I knew of Jay from his radio days in NYC. He was a popular DJ and then next we knew he was on Mork and Mindy as Remo DaVinci. I don’t know how that happened, but he was enjoyable.
Jay Thomas, an actor and radio personality whose work on the television series “Murphy Brown” won him two Emmy Awards in the early 1990s, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 69.
The cause was cancer, his agent, Don Buchwald, said. Mr. Thomas was a disc jockey in 1979 when he was cast in a recurring role on “Mork & Mindy,” the ABC sitcom about a space alien played by Robin Williams. Mr. Thomas played Remo DaVinci, co-owner of a deli, and appeared in dozens of episodes during the run of the show, which ended in 1982.
His quick tongue also served him well on the talk-show circuit. He was especially ubiquitous on “Late Show With David Letterman,” where he appeared every Christmas season telling about a challenge with Clayton Moore — the Lone Ranger — that involved throwing footballs at a Christmas tree. Here’s one of my favorites with Jay on Letterman about his plastic surgery.
He also pursued a radio career, even as he developed his acting side. Most recently he had a show on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Mr. Thomas found amusement in the way people confused him with his television characters.
“I’m from New Orleans,” he added. “My father was a WASP and my mother was Italian.” Mr. Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Tex., on July 12, 1948, and raised in New Orleans. During college — he attended several universities — he started dabbling in sportscasting and also did stand-up comedy; he eventually found himself on the radio in New York. He later became well known for his work on Power 106 in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Michelson, whom he married in 1987, and their two children, Samuel and Jacob. In recent years he reunited with a son he had fathered in his 20s who was given up for adoption, the country singer J. T. Harding. “I met my biological mother, and she told me, ‘Your father is an actor, and he’s on ‘Cheers, so for about a week I thought Ted Danson was my father.
Jay Thomas died on August 24, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Mr. Thomas is a bowl that temperament type that is found when the ten planets lie in half of the circle. Most of his planets are above the line breaking the northern and southern hemispheres with a few lurking below in the sixth house making a lipped bowl. Bowls make good salesman as they are candid people who enjoy expressing themselves, and here with such a southern disposition, Mr. Thomas loves an audience. He is a natural showman and with the three planets in the sixth house a hard worker who didn’t know the meaning of retirement, hence the radio show on Sirius FM.
His Line of Vitality is squared (Moon to Sun ) suggesting that he just ate up the variety of life and truly enjoyed changing roles, homes and experiences. This fed into his hard working ethic, having to adapt to his surroundings. See the BLACK LINES
His Life of Motivation, the GOLD LINES, from Saturn to Jupiter in the Twelfth, are Trine giving him a free and easy manner that made people naturally like him.
His Line of Efficiency, the TURQUOISE LINES, from Venus in the Sixth House to Mars, in the Ninth are squared. This Line suggest that his personable manner made it easier than for most, travelling from set to set, from company to company and place to place for his career. While some would have found this an onerous burden, Mr. Thomas felt it was another tool that he could add to his box of acting.
Finally his fourth set, the Line of Significance, the RED LINES, from Uranus to Neptune in the Ninth this time, encourage that Mars for personal significance and acclaim amongst his peers. He has nothing in his Eleventh House, so Mr. Thomas did not work for his fans, but for his genuine love of his work and that fed his appetite.
Like Hermann Goring, Mr. Thomas has Mars as Lord of his Chart that is part of a Yod to the Sun at 21 Cancer and an apex at s1 Sagittarius in the Twelfth House. The Midpoint according to Ms. Joan Kellogg’s research is 22 Saturn in the Eighth House of Leo. This makes a world of difference between him and the Reichsmarschall used Mars to bully and intimidate his men, while Mr. Thomas enjoyed entertaining people as part of his ongoing gift to the world around him and his legacy.
He must have been tireless worker and a non stop talker.
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