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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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A hotwired presence on television and features, Jay Mohr's lengthy career as a stand-up comic translated into acting roles in films like "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and series like "Action" (Fox, 1999-2000) and "Gary Unmarried" (CBS, 2008-10), as well as numerous side ventures into radio, publishing and recording. Born Jon Ferguson Mohr on August 23, 1970 in Verona, New Jersey, he began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s, and soon became a staple of the club circuit and television showcases for comics. His popularity in that scene translated into acting roles on television and a two-year stint as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), which, as he detailed in his 2004 memoir Gasping for Air: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, proved to a demoralizing and physically debilitating experience. But his brash, motormouthed stage persona eventually translated into an acting career, playing insincere young men with little to no filter in films like "Jerry Maguire" and the short-lived but critically beloved Fox comedy "Action," which cast him as a film producer clawing his way back from a costly failure. In 2003, he created and hosted the reality television series...

A hotwired presence on television and features, Jay Mohr's lengthy career as a stand-up comic translated into acting roles in films like "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and series like "Action" (Fox, 1999-2000) and "Gary Unmarried" (CBS, 2008-10), as well as numerous side ventures into radio, publishing and recording. Born Jon Ferguson Mohr on August 23, 1970 in Verona, New Jersey, he began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s, and soon became a staple of the club circuit and television showcases for comics. His popularity in that scene translated into acting roles on television and a two-year stint as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), which, as he detailed in his 2004 memoir Gasping for Air: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, proved to a demoralizing and physically debilitating experience. But his brash, motormouthed stage persona eventually translated into an acting career, playing insincere young men with little to no filter in films like "Jerry Maguire" and the short-lived but critically beloved Fox comedy "Action," which cast him as a film producer clawing his way back from a costly failure. In 2003, he created and hosted the reality television series "Last Comic Standing" (NBC, 2003-2010, 2014-16) for three seasons before its abrupt cancellation, but returned to serve as consultant in subsequent iterations. By the end of the 2000s, Mohr had settled into a regular routine of character turns in features and on television, including a lengthy run as a sarcastic professor on "The Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010) and two years as the lead on "Gary Unmarried," about a divorcee navigating single life. He was also a regular presence on radio, both as a guest on programs like "The Jim Rome Show" and his own show, "Jay Mohr Sports," on Fox Sports Radio. He issued a second book about life as a stand-up comic, No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad, in 2010, and released a comedy album, Happy. And a Lot, which earned a Grammy nomination in 2012. That same year, he launched his own podcast network, Fake Mustache Studios, which broadcast his weekly podcast, "Mohr Stories." His comedy album generated a special for Showtime in 2015.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Road Hard (2015)
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 Dumbbells (2014)
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 Hereafter (2010)
6.
 Lonely Street (2009)
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 Even Money (2006)
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 Groomsmen, The (2006)
10.
 King's Ransom (2005) Corey
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2004:
Guest starred on three episodes of NBC's "The West Wing" as a conservative talk show host
1999:
Starred on Fox series "Action"
1995:
Made TV movie acting debut in "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)
1993:
Worked as regular performer and writer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1996:
Appeared as series regular on "Local Heroes" (Fox)
2005:
Appeared in comedy "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube and Nia Long
2007:
Co-starred in Mark Rydell's "Even Money," a series of intertwining stories on how gambling and drugs destroy lives
2003:
Appeared in comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"
2008:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"
1997:
Cast in first screen lead opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect"
2007:
Hosted weekly video program "The Alternative With Jay Mohr" on FoxSports.com
2004:
Cast opposite Julianne Nicholson in "Seeing Other People"
2010:
Played Matt Damon's brother in "Hereafter," a film written by Peter Morgan and directed by Clint Eastwood
2004:
Made publishing debut with <i>Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live</i>
2010:
Published second book <i>No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad</i>
2003:
Created and hosted NBC's reality competition series "Last Comic Standing"; also executive produced
1995:
Made feature acting debut in "For Better or Worse"; film received regional release before airing on TNT
1991:
Hosted MTV series "Lip Service"
2000:
Co-starred with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey in "Pay it Forward"
1996:
Landed recurring role as Jeff's brother on ABC sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"
1996:
Co-starred as Tom Cruise's former protégée and rival agent in "Jerry Maguire"
1992:
Made acting debut as series regular on ABC sitcom "Camp Wilder (ABC)
2006:
Joined cast of "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS) as a professor with an expertise in demonology
2013:
Acted opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell (as dueling magicians) in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
2011:
Played Steven Royce on TV series "Suburgatory"
2016:
Voiced several characters on the animated critical darling "BoJack Horseman"
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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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