Cheers star Jay Thomas has died at the age of 69, it was announced today. The actor, who played Carla’s husband Eddie LeBec in the hit sitcom, lost his battle with cancer. His agent said: “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully wacky thoughts and behavior.”
He also starred as Remo DaVinci on Mork & Mindy and Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown. He is survived by his wife Sally and sons Sam, Max and TJ, who were by his side when he passed away. Jay’s most notable roles came as Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy, from 1979 to 1981, and as Eddie LeBec in Cheers, from 1987 to 1989, but he had an illustrious career.
The actor also portrayed lead character Jack Stein on Love & War and was a repeat guest on Murphy Brown, on which he played Jerry Gold. That role saw him in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990, and again in 1991. Younger fans may recognise him from his role as the Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 and the Santa Clause 3.