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Born: July 12, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kermit, Texas, USA Profession: actor, disc jockey, sports announcer, comic

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Feisty, bantamweight character actor who brought a strong credibility to small screen roles as ex-goalie Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" and as the comically combative sports writer Jack Stein, boyfriend of restaurant cook Dana Palladino (Annie Potts) on the hit CBS sitcom "Love & War" (1992-95). Though born in Kermit, TX and raised in New Orleans, Thomas's heavy accent could lead one to believe he grew up in one of New York City's five boroughs. Starting out as a stand-up comedian in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thomas worked for a number of years as a radio sports announcer and disc jockey. After a three-year stint in broadcasting in North Carolina, he took a job with RKO-FM in New York. In his off-time, Thomas worked the stand-up club circuit and acted in productions off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, appearing in plays by Wendy Wasserstein and Albert Innaurato at Playwrights Horizons and elsewhere.Thomas got his big TV break when he was cast as a regular on the popular fantasy sitcom "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-80), playing brash deli owner Remo DaVinci. For three seasons on "Cheers" (NBC, 1987-89), he enlivened things as Carla's ex-husband, a former hockey goalie turned Ice Capades show penguin....

Feisty, bantamweight character actor who brought a strong credibility to small screen roles as ex-goalie Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" and as the comically combative sports writer Jack Stein, boyfriend of restaurant cook Dana Palladino (Annie Potts) on the hit CBS sitcom "Love & War" (1992-95). Though born in Kermit, TX and raised in New Orleans, Thomas's heavy accent could lead one to believe he grew up in one of New York City's five boroughs. Starting out as a stand-up comedian in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thomas worked for a number of years as a radio sports announcer and disc jockey. After a three-year stint in broadcasting in North Carolina, he took a job with RKO-FM in New York. In his off-time, Thomas worked the stand-up club circuit and acted in productions off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, appearing in plays by Wendy Wasserstein and Albert Innaurato at Playwrights Horizons and elsewhere.

Thomas got his big TV break when he was cast as a regular on the popular fantasy sitcom "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-80), playing brash deli owner Remo DaVinci. For three seasons on "Cheers" (NBC, 1987-89), he enlivened things as Carla's ex-husband, a former hockey goalie turned Ice Capades show penguin. Thomas has turned up regularly on the tube, mostly in small or supporting roles in specials, movies and series. For his performance as caustic talk show host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown", he picked up a 1991 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. As opinionated sports writer Jack Stein on sitcom "Love & War", he suffered loudly the slings and arrows of an on-again off-again romance first with Susan Dey and then with the sometimes ditzy yet usually sharp Dana Palladino as portrayed by Annie Potts. Thomas' abrasive yet still sympathetic performance gave both couplings a credible New York edge.

On the big screen, Thomas has had middling success. He made his feature film debut as one of the victims of a flesh-eating monster in "C.H.U.D." (1984) and went on to play a crooner in Frank D. Gilroy's "The Gig" (1985). He had one of his best roles to date in 1995's "Mr. Holland's Opus", as the football coach and friend to music teacher Richard Dreyfuss.

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2.
 Snatched (2011)
3.
 Pool Boys, The (2009)
5.
 Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004) Voice Of Barry Anger
6.
 Santa Clause 2, The (2002) Easter Bunny
7.
 Dragonfly (2002) Hal
8.
 Monday Night Mayhem (2001) Pete Rozelle
9.
 American Daughter, An (2000) Timber Tucker
10.
 Monkey Business (2000) Tedesco
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Began career doing stand-up comedy in the French Quarter of his native New Orleans
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Worked as sports anouncer and disc jockey for a Charlotte NC radio station for three years
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Hired by RKO-FM in New York City; also did stand-up at the Improv and worked off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway
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TV series debut as regular Remo Davinci, "Mork and Mindy"
1984:
First TV miniseries, "Master of the Game"
1984:
Feature film debut, "C.H.U.D."
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Played recurring character Eddie LeBec, ex-husband of Carla, for three seasons on the hit NBC sitcom, "Cheers"
1988:
TV-movie debut, "Justin Case"
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Played recurring role of Jerry Gold on CBS TV sitcom, "Murphy Brown", marking first collaboration with producer-writer Diane English
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Starred in leading role of Jack Stein on the CBS sitcom, "Love & War", which reteamed him with the Diane English-Joel Shukovsky team
1995:
Co-starred in "Mr. Holland's Opus"
1996:
Filmed first leading role, "Dirty Laundry" (released in 1998)
1999:
Co-starred in "Katie Joplin", a short-lived The WB sitcom aired during the summer
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Education

Jacksonville University: Jacksonville , Florida -

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wife:
Sally Thomas.

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