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Also Known As: Jon Ferguson Mohr Died:
Born: August 23, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Verona, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, comedian, TV host

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Jay Mohr-a blond, ruggedly attractive and likeable comic actor-spent two seasons (1993-1995) on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" before finding work in feature films. He had his breakthrough screen role as Bob Sugar, the former protégé-turned-nemesis agent of Tom Cruise's "Jerry Maguire" (1996). The following year, he landed his first leading role as businesswoman Jennifer Aniston's pretend fiancé in the romantic comedy "Picture Perfect" (1997).Raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, Mohr headed for New York after high school to pursue a career as a stand-up comic. By the age of 20, he already had ten national stand-up comedy shows under his belt and was commuting between New York and Los Angeles for work. Playing the dimwitted Dorfman, Mohr made his TV series debut as a regular on "Camp Wilder" (ABC, 1992). He returned to New York for "Saturday Night Live," for which he became particularly known for his impersonations of such figures as Tony Bennett and Christopher Walken.In 1996, Mohr had the recurring role of Jeff's brother on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC) before landing a regular slot as a blue-collar guy on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Local Her s" (Fox). His TV-movie work has been limited to "The...

Jay Mohr-a blond, ruggedly attractive and likeable comic actor-spent two seasons (1993-1995) on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" before finding work in feature films. He had his breakthrough screen role as Bob Sugar, the former protégé-turned-nemesis agent of Tom Cruise's "Jerry Maguire" (1996). The following year, he landed his first leading role as businesswoman Jennifer Aniston's pretend fiancé in the romantic comedy "Picture Perfect" (1997).

Raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, Mohr headed for New York after high school to pursue a career as a stand-up comic. By the age of 20, he already had ten national stand-up comedy shows under his belt and was commuting between New York and Los Angeles for work. Playing the dimwitted Dorfman, Mohr made his TV series debut as a regular on "Camp Wilder" (ABC, 1992). He returned to New York for "Saturday Night Live," for which he became particularly known for his impersonations of such figures as Tony Bennett and Christopher Walken.

In 1996, Mohr had the recurring role of Jeff's brother on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC) before landing a regular slot as a blue-collar guy on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Local Her s" (Fox). His TV-movie work has been limited to "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC, 1995), although his feature film debut in Jason Alexander's directorial debut "For Better or Worse" (1995) received wider exposure thanks to its airings on TNT-it received a limited regional theatrical release. In 1998 he had a role on the acclaimed Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg-produced HBO mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon," and followed up with the leading role of the extremely flawed Hollywood film exec Peter Dragon in the harsh, satirical but short-lived sitcom "Action" (1999). A starring role in the TV miniseries adaptation of novelist Dean R. Koontz's "Black River" (2001) followed, and he then served as the titular host for ESPN's first comedy-variety series, "Mohr Sports" (2002), which lasted one season on the cable sports network.

Post-"Jerry Maguire" and "Picture Perfect," Mohr's big screen efforts have been all over the map, ranging from part of the ensemble in the edgy indie "Suicide Kings" (1997) to the human star and voice of the titular parrot in the limp kiddie comedy "Paulie" (1998) to a supporting turn in the action-figures-come-to-life adventure "Small Soldiers" (1998) to the Pacino-esque lead in the Jim Abrahams Mob spoof "Jane Austen's Mafia!" (1998) to the "Scream"-inspired horror thriller "Cherry Falls" (2000). He bolstered his resume with well-acted supporting roles in the dramas "Playing by Heart" (1998), "200 Cigarettes" (1999) and "Go" (1999), rounding it out with a sharp turn as a cynical journalist investigating a related series of Good Samaritan acts in "Pay It Forward" (2000). After that, however, Mohr appeared in a succession of flops and low-profile efforts, including "Speaking of Sex" (2001), the notorious Eddie Murphy bomb "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (2002) and the uninvolving Hollywood CGI pastiche "S1m0ne" (2002). The actor next appeared opposite Juliane Nicholson in "Seeing Other People" (2004), a comedy about a soon-to-be-married couple whose experimentation with a series of pre-wedding flings wrecks havoc on the their relationships.

Mohr's roots have remained in stand-up comedy and fans of that entertainment form have seen him on such programs as Showtime's "Full Frontal Comedy" and "Evening at the Improv" on the Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E). He would later serve the host of NBC's stand-up talent search reality series "Last Comic Standing" (2003), alongside one of his her s, talent judge Buddy Hackett, with whom he also starred on "Action." Meanwhile, Mohr showed up in the light-hearted family comedy, "Are We There Yet?" (2005), playing friend and employee to the owner of a sports memorabilia store (Ice Cube). Though panned by many critics, the movie opened number one at the box office. For his next movie, "King's Ransom" (2005), he played a dimwitted rube who hijacks a millionaire's plan to kidnap himself by kidnapping him first.

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 Road Hard (2015)
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 Dumbbells (2014)
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 Hereafter (2010)
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 Lonely Street (2009)
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 Groomsmen, The (2006)
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 Even Money (2006)
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 Are We There Yet? (2005) Marty
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1988:
Upon graduation from high school moved to New York to pursue career in comedy
1991:
Hosted MTV series "Lip Service"
1992:
Made debut as series regular on ABC sitcom "Camp Wilder (ABC)
1993:
Worked as regular performer and writer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1995:
Made feature acting debut in "For Better or Worse"; film received regional release before airing on TNT
1995:
Made TV movie acting debut in "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)
1996:
Landed recurring role as Jeff's brother on ABC sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"
1996:
Appeared as series regular on "Local Heroes" (Fox)
1996:
Co-starred as Tom Cruise's former protégée and rival agent in "Jerry Maguire"
1997:
Cast in first screen lead opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect"
1999:
Starred on Fox series "Action"
2000:
Co-starred with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey in "Pay it Forward"
2003:
Appeared in comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"
2003:
Created and hosted NBC's reality competition series "Last Comic Standing"; also executive produced
2004:
Made publishing debut with <i>Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live</i>
2004:
Guest starred on three episodes of NBC's "The West Wing" as a conservative talk show host
2004:
Cast opposite Julianne Nicholson in "Seeing Other People"
2005:
Appeared in comedy "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube and Nia Long
2006:
Joined cast of "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS) as a professor with an expertise in demonology
2007:
Co-starred in Mark Rydell's "Even Money," a series of intertwining stories on how gambling and drugs destroy lives
2007:
Hosted weekly video program "The Alternative With Jay Mohr" on FoxSports.com
2008:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"
2010:
Played Matt Damon's brother in "Hereafter," a film written by Peter Morgan and directed by Clint Eastwood
2010:
Published second book <i>No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad</i>
2013:
Acted opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell (as dueling magicians) in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
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Notes

"Hey, I'm no nancy boy. I've got my bitchin' truck and my rotteweiler. I'm a dude... But I still admit to my girlfriend when I'm wrong."---Jay Mohr in PREMIERE, August 1997.

"It was fascinating and I wasn't enjoying it, even when it was going well," Mohr said. "I watched Nirvana perform, I talked to Kurt Cobain, I talked to (Eric) Clapton, I got to work with (Chris) Farley every day."

"But I was so self-obsessed with survival -- survival on the show and then mental health survival and back to survival on the show -- I certainly didn't take time to smell the roses."---Mohr on his experience working on "Saturday Night Live" to CNN.com

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wife:
Nicole Chamberlain. Actor. Together since c. 1993; married in November 1998.

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father:
Jon Mohr. Marketing executive. Works for a pharmaceutical company.
mother:
Jean Mohr. Nurse.
sister:
Virginia Mohr. Older; manages a bed & breakfast establishment.
sister:
Julie Mohr. Older.
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"Gasping for Airtime"

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