Jay Thomas, Sitcom Actor on 'Murphy Brown' and 'Cheers,' Dies at 69

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Jay Thomas, Sitcom Actor on 'Murphy Brown' and 'Cheers,' Dies at 69

 The two-time Emmy winner most recently appeared on 'Ray Donovan' and spent many a Christmas season with David Letterman.

Jay Thomas, the good-natured comic actor who starred on the sitcoms Murphy Brown and Cheers, has died. He was 69.

Don Buchwald, his longtime agent and friend, reported his death, after a battle with cancer, to The New York Daily News. His publicist, Tom Estey, would not divulge when or where Thomas died when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.

Thomas played the obnoxious TV talk-show host Jerry Gold (and Candice Bergen's on-again, off-again boyfriend) on CBS' Murphy Brown from 1989-98 — winning a pair of Emmys — after his stint as Rhea Perlman’s husband Eddie LeBec, a French-Canadian goalie with the Boston Bruins, on NBC's Cheers. On the latter, his character winds up appearing in an ice show and gets killed by a Zamboni.

Thomas also starred on his own sitcom, playing an egotistical sportswriter opposite Susan Dey and then Annie Potts on CBS' Love and War, a 1992-95 series created by Murphy Brown's Diane English.


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Date Posted: Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 10:17 am

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