Friday, August 25, 2017

‘Cheers’ actor Jay Thomas dead at 69


Actor Jay Thomas — known for his roles on “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers” — died Thursday following a battle with cancer. He was 69.


 
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Jay Thomas and Candice Bergen on “Murphy Brown”Warner Brothers
“Jay Thomas was an immense talent who was incredibly kind and exceptional in everything he did,” publicist Tom Estey told The Post.“He was an amazing husband, an amazing father, and great friend,” Estey said. “We lost a wonderful man. He will be dearly missed by so many.”
Thomas, a Texas native who grew up in New Orleans, made a name for himself in the late ’80s — showing off his acting chops in a number of television roles.
He nabbed two Emmy Awards for his work as tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown” and also won over fans as Rhea Perlman’s on-screen husband Eddie LeBec on “Cheers.”
The versatile actor regularly appeared on “Mork & Mindy,” as well, and later had credits on “Bones,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Ray Donovan.”
“He was not only incredibly talented and kind, but also genuine,” Estey explained. “The real Jay Thomas was a kind, compassionate and caring man who cared very deeply for the people that he loved. He really was a super, super guy. One of the most liked in the business. That’s why there’s such an incredibly outpouring for him.”


 
 
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Jay Thomas in 2013Michael Loccisano
Countless screen stars have been offering their condolences and paying tribute to Thomas on social media since word got out about his passing.
“Had the pleasure of casting and directing Jay Thomas many years ago,” actor Rob Lowe tweeted. “He was fantastic, an underrated dramatic actor. And a great guy.”
Jane Lynch‏ wrote, “Loved this guy. What a sad loss.”
Tom Arnold‏ added, “I love Jay Thomas. Many unscripted inappropriate laughs everytime we worked together. My thoughts today are with his beloved family. #RIP.”

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