Jay Thomas is a two time Emmy award winning actor for his roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown. Jay has been a fixture on all major television channels starring in his own shows, Married People on ABC, Love and War, on CBS, and Ink, on NBC. He has starred in movies of the week opposite Judith Light, Christine Lahti, and John Tuturro. On film he is best known from his portrayal as "Coach Meister" in the Academy Award winning Mr. Holland's Opus. In recent years Jay has shared the screen with Greg Kinnear, Lyndsey Lohan, Kevin Costner, and Tim Allen. Soon to be released projects include National Lampoon's "Snatched" and from the producers of American Pie, "Pool Boys". On stage Jay was a member of Playwrite's Horizon's in NYC where he brought to life Wendy Wasserstein's forlorned male character in her Heidi Chronicles, was awarded "Best in Fest" at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, and most recently starred opposite Bebe Neuwirth in the Atlantic Theater's Woody Allen written and directed world premier production of "Writer's Block". Jay has long been a radio announcer. Having put the "shock" in jock from his early days in North Carolina and Florida to being rated #1 in New York and LA as an early morning dj. Jay has joined Howard Stern at SiriusXM where he has his own afternoon talk show. Jay is also a favorite on the TV talk show circuit. He's been the guest of Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Dr. Phil, the View and David Letterman has made him a Christmas standard for the past decade. Besides his entertaining panel stories Jay has been a celebrity co-host of MSNBC's noon financial report and has talked of news and finance of the day on CNN, FOX News with Sean Hannity, and every major morning news program. He can be heard on Travel channel's Ghost Stories and Mysteries at the Museum and seen on TV Lands retired at 35.
Jay's life as an entertainer was always tinged in the belief in putting the emphasis on the "business" of show. Just out college at Jacksonville University, Jay was given part ownership and named program director of three radio stations as well as the morning drive dj. He owned and managed one of the first jeans stores in the south, he became a licensed realtor and has had an active single family construction business in his home town of New Orleans as well as southern California, Charlotte, NC , New York City, and Greenwich Conn. His business acumen has led him to help write and executive produce but not act in his first CBS movie of the week. From there Jay was a writer producer at Warner Bros. and continued to work in all aspects of any television show or regional stage production he was involved in. Today, Jay has bought the rights to a novel the he has co-written and will co-produce for the screen. Video