Between “Mork & Mindy” and “Murphy Brown” his most prominent role was a recurring spot on “Cheers” in the 1980s as Eddie LeBec, an ice hockey player who was married to Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman), a waitress at the Boston bar of the show’s title.
Jay Thomas in 2010.Credit Mark Von Holden/Getty Images North America Mr. Thomas’s good looks and ability to play a wiseacre were something of a calling card, and his secondary roles could brighten even a weak show or movie.
When he and Joan Cusack played best friends to the central couple in the 1997 movie “A Smile Like Yours,” Janet Maslin wrote in her review in The New York Times, “Ms.
He was especially ubiquitous on “Late Show With David Letterman,” where he appeared every Christmas season and always told the same story about meeting Clayton Moore, the Actor who played the Lone Ranger on TV , a tale that also involved marijuana and a broken headlight.
“I met my biological mother, and she told me, ‘Your father is an actor, and he’s on ‘Cheers,’ ” Mr. Harding said during an appearance that he and Mr. Thomas made on “The View.” “So for about a week I thought Ted Danson was my father.”
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