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Jay Thomas, ‘Cheers’ actor dead: Wife Sally Michelson, sons Jacob, Samuel and J.T. Harding photos

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Jay Thomas’ death has shocked many of his admirers across the globe. The actor who began his acting career in mid seventies and got a big break in the year 1978 died yesterday. He was 69.

Jay Thomas’ cause of death is said to be cancer. He was suffering from cancer for quite some times and the same illness reportedly caused his death.

His publicist, Tom Estey, confirmed the news of the “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown” actor”. Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years plus. He will be dearly missed by so many,” he told the media.

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His sudden death has shocked many of his fans and admirers. His holiday season appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” was also a big draw among his fans who would stop everything and head to their television sets to watch the show.

The actor’s agent and friend, Don Buchwald said “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully wacky thoughts and behavior”. Buchwald further said that the actor’s wife Sally and his sons Sam, Max and J.T. were by his side when he passed away.


David Letterman told the CNN, “I loved Jay…His Lone Ranger story was the best I heard in 30 years. Plus, nobody could throw a football like Jay. Maybe Tina Fey, maybe. My heart goes out to his family.” It should be kept in mind that the actor made his annual Christmastime appearance with David Letterman for the first time in December 1998. Letterman and one of his other guests that evening, then-New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, took turns tossing footballs at the Christmas tree across the stage, atop which sat a large meatball. As the two tried to knock off the meatball and failed repeatedly, Thomas came out, decided to join in the festivities, and knocked the meatball off of the tree.

Jay Thomas’ inimitable style will be remembered by his fans for a long time to come. Jay got his first significant break in late seventies when he co-starred role as Remo DaVinci on Mork & Mindy in 1979. The next big assignment came when he was offered the role of Eddie LeBec on Cheers 1987–88 and then bagged the lead character Jack Stein on Love & War. Another important opportunity came his way when in 1997, he starred in the television film Killing Mr. Griffin, based on the novel of the same name. in the year 2005 Jay hosted The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, and was on every Friday afternoon on Howard 101.

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Jay Thomas, ‘Cheers’ actor dead: Wife Sally Michelson, sons Jacob, Samuel and J.T. Harding photos

The actor is survived by his wife of three decades Sally Michelson. The two got married in the year 1987and have two children together Jacob Thomas, Samuel Thomas. He also has another son, J.T. Harding.

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