Jay Thomas, ‘Murphy Brown’ Actor And Radio Host Dies At 69

LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) — A publicist for Jay Thomas says the actor and radio host has died. Thomas was 69.

In a statement Thursday, publicist Tom Estey said his longtime friend and client will be dearly missed by many.

Estey didn’t provide further details about Thomas’ death.

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Thomas played Eddie LeBac, the former-hockey-player husband of barmaid Carla on “Cheers.” He played tabloid TV show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown,” for which he won two Emmys.

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Jay Thomas & Shalita Grant (credit: Skip Bolen/CBS)

He also starred in the sitcom “Love & War” as a sports writer romancing the woman who owned his favorite sports bar. Thomas also played Marc Maslow on an episode of CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” (pictured).

His films roles include “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and second and third “Santa Clause” films.

Thomas started out as a DJ in college and in recent years hosted a talk show on SiriusXM Radio.

 

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