful career.

He is survived by wife Sally, and sons Sam, Max and J.T., who were at his side when he died.

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