Jay Thomas was born as Jon Thomas Terrell on the 12th July 1948, in Kermit, Texas USA, and is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and radio host, perhaps best known for his roles in such TV series as “Mork & Mindy” (1979-1981), “Cheers” (1987-1989), “Murphy Brown” (1989-1998), and “Love & War” (1992-1995). Thomas has also played in such movies as “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995), “Dragonfly” (2002), and “The Santa Clause 2” (2002). His career started in 1979.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jay Thomas is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Thomas’ net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to acting in both television and film, Thomas also works as a radio host, which has improved his wealth too.
Jay Thomas Net Worth $3 Million
Jay Thomas was born into an Italian-American family, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he went to the Jesuit High School. Thomas started his career as Remo DaVinci in 46 episodes of the TV series “Mork & Mindy” in 1979 with Robin Williams, and he continued to appear in the show until 1981. In 1984, Thomas played in his first feature movie called “C.H.U.D.”, with John Heard and Daniel Stern, while in 1986 he played in Ivan Reitman’s “Legal Eagles” (1986) starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger, and Daryl Hannah. By the end of the ‘80s, Jay had appeared in nine episodes of Golden Globe Award-winning series “Cheers” from 1987 to 1989, and also had a role in Golden Globe Award-winning series “Murphy Brown” (1989-1998), in which he played Jerry Gold, and for which Thomas received two Primetime Emmy Awards. His net worth was certainly rising.
In 1992, Thomas had a part in “Straight Talk” alongside Dolly Parton, James Woods, and Griffin Dunne, while in the same year he starred as Jack Stein in the series “Love & War”; together with Joanna Gleason, he appeared in 67 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award -winning show until 1995.That year, Thomas had a supporting role in Stephen Herek’s Oscar and Golden Globe Award-nominated “Mr. Holland’s Opus” starring Richard Dreyfuss, for which he earned $500,000, significantly boosting is net worth, but that was Jay’s last notable role until 2002, when he appeared in “Dragonfly” alongside Kevin Costner and Susanna Thompson, and then in “The Santa Clause 2” starring Tim Allen.
In 2006, Thomas played in “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”, and most recently in “The Trials of Cate McCall” (2013) with Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, and James Cromwell, which also increased his net worth. He has also made appearances in such TV series as “NCIS: New Orleans” (2015) and “Bones” (2015).
Since 2005, Jay works as a host of “The Jay Thomas Show” which is aired on Sirius Satellite Radio, and he also made numerous appearance on such shows as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Hollywood Squares”, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, and “Late Show with David Letterman”, among others, adding further to his net worth.
Regarding his personal life, Jay Thomas married Sally Michelson in 1987 and has two children with her. Thomas is the biological father of musician and songwriter J.T. Harding, mother undocumented, whom he gave up for adoption, but the two of them reunited 20 years later.
The Jay Thomas Show is now heard on Sirius Satellite Radio Monday through Fridays from 3:00PM to 6:00PM on Sirius Stars Too, Channel 108. Jay broadcasts from California, New York, and New Orleans. [January 2005]
Biological father of musician and songwriter J.T. Harding. After giving J.T. up for adoption as an infant, father and son were reunited after 20 later and have remained close, ever since.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6161 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was the Morning man at New York City radio station WXRK, just prior to Howard Stern.
Every holiday season since 1998, he is asked by David Letterman to knock off the meatball atop the "Late Show" Christmas tree with a football. The tradition began when quarterback Vinny Testaverde had trouble doing it, and Thomas said he could do it, instead.
He briefly played professional football in the old World Football League.