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Jay Thomas, best known for his comic roles on sitcoms Murphy Brown and Cheers, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Thomas won two Emmys for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for playing TV talk show host Jerry Gold (and Candice Bergen’s on-again, off-again boyfriend) on Murphy Brown, which he appeared on from 1989-1998.
The actor and radio DJ, who most recently appeared on Showtime’s Ray Donovan and an episode of NCIS: New Orleans, was also known for his frequent visits to David Letterman’s Late Show. For years, Thomas appeared on the late-night talk show during Christmas season and often told never-gets-old stories about Clayton Moore, the star of TV’s The Lone Ranger.
Hollywood mourned the actor on social media shortly after the news broke Thursday afternoon.
Bryan Cranston tweeted, “So damn funny…and loud. Rest quietly now, my friend.” Carson Daly called Thomas a “huge inspiration as a DJ.”
See more reactions below.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) August 24, 2017
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 24, 2017
Had the pleasure of casting and directing Jay Thomas many years ago. He was fantastic, an underrated dramatic actor. And a great guy.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 24, 2017
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) August 24, 2017
— Joel Murray (@JoelMurray9of9) August 24, 2017
I worked with Jay Thomas on Joan of Arcadia and he was a great guy and good actor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family today. RIP
— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) August 24, 2017
Jay Thomas was an absolute sweetheart of a talent. And a good man. https://t.co/UMw7pZDgUu
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) August 24, 2017
— Will Friedle (@willfriedle) August 24, 2017
RIP Jay Thomas. A funny man. A good man.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) August 24, 2017
Jay Thomas was super talented and a legend. I’m lucky to have known him as a friend and mentor. Incredibly sad to have lost him.
— Pete Dominick (@PeteDominick) August 24, 2017
Jay Thomas did it all, comic, TV, movies, radio. Always fun to be with. A hilarious blue collar guy. Thanks for the laughs. RIP
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) August 24, 2017
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