Comic actor Jay Thomas has died


"Ray Donovan" star Jay Thomas has lost his battle with cancer. He was 69.

The sad news comes from his agent and longtime friend Don Buchwald.

"Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior," wrote Buchwald, who repped Thomas for 35 years. Thomas' wife Sally and his sons Sam, Max and J.T. were by his side when he passed.

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 26: MORK & MINDY - Season Two - 'Clerical Error' 1979 Jay Thomas (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: MORK & MINDY - 'Clerical Error' - Season Two - 2/28/80, Mork (Robin Williams, right) advised church parishioners as a priest. Jay Thomas guest-starred as Remo Da Vinci., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
CHEERS -- 'Little Carla, Happy at Last: Part 2' Episode 4 -- Air Date 10/22/1987 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli, Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec-- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
CHEERS -- 'Little Carla, Happy at Last: Part 1' Episode 3 -- Air Date 10/15/1987 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec, Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHEERS -- 'Little Carla, Happy at Last: Part 1' Episode 3 -- Air Date 10/15/1987 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Ingber as Annie Tortelli, Timothy Williams as Anthony Tortelli, Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American actors Candice Bergen (as Murphy Brown) and Jay Thomas (as Jerry Gold) appear in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Murphy Brown,' entitled 'The Gold Rush,' Los Angeles, California, October 1990. The episode was originally broadcast on October 22, 1990. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 28: Actor Jay Thomas attending 'Earth Walk '92 Benefit' on March 28, 1992 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 8: Actor Jay Thomas and wife Sally Michelson attending the opening of 'Grand Hotel' on June 8, 1991 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress Jay Thomas and Sally Michelson attending 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 30, 1992 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 189 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Jay Thomas during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 18, 1993 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Jay Thomas attending 'Kids Day at the NFL Experience Super Bowl Weekend' on January 27, 1993 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jay Thomas at Club USA, New York, New York, Novemeber 5, 1993. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, C - MARCH 30: Actor Jay Thomas and wife Sally Michelson attending the screening of 'House of Spirits' on March 30, 1994 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 548-- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jay Thomas during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 5, 1994 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8: Actor Jay Thomas being photographed on January 8, 1995 at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 19: Actor Jay Thomas attending 47th Annual Writer's Guild Awards on March 19, 1995 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 744 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jay Thomas during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 4, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 18: Actor Jay Thomas and wife Sally Michelson attending the premiere of 'Mr. Holland's Opus' on January 18, 1996 at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 652 -- Air Date 09/12/1996 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sidekick Andy Richter, actor Jay Thomas during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on September 12, 1996 -- Photo by: Lesly Weiner/NBCU Photo Bank
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 26: Actor Jay Thomas and son Jake Thomas attending the Los Angeles premiere of 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' on August 26, 1998 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jay Thomas attending the premiere of 'Mr. Holland's Opus' on November 18, 1996 at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jay Thomas, his son Jake and nephew Harry, with Julie the beagle at a 'Cats & Dogs' screening at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City. 06/28/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Jay Thomas during 'The Santa Clause 2' Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Clea Lewis, Richard Portnow, Bebe Neuwirth, Skipp Sudduth, Woody Allen, Paul Reiser, Kate Blumberg, Christopher Evan Welch and Jay Thomas (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Jay Thomas during Broadway Opening Night of 'Life (X) 3' - Arrivals at Circle In The Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Bebe Neuwirth and Jay Thomas during Play Premiere of Woody Allen's Writer's Block at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Jay Thomas during Members of SAG and AFTRA Get Together in Support of Consolidating the Two Unions at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actor Jay Thomas attends The Santa Barbara Film Festival Gala Benefit After Party for the 'Memoirs of a Geisha' screening at The Montecito Country Club on December 02, 2005 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Connie Aramaki/Getty Images)
Jay Thomas during 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at El Capitan in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
Actor Jay Thomas arrives to the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 3, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor/comedian Jay Thomas hosts his daily SiriusXM show at SiriusXM Studio on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Actor Jay Thomas attends Sirius XM Annual Celebrity Fantasy Football Draft at Hard Rock Cafe New York on July 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Disc Jockey Jay Thomas attends the 2nd Annual S.E.T. Awards which took place at Beverly Hills Hotel on November 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Jay Thomas attends The Cinema Society & Montblanc screening of IFC Films' 'Hateship Loveship' at Museum of Modern Art on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Jay Thomas attends IFC Films' 'Hateship Loveship' screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Montblanc at Museum of Modern Art on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/FilmMagic)
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Thomas was perhaps best known for playing Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown" from 1989-1998. He also played the Rhea Perlman's TV husband Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" from 1987 -1989, before his character was run over by a zamboni. His career jumpstarted after playing Remo DaVinci on "Mork & Mindy" from 1979 - 1981.

Talk show fans remember Thomas from his holiday visits on "Late Night with David Letterman" where he and the host would try and knock a meatball off the top of a Christmas tree by throwing footballs.

Thomas also hosted a popular radio show on SiriusXM.

In 2014, Jay Thomas sat down for a rare interview, where he talked about his time on "Cheers," which you can watch at the top of the page.

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