Jay Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is an American actor, comedian and radio talk show host. Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Texas, the son of Katharine 'Kathy' (nee Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell, Sr. He was raised in his Italian American mother's Catholic religion (his father was Protestant). He attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he grew up. He holds a masters degree in sociology from Jacksonville University. He also attended and played college football at Central Piedmont Community College. He lives in Southern California and is the father of three sons, Samuel, Jacob and J.T. Thomas fathered J.T. in an out-of-wedlock relationship and the child was adopted by another family.
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