God bless Jay Thomas.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 24, 2017
Celebrated comedian, Emmy-winning actor and iconic SiriusXM talent Jay Thomas died Thursday after battling cancer. He was 69.
“Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior,” his agent and friend Don Buchwald said.
A tribute show honoring Jay Thomas will broadcast live on Monday, Aug. 28 from 4-6 pm ET on Comedy Greats (Ch. 94).
Born July 12, 1948, in Texas, Thomas started his career as a radio DJ in North Carolina before moving to New York to host a morning show. As an actor, Thomas came to fame on Cheers from 1987-89 and later starring on Murphy Brown from 1989-91. Most recently, he played Marty Grossman on Ray Donovan. Thomas further cemented his place in pop culture history with his annual Christmastime appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, telling the talk show host the same hilarious story about an encounter with Lone Ranger’s Clayton Moore.
But to those of us at SiriusXM, Thomas was more than a comic: he was a colleague, friend and mentor, a radio original from his first broadcast of The Jay Thomas Show in 2005. Thank you, Jay, for the endless laughs.
Below, see how Thomas’ SiriusXM family is honoring his memory.
Thomas is survived by his wife Sally and sons Sam, Jake and J.T.
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Can't believe you're gone. I can't begin to explain to people how much you taught me not only about radio but about life. You were my east coast dad and I am going to miss you fucking much. I'm glad your not in pain anymore and you no longer have to suffer. I'll never forget you and all that you have done for me both personally and professionally. I keep thinking Fridays will never be the same and then I realize life will never be the same without you Jay. My love to your family, RIP my friend I miss you, I love you always.
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