"Cheers", "Murphy Brown", "Ray Donovan" actor Jay Thomas dead at 69

Jay Thomas, a comic and character actor whose credits include roles on "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown", has died after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Tom Estey. He was just 69 years old.

In recent years, he hosted a radio show on Sirius XM called The Jay Thomas Show.

"[He was] never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior", wrote Buchwald in a statement.

Jay with Rhea on Cheers. He then appeared on the hit sitcom "Love & War" from 1992 until 1995. He played the Easter Bunny in the second and third Santa Clause films as well as Bill Meister in Mr. Holland's Opus and Zim Zimmerman in Straight Talk. Thomas had a recurring role on "Ray Donovan" and he made a 2105 guest appearance on "Bones".

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He was also a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, often appearing on the annual Christmas episode to share stories of his time as a young DJ.

The actor, who starred as Carla's husband in Cheers, passed away with his wife, Sally, and their two sons by his side.

Short, loud and sharply amusing, Thomas always pumped up a scene when he appeared on series such as Murphy Brown, Cheers, Mork & Mindy, and, most recently, Bones and Ray Donovan.

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